For Grantseekers

For Grantseekers

Future Grantmaking

Our grantmaking goals will change from year to year as we continue to grow, so just because your agency was not selected this year does not mean it won’t be in the future. We care about you and your work a great deal and are committed to supporting your work through a number of non-grant-related efforts. 

What's new

Our combined service provider survey and Letter of Interest (LOI) for our 2018 annual grant is now open through November 30th, 2017!

Just like last year, our Letter of Interest (LOI) for our 2018 grantmaking cycle is part of our annual service provider survey. All organizations that meet our funding criteria are invited to complete the survey and submit an LOI. We will select organizations from which to invite full grant proposals from those who apply by November 30, 2017.

This year’s survey/optional LOI is particularly important for two reasons:

  1. We’re increasing our annual grantmaking to $100,000 this year
  2. We’re entering a strategic planning process and we want to be informed by the needs and wisdom of our service providers.

New pilot program: Immediate Impact Fund

The Immediate Impact grants are designed for organizations that meet our funding criteria to receive grants of up to $5,000 that will cover an urgent unexpected need within six months. Applicants will receive a funding decision within five weeks from application. If selected, grantees will receive a check within six weeks of application. The pilot will run from October 2017 to May 2018, and we will fund at least one organization or program each month. APPLY NOW!

 

ANNUAL GRANTMAKING

Our initial LOI is part of our annual service provider survey, and is an open call for all organizations that meet our funding criteria. For the 2018 grant cycle, the combined service provider survey/LOI will be open until November 30th, 2017. We’ll use the responses we receive to select the organizations from which we'll invite full grant proposals in 2018. We'll also use the responses to further develop the internal database of service providers that we use to celebrate good work and support statewide connections of organizations serving Oregon women and girls. Finalists will be announced in late May at our Annual Reception, and grant awards will be disbursed by June 30, 2018.

Here's how our annual grantmaking process will work:

  • In Fall 2017, we will send a combined service provider survey/LOI to service providers in Oregon. 
  • After the survey/LOI closes, the Grants Committee will request a full proposal from organizations and programs that meet our 2018 criteria.
  • In early spring 2018, the Grants Committee will review each full proposal and select several semi-finalists.
  • In late spring 2018, we will conduct site visits for each semi-finalist. After the site visits, the Grants Committee will identify a set of finalists.
  • In May 2018, every current Foundation member will have an opportunity to view the site visit videos and vote online for our 2018 grant finalists.

 



Eligibility criteria 

 

All of our grants are designed for general operating support. Since we are a smaller foundation, we aim to support organizations and programs whose use of the funds would provide considerable impact for their work. For a list of previous grantees and how they utilized our grants, please visit our Grantmaking page.

 

Specifically, we want to hear from organizations or programs that:

  • Operate in the state of Oregon
  • Serve primarily women and/or girls (70%+ of the population served)
  • Are registered 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organizations or a sub-program of such organizations
  • Budget size between $100,000 - $2.5 million

Our priority funding areas will be the "Eight That Can't Wait," which Count Her In identifies as areas of urgent concern (violence against women, systemic racism, the cost of caregiving, barriers to reproductive health, the wage and wealth gap, economic fragility, mental health, and the public/private glass ceiling). Furthermore, we are looking at organizations doing thoughtful equity work, and providing services to marginalized communities within the population of women and girls.

 


 

Funding priorities

 

Our priority funding areas this year will be the "Eight That Can't Wait" identified in our report: Count Her In.

Please spread the word!

 

If you don’t represent an organization or program, you can help us by forwarding this survey to your favorite organizations that serve women and girls in Oregon. We can't wait to hear from them! If you have questions or want to go over our current criteria, please contact Ami Patel, Program Manager, by email at ami@w-for.org or by phone at 971-230-1294.

"We are investing in our shared future--and an equitable future demands the wisest possible use of our shared resources.” ~Emily Evans

 

Keep Me Posted

If you’d like to be notified when the Foundation makes announcements about funding priorities, is accepting Letters of Interest, or issues Requests for Proposal. We’re looking forward to keeping in touch!

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