Our grant cycle is closed.
About our grant opportunity
We believe 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.
This grants cycle, the Women’s Fund will award funding to organizations and programs in the following categories:
- 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, cultural competent, and quality child care for low-income families.
- Education – provide access to an ecosystem of support – financial, emotional, and academic – for women pursuing educational dreams.
- Women’s Health – focus on reducing health disparities faced by women of color.
- Unintended Pregnancy Prevention – provide access to consumable, unbiased pregnancy prevention resources.
In each pillar, four grants will be distributed as follows:
- One winning finalist – a $40,000 multi-year grant over 2 years – $20,000 in 2021 and $20,000 in 2022
- One runner-up finalist – $20,000 in 2021
- Two semifinalists – $10,000 in 2021
In total, $400,000 in unrestricted, general operating support will be awarded to 20 different nonprofit organizations.
Before applying for a grant from the Women’s Fund, please review our impact areas and data reports to ensure your work is aligned with our mission. Learn more >
- Women’s Issues are Community Issues
- Child Care is a Necessary Work Support for Women
- Racial Wealth Divide in Austin
We highly encourage you to review the scoring rubric and guiding definitions to get a better of understanding of the criteria that will be applied to your proposal and to guide you in submitting a successful application.
All applications were due online at 5 pm CST on Thursday, January 28, 2021.
Additional eligibility considerations
- Specific to Women’s Health Grants: This funding is intended for nonclinical services and the funds cannot be utilized to subsidize uninsured/unfunded patients who are served under a contract with Central Health.
- 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 organization 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.
- Organizations that were awarded Women’s Fund grants in 2020 are eligible to apply, but must submit a progress report along with their application. Progress reports may be accessed via the ACF grant portal.
- Application opens: December 10, 2020
- Applications due: January 28, 2021 at 5 pm CST
- Learning Sessions with semifinalists: March 22 – April 16, 2021
- Award decisions announced: May 11, 2021
- All interested applicants will submit a request through Austin Community Foundation’s grant portal. Applications were due by 5pm CST on Thursday, January 28, 2021.
- One application can be submitted to multiple pillars (grant categories like housing, education, etc.). Applicants will have an opportunity to address each pillar and how their programming supports 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, four semifinalists will be invited to meet with Women’s Fund investors through an online video call. These Learning Sessions will be conducted March 22 through April 16 via Zoom.
- 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.
- 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.
Past Women’s Fund grant partners
- Safe Alliance
- Todos Juntos
- Foundation Communities
- Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
- Mariposa Family Learning Center
- Saint Louise House
- Mainspring Schools
- Breakthrough Central Texas
- Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas