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Community Foundation accepting applications
for Women & Girls Fund grants


The Community Foundation is seeking proposals for grants to benefit women and girls projects in the Rappahannock River region. The grants will be made from the foundation's Women & Girls Fund. Applications are due Nov. 18. The grant application is available at

For the current grant cycle, between one and five grants will be made. The total amount for all grants awarded will not exceed $15,000. Grant awards are likely to range between $1,000 and $10,000.

Through the Community Foundation, the Women & Girls Fund makes grants to nonprofit organizations as a key strategy to advance equity for women and girls. Over the past five years, the fund has leveraged the individual and collective power of women in the greater Rappahannock River region to make grants to nonprofits in the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford and the city of Fredericksburg.

"We believe that over time and with the growth of the fund, these grants will help create conditions for significant social change. Our grant cycles have established a powerful tradition that shows how nonprofit programs can be a driving force behind greater equity for women and girls in our region," said Mona Albertine, President of the Women and Girls Fund

The needs of women and girls are underrepresented and underserved by traditional philanthropy. Studies conducted across the nation have concluded that:

  • Less than six cents out of every traditional philanthropic dollar is given to organizations that target services to women and children.
  • Less than five percent of all foundation grants are targeted for women and girls.

The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region established its Women and Girls Fund in 2009. Women and Girls Fund members offer financial support, time, and talent to address the critical needs of women and girls in our community. When we advance the lives of women and girls, families are strengthened, as is our community as a whole.

Applications and further details about the Women & Girls Fund grants are available on The Community Foundation website at or by calling 540 373-9292.


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