The Community Fund for Women & Girls Grant Opportunity

Pathways to Economic Security for Women

Funding for Greater New Haven nonprofit organizations serving women and organizations that support women entrepreneurs and business owners.

Grant Overview

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven’s Community Fund for Women & Girls is providing grants ($1,500 - $20,000) to nonprofits that provide women in Greater New Haven with greater economic security through programs that support:

  • Women’s workforce training and employment participation and the necessary wraparound services
  • Women’s basic needs[1]
  • Women entrepreneurs
  • Childcare and after-school supports which support women in the workforce

Grants are to provide a pool of flexible funding that organizations can use to purchase material items, cover administrative and staff costs, or provide cash assistance or grants to individuals.

Eligibility Criteria

Review the general eligibility criteria before applying for a grant.

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for the first round of funding was April 22, 2022. Applicants were notified of funding decisions the week of May 16, 2022. View press release announcing 2022 Grant Awards.

Funding Priorities

Women's Economic Security

  • Financial support for women - Wrap-around supports (transportation, childcare, housing) that allow women to fully participate in training and work opportunities. Priority will be given to programs providing support to women who are ineligible for federal relief programs. Sample Outcomes: Increased ability to seek and maintain employment; increased ability to participate in and complete job-training programs.
  • Basic needs support that allows women and their families to manage during the pandemic and be employed or participate in training or educational opportunities. Sample Outcomes: Women’s increased economic security.
  • Entrepreneur and business support for women entrepreneurs including direct financial assistance for operational and administrative costs, business planning and marketing guidance and other related services. Sample Outcomes: Increased financial strength for women-owned businesses, increased staff capacity, creation of employment opportunities for women.

Childcare/After school Program Support

  • Operational Support: Funding that supports staffing, temporary wage supplements and supports to retain staff and keep programs in operation. Sample Outcomes: Increased staff retention; increased wages for childcare providers; continued program operations for childcare/youth programming.
  • Health and Safety: Personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies and rapid testing and/or test kits that allow childcare providers to remain open during the continuing pandemic. Sample Outcomes: Increased health and safety in childcare settings; reduced viral exposure and instances of staff and student quarantine due to increased availability of testing.

[1] Material basic needs includes shelter (rental and eviction assistance, rental down payment furniture, mattresses), food, clothing, hygiene items, non-prescription drugs and other essential health care not covered by insurance, home utilities, physical safety, transportation, communication tools and cash assistance through gift cards.

Thank you for your interest. The 2022 grant process ended April 22 at 5:00 p.m. Please revisit our website for future grant opportunities.

Please contact the staff people below with questions or to discuss your application:

Kara Straun, Strategic Program Manager

Sarah Fabish, Vice President for Grantmaking & Scholarships