The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona is currently requesting applications to its Annual Grants and the Harriet Silverman Small Grants for FY21. Applications are open until 12noon MST on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
- These grants are made in the form of unrestricted funding.
- Organizations must serve women and girls in Southern Arizona, defined as Pima, Cochise, or Santa Cruz counties.
- For details on each grant opportunity, please read below.
- To apply, please log into Common Grant Application and search for the “Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona.” More details about Common Grant Application are at the bottom of this page.
Harriet Silverman Small Grants
These grants are open for 501c3 organizations (or those with a 501c3 fiscal sponsor) with an annual operating budget of $150,000 or less. Please note: Organizations who received funding from the Harriet Silverman Small Grants in FY20 are ineligible to apply in FY21.
The focus for the Silverman FY21 Grants is Women’s Health and Hygiene. Successful applicants must clearly articulate how their work addresses this need for women and girls in Southern Arizona. WFSA is especially interested in applicants who are working to address women’s health in relation to addiction issues.
These grants seek to provide unrestricted funding to 501c3 organizations that empower women and girls through increased income/assets or through legislative/policy change.
Organizations with an annual operating budget between $150,000 – $500,000 may request up to $25,000 in their grant application. Organizations with an annual operating budget greater than $500,000 may request up to $65,000 in their grant application.
Those organizations who best align with WFSA priorities via the Initial Application will be invited to complete a full application. WFSA will then award unrestricted grants to those organizations ranked highest by our Volunteer Evaluators. We seek non-profit partners who create measurable impact, achieving change that empowers women and girls in our region, by increasing women’s income and assets and/or influencing legislative/policy change. Successful applicants must clearly articulate their ability to measure one or both of these outcomes, as a result of the service(s) of their organization.
In addition to alignment with one or both outcomes, successful applicants will demonstrate how their organization applies a “2-Generation approach” to their work.
Required Outcome Metrics
Services, activities, and outputs vary widely among our non-profit partners, and we value the diversity of work being done by them in Southern Arizona. However, to be a successful applicant to the WFSA Annual Grants, a non-profit organization must clearly present their ability to measure one or both of the WFSA required outcome metrics, as elaborated below:
- Increasing Women’s Income and Assets:
If a direct service of your organization, or an outcome of your organization’s direct service(s), is an increase to income and assets for low-income women and girls, WFSA welcomes your initial application. Services to help women build income and assets include (but are not limited to): increased income, debt reduction, credit repair, increased savings, home purchase, grade level gains, high school graduation, completion of higher education, enrollment in public benefits, access to scholarships, workforce development to train women in a mid-skill, high-wage occupation.
- Influencing Legislative and/or Policy Change:
If your organization, through collaboration or its own initiative, seeks to influence legislative and/or policy change to benefit women and girls in our community, with a focus on systems-level change, the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona welcomes your initial application. Influencing legislative and/or policy change may include (but are not limited to): advocacy campaigns that educate decision makers on the importance of the expansion of TANF funds, pay equity that ensures comparable pay for all jobs, comprehensive sex education that is evidence-based and age-appropriate, a two-generation approach to policy advocacy that links early care and education for children with workforce development services or coalition-building to prevent policy changes that are detrimental to women and girls.
Applicant organizations must be able to measurably demonstrate their impact in one or both of these areas in their proposals.
Questions? Please email Dr. Krista Millay at firstname.lastname@example.org.