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The mission of The Fund for Women & Girls, a special initiative of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, is to broaden the awareness of and response to issues affecting women and girls through the power of collective philanthropy. Created in 2000, The Fund for Women & Girls has been working for nearly two decades to and continues to strengthen its primary goals:

  • To recruit 1,000 individuals to join the Dream Team by each making a gift of $1,000 which will be used to create a lasting endowment of $1 million to support women and girls now, and far into the future.
  • Make grants annually to local nonprofit organizations that focus on bettering the lives of women and girls in the South Central PA counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry, and the Dillsburg Area.


The Fund for Women & Girls believes that positive social change will come about only when barriers of class, economic status, educational background, ethnicity, educational background, faith traditions, gender identity, race, and sexual orientation are overcome, Participation at the broadest level is the beacon of our work.

Enduring progress will be made by focusing on assets unique to the lives and work of women and girls. We strive to create a climate of empowerment in a community where many voices can contribute to the shaping of will and attitudes.

In our society, gender powerfully affects experience and opportunity. All voices will be heard, including those outside the mainstream and those silent voices within the mainstream.

Funding Priorities

To further its mission, The Fund for Women & Girls utilizes four Funding Priorities which seek to support projects that advance the lives of women and girls by:

  • Providing opportunities to address basic needs or develop economic self-sufficiency.
  • Providing opportunities to strengthen and address health and safety needs.
  • Providing opportunities for education.
  • Providing opportunities to invest in systems and sustainable change efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Fund for Women & Girls is seeking proposals that are change-making for local women & girls.

  • Proposed projects may seek to strengthen and/or sustain existing programs, expand existing programs or be brand new.
  • Proposals must be focused on service to women, service to girls, service to women & girls, or service to those who identify as such.
  • Proposals must have lasting value and provide a plan for sustainability beyond the grant term.

Grant Eligibility

  • Eligible projects must serve individuals, groups, and/or locations within Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry Counties, and/or the Dillsburg Area of Northern York County.
  • Applicants must either be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization act as a fiscal sponsor for the proposed project.

Size of Grants

The maximum grant is $5,000. In 2019, grant awards ranged from $1,000-$3,000. Grants are awarded for one year. In 2020, TFWG awarded $20,000 to five nonprofit organizations for their 20th anniversary.

Grant Timeline

  • June 1, 2022: Application available.
  • September 1, 2022: All application materials must be submitted through the online application system by 4:00pm.
  • Applicants will be notified of their status on or before December 1, 2022
  • Proposed projects may take place at any time between January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023

What We Do Not Fund

  • Advancement of capital or endowment campaign
  • Anti-reproductive rights activities
  • Co-educational programs that do not clearly communicate the specific and unique aspects for women and girls
  • Event sponsorship
  • Political campaigns or promotion of candidates for public office
  • Promotion of religious beliefs
  • Scholarships that fund individual students

In addition, in alignment with TFEC guidelines, this grant opportunity does not fund:

  • Advertising
  • Capital campaigns
  • Direct lobbying to influence legislation or funding appropriations
  • Individuals
  • National and statewide umbrella organizations that cannot demonstrate a local presence
  • New staff positions without a substantial plan for sustainability
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Retroactive projects

Criteria for Evaluating Proposals

The Fund for Women & Girls Grant Review Committee consists of a diverse group of individuals committed to the mission of The Fund for Women & Girls. Committee members use the criteria below to evaluate applicant submissions and make valuable suggestions to ensure that work supported by The Fund for Women & Girls will make a difference. The Grant Review Committee may request additional information about the grant proposal prior to making an award or denial.

