Women’s Foundation of California: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Women’s Foundation of California seeks organizations that strengthen women’s rights and economic well-being.

IP TAKE: This funder supports local, grassroots and statewide women’s groups.

PROFILE: Since 1979, the Women’s Foundation of California has sought organizations “that [generate] bold ideas and solutions to address complex issues that affect the economic security of low-income women and families.” Ultimately, the Women’s Foundation of California “trains and invests in women to become policy advocates and philanthropic leaders who strengthen the economic well-being of California’s women and their families.” The foundation does so through partnerships between “ grassroots solution makers and the government.” The foundation focuses on organizations that work to benefit women in California, specifically through economic mobility, reproductive health and rights, civic engagement and economic security.

The foundation offers four types of grants. General operating grants support general operational costs. Planning grants support organizations defining their strategies, roles and responsibilities, while project and program implementation grants back organizations implementing well-defined plans. Lastly, the foundation’s collaborative work grants support two or more partner organizations work together toward a shared goal.

The Women’s Foundation of California also offers four initiatives through which it awards grants: Women’s Economic Mobility, Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice, Inland Valley Civic Engagement and Prosperity Together.

Past foundation grantees include ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, A New Way of Life Reentry Project, and Training in Early Abortion for Comprehensive Healthcare. Grants typically range from $5,000 to $100,000. To learn more about the types of organizations the Women’s Foundation of California supports and at what level, explore its current grant partners list.

In general, the foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Grantseekers are encouraged to sign up for its email list for information on open funding opportunities.


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