Henry FordBy Laura Christman

“Fostering Self-sufficiency” is this year’s theme for grants from The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation.

The grant focus was announced at Thursday’s State of the Fund event held at The McConnell Foundation headquarters in Redding. Programs that address women struggling with basic needs to bring stability to families will be considered for 2016 grants. That could mean support with housing, child care, transportation, job skills, diploma completion, mental health support, dental care, personal finances, life skills and other areas.

Nonprofit organizations and public entities are invited to submit applications to be reviewed by a panel of The Women’s Fund. Winning grants will be announced at The Women’s Fund member celebration in October.

The grant focus selection was based on votes by the membership. “Fostering Self-sufficiency” earned 66 percent of the vote. The other choice was “Advancing Economic Opportunities.” That theme was the target area for grants the past two years.

Last year, The Women’s Fund awarded four grants totaling $40,000. The Women’s Fund has given $170,000 in grants since 2010.