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Women's Fund El Dorado Grant Program

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Women's Fund El Dorado (WFED)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

12/02/21 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $30,000 to California nonprofit organizations, churches, and schools in eligible locations to address the needs of the local community. Previously funded programs have supported youth at risk, seniors, and low-income and homeless residents. Eligible applicants are located on the western slope of El Dorado County (El Dorado Hills to Silver Fork).

Three types of grants are available:

  • Inspiration Grants: Inspiration Grants do not have a specific focus, thereby inspiring nonprofits to identify and address the community’s most pressing needs. 
  • Acorn Grants: Acorn grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that have not previously received a grant from the WFED. New and established nonprofits are encouraged to apply. 
  • Impact Grants: Impact Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations offering direct impacts on the western slope of El Dorado County. This includes but is not limited to human services, such as those pertaining to mental or physical health, education, youth development, or services to children, families or seniors, arts, community beautification, animal welfare, or community development.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 133255

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Two Inspiration Grants, three Acorn Grants, and three Impact Grants will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Inspiration Grants: Up to $30,000.
- Acorn Grants: Up to $10,000
- Impact Grants: Up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

This grant period runs from June 1, 2022 through May 31, 2023. . If an organization does not anticipate expending all funds by May 31, 2023, they must request an extension in advance.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding is available to Nonprofit Organizations 501(c)(3), Schools, Churches, and Service Organizations that meet the following criteria:
• Have nonprofit status
• Have a physical location on the western slope of El Dorado County (El Dorado Hills to Silver Fork)
• Provide services to the western slope of El Dorado County

If an organization does not have an established western slope office or nonprofit status, it may collaborate or partner with a qualifying organization. The qualifying nonprofit will serve as the grant applicant. At the time of application, sponsoring agencies must submit a signed acknowledgment of their responsibilities as a fiscal sponsor.

Not Funded:
• Research (medical or otherwise)
• Operating deficits/retirement of existing debt
• For-profit organizations
• Individuals, for any purpose
• Religious organizations unless religious teachings are not a prerequisite to receiving services.
• Scholarships for a named individual, although scholarship funds may receive grants
• Endowments
• Nonprofit organizations not operating within the western slope of El Dorado County
• Political nonprofits

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are invited and encouraged to attend the Virtual Grant Applicant’s Workshop on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM.

To Register:

Pre-Application Information:

- All proposals must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on December 2, 2021.
- January 14, 2022 Grants Committee meets to set 2022 Ballot.
- January 19, 2022 Notifications to ballot finalist to prepare presentation for February 3 Virtual Ballot Showcase.
- February 3, 2022 Ballot Showcase Virtual Event - ballot finalists will be expected to participate. Additional details to follow.
- February 2, 2022 Ballot to all paid WFED members after event.
- March 1, 2022 Last day for WFED members to vote on 2022 grant recipients.
- March 15, 2022 Notification emails to grant non-recipients and recipients.
- May 5, 2022 WFED Grants Gala
- June 1, 2022 Grantee Funding meeting; checks are distributed from the El Dorado Community Foundation directly to the grantees

An organization may only apply for one grant per granting year.

After receiving a grant in a prior year there is no “sit out” from the grant process the following year; however, nonprofits that have been selected and awarded grant funding for two consecutive years will sit out of the WFED grant cycle for one year and will be eligible to reapply the following year.

2021 Grant Recipients:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Please contact the Grants Chair, Deanne Johnson, at if you have any additional questions.

Women's Fund El Dorado
P.O. Box 1388
312 Main Street, Suite 201
Placerville, California 95667

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