(Bakersfield, Calif., September 13, 2016) – The Women’s & Girls’ Fund, a leadership initiative of Kern Community Foundation, today announced up to $50,000 in grant allocations in its eighth cycle of competitive grantmaking to Kern County nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations that serve Kern County women or girls within the focus area of education and training are invited to apply for funds.
Through grantmaking, members of The Women's and Girls' Fund become philanthropists and advocates of positive social change. They rely on community research, data and the participation of community members to identify an area of focus each year. Issues of focus can range from women's and girls' health and economic concerns to safety and domestic violence, education, and more. They value social change grantmaking that focuses on long-term solutions to societal problems facing women and girls in all parts of Kern County.
Organizations interested in applying should have a 501(c)3 nonprofit designation or fiscal sponsor. All organizations seeking funds must have a presence in Kern County and all programs must benefit women or girls within Kern County.
Funding is typically for one year only. Multi-year grant requests may be considered, but applicants should also be prepared to accept one year’s funding only. All requested follow-up reports for previous grants from Kern Community Foundation, including The Women’s and Girls’ Fund, must be on file before an agency can apply for additional funding.
The Women’s and Girls’ Fund was launched in 2005 as a leadership initiative of Kern Community Foundation. It is primarily a volunteer effort guided by the leadership of the Vision Committee and Community Advisors. The assets of the Fund are professionally managed and invested by Kern Community Foundation, which also provides oversight of Fund grant decisions.
Kern Community Foundation is a vibrant nonprofit enterprise with the powerfully simple mission of growing community and growing philanthropy. The Foundation is in business to serve as a charitable resource for local donors and corporations, and to generate capital that provides philanthropic solutions to help make Kern County a better place to live, to work and to visit. Since its establishment in 1999, the Foundation has grown to hold more than 130 charitable funds with assets of more than $18 million, and has awarded more than $15 million to improve Kern County’s quality of life.
-Courtesy Kern Community Foundation
The first step in this competitive grant cycle is to submit a Letter of Intent to Kern Community Foundation on their Online Grant Platform by November 10, 2016 at 5:00pm. Access to the Letter of Intent form can be found at www.kernfoundation.org