Annual Focus Area History

Each year, The Women’s Fund members select the Focus Area for the current round of funding. The Cabinet selects three potential topic areas for members to vote on, based on suggestions gathered from members, local data and community needs. The Women’s Fund members then vote for one of several potential Focus Areas. The topic area receiving the most votes is the Focus Area for funding in that year’s grantmaking process.

Focus Area: “Fostering Economic Opportunities”

Focus Area: “Fostering Economic Opportunities”

Focus Area: “Fostering Self Sufficiency”

Focus Area: “Fostering Economic Opportunities”

Focus Area: “Fostering Economic Opportunities”

Focus Area: “Encouraging a Culture of Learning and Growth”

Focus Area: “Breaking Cycles of Poverty”

Focus Area: “Breaking Cycles of Poverty”

Focus Area: “Gaining Skills for Economic Self-sufficiency”

Grant Program General Information (Eligibility)

  • Nonprofit organizations/public charities with tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Community Foundation will search the IRS database to confirm current Section 501(c)(3) status.

  • Public organizations

  • Budget deficits

  • Endowment funds or annual fund drives

  • Individuals

  • The promotion of religious activities

  • Applicants must address The Women’s Fund’s current Focus Area (which changes annually) as it relates to women and families in the Redding area.

  • The services provided by organizations funded through grants from The Women’s Fund must take place within the City of Redding but may include participants who reside not only in Redding but also in neighboring communities, i.e., Cottonwood (within Shasta County) to the South, Shasta Lake City to the North, Palo Cedro to the East, and Igo/Ono to the West.

  • Organizations are not precluded from applying to The Women’s Fund for consecutive years. The Grant Review Panel will consider proposals based on merit and select from among each year’s applicants to choose the one(s) that best meet that year’s Focus Area.

  • The amount the Women’s Fund will offer through the grantmaking process will vary each year. Grant applications should be for no less than $5,000.

  • The Women’s Fund will not knowingly support organizations whose programs, services or hiring practices discriminate in regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, political ideology, age, creed, religion, heritage, ancestry, national origin, veteran status, disability, unrelated to job or course of study requirements, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applying For A Women’s Fund Grant

  • The Women’s Fund grant applications: Applications are available once a year at the Shasta Regional Community Foundation website: www.shastarcf.org/grants (look for The Women’s Fund opportunity). The Request for Proposals (RFPs) are released each summer with an application deadline in August.

  • For further information: Contact Amanda Hutchings at (530) 244-1219 or amanda@shastarcf.org.