Funding Priorities and Guidelines
In 2015, the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls completed a comprehensive strategic plan process that incorporated the input of stakeholders within the community to develop a vision, mission, and strategic direction for the future. As a result of this process, CCFWG has adopted a new mission to lead and unite the community through philanthropy and advocacy to ensure that women and girls have resources and opportunities to thrive.
Based upon this process, CCFWG also adopted a new organizational and grantmaking framework that aligns with the new strategic direction. The objective of CCFWG’s grantmaking activities is to create positive impact in the four community-identified priority areas for women and girls. As a result, CCFWG will support organizations that address the following priorities:
- Meet the core needs of women and girls;
- Improve access to economic opportunities for women and girls;
- Promote health and wellness by addressing needs specifically related to the health of women and girls; and
- Invest in systems and sustainable change efforts to challenge gender inequality
Examples of services provided by our grantees include, but are not limited to:
- Vocational training and workforce preparation
- STEM programming for girls
- Case management for teenage mothers
- Improved access to women’s health service
- Domestic violence services
- Housing and homelessness prevention
- Campaign to raise awareness about gender disparity in number of locally elected officials
- Youth development programming focused on girls leadership and/or empowerment
Through investment in these areas, CCFWG hopes to play an active role in providing equality and security for women and girls, making our communities stronger and more vibrant for everyone.
The following types of organizations are eligible to apply for CCFWG grants:
- Non-profit organizations that demonstrate tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Service Code 501(c)(3)
- Groups or organizations that submit an application through a fiscal sponsor, i.e., a tax-exempt organization under IRS Code 501(c)(3) that agrees to accept funds on its behalf.
Additionally, though an organization does not need to be located within the county, all applicants must demonstrate a commitment to women and girls in Chester County. Any organization applying for a general operating or capacity building grant must demonstrate that women, girls, or mothers and their children in Chester County make up at least 75% of the organization’s total target population. Organizations applying for program or project support must demonstrate one of the following: 1) 100% of the recipient of services supported by a CCFWG grant are women, girls, or mothers and their children in Chester County; or 2) the proposed work will produce impacts that increase resources and opportunities for women and girls in Chester County.
CCFWG will give preference to applicants that:
- Advance CCFWG’s message and focus on women and girls
- Have a track record of collaboration and partnerships with other organizations
- Have limited access to large grants and do not have the resources of larger non-profits
CCFWG does not provide grants for:
- Capital expenditures, equipment, endowments, special events
- Advertising, publishing or promotional materials
- Conferences or one-time educational workshops
- Government agencies or individuals
- Political campaigns or lobbying organizations
- Projects with an objective to restrict or limit a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices
- Religious programs (however programs run by religious organizations may qualify)
CCFWG has two grantmaking programs through which it invests in organizations serving women and girls in Chester County:
Core Grants Program: CCFWG’s Core Grant Program makes program, general operating, or capacity building support grants to organizations or programs that align with CCFWG’s mission, vision, and priority areas. These grant requests are considered annually through and open RFP process.
Girls Advisory Board Grants Program: CCFWG operates a girls’ grantmaking program, the Girls Advisory Board (GAB), offering an opportunity for young women to learn about the deep and varied need in their communities and to engage in strategic grantmaking. GAB makes grants annually through their annual RFP, review, and allocation process. Each year, GAB determines its focus area based on CCFWG’s priority areas and invites select organizations to apply.