The Women’s Foundation is excited to announce the FY20 Harriet Silverman Small Grants. Stay tuned for the announcement of the FY20 Annual Grantees in mid-July.
Harriet Silverman Small Grants – FY20
WFSA’s Harriet Silverman Small Grants are designed for small, grassroots organizations, or upstart programs within larger organizations, that have an annual operating budget of $150,000 or less. The focus for the FY20 Silverman Grants was: Women’s Health and Hygiene. Congratulations to the following organizations for their work to meet the need of female-bodied persons for access to free or affordable menstrual hygiene supplies.
- Alliance for Southern Arizona Period Products program at the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona
- Casa Paloma Women’s Residences at Primavera Foundation
- I Am You 360 at the Boys & Girls Club Tucson
- Project Period at the YWCA
WFSA’s Annual Grants are for organizations and/or partnerships that create measurable impact, achieving change that empowers women and girls in our region. Organizations with an annual operating budget between $150,000 – $250,000 may request up to $25,000 in their grant application. Organizations with an annual operating budget greater than $250,000 may request up to $40,000 in their grant application. FY20 Annual Grant Recipients will be announced in mid-July 2019.
Successful applicants will clearly articulate their ability to measure one or both of the following outcomes:
- Increasing income and assets for low-income women.
- Influencing legislative and/or policy change to benefit women and their families.
The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona does not currently have any open grant cycles.
More Information on the Required Outcome Metrics for Annual Grant Applicants
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 and desire to measure, or established success in measuring, 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, the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona welcomes your Letter of Inquiry. Services to help women build income and assets include (but are not limited to): financial education and wealth creation opportunities such as debt reduction, credit repair, savings and home purchase, grade level gains and high school graduation, reductions in teen pregnancy, enrollment in public benefits, access to scholarships, preservation of assets, workforce development to train or retrain women in an occupation or sector that is high-growth or high-demand and higher wage.
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 Letter of Inquiry. Proposals for influencing legislative and/or policy change 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.