Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region offers workshop for nonprofits seeking grants

September 10, 2011

APPLETON — It’s a chance to connect good causes with a little cash.

The Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region will conduct a grant seeker workshop Sept. 20 for nonprofits that would like to learn about the fund’s grant application process.

“It’s an opportunity to see if they’re a good fit with us,” said Becky Boulanger, executive director for the Women’s Fund, an organization that backs projects designed to improve the health, safety and economic security of women and girls in the community.

“We are a foundation that supports projects in the Calumet, Outagamie and northern Winnebago counties primarily. We would very much like to reach organizations in more rural areas, perhaps Waupaca and Shawano counties. We’d like to let more organizations know we exist and that they can get funding from us,” she said.

Since the start of its grant program in 1997, the organization has awarded $525,000 to area programs that support women and girls.

From January through April this year, the fund gave $60,500 to 14 different programs. Boulanger expects they’ll give a similar amount in 2012.

One of the grants spotlighted Thursday at the fund’s annual luncheon in Appleton was a $7,000 Harbor House program in connection with the Boys & Girls Clubs.

“It was a violence prevention drama group called Zero Tolerance,” Boulanger said. “Two of our primary focuses right now are violence prevention and financial fluency.”

Another new program announced Thursday was a $10,000 matching grant from the J. J. Keller Foundation directed at issues concerning girls. In a panel discussion prior to the luncheon, speakers outlined some prominent issues.

“Officer Polly Olson from the Appleton Police Department spoke about technology issues related to online safety, things like online bullying and sexting,” Boulanger said.

A panel of high school-aged girls will help determine what projects are funded by the upcoming grant.