The Women's and Girls' Fund Announces New Grants Cycle
Sep 13, 2013

The Women’s and Girls’ Fund, a leadership initiative of Kern Community Foundation, continues a four-year grantmaking focus to support education and training programs for local women and girls.  According to Founding Chair Judi McCarthy, “We believe that a strong educational foundation is a girl’s best opportunity for future success – her own and her children’s success. But we are concerned by specific challenges in Kern County’s educational climate: graduation rates lower than state and national averages, high dropout rates, failure to achieve A-G course requirements for university entrance, and more. We hope to target some of these challenges with our grants.”

In 2014, at least $25,000 will be awarded to local nonprofit charitable organizations.  The upcoming grant cycle, the seventh for the Women’s and Girls’ Fund, has a November 6, 2013 deadline. The Women’s and Girls’ Fund prioritizes requests that address these educational issues: literacy; educational attainment; dropout prevention; high school graduation; achievement of A-G course requirements; college preparation or re-entry; job skills training; education and training for emancipated foster youth. Judi McCarthy added, “We especially value efforts with sustainable impact or the potential for replication.” 
Interested nonprofits should click here to review instructions and grant policies and submit a Letter of Intent online by November 6, 2013. Organizations invited to submit a full application will be notified by December 6, 2013, with final applications due January 22, 2014. Organizations submitting full applications are also required to have a profile online with Kern Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Search.  Successful grant recipients will be introduced at the Women’s and Girls’ Fund’s Tenth Annual Luncheon Celebration on April 30, 2014.

The Women’s and Girls’ Fund was launched in 2005 as a leadership initiative of Kern Community Foundation.  To date, grants totaling $131,000 ($105,000 for education and training) have been awarded from an endowment that has grown to nearly $1 million.  

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