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Grants to California Nonprofits for Programs to Benefit Women and Girls in Eligible Regions

Field-of-Interest Grant - Women's Advancement Fund - Women's Legacy Fund


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Geographic Focus
USA: California: Mendocino County

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/18/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to California nonprofit organizations for programs to benefit women and girls in eligible regions. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the financial, emotional, physical and intellectual well-being of women and girls. Eligible programs are those that benefit residents of Mendocino County.

The Women’s Legacy Fund is comprised of three funds including the Saturday Afternoon Club, Women’s Legacy Fund, and the Deborah E. Barber Fund. The Fund is designed to support organizations in Mendocino County that assist women and girls to strengthen their physical, emotional, intellectual and financial well-being.

The goal of the fund is to provide grants to Mendocino County nonprofit organizations that have a history of supporting women and girls as demonstrated in their mission and programs. The program/project should offer an innovative solution that addresses an identified community need related to the well-being of women and girls; or enable women and girls to reach their potential.


Proposals may include:

  • Projects/programs that advance the economic welfare of women and girls;
  • Educational and mental health opportunities that enable women to experience the sense of mental well-being that comes from doing what one loves in all areas of one’s life; or
  • Essential services that provide basic needs, safety, health care including reproductive health for women and girls.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Community Foundation is welcoming proposals from Mendocino County nonprofit organizations that have a history of supporting women and girls as demonstrated in their mission and programs.

City and county entities will be considered on a request-by-request basis. All other applicant organizations must:
• Serve residents of Mendocino County. Applicants not headquartered in Mendocino County must ensure that all grant dollars requested are spent within the County;
• Be legally chartered in California and in possession of determination letter from the IRS declaring the organization a public charity that is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3); or be a school district, tribe, or special district (e.g. community services, recreation, fire protection); or have an aligned mission with a fiscal sponsor;
• Have two years of operational history; and
• Conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, or religious affiliation.

Applicants may not use grants for:
• Political contributions or to support political campaigns or lobbying;
• Influencing the outcome of or participate in any public election or to carry on, directly or indirectly, any voter registration drive;
• Purposes other than those which are religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational within the meaning of Section 170 (c)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code; and
• Purposes other than those stated in the grant award.

Pre-Proposal Conference
This year the Community Foundation will also hold our Lunch and Learn Nonprofit Training Series. The first one will cover, “The How, When, and Why of Grant Seeking and Proposal Writing” on September 7, 2023 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center and September 8, 2023 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM at the Mendocino Coast Clinics.

Pre-Application Information
Deadline for submission: September 18, 2023 by 5:00 PM

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply at least five days in advance of the deadline to resolve any technical difficulties or unforeseen internet connectivity issues.

If an applicant would like to receive feedback on their draft application, they must request an appointment and have the draft application available by September 8th.

Grants recipients will be notified of an award by November 17, 2023.

Checks will be processed and mailed out by the new calendar year.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Grant range $1,000 - $5,000

Term of Contract
Projects and/or activities supported by a Field-of-Interest grant should be concluded by November 1, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For questions about the guidelines or to receive feedback on individual proposals applicants may call Meredith DeLucia at (707) 468-9882 ext. 103 or email

For technical assistance questions, contact Hayley Moore at (707) 468-9882 ext. 110 or email

The Community Foundation of Mendocino County
204 South Oak Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 468-9882

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