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Women and Girls Grants - Women’s Fund and Lois Livingston McMillen Memorial Fund


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Women’s Fund and Lois Livingston McMillen Memorial Fund
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Geographic Focus
USA: Connecticut: Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/22/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and agencies for programs that support girls and women in eligible locations. Applicants must complete the required registration prior to applying. Funding is intended to encourage skill development and advocacy and to foster self-respect, self-esteem, and resilience. Grants will also fund services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse. Eligible applicants are located in and serve Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.

Women’s Fund, Possible Grant Funding Projects:

  • Creation of inclusive, welcoming, and supportive conditions and positive role models
  • Outreach that builds participation and inclusion of underrepresented populations
  • Meaningful youth involvement in creating the program’s plans and or implementation
  • Programs that contribute to positive youth development and utilize the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets; programs that have established achievable and meaningful goals for participants, as well as tracking systems to follow progress; and programs that include teenage and pre-teen girls.
  • Multiple organizations working collaboratively on establishing goals, developing curricula or schedules, and addressing training needs, implementation, and evaluation efforts.
  • Planning grants that allow organizations the opportunity to explore and plan for a potential project. Costs associated with analyzing feasibility, solidifying partnerships, and developing work plans or proofs of concept are eligible.

Lois Livingston McMillen Memorial Fund: Supports agencies that provide critical services to women and children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse. Priority is given to direct service programs to address immediate crises and provide emotional support and guidance to women and children who are victims of social, emotional, or psychological abuse or sexual assault, and domestic violence. Aims are to promote self-confidence, pride, dignity, and personal advancement in those who have suffered from such destructive behavior.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
In order to apply for funding, an organization must:
- Be a not-for-profit organization recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a municipal entity seeking a grant for public purposes. Organizations may also have a nonprofit fiscal sponsor if they do not have their own nonprofit status.
- Have a board, representative of the community, of which a majority is neither employees nor relatives of employees.
- Possess a Nonprofit Registration to Solicit Funds (or exemption, if appropriate) from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. This registration must be renewed annually.

Additional Geographic Information:

Service Area:

Not Funded:
- Requests for political or religious purposes
- Requests for capital expenditures on buildings not owned by a nonprofit

Pre-Application Information
Grant applications for 2024 will be available by January 12th.

Application due date:
- February 22, 2024

If you have not yet already registered a GOapply account, you must do so now to apply for grant funding. Registration requires approval and may take up to two business days. Please register with ample time to prepare and submit your application.

Applications are reviewed by staff, committees, and the board of trustees in a process that takes about ten weeks from the deadline date.

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Grantmaking Overview:

Estimated Size of Grant
The average amount is between $5,000 and $15,000. Grants for larger amounts can be considered. Please contact the staff to discuss requests for larger amounts in advance of submission.

Contact Information
Register and Apply online:

For more information, please contact:
Wanda Y. Correa, Vice President, Community Impact | 203.753.1315, x 114

Connecticut Community Foundation
43 Field Street
Waterbury, CT 06702

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