2019 Grant Cycle 

As an organization, it is our goal to remain progressive, impactful and conscientious in our grant making. Hearing the feedback of our members and recognizing the needs in our community, the WFED Cabinet and Grants Committee bring forward to you the following updates for our 2019 grant cycle:

Impact Grants

  • Impact Grants will increase from three (3) to five (5) and be structured as follows:
    • Members will now select three (3) Acorn grant recipients (an increase from one) for those agencies that have never received funding from WFED
    • Members will select one (1) Community Benefit grant recipient for the arts, environment, community beautification, animal welfare, or community development
    • Members will select one (1) Human Services grant recipient for an agency providing direct support to human needs

Inspiration Grants

Inspiration Grants (the larger dollar grants) will remain the same – members will select two (2) Inspiration Grants. Inspiration Grants are open to all nonprofits serving the residents and communities of western slope El Dorado County. This grant funding does not have a specific focus, thereby inspiring nonprofits to identify and address our community’s most pressing needs. 

Additional Updates

  • Nonprofits that are selected and awarded grant funding two consecutive years will sit out of the WFED grant cycle for one year and will be eligible to reapply the following year.
    • Requests for proposals to all western slope nonprofits will be released on November 8, 2018 for 2019 funding.

    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, 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 5 p.m. on December 10, 2018.

     JANUARY 2019

    • 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 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. 

    Application Process 

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

    After receiving a grant in a prior year there is NO “sit out” from the grant process the following year. However, nonprofits that are selected and awarded grant funding two consecutive years will sit out of the WFED grant cycle for one year and will be eligible to reapply the following year. If you want to know which organizations have received grants from Women’s Fund, please click here to view past recipients.

    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.

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

    Inspiration Grant Rubric

    Impact Grant Rubric

    FAQ's and Additional Information: 

    2018 FAQ's

    Additional Tips on Writing your Proposal

    Grant Applicant Workshop Slides