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Rapid Operating and Relief (ROAR) for Women Fund

Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Fields of work: Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Child Care Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Alabama

Location of residency: Alabama

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About this funder:



Our Philosophy

As the state’s first only foundation specifically investing for gender equity, The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham has always committed itself to addressing challenges that distinctly impact women, especially child care. 

Child care has been identified very clearly as one of the greatest unmet needs in our community and state right now. In fact, many are closing permanently which will have devastating long-term effects on women and communities. At this time, 7% of licensed child care centers are open and operating in our state.

The Rapid Operating and Relief (ROAR) for Women Fund will give targeted grants to any Alabama DHR licensed child care centers, family day care homes, and group homes (or accepted, meaning those that are regulated by another state or federal entity) serving children of essential employees, allowing centers to stay open or reopen and operate throughout the COVID-19 crisis. This process allows The Women’s Fund to meet the needs of our state in a responsive and agile way.

The ROAR Fund will adapt and evolve as we learn and understand more about the current situation.


ROAR for Women grants (up to $10,000) will be awarded on a rolling basis to child care centers located in areas of the state most affected by the pandemic. The Women’s Fund will begin accepting applications on March 30, 2020. Priority will be given to child care centers serving the children of essential employees (as defined by the latest order from the Alabama Department of Public Health, e.g. Alabama Public Health Department Order) responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Awards will be one-time per center in the calendar year.

All funds will be gap funding. All other existing funding (including but not limited to federal, state, and local) must be used before grant funding from the ROAR for Women Fund.

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


  • An applying organization must be an Alabama DHR licensed child care center, family day care home, or group home (or accepted, meaning those that are regulated by another state or federal entity). 
  • The organization does not have to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but the work for which the center is requesting funding must have broad impact and a public benefit.


  • We Do Not Fund
    • Requests from individuals.
    • Endowment campaigns or capital fund drives.
    • Lobbying activity. While we recognize that effective public policy advocacy requires lobbying, our grant awards may not be used for lobbying.


This page was last reviewed June 03, 2020 and last updated June 03, 2020