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Women and Families of CO Relief Fund (WFCO Relief Fund) 

The fallout of COVID-19 is exacerbating gender, racial, and class inequities and underscoring the gaps in essential resources. The purpose of the Women and Families of CO Relief Fund (WFCO Relief Fund) is to mitigate these inequities by rapidly and responsively distributing general operating grants to nonprofit organizations addressing the emergency needs of Colorado women and their families who are most impacted by COVID-19. 

WFCO Relief Fund by the NumbersInfographic WFCO Relief Fund by the Numbers

As of July 2020, WFCO awarded 108 rapid response grants totaling $782,500 to organizations in 24 counties, and serving all 64 Colorado counties.

99,353 individuals, families, and/or organizations benefitted while 23,711 infants and toddlers were supported by the WFCO Relief Fund. 

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WFCO Relief Fund FAQs

 Can individuals apply for funding?

No, grants from this fund will go to nonprofit and other tax-exempt organizations. Please visit WFCO’s community resources page to find opportunities for individual assistance.

 Will there be more opportunities to apply for funding?

At this point, the fund only had two grantmaking cycles.

 Are organizations that serve women and men eligible?

Assuming that your organization tailors its programs to serve women, it is eligible to apply to the fund.

 When is the grant application due date?

April 14, 2020

 When will funds be distrubuted? 

April - June 2020

 How will funds be distributed? 

Given Gov. Polis’ stay-at-home order, funds will likely be distributed by ACH. Applicants can include the ACH form in their application or submit after being selected as a grantee.

 Can the ACH form be signed by electronic signature?

Yes, the ACH form can be signed by electronic signature.

 I am having issues accessing CyberGrants because of eligibility issues.

Please use the invitation code 2020Relief (case sensitive) if CyberGrants is not allowing you to create a proposal.

 Do I need to submit a project title or grant amount with the proposal?

No, grants from the fund will be for general operating in the amount of $10,000.


Women & Girls of Color Fund

The Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s (WFCO) Women & Girls of Color Fund is a community-developed, community-led field-of-interest fund dedicated to investing in and partnering with women-of-color-led organizations that are working to advance the economic security of Colorado women and girls of color. Women and girls of color are assets to our communities. By collaborating with and investing in them, we are investing in their inherent gifts and invaluable contributions to our communities.

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Our Grantmaking Is Grounded In Our Strategic Plan

The Women's Foundation of Colorado's five-year strategic plan is grounded in our mission to catalyze community to advance and accelerate economic opportunities for Colorado women and their families.

Our approach centers on helping low-income women earn livable wages, the gateway to greater access and opportunity that can break the inter-generational cycle of poverty and help a woman rewrite her family's story.

In addition to research and policy efforts focused on livable wage, we also provide a limited number of grants to nonprofit organizations across the state. Our current WAGES grantee cohort was selected in 2017 to work together for four years to address the needs of women and their children at the same time to build a foundation for family economic security for generations to come.

Applications for future grantmaking opportunities will be available in 2021. Please check back here for more information or contact Alison Friedman Phillips, manager of programs, at alisonp@wfco.org if you have any questions.

In addition to WAGES grantmaking, Beyond Our Borders and the Vail Valley regional committee also have annual grant cycles. Donor-advised funds do not accept unsolicited proposals. Sign up for our eNewsletter to stay informed about grantmaking.

Direct service grantmaking committee

The Direct Service Grantmaking Committee was established to support the implementation of the grantmaking priorities identified by the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan. The committee advises the WFCO board of trustees on grantmaking decisions regarding the direct service members of the WAGES cohort, based on review of all letters of interest (LOIs), proposals, and reports submitted by direct service applicants and grantees, as well as participation in learning opportunities with the cohort. The committee is made up of a group of diverse volunteers that represent our entire state.

Makeup of committee

WFCO strives for the committee to be a diverse body of Coloradans committed to supporting women and girls across the state. Through service on the committee, members will learn about our community and issues facing women and girls, and develop as leaders and philanthropists.

Responsibilities of committee

  • Participate in at least two meetings per year
    • Committee orientation and training
    • Grantmaking renewal meeting in the fourth quarter of 2019
  • Review renewal grant applications from WAGES cohort grantees and recommend future grants
  • Participate in grantmaking selections and recommend grantees to the Board of Trustees
  • Participate in site visits with grantees
  • Monitor grantee progress through updates from WFCO staff
  • Participate in learning opportunities with the cohort.

Future meetings will be determined and shared at the orientation to the extent of internal timeline allows; committee members will be required to participate in at least three meetings per year. Please note that most meetings will take place in Denver at the WFCO office, while in-person participation is preferred, a phone option is available. Travel reimbursement will also be an option.

To apply

Applications for the direct service grantmaking committee are now closed.

For additional questions, please contact Alison Friedman Phillips, director of programs, at 303-285-2972 or alisonp@wfco.org.

2019 Grantmaking Committee

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