The first of its kind in Arizona, this new fund focuses on the sustainable growth and positive outcomes of organizations serving our state’s most marginalized communities: women and girls of color. This fund provides unrestricted, general operating funds for organizations led by and serving women and girls of color in Arizona. We know that organizations doing the work are best equipped to make decisions specific to their needs for improving outcomes for the women and girls they serve.
“We are overwhelmed with gratitude to be a recipient of this Fund, being the first of its kind, in a state where the most marginalized community is BIPOC women. Organizations like ours, that are women-led and serve our community, are chronically underfunded and the funding of this allows us to get closer to our goal of achieving birth equity for women of color and their families in Arizona by increasing access to culturally responsive care during all reproductive stages.”
– Ivette Fullerton with the Cihuapactli Collective
Organizations in Arizona led by and serving women and girls of color are encouraged to apply. This includes organizations that serve trans-women, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming people of color.
Limited to Arizona organizations led by and serving women and girls of color
Highest leadership position must be held by a woman of color
75% of the organization’s decision-making must come from women and girls of color
The ability to demonstrate that 75% or more of its service population is comprised of women and girls of color
The WFSA Women and Girls of Color Fund is designed to support organizations led by and serving women and girls of color with capacity building, community connections, and operational support. WFSA strives to make grantmaking accessible, culturally informed, and intentional through a community-led approach. Shaped by community dialogue and research, this fund also addresses the unique needs and circumstances of organizations serving women and girls of color including a lack of visibility, safe spaces, and representation.
Members of the WGOCF advisory committee represent the nuanced and holistic identities that makeup women of color in Arizona. Committee members represent a range of racial and ethnic identities as well as professions and regions in Arizona.
This committee also shares two considerable traits: Lived experiences as women and girls of color in Arizona as well as a collective dedication to the intentional and culturally informed support of women and girls of color.
Organizations interested in applying for the Women & Girls of Color Fund are invited to watch the online information session video. This session is designed to introduce organizations to WFSA, the grant cycle process, and provide details about the Women and Girls of Color Fund. You will learn about WFSA’s commitment to creating safe and supportive opportunities for BIPOC and women-led organizations serving women and girls of color, and information about the focus groups that helped inform the fund.
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WFSA uses Common Grant as the grants management tool. The following steps describe how to begin the application process.
If you are applying for the first time, register as a new user using this link.
If you are a returning user, log in using this link.
When ready to start, click Start Grant Application. Select Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona and click Start Draft App. You can watch this brief video for instructions on how to sign in and get started.
Technical questions about the Common Grant portal can be directed to Common Grant by clicking here. Questions regarding the grant opportunity should be directed to Laci Lester at LLester@womengiving.org.