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Regions to Enhance the Quality of Life for Girls and Women

Women Building Community (WBC) Grants

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City Federation of Women’s Organizations (CFWO)

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Deadline Date:

09/23/22 - Deadline for WBC Grants; Unexpected Needs Grants are accepted on an ongoing basis.


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Grants of up to $1,000 and a grant of up to $5,000 to New York nonprofit organizations and government agencies to improve the quality of life for women and girls in eligible regions. Areas of focus include education, community engagement and development, human services, health, and gender equity. Funding may also be used to address unexpected needs or emergencies. Programs must benefit girls and women in Tompkins County.

Women Building Community (WBC) Grants support women and/or girls of all races, colors, national origins, religions, gender identities (including gender expression), sexual orientations, abilities, ages, marital status and socio-economic status.

WBC Unexpected Needs Grants

A grant opportunity to help fund unexpected needs or emergencies or to take advantage of an unexpected opportunity. Applications may be submitted at any time; awards will be made following the next available Board Meeting.

WBC Grants

Full or partial funding is available for new or ongoing projects. 

Project Areas Considered for Funding

In addition to addressing needs and opportunities that improve the quality of life for Tompkins County women and/or girls, projects to be funded must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Community Development and Engagement: Activities that increase participation of women and/or girls in developing programs that enhance community life and/or cooperation among neighbors
  • Education, Youth Development, Career Development: Activities that promote or strengthen the education of women and/or girls, both in and out of the classroom
  • Gender Equity: Activities that address gender-equity issues
  • Health: Activities that improve the health access and outcomes of women and/or girls
  • Human Services: Activities that support public safety, employment, food and nutrition, housing and shelter, disaster preparedness, and other relief for women and/or girls
  • Administrative/operating costs directly related to a specific project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146220

Estimated Size of Grant:

- WBC Unexpected Needs Grants: Up to $1,000
- WBC Grants: Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

WBC Grants: Projects must be completed by December 31st of the year after the Fall award is made.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The City Federation of Women’s Organizations (CFWO) welcomes grant applications from nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies serving Tompkins County. Organizations without a 501(c)(3) designation will be required to be sponsored by a nonprofit organization that does have a 501(c)(3) designation.

Project Areas Not Considered for Funding:
• Requests for funding to reduce or retire debt of the organization
• Projects operated by religious organizations for religious purposes
• Political parties or campaigns
• Administrative/operating costs not directly related to the proposed project
• Annual appeals and membership contributions
• Endowment campaigns

Pre-proposal Conference:

An information session will be held at 3:30 on September 9 via Zoom.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the Fall 2022 Grants are due September 23.

Applicants will be notified in late November of the Board’s decisions.

You can apply for an Unexpected Needs Grant at any time.

Organizations may submit more than one application during each grant cycle.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Direct questions to the email address listed above.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Tompkins County

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