2018 Grant Guidelines

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana was established in 1996 as a permanent endowment whose income will support programs and organizations working to improve conditions and opportunities for women and girls in Central Indiana (including Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, and Shelby Counties). Women’s Fund is a special interest fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF).


Women’s Fund will consider program or operating support for organizations which share our interest in improving conditions for women and girls.

It is important for applicants to know:

Women’s Fund is particularly interested in funding programming in the following areas:

  • Breaking negative cycles and moving to economic self-sufficiency (especially regarding poverty and domestic violence)
  • Preventative self-development programming for girls with demonstrated impact.

Concept Proposals for operating support will be accepted only from organizations whose mission is to serve women and/or girls or from organizations for whom females constitute a significant majority of individuals served.

Women’s Fund is interested only in gender-specific efforts, not just programs that happen to serve women and/or girls.

Women’s Fund will support organizations and programs specifically designed to meet the needs of women and girls which demonstrate:

  • Significant Impact
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Innovation/Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Outreach to Traditionally Underserved Populations
  • Potential for Matching Funds (this is a bonus, not an expectation)

Women’s Fund will NOT consider funding for:

  • 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
  • Individuals
  • Organization-sponsored conferences or event sponsorships
  • Organizations whose board of directors is composed of less than 50% women at the time of submission, unless the organization can provide a written and board-approved plan to reach at least 50% female board composition within the next 12 months.

Women's Fund believes spirituality is an important component in a woman or girl’s self-development. It has been our experience that organized religion provides the traction and grounding for spiritual development. However, it is our policy not to fund programs promoting religion, including proselytizing or religious training. If your organization’s mission statement is religious in nature, you must describe the role that religious mission has in the grant activities for which you are seeking Women’s Fund support.

If, after reviewing the guidelines you have questions about the submission process, please contact Grants Officer Julie Koegel at juliek@cicf.org.