Fund for Women & Girls' Grants Process to Change for 2020

Strategic investment in longer-term opportunities to replace RFP process

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2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Community Fund for Women & Girls, and with that historic event will come a change to the Fund's grantmaking process. The change is a strategic decision made by the Fund's Advisory Board in coordination with Foundation leaders to amplify the Fund's impact.

Instead of a request for proposal process, Fund leadership will use knowledge gained from prior grant processes, grantee partnerships and research to strategically invest in longer-term opportunities that support the economic mobility and advancement of women and girls.

The Fund's Advisory Board, over the last five years, has learned a great deal about gender responsive grantmaking through applications and grant reports received. This knowledge is shared more broadly within The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven's grantmaking and investments work and has been a factor in the development of The Foundation's new strategic plan, in which women are among other key populations that will be the focus of continuing and new support.

For 2020 and beyond, the Community Fund for Women & Girls and The Community Foundation encourage you to seek support through The Foundation's responsive grant processes. Information about those processes is available online at, including a grantseeker webinar outlining Foundation grant opportunities, criteria, and application deadlines.

Past grant recipients of grants from the Community Fund for Women & Girls are encouraged to take advantage of joining the Connecticut Collective for Women and Girls if their organization has not yet done so. The Fund has invested in creating this Collective, a collaborative of CT-based organizations committed to the advancement of women and girls, through network building, collective advocacy and impact. There is no cost to participate and benefit from the professional development opportunities, up to date information and data on women's issues and collective action on legislation, policy and advocacy.

Please watch for further information early in 2020 about celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Community Fund for Women & Girls and a Foundation convening featuring economic growth opportunities for women.

Please reach out to Sarah Fabish or Kara Straun with any questions.

The Community Fund for Women & Girls

2019 Officers

Karen Peart, Chair | Heather Calabrese, Vice Chair | Christine Kim, Treasurer | Janna Wagner, Immediate Past Chair | Kellyann Day, Community Foundation Board Liaison

2019 Advisory Board

Daisy Abreu | Sharon Brooks | Barbara Chesler | Mary Beth Congdon |Tina Garrity | Meredith Gavrin | Anne Godsey | Mubarakah Ibrahim | Maribel Lopez | Amy Marx | Liza Janssen Petra | Carol Ross | Tressa Spears Jackson | Cynthia Watson