Fund for Women and Girls Grants

Girls in Pájaro Valley Initiative

The Fund for Women and Girls is a newly created endowment meant to boost the economic growth of the county by supporting the needs of local women and girls.

Grants will be made to nonprofits from the fund in 2017 (through the application process described below), for a three-year pilot project to support the educational and social development of 30-40 girls from middle school (grades 6-8) in the Pájaro Valley through participation in the initiative's extracurricular program.

In developing the fund and the initiative, ideas and direction came from and advisory group of local education, nonprofit, government and other foundation and philanthropic leaders, including parents and classroom teachers.

Focusing on middle school aged girls was determined to be a critical stage in a young girl's life and determined to be an opportune place to start.

We seek proposals from youth-serving organizations able to form collaborative partnerships, of two or more organizations. The applicants must have a track record of serving youth in the Pájaro Valley and the ability to undertake work on behalf of the initiative. 

The long-term goal is to see these girls graduate from high school, ready for college or technical training on their road to future success. 

How to Apply


> Read the Request for Proposals [PDF 73.8 KB]. The RFP contains info about the Fund for Women and Girls, as well as grant objectives, available funding and application process.

> Read the grantmaking strategy background document [PDF 89 KB].

> Read the frequently asked questions [PDF 127 KB].

> Notify us of your intent to apply for a grant.

> Submit an online application. Note: If you don't have an account for our online grant portal, email Jim Brown to get one.


Email Program Director Christina Cuevas or call her at 831.662.2070.

Eligibility and Restrictions

Proposal will be accepted only from partnership of two or more organizations, with a track record of serving youth in the Pájaro Valley.

The application organization must:

  • Operate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit;
  • Include Santa Cruz County residents on their board of directors; and,
  • Adhere to a board-approved nondiscrimination policy regarding employment, governance and services.