Overview:

In 2018, The New York Women’s Foundation, in partnership with Tarana Burke, launched The Fund for the Me Too Movement and Allies (the “Me Too Fund”) with a specific focus on supporting the activists, leaders, and advocates in the ‘me too’ movement and allies. The Fund has a community-centered approach and supports programs and initiatives that are working on the prevention and elimination of sexual violence and harassment and the healing of survivors and victims.

The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts (WFWM) is carrying out Me Too Fund’s goal of ensuring ongoing philanthropic investments toward transforming the oppressive systems that produce structural inequalities of power that result in harassment and violence by making grants from this fund in and for our community.

WFWM is accepting grant applications from women and girl-serving organizations in all four counties of Western Massachusetts. Projects funded by this grant must focus on prevention and/or intervention of sexual violence and harassment.

Proposal Instructions:

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  • Carefully review the information about priority communities and funding restrictions prior to completing a grant application.
  • Submit responses to each question below and upload all attachments by the proposal deadline of 5pm on April 30, 2020. All applications must be submitted via this online form. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed.
  • Do NOT include anything other than what is requested.
  • After you have submitted your application, your browser will navigate to an application confirmation page named, “The Fund for the Me Too Movement and Allies – Application Complete”.
    • You will also receive a confirmation email from info@mywomensfund.org with the subject line, “Confirmation of Your Application to The Fund for the Me Too Movement and Allies.”
    • If you have not received this email, check your spam folder for this message to ensure your application has been submitted.
    • For any issues with your application submission, please contact mborgatti@mywomensfund.org.

Contact Information

Organization Name*
Mailing Address
Application Contact
Primary phone* (555-555-5555)
Organization Social Handles
LinkedIn  

Attachments*

*Fiscally sponsored projects/programs should contact us directly to discuss other documentation necessary for applying.*
Please include the following attachments (doc, docx, txt, or pdf no larger than 1mb):

IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter.

List of current Board of Directors.

Most recent audited financial statement. If not available, submit an unaudited financial statement (balance sheet and profit & loss statement) from the most recent fiscal year.

Organization and program budget (Template provided at top of page. Once complete, save file as a .pdf and submit).

Grant Narrative*

Please respond to each of the following items. Concise responses are encouraged and full proposal should not exceed the equivalent of 5 written pages.
1. Provide a brief overview of your organization’s mission, key strategies and core activities.
2. Provide the name and a brief description of the program or project for which you are requesting funding.
3. Tell us your goals for this project and how it will contribute to the prevention and intervention of sexual violence and harassment.
4. What will success look like for this program and how will you measure it?
5. How will your project contribute to transforming the oppressive systems that produce structural inequalities of power that result in harassment and violence?
6. How does your work complement and improve upon what is already being done in this field? Name specific organizations working on this issue and describe your current relationship with the organizations, if/how you collaborate with them, and how your organization/program is different.
7. The Fund for the Me Too Movement and Allies has a goal of work in this area being survivor-led. To the extent possible, please share information about the following. If you aren’t tracking this information yet, please describe if/how you will in the future.
8. How many people will be served by this project/program? Describe the population who will benefit from this project. How you will engage them as leaders and contributors to structural change efforts?
Demographics*

Please provide the following information regarding the population your organization serves. (Round to nearest whole percentage – 4 character max) (All fields required. If not applicable, type N/A.)

Age

What percentage of program participants are:

Race/Ethnicity

What percentage of program participants are:

Gender Identity

What percentage of program participants are:

Which of these priority populations does this program serve? (Select all that apply)
Survivors of sexual violence
Women and girls of color
Native/Indigenous individuals
Older adult women
Women and girls involved or formerly involved in the criminal/juvenile justice systems
Girls/gender non-binary youth involved with child welfare and/or family court
Individuals with disabilities
Pregnant and parenting teens
Immigrant and refugee women and girls
Homeless women/transient women and families
LGBTQ+ women, girls and gender non-binary individuals
Individuals who are Un/Underemployed
Low-Income individuals
Veterans
Single Parents/Legal Guardians
9. What else would you like us to know?

An additional opportunity for organizations directly supporting survivors:

The Survivors Recovery Fund (SRF) is a community-advised fund housed at the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. SRF is dedicated to promoting the healing and recovery of survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

In 2020, SRF will collaborate with The Fund for the Me Too Movement and Allies in support of survivors’ recovery by providing approximately 20 grants of up to $500 each to support survivors’ immediate needs as well as efforts to create savings toward self-identified goals.

Beneficiaries of a grant from SRF must be survivors who live in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, or Hampshire Counties. The sponsoring organization may be a nonprofit organization or educational institution. SRF will distribute grant funds directly to the sponsoring organization.

Check here if your organization is interested in learning more about the Survivors Recovery Fund.

Signature*

First name* Middle initial Last name*

Submit your application by clicking “send”. You will receive a confirmation email from info@mywomensfund.org.