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Women's and Girls' Fund Grants

Grants to California Nonprofits in Eligible Locations
to Advance Education for Girls and Women

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Kern Community Foundation - Women's and Girls' Fund

Conf. Date:

01/07/21

LOI Date:

11/24/20

Deadline Date:

01/22/21 5:00 PM PT

Description:

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Grants of up to $25,000 to California nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for projects that advance the education of local girls and women. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Priority is given to projects that address the root causes of educational issues and create lasting, sustainable change. Applicants must have a presence in Kern County and all programs must benefit women or girls within Kern County.

The Women’s and Girls’ Fund values social change grant-making that focuses on long-term solutions to societal problems facing women and girls in all parts of Kern County. The Fund believes that when women and girls prosper, communities thrive.

The Women’s and Girls’ Fund prioritizes requests designed to increase passion and enthusiasm for learning while addressing issues pertaining to Educational Attainment. 

Grades K-8

  • Increase the percentage of girls scoring in the “advance/proficient” level on the California Standardized Test or equivalent test.
  • Increase literacy including educational success for English learners.
  • Encourage interest in STEM fields of study.

Grades 9-12

  • Increase the percentage of girls scoring in the “advance/proficient” level on the California Standardized Test or equivalent test.
  • Decrease need for remediation in math, English, and reading in college.
  • Improve success in A-G course requirements for college readiness.
  • Increase the graduation rate from high school.
  • Increase literacy including educational success for English learners.
  • Provide vocational training with an emphasis on living-wage occupations.
  • Provide opportunity for success in STEM fields of study.

Post-high school/adult education

  • Increase the graduation rate from college.
  • Provide opportunity for success in STEM fields of study.
  • Provide vocational training with an emphasis on living-wage occupations.
  • Increase literacy

Employers want employees prepared for success. Success in work, life, and education requires certain soft skills. The Fund will consider grants designed to foster a strong work ethic; reliability and dependability; a positive attitude; being self-motivated; skills in problem-solving, time-management, and communication; self-confidence; and the ability to work in a team structure.

For a list of grant priorities, click here: http://www.kernfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/WGF-Grantmaking-Policy-Document-for-2021-2025-Grant-Cycles.pdf#page=2

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163027

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$60,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant request: $25,000

Term of Contract:

Funding is typically for one year only. Multi-year grant requests may be considered, but the applicant should also be prepared to accept one year’s funding only.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations should have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation or fiscal agent and be registered with Kern Community Foundation. All organizations seeking funds must have current, Silver-level participant status on GuideStar.

The Women’s and Girls’ Fund WILL NOT provide grants to: individuals, political campaigns, one-time events, capital fund drives, litigation, programs inconsistent with non-discrimination statutes, religious causes, endowments, reimbursements, scholarships, businesses or for-profit organizations, government agencies except public school districts (although the Fund prefers to grant to a foundation associated with the district), programs that do not specifically address the needs of Kern County women or girls, or any organization that limits options.

While the Fund does not fund religious causes—religious education—it happily funds faith-based organizations doing social change work.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Optional grant writing tutorial on this WGF opportunity will be offered online; applicants who have been invited to submit full proposals are encouraged to attend.

- January 7, 2021 (Noon – 1:30 pm)

Pre-Application Information:

Grantmaking Cycle:
- November 10, 2020 – Announcement of Focus Area and LOIs open for Kern nonprofits
- November 24, 2020 (5 pm Pacific Time) – Letters of Intent due online
- December 11, 2020 – Invitations / Declinations to Apply are e-mailed
- January 7, 2021 (Noon – 1:30 pm) – Optional grant writing tutorial on this WGF opportunity will be offered online; applicants who have been invited to submit full proposals are encouraged to attend.
- January 22, 2021 (5 pm Pacific Time) – Full Proposal application packets due online
- February 3, 2021 (1 – 5 pm) – Applicant interviews with WGF Grants Allocation Committee
- February 12, 2021 – Grantees notified of their award (Provisional notice, pending Kern Community Foundation Board approval)
- March 31, 2021 (approximately) – Signed Grant Agreements due
- April 14, 2021 – Grants awarded at Annual Luncheon of The Women’s and Girls’ Fund

Nonprofits submitting full applications should have their organizational profile online at Kern Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Search. Contact the Foundation for more information and assistance.

A representative from the successful grantee organization should plan to attend the spring luncheon of The Women’s and Girls’ Fund, where the award will be made.

Grantmaking information:
http://www.kernfoundation.org/what-we-do/community-initiatives/the-womens-and-girls-fund/grantmaking/

Contact Information:

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

Selected nonprofits may submit full applications on the Foundation’s Online Grant Platform:
https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=pea9Ssv98lYSNnUx9C_ZBsSFzaKMSk9H0

If you have questions please contact the Director of Community Impact, Louis Medina:
Phone: 661.616.2603
Email: louis@kernfoundation.org.

3300 Truxtun Avenue, Suite 220
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Phone: 661.325.5346

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