Women, and particularly women of color, have faced unique and disproportionate challenges due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Serving as frontline workers and caregivers, suffering the majority of job losses, dealing with inadequate childcare supports, lacking paid leave benefits, as well as lacking the necessary wealth and savings to weather an economic crisis has left women under and unsupported.

The Women’s Fund knows that grassroots, community-led initiatives are often the most critical during times of crisis because they are responsive, nimble, and effective at serving immediate needs. However, knowing that traditional funding systems often leave these smaller programs out of the funding pipeline, we are launching an immediate impact grantmaking response to serve the organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis across central Ohio.

To learn more about the eligibility, timeline, award amounts, and application questions please review the grant application and guidelines document.

To be considered for funding, submit an application by July 15 at 5:00 p.m. Applications will only be accepted online.

We will be hosting two community technical assistance webinars, to sign up please RSVP here.

If you have additional questions after reading through the grant application and guidelines document, please contact grants@womensfundcentralohio.org.

Immediate Impact Grant Cycle Calendar

  • Friday, June 5 – Grant Application Opens
  • Tuesday, June 23 at 12:00 p.m. – Virtual Technical Assistance: Register here.
  • Thursday, June 25 at 9:00 a.m. – Virtual Technical Assistance: Register here.
  • Wednesday, July 15 at 5:00 p.m. – Grant Application Due
  • Early August 2020 – Grants Announced

Please contact us with any questions at grants@womensfundcentralohio.org.

We will continue to fund annual grants in 2021, with the grant cycle calendar released in Summer 2020. If you are interested in applying for a grant in the future, or would like to be notified of grant application updates, please let us know by signing up here.