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Apply for a Grant from AFFW


YWeb class 2017
The YWCA Madison's YWeb Career Academy received a grant to help fund a boot camp technology training course designed for women and people of color, who are underrepresented in the technology field.

AFFW grants help increase opportunities for education and family-sustaining jobs for underserved women and people who identify as women.

AFFW awards grants to Dane County 501(c)(3) organizations with a programmatic focus on women's economic empowerment. AFFW has adopted a letter of inquiry process for its grant applications.

Grantmaking Focus and Eligibility

AFFW seeks inquiries from Dane County 501(c)(3) organizations with a programmatic focus on women's economic empowerment. AFFW is interested in increasing opportunities for education and family-sustaining jobs for women and people who identify as women, especially:

  • Women of color
  • Single mothers ages 20 to 40 and girls with adult responsibilities
  • Women living in poverty and unstable economic conditions
  • Women adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those in poverty-wage jobs with weak benefits and low or volatile hours
  • Women and girls who hope for a more stable future in which they can both provide for their families’ basic needs while saving for future economic goals

Projects eligible for funding may include, but are not limited to, workforce development, education programs (not individual scholarships), mentorship programs and support services.

To be eligible for a grant from AFFW, organizations must:

  1. Be exempt from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  2. Conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual preference, age, marital status, disability or national origin
  3. Be located in Dane County

Grant Application Process

2022 Grantmaking Update: Please check back after March 31, 2022 for updated grant application deadlines.

AFFW’s grantmaking process begins with organizations submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). The AFFW Advisory Committee and MCF staff will review these letters to ensure the organizations are eligible to apply and that the requests align with AFFW’s mission and vision. LOIs should be sent as an attachment to an email to Angela R. Davis by Monday, August 16, 2021 by 4:30 p.m. Please include your organization’s name in the email subject line.

Organizations with approved LOIs will be invited to submit a full grant application. The deadline for applications is September 20, 2021 by 4:30 p.m.

The Advisory Committee will review the grant applications and forward recommendations to the Board of Governors, which makes the final decision on funding at its October meeting. Grants will be announced on October 21, 2021.

If you have any questions about the grant application process, please contact Angela R. Davis.


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