Women’s Fund grants focus on two interconnected goals: advancing economic prosperity for women and investing in the future and power for girls. These goals will guide the Fund’s investments of human and financial resources for the foreseeable future. The Women’s Fund’s strategic plan for achieving progress on these goals was initiated in 2011 and is led by a group of dedicated Women’s Fund donors and volunteers. The plan is based on the CFMC sponsored research available online. The Lives of Women and Girls in Monterey County Highlights Report features many of the challenges and most pressing needs for women in our region. This report set the groundwork for the Fund’s grant making priorities.
Women's Economic Opportunity Grants
A total of $75,000 was awarded in 2013 to nonprofit organizations serving women and girls for projects addressing one or more of the following three priority areas:
Educational Support: Funding in this area aims to provide women access to a continuum of support on their path to pursuing educational and career goals.
Business Development Assistance: For financial literacy and other support services that help women prepare to start and grow a successful micro or small business venture.
Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Grants (WESS): Small grants to enhance the ability of existing organizations to provide direct financial assistance to women at critical points of transition to self-sufficiency.
2014 Grant Guidelines & Application
Application and guidelines will be available early in 2014. They will be due March 7, 2014. For information on applying for an economic opportunity grant, please contact Julie Drezner, Vice President of Grants and Programs at 831.375.9712 x112 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls' Health in Girls' Hands Initiative
The Women’s Fund has made a three-year funding commitment (2012-2015) to support Girls’ Health in Girls’ Hands, a countywide girls’ leadership collaborative of six youth-serving agencies to improve girls’ access to health information, strengthen their leadership skills and empower them to take action in their communities.
The goal is for hundreds of girls from throughout Monterey County to not only have access to more comprehensive and integrated health information, but also to develop powerful leadership skills and help to influence positive changes at their schools and in their communities. For more information on the Girls' Health in Girls' Hands initiative, please contact Program Officer, Lynn McDonald at 831.375.9712 x111 or email@example.com.