2018 Grant Guidelines & Application

Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund mission statement:

The Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund promotes positive change in the lives of Fond du Lac area women and girls through grants to local 501(c)3 organizations for programs consistent with its mission; engages women in philanthropy; and creates community understanding of the strengths and challenges of Fond du Lac area women and girls.

Our Funding Priorities

The Women’s Fund will consider awarding grants to 501(c)3 non-profit organizations for programs or projects primarily targeted to benefit women and/or girls in the Fond du Lac area in one or more of its funding priority areas: education; leadership development; financial self-sufficiency; safety, dignity and freedom from violence. New programs in any of these priorities and those specifically aligned with the Fond du Lac Says No More three year intiative will be given priority. For more information regarding the initiative, please visit www.fdlsaysnomore.org.

Criteria for Funding

The following criteria will be used in the decision-making process. The Women’s Fund does not conduct interviews with applicants. Please make sure your written application is complete and makes a compelling case for your request. It must be typed. To be considered, applications must:

  1. Describe how the request is targeted to primarily benefit Fond du Lac area women and/or girls; Programs for men and boys could also meet this criteria, e.g., programs for men or boys could (or can) also meet this criteria.
  2. Describe how the request addresses at least one of our four funding priorities. Specifically address, if applicable, how the request addresses Fond du Lac Says No More initiative;
  3. Clearly define program/project’s short-term and long-term goals;
  4. Clearly define program/project’s anticipated outcomes;
  5. Describe target population including demographic information, number of individuals served directly and impact on community, including indirect impact;
  6. Describe methods/strategies that will be used for effective implementation;
  7. Include a timeline and budget that is clear and concise;
  8. Include a description for the tools that will be used for evaluation;
  9. Define how success will be measured, including evaluative criteria.


To be eligible for a grant:

  • Your program/project must be consistent with the funding priorities of the Women’s Fund.
  • Your program/project must primarily benefit women and girls in the Fond du Lac area.
  • Your organization must be a tax-exempt, non-profit organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 organization.

NOTE: If your program is funded, you agree to complete and submit the Women’s Fund Evaluation form as required, and, if requested, be willing to present the evaluation at a Board meeting. Future grants will not be considered without a final program evaluation on file.

The Women’s Fund will not fund individuals, endowments, government agencies (educational institutions may qualify), projects with a religious purpose, and political parties, candidates or partisan activities.

Download 2018 Grant Application

Posted on July 31, 2018


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