The Fund for Women & Girls will evaluate grant applications using the following criteria:

  • 30 Points – Project Narrative:
    • Connection to the mission and 4 Funding Priorities of the Fund for Women & Girls.
    • Service to women and girls is clearly specified, defined, and estimated.
    • Narrative provides a clear picture of all proposed actions and activities.
    • Project/program dates and locations are clearly addressed and anticipated.
    • Roles and responsibilities are defined and work to strengthen/enhance the project.
  • 20 points – Diversity & Inclusion
    • Project demonstrates how it will be inclusive/accessible to all applicable audiences.
  • 20 points – Funding Sources
    • Project has an achievable funding plan and is not 100% dependent upon grant award.
  • 20 Points – Budget Worksheet
    • Budget Worksheet clearly defines where awarded funds will be applied.
  • 90 Total Points Available


Follow Three Simple Steps to Apply

  1. ACCESS, download, and/or print The Fund for Women & Girls Grant Application here: The Fund for Women & Girls Application
  2. LOGIN into the TFEC online application system and begin or update your online profile here:
  1. UPLOAD all required materials to the Attachments Tab within the online application system and select submit before 4pm on the application deadline. This grant opportunity requires attachments. See the Grant Application for full instructions.  All required materials will be uploaded within the Attachments Tab; materials should not be mailed or delivered.

Helpful Hints: Using the Online Application System

  • To begin, you will enter the applicant organization’s Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as the Federal Tax Identification Number.  You will not be able to create an Organization Profile without it.
  • You may Save and Finish Later at any time.
  • Some information provided in the online application system is identical to information provided in the grant application; be sure that these answers correspond.
  • The grant application and all attachments, including letters of support if applicable, are to be uploaded and submitted using the online application system.
  • Save a copy of all materials for yourself prior to selecting Submit.
  • Submit all materials prior to the deadline; the online application system will automatically close after 4pm.
  • TFEC staff cannot access or view your Draft Materials.

Notes to Remember

  • Only projects taking place during the stated grant year will be considered for this round of funding.
  • Applicants with current grant awards from TFEC who are delinquent or non-compliant in grant reporting requirements may have subsequent grant applications denied.

Applicants using a Fiscal Sponsor for this application must also follow the directions below


  • Because your Fiscal Sponsor is the organization who has 501c3 status, you will need to enter the Fiscal Sponsor Organization’s Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as the Federal Tax Identification Number, when beginning your work in the online application system.


  • Within the “Application Information” tab of the online application system, you will see a “Fiscal Sponsor” Heading. Within this section, the Organization Name and Contact Information should be for the Organization and Executive Leader of the organization serving as your Fiscal Sponsor.
  • Because your Fiscal Sponsor is the organization who is registered with the Commonwealth, answer all questions about the PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations using your Fiscal Sponsor’s information.
  • For all other elements of the “Organization Contact Information” and “Application Information” tabs, the name of your organization/project is the Applicant Organization and all other questions should be answered using your organization/project information rather than your Fiscal Sponsor.


  • Your application must include a letter signed (digital or original) by the Executive Leader of the organization who is serving as your Fiscal Sponsor stating their agreement to do so. This letter will be uploaded with your application attachments.
  • Upload the IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter of your Fiscal Sponsor.
  • Upload the Board of Directors List for your Fiscal Sponsor AND if your organization/project has its own Leadership Team list, please also upload.
  • Upload the most recent 990 of your Fiscal Sponsor. If your organization/project has a separate budget or financial statement that would assist the grantmaking committee in their review of an application, please also upload.


  • The organization serving as your Fiscal Sponsor will receive notification of whether or not a grant has been awarded. If a grant is awarded the Fiscal Sponsor will be required to execute the Grant Agreement and will be sent the grant funds to be allocated to your organization appropriately. Your Fiscal Sponsor will be responsible for ensuring the funds are used as indicated in the original proposal and/or grant agreement.


All applicants are invited to contact our Community Investment Team, to discuss a proposed project or application.

Applicants may request a draft review of their application materials by our Community Investment Team prior to submission. To submit a draft review, email all materials to be reviewed as an attachment to  Draft review requests are limited to one review of each grant opportunity and submissions must be received at least two weeks prior to the application deadline.

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Andrea Iguina-Pérez