2019 Grant Cycle 

We hear you! Our 2018 member survey results indicated a desire to award more funding to more agencies. Your WFED Cabinet and Grants Committee thoroughly weighed and discussed options to make this happen and 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 recipientfor 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 in Fall 2018 for 2019 funding.

    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 

    Please review our calendar below for important details and deadlines. 


    2018 Grants Calendar

     JANUARY

    • Site Visit Committee begins their visits to previous year’s grant recipients.
    • Request for Proposals are sent by email to all nonprofits on the western slope of El Dorado County.
    • Grant Applicant Workshop is held. January 10th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at EDCOE, 6767 Green Valley Road, Bldg. B2, Placerville. At this event, 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. 
    • Grant proposals are due by 5 p.m. on January 26.

     FEBRUARY

    • Grants Committee individually scores each grant proposal, using a rubric for Inspiration and Impact Grants, and then meets as a group to finalize the scoring and create the official ballot. 
    • Notifications to Ballot Finalist/Inspiration Grants to Prepare Presentation for March 8 Ballot Showcase Event

     MARCH

    • March 8, Ballot Showcase Event
    • March 8, Ballot to Membership after event
    • March 31, Last day to vote

     APRIL

    • Site Visit Committee concludes its visits to previous year’s grant recipients and provides a report to the Cabinet.  The report is placed on our website.
    • Approval of ballot results by the Women’s Fund El Dorado Cabinet and the El Dorado Community Foundation Board
    • Grant recipients notified of results

     MAY

    •  Grants Gala is held to celebrate the year and the grant recipients

    JUNE

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

    Women's Fund El Dorado requires nonprofits receiving a Focus 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 kindly 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.