Women’s Fund grants focus on two interconnected goals: advancing economic prosperity for women and investing in the future and power for girls. The plan is based on the CFMC sponsored research available on this website. 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 grantmaking priorities.
Women's Economic Opportunity Grants
Since 2011, $150,000 has been awarded 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.
Grant Guidelines to Advance Women's Economic Security to be announced April 2014
In August 2013 we formed a working group to help the Women’s Fund advance economic opportunity for women in Monterey County. The question we asked is “how do we move the needle so more women and children are economically secure?” We’ve studied the data for women in poverty, listened to women and service providers and explored best practices. Look for new grant guidelines informed by this work in 2014. For more information, please contact Julie Drezner, Vice President of Grants and Programs at 831.375.9712 x112 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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) Bentaleb at 831.375.9712 x111.