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The deadline to apply for grants has passed.
Final applicants will be notified in spring 2022.

About our grant opportunity

Austin Community Foundation believes that maintaining the economic security of women and children is essential to closing the opportunity gap in Central Texas, and we know we cannot do this without addressing the racial wealth and health divide faced by women of color.

In this grant cycle, the Women’s Fund will award funding to organizations and programs that fit into one of the following strategic areas:

  • Housing – provide affordable housing opportunities that include a network of support and/or opportunities for long-term wealth building.
  • Child Care – increase access to affordable, convenient, culturally competent, and quality child care for families with low incomes.
  • Education – provide access to an ecosystem of support – academic, emotional, and financial – for women pursuing educational dreams.
  • Unintended Pregnancy Prevention – provide access to consumable, unbiased pregnancy prevention resources.
  • Women’s Health – focus on reducing health disparities faced by women of color.

 

In each strategy area, five grants will be distributed as follows:

  • Winning finalist – $45,000 total; a multi-year grant over 2 years – $25,000 in 2022 and $20,000 in 2023
  • Runner-up finalist – $25,000 total; a multi-year grant over 2 years – $15,000 in 2022 and $10,000 in 2023
  • Three semifinalists – $10,000 in 2022

 

In total, $500,000 in unrestricted, general operating support will be awarded to 25 different nonprofit organizations. 

Application process

The application for 2022 grants from the Women’s Fund has closed.  

For future opportunities, get to know the Women’s Fund impact areas and data reports to ensure your work is aligned with our mission. Learn more >

Our Reports

 

Grant Application Resources

 

Additional eligibility considerations

  • All applicants must be tax-exempt organizations or units of government serving the six-county Central Texas region; Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, or Williamson.
  • Proposals will be considered from organizations that engage in non-lobbying advocacy work. Organizations doing systems change level work such as educating the public about issues, community organizing, policy research, and other non-lobbying advocacy activities may apply.
  • Proposals will be considered from religious organizations that engage in non-religious programming. Religious organizations will need to demonstrate that their work aligns with the Women’s Fund strategies is secular in nature and does not discriminate against any employees or clients based on religion.

Key Dates

  • Application opens: Monday, January 3, 2022
  • RFP Informational Webinar: Thursday, January 6, 2022, from 11 am – 12 pm. See recording below.
  • Applications due: Monday, January 31, 2022, at 5 pm CT
  • Learning sessions with semifinalists: March 21 – April 15, 2022
  • Award decisions announced: Thursday, May 19, 2022

Selection process

  • Applications were due by 5 pm CT on Monday, January 31, 2022.
  • Organizations that were awarded Women’s Fund grants in 2021 are eligible to apply but must submit a progress report along with their application. Progress reports may be accessed via the ACF grants portal. Organizations still receiving payment from a multi-year grant will not be eligible for funding in under the strategy for which they are still receiving funds.
  • While applicants can be considered in multiple impact areas, they may only proceed to the semi-finalist stage in one category. If recommended as a semi-finalist in more than one impact area, the category in which the applicant scored/ranked highest will be the category in which they are considered for funding.
  • Applicants may only select one funding strategy when submitting their application. In order to be considered in multiple strategies, applicants must submit separate proposals for each strategy.
  • Preference will be shown to applicants whose board, staff, and leadership reflect racial and gender diversity and address multiple Women’s Fund impact areas.
  • Following vetting by donor and community reviewers, five semifinalists will be invited to meet with Women’s Fund investors through an online video call. These learning sessions will be conducted from March 21 through April 15 via Zoom.
  • Following the video calls, two finalists will be recommended to Women’s Fund investors and Community Reviewers for voting and final award decisions.
  • All semifinalists and finalists will be awarded grants through the selection process.
 

Grants Webinar

Watch the recording of our informational webinar about the Women’s Fund 2022 grant cycle and application process.

DONWLOAD PRESENTATION

 

Read about the revisions to our funding strategies.

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Past Women’s Fund grant partners

2021
  • Saint Louise House
  • Foundation Communities
  • Safe Alliance
  • Survive 2 Thrive
  • Todos Juntos
  • Sammy’s House
  • Jeremiah Program
  • RISE Child Development Center
  • Breakthrough Central Texas
  • Con Mi MADRE
  • El Buen Samaritano
  • Latinitas
  • Jane’s Due Process
  • Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
  • People’s Community Clinic
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
  • Black Mamas ATX
  • Austin Area Urban League
  • Giving Austin Labor Support
  • Lone Star Circle of Care
2020
  • Safe Alliance
  • Todos Juntos
  • Foundation Communities
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
  • Mariposa Family Learning Center
2019
  • Saint Louise House
  • Mainspring Schools
  • Breakthrough Central Texas
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
  • PelotonU
 

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