Apply for a Grant

Since 1994, the Women’s Fund has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants to innovative programs that improve women’s and girls’ physical and mental health, ensure their economic security, promote their safety, and enhance their lives. We are proud to have funded 224 projects in Northeast Wisconsin developed by 83 different Fox Valley agencies.

The Women’s Fund offers the following funding opportunities for nonprofit organizations serving women and girls in Outagamie, Calumet, Waupaca, Shawano and northern Winnebago counties:

Need is Now Fund

NEW IN 2021! The Need is Now Fund has been created in partnership with a donor advised fund within the Women’s Fund to meet urgent or immediate needs that have been intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizations are invited to submit grant requests for specific needs where a small dollar amount will have great impact – or can be leveraged with other funders for greater impact. This grant is not intended to fund general programming or operational expenses for your organization and funding is not available for individual needs, such as tuition assistance. Instead, the fund was designed to provide expedited funds to support unanticipated or increased need for materials, services, etc.

Requests will be limited to no more than $500 per application and two funded requests per calendar year. Applications are being accepted on an ongoing, rolling basis. Funding decisions and grant awards will typically occur within two weeks after an application has been submitted.

Nonprofits in Outagamie, Calumet, Waupaca, Shawano and northern Winnebago counties are eligible to apply. Funding requests must benefit women and girls and fit into at least one of the Women’s Fund focus areas of safety, health and well-being; education; economic security; and leadership.

Application Instructions:
See instructions below on how to apply through the online grant portal.

2021 Project Grants

The Women’s Fund Project Grant cycle is in progress and new applications are no longer being accepted.

2021 Project Grant Materials
Project Grant Planning Checklist
Project Grant Guidelines 2021
Online Grants Portal

Project Grant Timeline

Preliminary Applications Due Monday, January 4, 2021 – 4:00 p.m.
Applicants notified if selected to submit full proposal Friday, January 22, 2021
Full Proposals Due Friday, February 19, 2021 – 4:00 p.m.
Applicants notified of funding decisions Week of March 22, 2022

Grant Application Instructions:

Applications will be accepted through the online Grant Portal. As a supporting organization of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the Women’s Fund grant portal is shared with the Community Foundation. If you have previously applied for grant funding through the Community Foundation, you will use the same username and password to access the portal and complete a Women’s Fund grant application. If you have not used the Grant Portal, you will need to create an account.

To Register/Login:

  • Click on the Grant Portal
  • If you have previously registered, select Log In.
  • If this is your first time using the portal, select Register.
    • Complete the requested profile account information for the organization you are representing.
    • Select Grant Applicant and search for Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region, Inc.
    • Complete the remaining information for your organization and click Register. You will be notified within 1-3 days when you have been approved to access the portal.

To Apply:

  • Log into the grants portal with your username and password.
  • Select Grant Applicant and Available Grants.
  • Search and select: Women’s Fund Need is Now Grant Application or Women’s Fund Project Grant Application FY21 (depending on which grant program you wish to apply, or is available)
  • Complete all required fields and submit application.
  • Tip – To view/print the application questions prior to beginning, click on Printer Friendly Version at the top of the page.

Questions regarding the application process can be submitted via email to

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The Women’s Fund cannot provide grant funding to individuals. Only nonprofits designated as 501(c)(3) organizations may apply.