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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.

 

Annual Grants
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 kmillay@womengiving.org.

All WFSA grant applications are hosted by Common Grant Application.

During our open grant cycles, applications are submitted through the following links through Common Grant:
First-time users to Common Grant Application register here.
Returning users to Common Grant Application login here.

Technical questions and/or support related to the Common Grant online application portal can be directed to Common Grant by clicking here.

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 awarded over $700,000 in grants to over 30 organizations in 2018.

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

Melody S. Robidoux Public Policy Grants

Melody S. Robidoux Public Policy Grants invest in organizations influencing legislative and/or workplace policy change that improve the lives of Southern Arizona women and families in economics, safety, health and leadership.

  • Planned Parenthood Arizona, Inc.
  • YWCA Southern Arizona

FY20 Harriet Silverman Small Grant Fund Awardees

Harriet Silverman Small Grant Fund Grants invest in small, grassroots organizations in our region that exemplify the vision of the WFSA.

Founders Award

The Founder’s Award, as designated by WFSA founders Melody Robidoux and Harriet Silverman, exemplifies the mission of the WFSA.

  • Emerge! Center Against Domestic Violence

FY19 Annual Competitive Grants

Annual grants are awarded to organizations that demonstrate measurable impact in economic change that empowers women.

  • Accion
  • Compass Affordable Housing
  • Constructing Circles of Peace
  • Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse
  • Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
  • Interfaith Community Services
  • Literacy Connects
  • Our Family Services, Inc.
  • Planned Parenthood Arizona
  • Primavera Foundation
  • Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF)
  • Southern Arizona Gender Alliance
  • YWCA of Southern Arizona

Unidas Grants

Unidas Grants are awarded to organizations addressing needs identified by the young women participants of the Unidas Leadership and Philanthropy program.

  • Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse – Spring 2019 men’s work focus
  • Esperanza Dance Project – Spring 2019 sexual violence prevention focus
  • Southern Arizona’s Children’s Advocacy Center – Fall 2018
  • Our Family Services – Spring 2018
  • Mariposas Sin Fronteras – Fall 2017
  • University of Arizona Southwest Institute for Research on Women – Spring 2017

Women’s Health Initiative

In partnership with University of Arizona Health Sciences, this three-year collaborative addresses behavioral health needs of women in border communities to reduce health disparities.

  • Mariposa Community Health Center (collaborative lead agency)

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

2017

Foundation Grants

  • Arivaca Action Center, Inc.
  • Community Food Bank, Inc.
  • Compass Affordable Housing
  • Earn to Learn
  • Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse
  • The Haven
  • Heartsounds: Mother and Infant Care
  • Helping Hands for Single Moms Tucson
  • International Rescue Committee Tucson
  • Law College Association for James E. Rogers College of Law
  • Literacy Connects
  • Lupus Foundation of Southern Arizona
  • Our Family Services, Inc.
  • PowerSource Tucson, Inc.
  • Primavera Foundation
  • Southeast Arizona Area Health Education
  • Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition
  • Vail Education Foundation
  • Youth On Their Own
  • YWCA of Southern Arizona

Unidas

  • University of Arizona Southwest Institute for Research on Women – Spring 2017

2016

Foundation Grants

  • Accion
  • 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
  • Literacy Connects
  • 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

  • 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.

Check back in the Fall 2019 for the next Unidas grant RFP opportunity.  

WFSA provided two Spring 2019 Unidas Girls’ Leadership and Philanthropy grants, one focused on men’s work and the other on sexual violence prevention. These grants were issued to:

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

 

 

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

Please contact our office for assistance with your Donor Advised Funds or to establish a Fund with the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona.