In 2013, a group of caring women came together with the vision of making a difference in the lives of women and girls in San Benito County. With the funding support of local women, community groups, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Women’s Fund focuses on key issues that affect women and girls in San Benito County. 

For the first time, the Women’s Fund Advisors are pleased to announce that Women’s Fund grants are now available through the Community Foundation for San Benito County. Grants are available in the community interest areas of Immigration Outreach and Education for Migrant Women; Programs and Services reaching girls ages 10-18; and Adult Education for women in the areas of Parenting, Technology, ESL Learning, and Violence Prevention. Nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations serving San Benito County that work in one or more of these interest areas are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Fri., April 3, 2015.

In addition to the Women’s Fund program grants, project funding is also available in the form of Community Café activities.  Community Cafés expand local nonprofit outreach, can take place in a small setting or a large group, and are a great way to have thoughtful and productive discussions around issues that deeply impact our lives, communities, and families.  If you are interested in coordinating a Community Café for your organization, contact the Community Foundation about this special funding opportunity to learn more.

The Community Foundation would like to acknowledge and thank the following 2015 Women’s Fund Advisory Committee for their hard work and dedication to our community: Sallie Calhoun (Paicines Ranch), Marian Cruz (Delta Kappa Gamma), Stephanie Hicks (Community Foundation for San Benito County), Marie Hoffman (Redbeard Communications), Terry Keppers (Business Owner), Kimberly Kimber (Business Owner), Laura Lee (Women’s Club of Hollister), Jeanne Liem (Women’s Club of Hollister), Susan Logue (Friends of the SBC Library), Beverley Meamber (Community Leader), Mary McCullough (Community Leader), Laura Munoz-Velazquez (Delta Kappa Gamma), Linda Smith (Delta Kappa Gamma), Mary White (San Benito Public Health), Rebecca Medeiros Wolf (Community Foundation Board), and Edwina Youth (Delta Kappa Gamma).

To request a grant application and/or learn more about Community Café activities, email Stephanie Hicks at or call 831-630-1924. For more information on the Women’s Fund, visit the Community Foundation for San Benito County’s website at

The Women’s Fund is dedicated to empowering women to come together with a shared vision creating a lasting impact in the lives of all women and girls in San Benito County.