our 2019 Grant Cycle is now open!

All proposals must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on December 10, 2018. We look forward to making positive community impacts in 2019!

WFED 2019 Granting specifics:         

An organization may only apply for one grant per granting year.

Inspiration Grants: 
Total to be awarded: $60,000

Inspiration Grants do not have a specific focus, thereby inspiring nonprofits to identify and address our community’s most pressing needs. Applicants can apply for up to $30,000.

Impact Grants will increase from three (3) to five (5) and be structured as follows: 
Total to be awarded: $40,000
Five grants awarded up to $8,000 each. Organizations may apply for any one of the following categories. Choose the category that best fits your application: 

  • Acorn Grants: a total of three (3) will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that have not previously received a grant from the WFED. New and established nonprofits are encouraged to apply. 

  • Human Services Grant: one (1) will be awarded to a nonprofit organization offering direct human services, such as those pertaining to mental or physical health, education, youth development, or services to children, families or seniors. 

  • Community Benefit Grant: one (1) will be awarded to a nonprofit organization offering programs/projects pertaining to the arts, community beautification, animal welfare, or community development. 

Additional details:

1.     After receiving a grant in a prior year there is NO “sit out” from the grant process the following year; however, nonprofits that have been selected and awarded grant funding for two consecutive years will sit out of the WFED grant cycle for one year and will be eligible to reapply the following year.

2.     Funding is available to Nonprofit Organizations 501(c)(3), Schools, Churches, and Service Organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • Have nonprofit status

  • Have an established office on the western slope of El Dorado County (El Dorado Hills to Silver Fork)

  • Provide services to the western slope of El Dorado County

3.  If a nonprofit does not have an established western slope office, it may collaborate or partner with a qualifying organization. The qualifying nonprofit must serve as the grant applicant and the program/project’s fiscal agent. 

4. If you would like to view previous year WFED grant data, please click here to view past recipients.

Apply Today

Carefully review the guidelines outlined in our online application. If the Women’s Fund El Dorado interest areas and funding preferences are compatible with the needs of your nonprofit organization, please submit a grant proposal. All proposals must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on December 10, 2018. 

You are invited and encouraged to attend our Grant Applicant’s Workshop on Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 10 a.m. to noon at the El Dorado County Office of Education, Room B1, 6767 Green Valley Road, Placerville, CA.  Although this workshop is not mandatory, it will allow you to learn more about the Women’s Fund El Dorado and provide an opportunity for you to ask questions about the Request for Proposal and our grant process. 

2019 Grants Calendar

 November 2018

  • November 8, 2018 Request for Proposals are sent by email to all nonprofits on the western slope of El Dorado County.

  • Grant Applicant Workshop will be held November 15, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon at EDCOE, Room B1, 6767 Green Valley Road, Placerville. All nonprofits on the western slope of El Dorado County are invited to attend. An introduction to the Women’s Fund El Dorado organization is provided, Requests for Proposal are reviewed, and any questions are answered.

December 2018

  • Grant proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on December 10, 2018.


  • Site-Visit Committee begins their visits to 2018 grant recipients.

  • January 14, 2019 Grants Committee meets to set 2019 Ballot.

  • January 16, 2019 Notifications to ballot finalist to prepare presentation for February 7 Ballot Showcase.


  • February 7, 2019 Ballot Showcase event - ballot finalists will be expected to attend.

  • February 7, 2019 Ballot to WFED membership after event.


  • March 4, 2019 Last day for members to vote.

  • March 12, 2019 Notification letters/emails to grant applicants.

  • March 15, 2019 Grant recipients announced to WFED membership.


  • Site Visit Committee concludes its visits to previous year’s grant recipients and provides a report to the Cabinet. Reports are placed on our website.


  • May 2, 2019 Grants Gala is held to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2018 recipients and formally award our 2019 grant recipients.


  • Checks are distributed from the El Dorado Community Foundation directly to the grantees

Women's Fund El Dorado requires nonprofits receiving an Inspiration Grant to submit a written interim and final report documenting the effectiveness of the grant, including measurable outcomes, on December 31 and June 30, respectively. Nonprofits receiving an Impact grant are required to submit a final written report no later than June 30. We ask that each recipient acknowledge our gift in press releases, on their website, and in their written materials. This recognition helps us grow our membership and extend our philanthropic reach within the western slope of El Dorado County. 

Faqs & supplemental information

Grants are scored by our Grants Committee based on the following rubrics: 

Frequently Asked Questions, Tips & Grant Applicant Workshop Slides: