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Funding now available for small, grassroots organizations empowering women and girls through the Harriet Silverman Small Grants Fund

Grant proposal deadline is March 1, 2017.  For more information, see “How to Apply” below.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Women’s Foundation will be awarding unrestricted grants in the range of $25,000 – $40,000 in 2017. The next Annual Grant round will open September 1, 2017.

Learn more about the Foundation’s Community Impact focus here.

 

Apply now for a Harriet Silverman Small Grants Fund Grant

Grant proposal deadline is March 1, 2017.

Do you work or volunteer with a small, grassroots organization in Southern Arizona that is improving the lives of women or girls?

Through the new Harriet Silverman Small Grants Fund, the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona is now accepting proposals to support the work of small, grassroots organizations in our region. Eligible organizations may apply for grant awards in the range of $1,000 to $5,000.

Complete the simple, online application by March 1, 2017.  Use the following links to submit an application:

First-time users to Common Grant Applications register here.

Returning users to Common Grant Applications login here.

Eligibility:

  • Organizations with annual expenses of $150,000 or less
  • Organizations located and working to empower women and/or girls in Pima, Cochise or Santa Cruz County
  • Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization in good standing or a grassroots organization with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor conducting charitable work in Southern Arizona.

 

The Women’s Foundation does not provide funds for: individuals; campaigns to elect candidates to public office; capital fund drives; debt reduction; endowments; fund-raising events or one-time conferences or workshops; scholarships; fellowships or tuition reimbursement; programs inconsistent with federal, state, and local non-discrimination statutes regarding equal employment opportunity; programs that promote religious activities; programs outside of Southern Arizona; individual classrooms or schools.

Grant Timeline
February 1, 2017 – Application Opens
March 1, 2017 – Proposal Deadline
March, 2017 – Site Visits
April 26, 2017 – Grants awarded at 2017 WFSA Luncheon

Our 2016 Annual Grantmaking Round closed on September 1, 2016

Annual Grant Priorities:

Inspired by our mission and drawing on key findings from our recent research, during our competitive grant round, which closed September 30, 2016, the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona is collaborating to achieve change that empowers women and girls in the following areas:

  • Adopting a two-generation approach by partnering with and investing in organizations and initiatives that address the needs of two generations, i.e. low-income single mothers and their children, simultaneously
  • Increasing women’s income and assets by partnering with and investing in organizations that demonstrate measurable impact in economic  change that empowers women
  • Influencing legislative and/or workplace policy change that improves the lives of Southern Arizona women and families in economics, safety, health and leadership.

 

Grant Timeline
September 1, 2016 – LOI Opens
September 30, 2016 – LOI Deadline
Oct. 5, 2016 – Full Proposal Invitations
Oct. 13, 2016 – Pre-proposal Workshops for Applicants, 8:00 am OR 3:00 pm (Please reserve one of these times on you calendar in the event your organization is invited to submit a full proposal.)
Oct. 31, 2016 – Full Proposal deadline
January 2017 – Site Visits
April 26, 2017 – Grants Awarded at 2017 WFSA Luncheon

 

Background to Grantmaking at the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona

The mission of the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona is: We collaborate to achieve social, political and economic change that empowers women and girls. One of more than a 160 women’s funds globally, the Foundation advances women’s leadership and philanthropy by raising, managing, and granting money to meet the needs of women and girls.

The Board of Trustees, a community-based volunteer board, sets the funding priorities of the Women’s Foundation.

Grant proposals to the Women’s Foundation are reviewed by community-based groups of volunteer grant evaluators who make funding recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Our Community Impact Committee exemplifies the Foundation’s commitment to inclusiveness by utilizing comprehensive evaluation methods and techniques. Committee members are individuals with a wide range of experiences and knowledge as well as diversity in ethnicity, race, income, sexual orientation, and age.

Common Grantmaking Myths

Questions and Answers

Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding our grantmaking. If you do not see your question listed below, feel free to contact us with your question.

Do we have to be a 501(c)(3) to be considered for funding? What size and types of grants does the Foundation make? What are the funding restrictions? What geographic region does the Foundation consider Southern Arizona? Does the Foundation suggest target populations? What is the Foundation's grant selection process? What is the evaluation and reporting process for grant recipients? What is the Foundation's renewal policy?

