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On behalf of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, we are excited to announce the second round of the Women’s Recovery Response Grant funding opportunity, bringing up to $5 million of state funds to local communities for the direct support of organizations serving women economically impacted by the pandemic.  

As we grapple with the long-term consequences and persistent challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial that women across the state, in all industries and localities, receive the support they need. The Commission is currently accepting grant applications from nonprofits, direct service providers, local women’s commissions, intermediary organizations, and governmental entities. We hope your organization will consider applying for the opportunity to support women and girls in your community. These grants will supply structural support and resources to local communities and will engage a network of local leaders while the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls continues to serve as a statewide convener, facilitator, and administrator.  

With up to $5 million available, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls will award funds ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 maximum. CCSWG will prioritize grant activities in the following areas, which may include, but are not limited to: Improving access and affordability of child and/or elder care services; Increasing the utilization and uptake of safety-net programs that offer services to support basic needs such as shelter, food, clothing, etc.; Achieving reskilling/upskilling through accreditation, certification, vocational or educational programs; and enhancing financial ability to grow economic security, assets, and wealth-building.

Last year’s grantees were able to leverage grant funds to build on existing successful programs such as: The “Sacramento Kindness Campaign” which was able to provide 15 families with 95 nights of emergency shelter, food, transportation, car repairs, case management, and housing assistance.

Grantee “Public Counsel” used their grant to provide legal assistance to 137 women with issues such as harassment by landlords, habitability concerns, lack of repairs, and code violations and evictions. 

The “San Diego Workforce Partnership/Techhire” was able to provide job readiness services to 37 women, including matching 10 women with paid work experience in the tech industry. 

Application materials are due by 4:00 p.m. PST on February 17, 2023, and must be submitted through the dedicated email address shown within the application. 

All application materials and instructions are available on our website at www.women.ca.gov. 

A series of three technical support virtual trainings are scheduled for February 3rd and 6th for applicants seeking assistance with their applications.

We greatly appreciate your participation and look forward to working with you as we build a more direct system of support for women and girls in communities across the state. Please direct any questions to grants@women.ca.gov.

Thank you for your continued commitment to California’s women and girls!

Requirements

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls invites nonprofits, direct service providers, local women’s commissions, intermediary organizations, and governmental entities throughout California to apply for a second round of funding through the Women’s Recovery Response Grant.

Eligible applicants must be one of the following:

  • Local women’s commissions established with a city or county government;
  • Local government entity for the purpose of establishing new commissions and/or other grant-funded activities that support and align with the mission of women and girls’ commissions; and/or
  • Statewide or local nonprofit with an established history of programming and/or services that support and align with the mission of women and girls’ commissions.

Application Process

The application, submission portal, and all relevant instructions are available on our website.

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Apply now for Women’s Recovery Response Grant funds – 2UrbanGirls

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