To support women and girls by making resources available for causes of interest to women, fostering among women a sense of empowerment and philanthropy, and increasing awareness throughout the community of the importance of women's issues.
Geographic scope: Winnebago County (Applicant organization may be located outside of Winnebago County, but the grant must affect women and girls in Winnebago County.)
Range of grantmaking: Grant awards will range from $2,500 to $40,000 with the possibility of multi-year awards.
Grant application deadlines: Jan. 6, 2017
Grant decisions: February 2017
Contact: Karlene Grabner, or 920-426-3993

The Women's Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a partnership of donors, grantees, and volunteers working to advance the status of women of all ages in Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Through grantmaking and fund development, the Women's Fund strives to create measurable social change in the areas of education, economic self-sufficiency, health and well-being, and safety from abuse and crime. All funds under the Women's Fund umbrella are administered by the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.

Our goal is to increase the financial resources available for programs specifically targeted to women in our community. Despite the dramatic advancement of women in recent decades, women are still far more likely than men to be homeless, live in poverty, be unemployed or under-employed, face violence, or suffer with inadequate housing and healthcare. We work to increase literacy, prevent violence, promote economic self-sufficiency, improve physical and emotional health, teach leadership and encourage personal growth for women of all ages.

The Women's Fund has specified four granting goals. The strongest grant proposals will directly address one or more of the following issues:

Safety from abuse and crime
  • Violence against women and children
  • Freedom from fear
  • Prevention
  • Training programs
  • Relationships/dating
  • Recovery
Economic self-sufficiency
  • Support self and family
  • Self-reliance
  • Sustainability
  • Financial literacy
  • Equal access to opportunities
  • Awareness of opportunities
  • Breaking the cycle of poverty
Health and well-being
  • Body image
  • Women's health
  • Women's health risks
  • Women's reproductive rights
  • Maintaining healthy lifestyles
  • Education of our partners and nonprofits
  • Education of our community
  • Education for women and girls

Grant exclusions:
  • Debt reduction or retirement
  • Political or lobbying activities

Not currently accepting applications

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