Women & Girls Fund Accepting Grant Applications

The Women & Girls Fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation invites nonprofits to apply for grants. Programs eligible for grants include those that serve women and girls in the development of economic self-sufficiency by means of education, financial literacy and social services. Applicants may request up to $5,000 for programs.

Nonprofits serving women and girls in the development of economic self-sufficiency by means of education, financial literacy and social services may also apply for grants for capital goods and/or equipment, such as mattresses for a residential treatment program or the purchase of an item that creates efficiency for the operation of a nonprofit, such as a printer or refrigerator. Applicants may request up to $1,500 for capital goods and/or equipment.

The application deadline is March 7, 2018. Grant applications can be completed and submitted online at www.northwestcf.org/womenandgirls

The Women & Girls Fund was established as a giving circle in 1999 by a small group of women who shared a concern for the real-life needs of local women and girls. The Fund has awarded more than $50,000 to organizations that work to help women and girls develop skills, attain economic security, and improve their quality of life.

In recent years, the Women & Girls Fund has awarded grants to support summer internship programs, career-development seminars, and provided laptop computers for educational and employment research.

The fund has also supported child-care scholarships and transportation assistance for working mothers, programs that enhance economic opportunities and promote self-sufficiency for women leaving abusive relationships, and leadership-assertiveness workshops for high school girls.

Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $94 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than
$3 million.

Contact your Community Foundation staff at: (860) 626-1245 to discuss your charitable giving options and goals.