Thanks to our generous donors we were able to award over $600,000 in grants to 20 organizations in 2016.

Equity & Opportunity Fund Grants

The Equity and Opportunity Fund grant-making initiative strives to build the long-term economic security and financial independence of low-income, women-headed families. Each of these recipients are receiving three-year grants to expand and enhance their existing services.

  • Accion
  • Literacy Connects
  • Planned Parenthood Arizona
  • Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc.

*Special Thanks to the Connie Hillman Family Foundation for partnering with WFSA to increase the impact of our grants

Annual Competitive Grants

Annual grants are awarded to organizations helping women and girls throughout southern Arizona achieve economic self-sufficiency.

  • Amistad y Salud, dba Clinica Amistad
  • Arizona Youth Partnership
  • Arizona’s Children Association
  • Compass Affordable Housing
  • Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse
  • Helping Hands for Single Moms USA
  • International Rescue Committee in Tucson
  • Law College Association for James E. Rogers College of Law
  • Mariposa Community Health Center’s Mariposa Family Learning Center
  • Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center
  • Pima County JTED
  • Planned Parenthood Arizona
  • Primavera Foundation
  • Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center
  • Southern Arizona Legal Aid
  • YWCA of Southern Arizona, Women’s Center for Economic Opportunity

Unidas Grants

  • Easter Seals Blake Foundation
  • Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center

2015

Foundation Grants

  • Accion
  • Amistad y Salud, dba Clinica Amistad
  • Arivaca Action Center, Inc.
  • Arizona Youth Partnership
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson
  • Caregivers Training Institute
  • Children’s Action Alliance
  • Compass Affordable Housing
  • Educational Enrichment Foundation
  • Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse
  • Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona
  • Helping Hands for Single Moms USA
  • Literacy Connects
  • Nogales Community Development Corporation
  • Our Family Services
  • Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center
  • Youth On Their Own
  • YWCA of Tucson

Unidas

  • Camp Born This Way
  • El Groupo Youth Cycling
  • Emerge! Center Against Domestic Violence
  • Esperanza Dance Project
  • Southern Arizona Gender Alliance

2014

Foundation Grants

  • Arizona’s Children Association
  • Compass Affordable Housing, Inc.
  • International Rescue Committee Tucson
  • Mariposa Family Learning Center
  • Our Family Services, Inc.
  • Pima County Community Land Trust
  • Pio Decimo Center
  • Planned Parenthood Arizona
  • Primavera Foundation
  • Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc.
  • University of Arizona Foundation, Dept. of Psychiatry
  • Youth On Their Own
  • YWCA of Tucson

Unidas

  • Edge High School
  • Pan Left Productions
  • U of A, Southwest Institute for Research on Women

2013

Foundation Grants

  • Accion
  • Emerge! Center Against Domestic Violence
  • Dishes and Stories
  • International Rescue Committee in Tucson
  • MAC/WBC
  • Nogales Community Development Corporation
  • Our Family Services
  • Planned Parenthood Arizona
  • Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center
  • Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc.
  • Youth On Their Own

Unidas

  • Edge High School – Empower Me Project
  • Esperanza Dance Project
  • Sage, Easter Seals Blake Foundation – Healthy Relationships Therapy Group

2012

Foundation Grants

  • Educational Enrichment Foundation
  • International Rescue Committee in Tucson
  • Literacy Connects – The Women’s Literacy Network
  • Planned Parenthood Arizona
  • The Primavera Foundation, Inc.
  • Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault
  • Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc.

Unidas

  • Tucson Youth Poetry Slam – Soñadoras Hablan (Dreamers Speak)
  • Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona – Girl Scout Leadership Institute

“Unidas” is the feminization of the Spanish word for “United.” The program gives high school aged young women the opportunity to give away $5,000 per semester to non-profit organizations that support the type of social change important to them. Throughout the program, participants gain hands-on experience in community service, leadership, social justice, and grant-making – all centered around helping to improve the quality of life for women and girls in Southern Arizona.

Applications for the Unidas Spring 2017 grant cycle will open April 3, 2017.

Grant-making Focus: To be determined by program participants and announced March 31, 2017.

Deadline for applications: 5:00 pm, April 28, 2017

FAQ’s on the Unidas Grant-making process are listed below:

 

Mission and Funding Criteria: Eligibility Requirements: Unidas values programs and organizations that: