Women's Fund of Central Texas Grants

The Women's Fund of Central Texas has awarded more than $1.3 million in grants to improve the lives of women and children in our community. 

Application Process

The Women's Fund issues a Request for Proposals each July for the online Letter of Inquiry due in August. Committed to data-informed grantmaking, the Women's Fund  grants committee uses the six indicator areas highlighted in the Stronger Women, Better Austin report to inform their decision making. Review the six indicator areas.

Applicants are notified regarding next steps in September and grantees are announced in early spring. Check our News for the latest information or sign up for our eNews to stay informed. 

2016 Grantees

The Women's Fund of Central Texas invites grant proposals from nonprofits working to improve the lives of women and children, extensively researches and reviews them and then members vote to grant funds. These ten nonprofits were selected to receive a total of $136,000 in grants from the Women's Fund:

Austin Diaper Bank - $10,000
Austin Diaper Bank Capacity Building for Women and Children
Austin Diaper Bank provides diapers, an essential item not covered under assistance programs, to families in crisis. Diapers allow proper health and development, attendance at early childhood education programs, mothers to get to work to support their families.

Center for Child Protection - $10,000
Emergency Assistance Program
The Center for Child Protection is a child-friendly facility that provides recorded forensic interviews, medical exams, and counseling during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. This grant gives caregivers a financial lifeline to protect children from abusers by providing about 88 families in need with necessary items like groceries, car seats, clothes, and school supplies.

Circle Of Health International - $5,000
Lifting Each Other Up: Direct Health Care Services and Training for Survivors of Human Trafficking in Austin
"Lifting Each Other Up" is an initiative to promote the health and wellbeing of survivors of human trafficking in Austin. Human trafficking, a form of modern slavery, generates $32 billion a year and victimizes 27 million people worldwide through sexual exploitation and/or forced labor.

Dress For Success Austin - $16,000
Employ * Empower * Engage
The EMPLOY * EMPOWER * ENGAGE initiative prepares women for employment, empowers them with on-going educational opportunities and guides them to become engaged in their community as active and responsible citizens in their community. Of the nearly 1,000 women served in 2014, about 82% were single mothers with under-age children in their care.

Foster Angels of Central Texas - $20,000
Direct Basic Needs Assistance for Children and Youth in Central Texas Foster Care
This year Foster Angels of Central Texas will provide immediate assistance to about 3,500 children in foster care in the form of basic needs (clothing/personal, food, housing/shelter, medical), and life-enhancing experiences (birthday parties, recreation, transportation, education). CPS Region 7 caseworkers submit requests on a daily basis which Foster Angels fulfills within 48 hours. 

GEN - $15,000
The 180 Program
The Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) exists so that girls in Texas can access the support and tools they need to build healthy self-esteem and avoid risky behaviors. The 180 Program is a prevention and intervention program designed to reach middle and high school girls involved in or at high risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system, helping girls get back on track, preventing them from entering or re-entering the system.

Jeremiah Program - $15,000
Mothers and Children Together: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, Two Generations at a Time
Jeremiah Program prepares determined single mothers to excel in the workforce, readies their children to succeed in school, and reduces generational dependence on public assistance through  quality early childhood education, a safe and affordable place to live, and empowerment and life skills training.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas - $15,000
Teen Pregnancy Prevention in Austin
For this Teen Pregnancy Prevention partnership with Lifeworks, Planned Parenthood will train 35 Austin ISD health teachers and department heads annually on best practices for implementing evidence-informed and comprehensive sexuality education; and providing tools, lesson plans, and supplemental activities for their use. 

SafePlace - $18,000
Forensic Nursing and Advocacy program -- Eloise House
This grant will provide sexual assault forensic examinations and other care for at least 480 sexual assault survivors. The Forensic Nursing and Advocacy program improves the response system to Austin-area sexual assault survivors, connects survivors to services to help them heal, and facilitates investigation and prosecution of these crimes. 

Seedling Foundation - $12,000
Supporting Mothers and Children Whose Husbands/Fathers are Incarcerated
When the male bread-winner leaves his family to serve a long-term prison sentence, the mother is often forced to assume sole responsibility as caretaker for her family.  Seedling provides children of prisoners with a caring adult mentor, as well as tools to help the caregiver through this circumstance. An estimated 5,000 children of prisoners live in Travis County alone. 


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