The Women’s Fund is now accepting applications for our 2018 grant cycle, Economic Opportunity for Women and Their Children. If your organization is considering applying, please review the Request for Proposals (RFP) carefully, as we have made some changes.

Grant applications are due Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Applications must be submitted via email to Carla Crowder (ccrowder@womensfundbirmingham.org).

Grant information sessions will be held at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM on Tuesday, July 18 at Architecture Works (130 19th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233).

Potential grantees are strongly encouraged to attend one of these identical sessions which will provide detailed information about the grant application process and examples of successful grantees. The deadline to register is July 17.

Click here to register for the 2018 Grant Information Session

The Women’s Fund will give priority to two-generation collaborative efforts that focus on post-secondary education and/or job training for single mothers with wraparound support services.

Please note: Our focus on two-generation programs with a post-secondary and/or job-training component represents a shift in funding priorities based on research, data, and outcomes from prior grants.

Organizations may apply for grants through both this RFP process and Collaboration Institute 3.0. An applicant’s receipt of funding through one program does not preclude an award of funding from the other program.

View/Download the 2018 Grant Cycle RFP

Request for Proposals Overview

The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham is committed to economic opportunity for all women, especially for women who aim to move beyond poverty for their own sake and the sake of their children.

For the 2018 grant cycle, The Women’s Fund will support programs that strengthen the economic security of single women and their children. We award grants to non-profit organizations and give priority to two-generation collaborative efforts that focus on post-secondary education and/or job training with wraparound support services in the five-county metropolitan area: Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker.

The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham will make awards to area non-profits in the amount of $20,000 to $50,000 for one year. Organizations may apply for grants through both this RFP process and Collaboration Institute 3.0.

Program Must Serve

Single women and their children with a household income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

Program Requirements

The Women’s Fund will consider proposals for programs that:

Increase the income of female-headed households, and/orGrow the assets of female-headed households (in the form of financial or tangible assets, e.g. bank deposits, a home/property), and/orIncrease the educational and/or job skill level of female-headed households, and/orEnsure that children of single women who are advancing their education or job skill level are enrolled in quality early childhood education.

Priority Consideration

Priority consideration will be given to programs that:

Combine two or more of the program requirements either in-house or through formal agency collaboration.Promote a two-generation approach by creating opportunities for and addressing the needs of both women and their children together.Provide post-secondary educational opportunities to single mothers combined with supportive wrap-around services, such as case management, career coaching, transportation assistance, and/or financial counseling.

We encourage innovative programming. If you believe your program strengthens the economic security of single women and their children through these or other substantiated means, you are encouraged to apply.

Questions?

Carla Crowder

Program Director

ccrowder@womensfundbirmingham.org

205-326-4454

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