Each June, WOMEN’S WAY hosts its Women’s Issues Summit which brings together individuals representing scores of organizations in our region that are working to improve the lives of women and girls through direct service programming and advocacy work. The Summit allows us to hear what is happening on the ground in terms of pressing issues and needs. We use the information from the Summit to design a framework for the work that we will focus on in the year ahead particularly with respect to our Community Women’s Fund grant making, public education programming and advocacy work.
Our 2014-2015 Community Women’s Fund funding priorities reflect the issues and themes that emerged from the Summit on June 10, 2014. With the Fall 2014 grant cycle, we are seeking to support work that addresses one or more of the following areas outlined below. All priorities will be given equal weight in the decision-making process. We are especially interested in funding requests that impact vulnerable and marginalized populations (e.g. low-income, elderly, LGBTQ, disabled, immigrant, incarcerated women, etc.) and those organizations engaged in both systemic advocacy and direct services.
Gender-based Violence Prevention/Mitigation: Programs and services for victims of violence and initiatives addressing and mitigating a culture of violence; particularly, through culturally competent education programs and work that places violence prevention/mitigation within the framework of larger public health movements. Innovative programs focusing on the role of boys and men in preventing or disrupting violence may also apply.
Economic Self-Sufficiency and Justice: Organizations and programs that promote economic justice and self-sufficiency; particularly focused on navigating and challenging the complex public benefits systems for marginalized women.
Health Care: Organizations and programs addressing issues of access to health care, particularly providing access to quality mental health services and combating the stigma associated with seeking such services.
Leadership of Girls and Young Women: Organizations and programs helping girls and young women develop healthy self-image and leadership skills; particularly programs that provide a platform for girls and young women to lend their voice to outcomes and outputs related to the policies and systems affecting them, including but not limited to the juvenile justice system.
Reproductive Freedom and Justice: Organizations and programs addressing access to the full spectrum of reproductive health care services, including contraception, prenatal care, abortion care, etc. We are particularly interested in organizations that operate under the reproductive justice framework; which views limitations on women’s health care through the lens of multiple oppressions and is inherently connected to the struggle for social justice and human rights.
Funding support through the Community Women's Fund can be for GENERAL OPERATING or PROJECT-related expenses.