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 Women and Girls Fund has grown to more than 200 supporters who help women and girls develop economic self-sufficiency by means of education, financial literacy and social services.
Each Spring, The Women & Girls Fund invites nonprofits to apply for program and capital/equipment grants that support their mission. The deadline for submitting a grant application is March 7, 2018.
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In 2014, The Women and Girls Fund supported Moxie for Teens! at Explorations Charter School in Winsted with two grants, a $1500 grant to support the program and a $361 grant for program supplies.
Through the program, life coaches work with teenage girls for several weeks to help them develop improved self-esteem and develop leadership skills as well as examine how girls make choices, communicate, define their value and develop their presence.
"Moxie for Teens" will work with girls to help them build the life skills and responsibility qualities that lead to success – Ginnie Block, Explorations Charter School
In 2014, The Women and Girls Fund supported the Art Therapy for Mothers and Daughters program at the McCall Foundation with a $1,500 grant.
The ten week program focusses on restoring healthy relationships among mothers and daughters, defining roles within the family, strengthening bonds, promoting leadership qualities, and modeling positive and healthy female roles and relationships for women and girls who have experienced neglect and abuse.
"Mother-daughter dyads build communications skills, strengthen bonds, and decrease incidents of abuse and neglect, " Jessica Wright, The McCall Foundation Inc.
In 2013, The Women & Girls Fund supported the Winsted Area Childcare with a $3,000 grant to provide daycare scholarships to single working mothers. During 2013-2014, the grant enabled the Winsted Area Childcare to provide four female-headed families a $20 per week discount on day care expenses, saving them $80-$100 per month.
Additionally, the Women and Girls Fund awarded the childcare facility a $750 grant for the purchase of a clothes washer and clothes dryer, enabling staff to quickly wash and dry soiled bibs, blankets and sheets and dry wet hats, mittens and socks during the winter months.
In 2011, The Women & Girls Fund awarded the childcare provider a $3,000 grant to provide single working mothers scholarships for its before and after school program.
In 2012, The Women & Girls Fund supported the W.I.S.H. (Women Initiating Success and Hope) fund at Prime Time House with a $1,700 grant. In 2010, the Fund supported W.I.S.H. with a $3,000 grant.
The W.I.S.H fund assists adult females with mental illnesses to obtain the clothing, hygiene items, medications and other items they need to successfully interview for and maintain employment. Participants in the program live well below the poverty line. They often cannot afford transportation and are faced with choosing to pick up their medications or purchase food.
To work and be seen as a contributor in one’s community is unquantifiable to our participants; it means the world, said Lisa Lynch, Prime Time House.
In 2012, The Women & Girls Fund supported the VNA Northwest, a nonprofit home care and hospice agency, with a $750 grant to support the purchase of a portable hand-held oximter, adaptive attachments, and infant stethoscope.
The device is used by registered nurses within the organization’s maternal and child health program to obtain accurate blood oxygen, and pulse, measurements.
In 2016, The Women & Girls Fund supported New Opportunities Inc. with a $2,500 grant to support a full-day workshop for the Latina Women’s Association. Women and girls from the Association attended the workshop, which focused on identifying personal interests and goals, and exploring the education, financial planning, and employment needed to accomplish them.