HOUSING GRANT / $50,000
Domestic Violence Rapid Rehousing Program
SAFE is a longstanding Austin nonprofit serving survivors of sexual violence, trafficking, child abuse, & domestic violence. This funding will support staff costs for SAFE’s Rapid Rehousing (RRH) program, to provide housing and supportive services to homeless women and their families who have experienced violence.
By providing housing & trauma-informed supportive services to families that have experienced violence, this program will help them transition to housing stability & safety.
Todos Juntos Learning Center
CHILD CARE GRANT / $50,000
Early Childhood Education Expansion and Evaluation in a Two-Gen Model
The expansion of Todos Juntos Learning Center supports quality childcare to immigrant and refugee families who now call Central Texas home.
For the 2020-2021 school year, Todos Juntos will move to a new location in Southeast Austin. The new facility is more convenient for families, has space for 33% more children and is a supportive community with a bilingual congregation, food pantry, and on-site immigration advocacy office.
EDUCATION GRANT / $50,000
Pipeline 2 Success
Research indicates the top three barriers for low-income women are child care, transportation and lack of education or training. Pipeline 2 Success offers middle-skills job training at a convenient schedule (evenings and Saturdays) so participants never have to interrupt their current employment.
Courses lead to certification in high-demand trades with higher earning potential. Collaborators, including Austin Community College, have worked together to provide transportation and on-site child care support to all participants.
UNINTENDED PREGNANCY PREVENTION GRANT / $50,000
Unintended Pregnancy Prevention Program
54% of pregnancies in Texas are unintended. Texas also has the fifth-highest teen pregnancy rate and the highest rate of repeat teen pregnancy in the nation, with many regions, including Central Texas, exhibiting teen pregnancy and birth rates higher than state and national averages.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’ Unintended Pregnancy Prevention Program reduces the incidence of unintended pregnancy among young women in need and supports their economic security through increased access to their preferred contraception method, including long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), at three Austin health centers and at Planned Parenthood pop-up clinics in the community.
Mariposa Family Learning Center
EMERGING GRANT / $25,000
Creating Economic Security in Montopolis: Expanding Early Childhood Education
This project expands Mariposa Family Learning Center in southeast Austin by purchasing and equipping an additional building to add two classrooms on its existing site.
The expansion will increase the number of children benefiting from high-quality childcare to 36 and the number of parents enrolled to 25. Parents attend support programs focused on education, job training and housing opportunities, which lead to economic stability.
Rapid Response Grants
The Women’s Fund recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic is a catalyst for financial challenges across the nonprofit sector. Women, especially those already facing economic insecurity, will be disproportionately impacted by this crisis.
Thanks to the generosity of our investors, we have deployed more capital – and more flexible capital – into the sector. Additional 2020 grants have been awarded to all phase II and semi-finalist applicants.
Please note: during this unprecedented time, the grants leadership team has decided to award a total of $50,000 in the emerging nonprofit grants category. An abridged $5,000 grant to ACTS of Love allows the Women’s Fund to help support the economic security of ACTS of Love’s child care employees as their leadership team determines the future of the organization, while also freeing up much-needed capital for the critical work being performed by our other vital grant partners in the community.
- ACTS of Love, $5,000 Emerging Grant
- Austin Community College, $30,000 Education Grant
- Casa Marianella, $10,000 Housing Grant
- Con Mi MADRE, $10,000 Education Grant
- Creative Action, $10,000 Child Care Grant
- Dress for Success, $20,000 Emerging Grant
- LifeWorks, $30,000 Housing Grant
- Literacy First, $10,000 Education Grant
- Open Door Preschool, $10,000 Child Care Grant
- Saint Louise House, $10,000 Housing Grant
- Thinkery, $30,000 Child Care Grant