Children and Youth

Women’s Fund Creates Positive Impact in the Community

Women's Fund gains momentum as grants for 2016 are now available
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Last October, the Community Foundation for San Benito County invited a large community of women (as well as a few men) to discover San Benito County’s unique heritage through stories of philanthropic matriarchs from the past, as well as learn about the positive impact the Women’s Fund has made in our community today.

In 2015, the Women’s Fund was able to grant $55,000 to four local nonprofits working in the area of domestic violence education and prevention.

  • Girl’s Inc. – $10,000. The Smart Choices Program inspires girls entering high school to make positive life choices about school, relationships, and health.
  • Step Forward – $10,000. The Step Forward Foundation continues their work in immigration outreach and provides consultation in the form of specialized legal services to women in low income communities.
  • Youth Alliance – $10,000. The FAMiLiA Program is for teen mothers and fathers, addressing a large gap in services for an incredibly high risk and needy group.
  • Community Solutions – $25,000. The Cafecitos Community Café Project is for women of Oaxacan decent who need assistance in the area of domestic violence.

2016 Grant Applications Available

The Women’s Fund is gaining momentum, and with continued help from donors, the Women’s Fund Committee is hoping to grant more than $50,000 in 2016. Programs that directly serve women and girls in San Benito County are given the highest consideration. Grant applications and guidelines are available here, but the deadline is fast approaching! Applications are due at the Community Foundation office by Friday, April 8, 2016.

For more information on the Women’s Fund and/or questions about applying for a grant, please email Stephanie Hicks or call her at 831.630.1924. 

Your gift to the Women's Fund held by the Community Foundation will help our immediate grant making work to benefit women and girls in San Benito County. 

Sharlene Van Rooy