Grant Opportunities Available for Initiatives that Support Women and Girls

April 19, 2018 – The Women’s Fund of Central New York is now accepting grant applications. This year, preference will be given to applications that request funding for planning, operating expenses, and/or organizational capacity building.

Funding may be used to cover costs related to:

  • Planning (e.g., data gathering; consultants; meetings)
  • Operation (e.g., administrative salaries; utilities)
  • Capacity Building (e.g., staff and volunteer training; technology purchases)

The Fund anticipates awarding approximately $30,000 in grant funding this year.

Grant amounts up to $10,000 will be awarded to tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations certified by the Internal Revenue Service as public charities under section 501(c)(3). Grants awarded must directly support women and/or girls in Onondaga, Cayuga, Oswego and/or Madison counties. Grants will be announced in July 2018. Applications must be received by June 15, 2018. 

Effective this year, organizations will be asked to submit their applications using a new online grant application. Applicants can visit to learn more about the application process and guidelines.
For additional information, applicants can contact Jan Lane at 315-883-5546 or email

The Women’s Fund of Central New York is an affiliate fund of the Central New York Community Foundation. The fund supports, empowers and recognizes the advancement and full participation of women and girls in Central New York through an endowment fund, grants and initiatives. Since its inception in 1998, the Women’s Fund has awarded more than $325,000 in grants, and has grown its endowment to more than $1 million. For more information or to make a donation, visit:

About the Central New York Community Foundation

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $226 million. It awarded $14 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, it has invested nearly $170 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 700 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.

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