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Women's Fund

The Women's Fund is a key strategy in the Austin Community Foundation’s effort to close the opportunity gap.

The Women’s Fund at the Austin Community Foundation engages men and women in improving the lives of women and children in our community. Funded with membership contributions, members vote annually to award grants to Central Texas nonprofits. To date, more than $1.4 million has been granted by the Women’s Fund to organizations assisting women and children in Central Texas. Learn more about past Women’s Fund projects and impact.

Now in its 14th grant cycle, the Women’s Fund invites area nonprofits to submit letters of inquiry for the work they are doing to address these critical needs, and over the next several years, the Women’s Fund will focus its investments in 4 Focus Areas:

  • Housing
  • Child Care
  • Education
  • Unintended Pregnancy Prevention

To learn more about these impact areas, please read Women’s Issues are Community Issues: A Status Report on Women and Children in Central Texas. This research is the basis for our data-informed grantmaking approach.

The Women’s Fund will be awarding 4 grants (1 from each of our 4 Focus Areas,) totaling approximately $200,000. Nonprofits may choose one Focus Area for consideration.

Application Process

The online portal opens on January 18, 2018 and closes at midnight on February 7, 2018.

Process

The Women’s Fund grant opportunity is a two-step process.

  • Step 1: Submit an online Letter of Inquiry (LOI).
  • Step 2: Applicants moving forward to “Stage 2” will be notified via email and invited to submit a full proposal online and schedule a site visit with Women’s Fund membership.

The Women's Fund Grants Committee will recommend programs by Focus Area to full membership for a final vote. 

Guidelines for Step 1
The online letter of inquiry (LOI) can be submitted through the online portal. Make sure you are submitting the LOI using the Women’s Fund grant portal. This is a different portal from our community grants or Hispanic Impact Fund program portals.

Guidelines for Step 2
Those invited to move forward to “Stage 2” will be notified by email and provided an online link to our full application portal and contacted by Women’s Fund membership to schedule a site visit.

The Women’s Fund Project Budget must be used in all Stage 2 submissions.
 

Timeline

  • Letters of Inquiry due: February 7, 2018 by midnight 
  • Stage 2 email invitations for full proposal sent mid-late February 2018
  • Full proposals due: March 30, 2018 by midnight
  • Site visits conducted April 9-20, 2018
  • Award decisions announced early May 2018
  • Grant Award Breakfast: May 15, 2018 at 8:00 am
     

Who is eligible?

  • Nonproift organizations working in the 6 county Central Texas region, which include: Travis, Burnet, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays and Williamson.
  • Organizations must be tax-exempt under Sections 501(c)(3) or 170(b)(1)(a)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code and/or be a unit of government.

Restrictions

In general, the Foundation does not grant funds for:

  • unrestricted general operating expenses
  • endowment funds
  • scholarships
  • religious organizations for religious purposes
  • fundraising activities or events
  • umbrella funding organizations that intend to distribute funds at their own discretion
  • political lobbying or legislative activities
  • individuals

Please review our Commonly Asked Question for more information.

Questions?

Contact Kim Theodore Sidey, ksidey@austincf.org or (512) 220-1441 and
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