COVID-19 Women and Girls Response Fund Request for Proposals

Women's Foundation of Minnesota

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Deadline: Jun 12, 2020

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Fields of work: Child Care Services Domestic Violence Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Women & Girl Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Indigenous Group, Government Entity

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Minnesota

Location of residency: Minnesota

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About this funder:

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Overview:

At the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota (WFMN), a statewide community foundation, our mission is to invest in innovation to drive gender and racial equity. Women and girls are distinctly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2016, WFMN created the Community Response Fund to meet the urgent needs of communities across Minnesota who are working at the frontlines of gender and racial equity. In response to the pandemic, WFMN is leveraging our responsive grantmaking infrastructure to launch the COVID-19 Women and Girls Response Fund, which will award a half-million dollars in emergency grants of up to $10,000 to organizations and initiatives serving women and girls experiencing gender-based violence, older women, women and girls who need short-term financial support for everyday needs due to the effects of COVID-19 (childcare, eldercare, food, housing, transportation, health, and wellness.)

Grant Information & Timeline

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded for general operating support to organizations and initiatives fulfilling the urgent needs of women and girls experiencing gender-based violence, older women, women and girls who need short-term financial support for everyday needs due to the effects of COVID-19 (childcare, eldercare, food, housing, transportation, health, and wellness.) Grant decisions will be made by WFMN staff who have been listening and engaging to understand the short- and long-term impact of COVID-19 and related underlying issues. The foundation uses all the information gathered to inform and evolve our grantmaking decisions and strategies. At the end of the grant period, grantee-partners will be asked to submit a brief survey.

Eligibility

We apply an Intersectional Equity Framework™ inclusive of Gender, Race, Place, and Additional Identities (ethnicity, sovereignty, socioeconomic class, age, disability, LGBTQ+, immigration status) to our grantmaking. Intersectional equity considers how the intersecting identities of people and communities impact their systemic access to opportunity and well-being, or to equity. This analysis is required to create the conditions in which all people have what they need to survive this pandemic in the short term and thrive in the long term.

GENDER > How are women, girls, men, and boys differently or disproportionally affected, represented, or impacted? How and why? What gender norms limit or impact equity?

RACE > How are racial and ethnic communities differently or disproportionally affected, represented, or impacted? How and why?

PLACE > How are rural, suburban, or urban communities differently or disproportionally affected?

ADDITIONAL IDENTITIES > How are additional identities, including ethnicity, sovereignty, socioeconomic class, age, disability, sexual orientation, and immigration affected, represented, or impacted? How and why?

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • In order to be eligible for funding, organizations and initiatives must use an Intersectional Equity lens in their response and meet the following additional criteria:
    • Organizations and initiatives responding to an urgent need related to COVID-19.
    • Organizations and initiatives serving women and girls experiencing gender-based violence, and older women, women, and girls who need short-term financial support for everyday needs (childcare, eldercare, food, housing, transportation, health, and wellness.) Communities served must be in Minnesota.
    • Eligible organizations include nonprofit organizations, American Indian Nations, schools, local government and law enforcement, and other tax-exempt organizations.
    • Unincorporated organizations, groups, and initiatives may apply but must have a tax-exempt fiscal sponsor.
    • Organizations and initiatives must align with the WFMN’s mission and vision. 

Ineligibility:

  • The following are NOT eligible for responsive funding:
    • Individuals
    • Organizations and initiatives that may be deemed discriminatory on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligation, and marital status.
    • Organizations and initiatives that limit or oppose a woman’s right to self-determination.
    • Projects within religious institutions that do not align with the mission and values of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.

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