Annual Grant Guidelines



 The annual grant round is now closed.

Application Parameters

  • Organizations must serve women and/or girls in Central Indiana (Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, and Shelby Counties).
  • Women’s Fund is particularly interested in funding programming in the following areas:

– Breaking negative cycles (e.g., intimate partner violence and poverty) and moving to economic mobility.

– Programming for girls that is preventive and has a demonstrated impact.

– Programming that demonstrates awareness and/or provision of mental health services for women and girls. 

– Caregiving assistance so women can pursue their education or continue working.

  • Organizations whose mission focuses on service to women and/or girls can apply for operating support. Other organizations can apply for project/program support.
  • Women’s Fund is interested only in gender-specific efforts, not programs that just happen to serve women and/or girls. 
  • Organizations which received a 2022 Thrive grant (with awards made in Aug. 2022) are eligible to apply. Organizations which received a grant through the annual grant process (with awards made in Dec. 2022) are NOT eligible to apply. 
  • The maximum allowable request is $25,000.
  • Women’s Fund provides grants to 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations. Organizations that do not have a 501(c)(3) may be able to use a fiscal sponsor (see Submission Instructions below).  

Women’s Fund will not consider funding for the following items:

  • Organizations not committed to gender equity
  • Programs promoting religion, including proselytizing or religious training (see below)
  • Fundraising activities (such as golf tournaments or galas)
  • Political campaigns
  • Individual or personal requests
  • Organization-sponsored conferences or event sponsorships
  • Schools
  • Organizations whose board of directors or advisory group is composed of less than 50% women.

Women’s Fund believes spirituality is an important component in a woman or girl’s self-development and we recognize that organized religion provides the traction and grounding for spiritual development.  However, Women’s Fund is committed to remaining neutral regarding women and girls’ choices about religious expression, as our donors celebrate many different religions or no religion at all. Therefore, it is our policy not to fund programs that include prayer, the promotion of religion, religious preferences, objectives, education, and/or training.  If your organization’s mission statement is religious in nature, you must describe the role that mission and presence has in the grant activities for which you are seeking Women’s Fund support. 

    Submission Instructions

    1. Organizations wishing to be considered for funding must submit an application through the CICF portal at between May 1 – May 31 at 12:00 p.m. When submitting an application, choose the Women’s Fund Call Name under Open Call. During the Open Call period, organizations can start an application and finish it later. Once the application is submitted, no changes can be made. 

    2. If an organization does not have a current organizational profile in the grants portal, it must either create one or update the profile before completing the application. An organizational profile can be created or updated at any time.  

    3. Women’s Fund Grants Committee will review applications. Applicants will be notified by Dec. 1, 2023, of funding decisions.  

    4. If you are not a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and plan to use a fiscal sponsor, please contact Grants Officer Julie Koegel at 317.696.1933 or BEFORE submitting an application. 

    5. For technical or CICF portal questions, contact

    6. If you have other questions, please contact Julie Koegel at or 317.696.1933.


      Your gift addresses the needs of women and girls in our community.