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.

Funding Priorities

So many of us have a vision for women and girls in our region – Economic Empowerment. Inclusion. Advancement. Education. Safety. Wellness. Growth. Success.  In 2020, The Fund for Women & Girls will award $100,000 to five nonprofit organizations whose innovative programs and projects will serve women and girls with a shared vision—transformation made possible through education, economic opportunity, and access to health and wellness for decades to come.  Let’s envision a stronger future for women and girls, together.

In  honor of the Fund for Women & Girls 20th anniversary in 2020, nonprofit organizations are invited to share their vision for programs, projects, and services that will create lasting impact for women and girls in South Central PA through a special, one-time, grant opportunity.  The 2020 Fund for Women & Girls VISIONARY grant opportunity will award five $20,000 innovative, change-making grants to nonprofit organizations who seek to transform women’s education, economic opportunity, and access to health and wellness for decades to come, by addressing one or more of the following priorities:

  • 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.

Proposals must

  • Be innovative and change-making. Proposed projects may seek to strengthen and/or sustain existing programs, expand existing programs, or be new, but must be innovative and change-making.
  • Demonstrate focused service to women and girls. Proposals may focus on service to women, service to girls, service to women and girls, and/service to people who identify as such.
  • Have lasting value and provide a plan for sustainability beyond the grant year.

Proposed projects may include, but are not limited in any way to:

  • Addressing at-risk, vulnerable populations (e.g. serious mental illness, returning military, those who are incarcerated or economically disadvantaged),
  • Preventing violence.
  • Understanding the connection between behavior and health (e.g. wellness, diabetes, obesity).
  • Understanding and eliminating stigma and prejudice (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability and socioeconomic status).
  • Pilot projects that, if successful, would be strong candidates for support from other foundations or funding agencies beyond the grant year.
  • Projects that may be replicated and/or expanded to similar settings.

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

  • Five, $20,000 grants will be awarded through this opportunity.
  • This grant opportunity will not fund 100% of any project; applicants may not submit applications seeking 100% project support.
  • This is a one-time, grant opportunity of The Fund for Women & Girls and will not be offered at a later date. The Fund for Women & Girls will resume its annual grantmaking program in 2021.


  • April 15, 2020 Application available.
  • August 1, 2020: 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, 2020.
  • Proposed projects may take place at any time during the grant year beginning January 1, 2021 and ending December 31, 2021. *Applicants who wish to seek up to $20,000 to be used over a two year period, will be considered on a case-by-case basis should this ensure sustainability of the presented project or program, and must receive approval from TFEC prior to application.

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 makes all grantmaking decision and consists of a dedicated group of individuals committed to the mission of The Fund for Women & Girls.  The Grant Review Committee may request additional information about the grant proposal prior to making an award or denial.


Follow Three Simple Steps to Apply

  1. ACCESS, download and/or print the 2020 The Fund for Women & Girls VISIONARY Grant Application here: 2020 The Fund for Women & Girls VISIONARY Grant 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 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.


Applicants may request a draft review of their application materials by the Program Officer for Community Investment prior to submission. To submit a draft review, email all materials to be reviewed as an attachment to jstrechay@tfec.org.  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.

If you should have any questions regarding TFEC grant opportunities or your application, please contact Andrea Iguina, Interim Program Officer for Community Investment, at aiguina@tfec.org or 717-236-5040. Questions are welcome at any time!