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2021 Grants

In 2021, A Fund for Women made $135,000 in grants to organizations work supporting people who identify as women, helping them find economic stability for themselves and their families.

Centro Hispano 

A $10,000 proactive grant will help Centro Hispano provide services to undocumented and immigrant members of Madison’s Latino community.

A $20,000 grant to Centro’s CAMINOS Career Pathways program will help provide employment training for Latinas in finance and nursing, and to overcome barriers to advancing their careers through the Progreso program.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)

This $10,000 proactive grant will be used to provide direct aid to women facing financial hurdles to leaving a domestic violence situation. This will help cover everything from housing stabilization and relocation expenses, lock changes, legal expenses, prescriptions and transportation.

Freedom, Inc.

The $10,000 proactive grant will help Freedom, Inc. continue to provide culturally specific healing spaces and community building and strengthening work in the LGBTQI+, Black and Southeast Asian communities in Dane County.

Latino Academy

A $15,000 grant to the Latina Workforce Advancement Project will help providing individualized mentoring, education and career support for at least 95 Dane County Latinas in 2022. The program includes bilingual career training, Spanish GED classes and a Women in the Workplace Mentorship Program.

Omega School

This $20,000 grant for the BIPOC Mothers Virtual/Blended Program will help provide education support for young BIPOC mothers looking to pursue their GED or HSED by providing support, technical devices and connections to wrap-around services through their choice of either a virtual or in-person program.

The Road Home

A $10,000 grant to the Women’s Employment & Training fund will help women and their teenage daughters in The Road Home’s housing programs cover expenses such as child care, car repair, testing fees, professional clothing and bus tickets that otherwise might stand in the way of their ability to work.

UW Odyssey Project

This $20,000 grant will help provide wrap-around support to Odyssey families who have been hard-hit by the pandemic – both economically and emotionally. To help ensure their academic success, the Odyssey Project Success Coach helps students and alumni take care of their other needs by connecting them with rent assistance, organizations helping alleviate food insecurity, and other resources they need.

YWCA Madison

This $20,000 grant will help support the YWCA Madison’s Empower Home program, which provides a safe transitional environment for people who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing homelessness due to domestic violence or sexual assault. By providing “housing first” support and resources, the Empower Home program helps participants transition into permanent housing and economic stability.

2020 Grants

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, A Fund for Women took immediate action with proactive grants to help women and girls faced with increasingly insecure access to shelter, food, and income due to COVID-19’s impact on Dane County.

Centro Hispano  This $7,500 grant will help Centro Hispano provide support to the Latino community, which has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

DAIS The stresses of the state’s shelter in place order have an especially high impact on those experiencing or at risk for domestic violence. The $20,000 grant will help DAIS meet the increased need for all of its programs, including providing outreach to victims who may be sheltering in place with their abusers to redeploying staff to the Kid’s Space to give extra support to families trying to manage kids and schoolwork at home, to providing additional services at their shelter to keep both staff and residents safe.

Foundation for Black Women’s WellnessThe unprecedented family and community destabilization caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have hit Black women particularly hard. The $20,000 grant from AFFW will help the Foundation provide emergency financial assistance to local women and families affected by the pandemic, and help for women trying to navigate to other critical life- and health-sustaining resources.

Latinx Consortium Emergency Relief FundLatino workers in Dane County often are not eligible for federal stimulus and relief programs because of their immigration status. Many also are uninsured and working in the service industry, making them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. AFFW's $30,000 grant will help the fund, established by the Latinx Consortium Action – a collective of Latino-led organizations under the lead of Centro Hispano – provide support to families to help cover rent or pay other bills, and to small business owners struggling to meet payroll.

Madison Reading Project With the libraries and schools closed, many children have lost access to books while at home during the pandemic. This $500 grant will help provide books to students so they can continue to experience the benefits and joy of reading.

The Odyssey Project Many Odyssey Project students face challenges accessing the program's online educational classes because they lack WiFi minutes on their phones. This $5,000 grant will provide reliable internet access for 10 Odyssey students and their families.

YWCA MadisonBoth the YWCA’s Single Women’s Housing program and Empower Home provide vital shelter and support to women and families who are homeless or are at high risk for homelessness. Many of the women have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic, increasing their already significant stress. Others are escaping domestic violence, which has been exacerbated by the shelter at home orders. This $20,000 grant will allow YWCA to provide support to these women and take additional steps to keep them safe from COVID-19.

2019 Grants

Centro Hispano of Dane County received $25,000 to help support the Caminos Finance Career Pathway Program, which offers education and training to members of the Latino community, particularly women, to get them on the pathway to a career in the finance industry.

Latino Academy of Workforce Development (LAWD) received $12,500 for the Latina Workforce Advancement Project, which will provide training, education and support to help Latinas move into meaningful, sustainable careers that provide economic security for themselves and their families.

Madison Reading Project received $750 to help fund Empowering and Encouraging Girls to Explore Non-Traditional Careers Through Delightful Literacy Adventures. This program will provide books about nontraditional and nonstereotypical “girls” careers. The program also will engage children through storytelling and fun activities on the Big Red Reading Bus.

Omega School received $25,000 for its Dane County Young Mothers Outreach Project to provide holistic services, including transportation and childcare, to support the education and career development of Dane County women who are pregnant and parenting and want to pursue a GED or HSED.

UW Odyssey Project received $12,500 to support Onward Odyssey: Class of 2020. This program provides support to students who have completed the core Odyssey program, helping them develop an academic and career roadmap, pursue college enrollment, and provide job training and mentorship.

Women in YWeb Career Academy (YWebCA), a program of YWCA Madison, received $25,000 to help fund a training boot camp technology course designed for women and people of color who are underrepresented in the technology field. YWebCA graduates gain long-term earning potential and career growth opportunities from the program.

“They fostered that self-sufficiency. To know that you can be self-sufficient and know that you can handle things on your own, but to know that you have some backup so that if things don’t work out you’ve got somebody that’s going to be there, that’s going to be in your corner.”

– Chara Taylor, former Road Home of Dane County client

Read more about our grantmaking. Stories of Impact