The Women’s Fund Annual Grant Program

Our annual grantmaking provides funding to local non-profit organizations and public entities to improve the lives of women and families in the greater Redding area.

Local non-profits and public entities are invited to apply for funding through The Women’s Fund each summer.

Current Grant Recipients

Past Grant Recipients

Grant Program Overview

Our annual grantmaking provides funding to local non-profit organizations and public entities that seek to fulfill The Women’s Fund mission… “to create a better future for women and their families in the greater Redding area.”

In an effort to involve members more directly in the grantmaking process, the TWF Cabinet moved this year to have the entire TWF membership cast votes to decide our annual grant recipients. The Cabinet also decided that we would no longer have an annual focus area, but would instead invite organizations to submit proposals that clearly accomplish the TWF mission.  It is our hope that this broader criteria will elicit proposals from a wider range of community groups and yield proposals that meet urgent needs that might not otherwise be included in a particular focus area.

Grant FAQs

Who can apply?2020-08-04T15:56:27-07:00

Local nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status and public entities are invited to apply for funding through The Women’s Fund each summer. Applications can be found on the Shasta Regional Community Foundation website.

What are the grant amounts?2020-08-04T15:57:02-07:00

Each year, the Cabinet decides the total amount of grant funds to be awarded and may specify a dollar limit for individual proposals (e.g. $50,000 awarded in total and no more than $25,000 awarded to a single organization/entity). In recent years, TWF has awarded a total of $45,000-$50,000 in grants annually.

How are funding decisions made?2020-08-04T15:57:39-07:00

Funding decisions are made by the TWF membership through a two-step process involving a Grant Review Panel and voting by TWF members.

A panel of seven TWF members, known as the Grant Review Panel (GRP), reviews submitted proposals and evaluates them based on fit with the TWF mission, feasibility of implementation and reasonableness of the budget.

The GRP selects the most compelling proposals and these finalists are put on a ballot for voting by the full TWF membership in the fall. Members can be sure that the proposals and the organizations have been fully reviewed by the Grant Review Panel and that the GRP is confident that the finalists will indeed deliver on the promise of improving the lives of women and children in our community.  

TWF members receive written summaries of the proposals in an email ballot format, along with a short video featuring a representative from the organization highlighting the key elements and expected impact of the proposal. If a member prefers to receive a paper ballot, they may request that a ballot be mailed to them. Only current members are eligible to vote. Members are given 7-10 days to review the ballot and cast their vote.  Members may vote for only one project proposal.

Tell me more about the Grant Review Panel…2020-08-04T15:58:14-07:00

The members of the Grant Review Panel serve for two consecutive grantmaking cycles. Every two years, TWF members with at least two years of membership are asked whether they are interested in being on the Grant Review Panel.  Five members are chosen from this pool in a random drawing by SRCF.  The chair of the Grant Committee and one member of the TWF Cabinet also serve on the panel. A Program Officer of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation assists the Grant Review Panel in the proposal vetting process to ensure that best practices are followed.

How many proposals are funded each year?2020-08-04T15:58:51-07:00

The number of proposals that can be funded in any given year depends on the amount of funds requested by each organization and what projects receive the most member votes. The top proposal with the most votes will be funded.  Then the runner-up proposals will be funded to the extent that additional monies are available in the annual grant-making budget. At this time, it is our goal to fund at least two projects each year.

When will TWF members and the organizations know the results of the voting process?2020-08-04T15:59:19-07:00

The voting results must be approved by the TWF Cabinet and the SRCF Board of Directors.  This process can take 7-10 days. After these approvals, the organizations who submitted proposals are notified of the results by SRCF staff and results are announced to TWF members in an email and to the larger community via the TWF social media sites and press releases.

Where can I get more information about the TWF grant-making process?2020-08-04T16:44:20-07:00
If you have additional questions, please contact our Shasta Regional Community Foundation Program Officer, Megan Conn, megan@shastarcf.org. You can also reach out to our current Grant Chair, Theresa Flynn Gasman, flynngasman@gmail.com or send your question to our mailbox reddingwomensfund@gmail.com.
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