Grant Eligibility

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Eligibility Information

Proposals must impact women in the western Massachusetts counties of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire. Proposals with statewide or national impact will be considered only if they are led by an organization located in one of the above four counties. All money must be distributed through non-profit organizations federally determined as 501(c)(3) entities. Applicants without 501(c)(3) status may engage a fiscal agent to administer their grant funds.

The Women's Fund will not award grants to:

  • political campaigns or promotion of candidates for public office,
  • programs that promote anti-reproductive activities and/or beliefs,
  • programs that promote religious activities and/or beliefs,
  • advancement of capital or endowment campaigns,
  • scholarships that fund individual students,
  • programs that do not provide a respectful atmosphere for lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, and transgendered people,
  • co-educational programs that do not clearly communicate the specific and unique impacts for women and girls, or
  • event sponsorships

Collaboration Requirements

Project proposals must demonstrate meaningful collaboration between at least two distinct organizations. We will also give priority to applicants that involve cross-sector coalitions (non-profit, corporate, government, school, etc.).

Current and Previous Grantees

Organizations funded in previous years may apply. Organizations currently funded as part of a multi-year project ending in FY18 may apply. However, they must differentiate their proposed activities from currently funded efforts and demonstrate a coordinated, and mutually reinforcing, plan of action. Progress reports of current grantees will be considered as part of the application process.

Submission Information and Questions

Questions and clarifications are welcome. Please contact for more information. Applicants must submit all LOI application materials via email by Friday, January 6th, 2017 at 5:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time). Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants may submit their application and materials to

Application Timeline

The Women's Fund will hold a grant information session in every county. Sessions will be identical, and are not mandatory to apply for a grant. They are intended to help project leaders understand the Women's Fund's updated grant process, goals, and objectives.

Grant Information Sessions

RSVP to Julie Holt 

December 2
Berkshire County Informational Session: Family Resource Center, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
December 9
Franklin County Information Session: GCC Downtown Center – 270 Main Street, Greenfield, Massachusetts, 01301. First floor conference room- D121
December 12
Hampshire County Information Session: WFWM Offices, 116 Pleasant Street Suite 358 Easthampton, MA 01027
December 13
Hampden County Information Session: Valley Venture mentors (VVM) Tower Square, 1500 Main St, Springfield, MA 01115. Second floor, Suite 252
Please note that our Hampden County Grants information session was rescheduled to Tuesday, Dec. 13. If you missed the session, please contact Ellen Moorhouse with any questions).


Application Timeline 

Send proposals to Julie Holt 

December 1,  2016
LOI released, becomes available online at
January 6, 2017
Final Letters of Intent (LOI) due via email 
Note: dropped off and mailed proposals will not be considered. 
February 17, 2017
Invites for full application sent via email  
March 31, 2017
Final grant submissions due via email 
June 2, 2017
Grant award decisions announced