The Women & Girls Fund

Established as a giving circle in 1999 by a small group of women who shared a concern for the real-life needs of local women and girls, the Women and Girls Fund has grown to more than 200 supporters who help women and girls develop economic self-sufficiency by means of education, financial literacy and social services.
 

The Importance of Laughter: Why We Need More... and how to get it 

Gina Barreca, academic, humorist and author of  If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? Questions and Thoughts for Loud, Smart Women is coming to the Northwest Corner for a humor-filled luncheon and fundraiser for the Women & Girls Fund. 

Luncheon and Fundraiser for the Women & Girls Fund
Chatterley's Banquet Hall, Pinewoods Road, Torrington, CT
October 21, 2017, Noon 

 

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Tickets will be available for purchase until October 14, 2017
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Sponsorship Opportunity: Deadline August 15, 2017
Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorship levels are available.
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​Grants 

Each Spring, The Women & Girls Fund invites nonprofits to apply for program and capital/equipment grants that support their mission.  The deadline for submitting a grant application was March 8, 2017.  

Grant applications will be available in early 2018. 

Learn more about the status of women and girls in Northwest CT.

Read: From Challenge to Opportunity: A Report on the Status of Women & Girls in NW CT

Watch: Videos Highlighting Recent Grants

Get involved: Complete the Volunteer Form. We will contact you about opportunities to help women and girls in your community.

Recent Grants Supporting Women and Girls
Building Life Skills

In 2014, The Women and Girls Fund supported Moxie for Teens! at Explorations Charter School in Winsted with two grants, a $1500 grant to support the program and a $361 grant for program supplies.

Through the program, life coaches work with teenage girls for several weeks to help them develop improved self-esteem and develop leadership skills as well as examine how girls make choices, communicate, define their value and develop their presence.

"Moxie for Teens" will work with girls to help them build the life skills and responsibility qualities that lead to success –  Ginnie Block, Explorations Charter School

Healing Mothers and Daughters

In 2014, The Women and Girls Fund supported the Art Therapy for Mothers and Daughters program at the McCall Foundation with a $1,500 grant.

The ten week program focusses on restoring healthy relationships among mothers and daughters, defining roles within the family, strengthening bonds, promoting leadership qualities, and modeling positive and healthy female roles and relationships for women and girls who have experienced neglect and abuse. 

"Mother-daughter dyads build communications skills, strengthen bonds, and decrease incidents of abuse and neglect, " Jessica Wright, The McCall Foundation Inc.  

Supporting Working Mothers

In 2013, The Women & Girls Fund supported the Winsted Area Childcare with a $3,000 grant to provide daycare scholarships to single working mothers. During 2013-2014, the grant enabled the Winsted Area Childcare to provide four female-headed families a $20 per week discount on day care expenses, saving them $80-$100 per month.

Additionally, the Women and Girls Fund awarded the childcare facility a $750 grant for the purchase of a clothes washer and clothes dryer, enabling staff to quickly wash and dry soiled bibs, blankets and sheets and dry wet hats, mittens and socks during the winter months. 

In 2011, The Women & Girls Fund awarded the childcare provider a $3,000 grant to provide single working mothers scholarships for its before and after school program. 

Attaining Gainful Employment

In 2012, The Women & Girls Fund supported the W.I.S.H. (Women Initiating Success and Hope) fund at Prime Time House with a $1,700 grant. In 2010, the Fund supported W.I.S.H. with a $3,000 grant. 

The W.I.S.H fund assists adult females with mental illnesses to obtain the clothing, hygiene items, medications and other items they need to successfully interview for and maintain employment. Participants in the program live well below the poverty line. They often cannot afford transportation and are faced with choosing to pick up their medications or purchase food.

To work and be seen as a contributor in one’s community is unquantifiable to our participants; it means the world, said Lisa Lynch, Prime Time House.  

Providing a Healthy Start

In 2012, The Women & Girls Fund supported the VNA Northwest, a nonprofit home care and hospice agency, with a $750 grant to support the purchase of a portable hand-held oximter, adaptive attachments, and infant stethoscope.

The device is used by registered nurses within the organization’s maternal and child health program to obtain accurate blood oxygen, and pulse, measurements. 

Identifying Goals

In 2016, The Women & Girls Fund supported New Opportunities Inc. with a $2,500 grant to support a full-day workshop for the Latina Women’s Association. Women and girls from the Association attended the workshop, which focused on identifying personal interests and goals, and exploring the education, financial planning, and employment needed to accomplish them.

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