The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City is dedicated to improving the quality of life for women and girls in our community. One way in which we do that is through provision of grant funding to area non-profit organizations that do any of the following:
- provide direct services to women and girls in need
- advocate for equity and opportunity for women and girls in need
- conduct research on the unique needs and issues of women and girls in our community
Beginning in 2014, The Women’s Foundation will operate two grant cycles per year and will no longer utilize a Request for Proposals. Funds will be released in April (February 1st deadline) and October (August 31st deadline). Potential grant seekers are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Jackie Loya-Torres, Vice President, Community Investments, prior to submitting a request. She can be reached at Jackie@wfgkc.org or 913-831-0711, ext. 26.
The grant application for the October 2014 release of funds will be available here after June 1st, 2014.
The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City is committed to improving the quality of life for women and girls in our community. The Women’s Foundation was created in 1991; and since then we have made 332 grants totaling over $3.3 million to programs benefiting women and girls in the greater Kansas City area. But each year, the need in Kansas City far exceeds our resources. We still find in the Kansas City metro area that 80% of people living in poverty are women and their children; women and their children make up 85% of the homeless population in Kansas City; nationwide they are the fastest growing segment of the homeless; battery is the single major cause of injury to women; a woman is battered every 10 seconds; a girl who doesn’t graduate from high school has a 90% chance of being poor and of passing the “legacy” of poverty to her children; and less than 6% of all foundation and corporate charitable funding goes to programs that specifically serve the needs of women and girls. Yet women and girls continue to be disproportionately affected by violence and poverty.
Each year, we seek proposals that clearly demonstrate a resolve to face these challenges head on and affect change in the Kansas City metro area. Improving the lives of women and girls is central to our mission and integral in making Kansas City a better community; one in which women and girls can thrive.
Funding decisions will be based on the following criteria:
- Applicant organization must have been in existence for more than three years.
- Program/project is designed specifically for women and girls with a demonstrated need
- Clarity about the program goals, program participants, and where the Foundation’s dollars will be used is provided.
- Evaluation tools are in place to measure effectiveness of process and of outputs/outcomes, and a clear definition of what would constitute success for the program is included.
- Information confirming that the activities proposed, as well as staff, volunteers and participants are appropriately inclusive and diverse.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
- Applicant organizations must be tax-exempt as defined by the IRS code, section 501(c)(3).
- Applicant organizations must maintain ongoing operations, including staffing and programs within the eight-county metropolitan area: Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri and Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. All funded services/programs must be designed and carried out for the benefit of the target population living in these areas.
- Applicant organizations must be in compliance with local, state and federal regulations related to nondiscrimination, wage and hour laws, workplace safety, licensure, protection of confidential health care information and all other laws and regulations applicable to the staff, clients, consumers and the workplace of the applicant.
- Application organizations must have the demonstrated capacity to carry out program work funded by the grant, exercise financial controls and use generally accepted accounting procedures.
- An annual audit performed by an independent CPA is encouraged.
The Foundation WILL NOT FUND:
- Religious organizations for religious/evangelizing activities
- Government agencies
- Organizations which restrict choices or limit options
- Political parties, candidates or political activities
- Programs inconsistent with non-discrimination policies
- Capital fund drives (Specific equipment/capital needs may be funded if tied to proposed program.)
One year grants will be awarded in amounts up to $25,000. Organizations that have received grants from The Women’s Foundation in the past are not assured of continued funding.
Awards will be made in October and April.
The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City reserves the right to reject any or all proposals submitted. Grants are made at the sole discretion of the Foundation.