Fund for Homeless Women

Fund for Homeless Women

The Fund for Homeless Women is a field of interest fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) established to support programs and services for homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula.

The fund is made up of contributions from community members that share a deep concern for the plight of homeless women, particularly the many older, single women who are in danger every night and for whom few options for safety and secure housing exist. A gift from an anonymous CFMC fund holder in 2012 endowed the fund.

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Eligibility

  • Grants are open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public agencies.
  • Only one grant application per organization will be considered. Fiscal sponsors may submit more than one application for different sponsored groups and one for their own organization.
  • Only proposals serving homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula will be accepted.

What grant funds will support

  • Planning and start-up costs for new programs or expansion of existing programs to fill a gap or support a new approach. Consideration will be given to operating costs for existing programs where a small amount of funding can make a difference.
  • Personnel expenses that relate to specific program goals; equipment, materials or facilities costs that directly benefit participants or are an identifiable part of the proposed project.
  • For emergency assistance small grants to nonprofits, funding will support only direct assistance to homeless women, such as hotel vouchers or personal care expenses.

What grant funds CANNOT support

  • Religious organizations that exclude services based on religious beliefs or promote a religious doctrine.
  • Funding to schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported, mandated services.
  • Expenses incurred prior to the grant award date

Guidelines and Application

The Fund for Homeless Women seeks proposals from nonprofit organizations that address one or more of the following grantmaking priorities:

  • Small grants for emergency assistance: up to $5,000 to support emergency shelter, transportation, and personal care for homeless women.
  • Support for innovative ideas that expand emergency/temporary shelter, permanent housing options and/or case management services: $10,000 to $50,000 for initiatives designed to provide emergency/temporary shelter, permanent housing, day programs, or case management services for homeless women.

The fund does not provide direct assistance to individuals. Please see recent grants for organizations providing assistance.

Please review the Fund for Homeless Women Grant Guidelines and view the Application Questions.

Apply

Applications are due on the first Friday in October and grant decisions are announced in December.

Evaluation

For larger grants that increase access to shelter, grant applications will be expected to provide a clear plan describing how program goals and activities will monitor and measure success. If a grant is received, a final report will be due in a year after receiving the grant that articulates how the grant was used, a description of activities and people who benefitted, and what was learned.

Recent Grants

Fall 2015

Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula $2,000 for emergency assistance (e.g., bus passes, grocery gift cards, laundry vouchers, etc.)
Gathering For Women $55,000 to provide one hot meal a week and access to support services for 100, case management for 30 and emergency assistance
Housing Resource Center $90,000 to provide permanent housing for five women, 80 nights of emergency temporary housing and screening of 100 women
Interim, Inc $15,000 for temporary housing (21 days on average) for 18 women with mental illnesses while permanent housing is sought
Outreach Unlimited $30,000 for I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program) for 15 women, emergency shelter at partnering faith-based organizations
Pass the Word Ministries $25,000 to expand the One Starfish Safe Parking program to seven sites providing a safe place for 60 women to sleep in their cars and emergency assistance (e.g., car repair, gasoline cards)
Shelter Outreach Plus (dba Community Homeless Solutions) $40,000 for the Women in Transition program, housing and case management for 24 women for up to six months