The Fund for Women & Girls VISIONARY Grant

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

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Deadline: Aug 1, 2020 1:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $20,000

Fields of work: Reproductive Rights Women's Rights & Equality Women's Health Women & Girl Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Pennsylvania: Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Franklin County, Lebanon County, Perry County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Pennsylvania: Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Franklin County, Lebanon County, Perry County Show all

Gender restriction: Female

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About this funder:




The mission of The Fund for Women & Girls, a special initiative of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, is to broaden the awareness of and response to issues affecting women and girls through the power of collective philanthropy.

Funding Priorities

So many of us have a vision for women and girls in our region – Economic Empowerment. Inclusion. Advancement. Education. Safety. Wellness. Growth. Success. In 2020, The Fund for Women & Girls will award $100,000 to five nonprofit organizations whose innovative programs and projects will serve women and girls with a shared vision—transformation made possible through education, economic opportunity, and access to health and wellness for decades to come. Let’s envision a stronger future for women and girls, together.

In honor of the Fund for Women & Girls 20th anniversary in 2020, nonprofit organizations are invited to share their vision for programs, projects, and services that will create lasting impact for women and girls in South Central PA through a special, one-time, grant opportunity. The 2020 Fund for Women & Girls VISIONARY grant opportunity will award five $20,000 innovative, change-making grants to nonprofit organizations who seek to transform women’s education, economic opportunity, and access to health and wellness for decades to come, by addressing one or more of the following priorities: 

  • Providing opportunities to address basic needs or develop economic self-sufficiency. 
  • Providing opportunities to strengthen and address health and safety needs.
  • Providing opportunities for education.

Proposals must

  • Be innovative and change-making. Proposed projects may seek to strengthen and/or sustain existing programs, expand existing programs, or be new, but must be innovative and change-making. 
  • Demonstrate focused service to women and girls. Proposals may focus on service to women, service to girls, service to women and girls, and/service to people who identify as such.
  • Have lasting value and provide a plan for sustainability beyond the grant year.

Proposed projects may include, but are not limited in any way to:

  • Addressing at-risk, vulnerable populations (e.g. serious mental illness, returning military, those who are incarcerated or economically disadvantaged), 
  • Preventing violence.
  • Understanding the connection between behavior and health (e.g. wellness, diabetes, obesity).
  • Understanding and eliminating stigma and prejudice (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability and socioeconomic status).
  • Pilot projects that, if successful, would be strong candidates for support from other foundations or funding agencies beyond the grant year.
  • Projects that may be replicated and/or expanded to similar settings.

Size of Grants

  • Five, $20,000 grants will be awarded through this opportunity.
  • This is a one-time, grant opportunity of The Fund for Women & Girls and will not be offered at a later date. The Fund for Women & Girls will resume its annual grantmaking program in 2021.

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


  • Eligible projects must serve individuals, groups, and/or locations within Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry Counties, and/or the Dillsburg Area of Northern York County.
  • Applicants must either be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization act as a fiscal sponsor for the proposed project.


  • This grant opportunity will not fund 100% of any project;
    • applicants may not submit applications seeking 100% project support.
  • What We Do Not Fund
    • Advancement of capital or endowment campaign
    • Anti-reproductive rights activities
    • Co-educational programs that do not clearly communicate the specific and unique aspects for women and girls
    • Event sponsorship
    • Political campaigns or promotion of candidates for public office
    • Promotion of religious beliefs
    • Scholarships that fund individual students
  • In addition, in alignment with TFEC guidelines, this grant opportunity does not fund:
    • Advertising
    • Capital campaigns
    • Direct lobbying to influence legislation or funding appropriations
    • Individuals
    • National and statewide umbrella organizations that cannot demonstrate a local presence
    • New staff positions without a substantial plan for sustainability
    • Religious organizations for religious purposes
    • Retroactive projects