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Women's Fund for the Fox Valley Region Grant

Grants to Northeast Wisconsin Nonprofits to
Improve the Lives of Local Women and Girls

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Foundation / Corporation

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Women's Fund for the Fox Valley Region

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Deadline Date:

02/15/19 4:00 PM


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Grants of $5,000 and $10,000 to Northeast Wisconsin nonprofit organizations for innovative programs and projects that aim to improve the lives of women and girls in the Fox Valley region. Preliminary applications must be submitted prior to a full proposal. The service area includes Calumet, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, and Northern Winnebago Counties.

Collaborative programs and partnerships among organizations are highly encouraged. Innovative approaches and projects with limited access to other funding are encouraged to apply.

Funding Focus Areas:
All project & program grants for the 2018 – 2019 grant cycle must address one of the issues identified in the 2017 Status of Women in Northeast Wisconsin Report.

The report is produced as a series of fact sheets that analyze data related to 12 key indicators of the status of women in the region:
- Benefit Program Enrollment
- Corporate Leadership
- Educational Attainment
- Free & Reduced-Price School Meals
- Health & Well-Being
- Political Representation
- Violence Against Women
- Who Is in Poverty
- Women & Poverty
- Women in the Population
- Women, Work and Wages
- Women’s Business Ownership

Funding Priorities:
The Women’s Fund believes through philanthropy and community collaboration it can address the needs of women and girls in the Fox Valley region. The Foundation provides grants for programs that inspire women and girls to flourish personally, economically and professionally.

Funding priorities include:
- Women and girls live in safety.
- Women and girls meet their basic needs for living, including food, shelter, and access to health care.
- Women and girls have the knowledge, opportunity, and self-determination to be economically secure.
- Women and girls have opportunities to pursue their dreams and achieve their potential.
- Women and girls are empowered and inspired to: learn about and experience the value of philanthropy, including volunteerism; mentor and encourage others; and recognize, develop and apply their leadership skills personally and professionally.

Social Change Focus:
The Women’s Fund encourages applicants to think beyond service delivery to the social climate which fosters a lack of safety, economic security, and access to opportunity for women and girls. When planning projects or programs, consider how you might incorporate one of the following Social Change Indicators in your work.

- Shifts in Definition: The issue is defined differently in the community or larger society.
- Shifts in Behavior: People are behaving differently in the community or larger society.
- Shifts in Engagement: People in the community or society are more engaged.
- Shifts in Policies: An institutional, organizational or legislative policy or practice has changed.
- Current Position Maintained: Past gains have been maintained.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177963

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be considered only at $5,000 and $10,000 levels for all funding focus areas.

Term of Contract:

The Women’s Fund will not fund the same project or program for more than 3 consecutive years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only nonprofits designated as 501(c)(3) organizations may apply.

The Women’s Fund cannot provide grant funding to individuals.

To be eligible for any grant from the Women’s Fund:
- Projects must be consistent with the Women’s Fund mission and funding priorities.
- Projects must benefit women and girls in Calumet, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, or Northern Winnebago Counties.
- Organizations must be a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code, section 501(c)(3). However, agencies or informal groups without 501(c)(3) status may use another tax-exempt, not for profit
agency as your fiscal agent. Contact the Women’s Fund for further information.

The Women’s Fund will not fund: individuals, endowments, government agencies (however educational institutions may qualify), projects with a religious focus which endorses a particular faith tradition, and political parties, candidates or partisan activities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There was a Grant Seeker Workshop on November 1, 2018. See the Supporting Documents section below to view the Power Point presentation from the Workshop.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates
- Grant Seeker Workshop: Thursday, November 1, 2018
- Preliminary Applications Due: Friday, January 4, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.
- Applicants notified if they were selected to submit a full proposal: By Friday, January 18, 2019
- Full Proposals Due: Friday, February 15, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.
- Grant interviews and agency tours as determined by Grants Committee members: February 25 – March 15, 2019
- Grant funding recommendations to Women’s Fund board of directors for approval: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
- Applicants notified of funding decisions: Week of April 15, 2019
- Grants Celebration Event: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Applicants may submit a preliminary application for more than one focus area. Please use separate forms for each.

The full application form will be distributed to those organizations whose projects have been selected to advance.

Applicants are encouraged to call the executive director Becky Boulanger at any time to discuss their ideas and ask questions.

2017 Status of Women in Northeast Wisconsin Report Update:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application and any required attachments must be submitted via email to

Please contact Amanda Louden if you have any questions.
Amanda Louden
(920) 702-7638

Becky Boulanger, Women’s Fund Executive Director
(920) 702-7617

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin: The Fox Valley region, which includes Calumet, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, and Northern Winnebago Counties.