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Women’s Fund Extends Grant Deadline; $240,000 Available

EASTHAMPTON — The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts (WFWM) announced an extension of its grant-application deadline to this Friday, March 27. Commitments of $240,000 are available for organizations in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties.

Each grant recipient will receive $60,000 over three years to deploy innovative programs that help shift the landscape for women and girls within the organization’s focus areas of educational access and success, economic justice, and safety and freedom from violence. Grant applications are available on the WFWM website and are due on March 27 at 5 p.m.

“Due to renewed and expanded investments from community members in the Women’s Fund mission, we are thrilled to be able to offer another round of multi-year grants in 2015,” said Elizabeth Barajas-Román, CEO of the WFWM. “Multi-year grants allow us to partner with organizations in a sustained way that helps make a significant impact in communities. This funding will increase our ability to scale up and positively affect the lives of women and girls.”

Successful applications will demonstrate meaningful partnerships among two or more organizations, agencies, or projects, she added. “We know that effective solutions require creative collaboration.”

In addition to the financial award, the Women’s Fund will invest an additional $20,000 in each grantee by giving each project the opportunity to select two staff, constituents, or board members as participants of the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI), a program of the Women’s Fund that has equipped 200 women from across the four western counties to become civic leaders in their communities; impact policy on the local, state, and national levels; and seek and retain elected positions.

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