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. 

2017 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 $123,500 in grants from the Women's Fund:

Capital IDEA - $15,000
Basic Needs
Career Pathways for Women of Color

This project will transform lives of 500 Central Texas minority women by funding education and providing personal development assistance so that they can obtain a degree or certification toward a career that pays a true living wage and offers benefits, allowing them to remain in the Austin area.

Saint Louise House - $21,000
Economic Security
Supportive Housing for Women and Children
Saint Louise House addresses the basic needs and economic sustainability of single mothers and their children who need more time than shelters can provide but who do not qualify for other housing programs in Austin.

Communities in Schools of Central Texas - $17,500
ASPIRE Family Literacy Program
ASPIRE’s bilingual professional staff work with families for 20 or more hours per week to ensure children enter school ready to learn, and to help parents acquire the skills they need to engage in their community; obtain or improve employment; and support their children’s emotional, physical, and intellectual growth.

People's Community Clinic - $15,000
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Futures
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Futures is supported by extensive research, which indicates that pregnant women who receive group prenatal care, instead of only one-on-one care with a provider, give birth to babies with healthier outcomes. Healthy Mothers, Health Futures includes 10 customized visits that last two hours.

Spirit Reins - $15,000
Reining in Trauma: Mental Health Services for Children and Families

This grant will provide low-income children in women-headed households who have experienced abuse and other trauma with 197 hours of trauma-focused counseling. Instead of traditional talk therapy, licensed mental health professionals use therapies like art therapy, nature therapy and trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy.

Urban Roots - $20,000
Urban Roots Grows Young Women Leaders

On a 3.5-acre farm in East Austin, Urban Roots provides paid internships to youth ages 14-23. This grant supports 18 teenage women participating in the Farm Internship Program in spring 2017.

Literacy First - $20,000
Women's Fund Committee Choice Award
K-2 Tutoring Program 2016-2017

Literacy First (formerly ACE: A Community of Education) brings together federal, state, and local resources to deliver an evidence-based literacy tutoring program that accelerates reading achievement in kindergarten to 2nd grade students in Central Texas.

Learn about our past grantees