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Grants

Eleven programs were funded this year thanks to the generous donors who supported the Women Helping Women Resiliency Campaign. Learn more about each grantee below. Click their logo to be directed to their website.

 

Career Path Services - Proactive Success Coaching employment retention program for single moms.


Career Path Services is a workforce development human service nonprofit corporation. Their purpose is to break the spirit of poverty though the dignity of work. Their vision is to empower people, enhance workforce, and enrich community. Since 1971, their passion has been to help people move out of poverty and stay out of poverty. Proactive Success Coaching (PSC) is a new employment retention program offering participant-centered support customized to meet individuals’ needs. This grant provides single moms with employment retention services to help them achieve and sustain long-term financial stability and success.




Catholic Charities - CAPA/PREPARES (Childbirth and Parenting Assistance), Circle of Security to break cycles of abuse and neglect for families of young children.


Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington affirms the dignity of every person, partnering with parishes and the greater community to serve and advocate for those who are vulnerable, bringing stability and hope to people throughout Eastern Washington. CAPA/PREPARES (Childbirth and Parenting Assistance) offers stabilizing and advocacy services to expecting and parenting individuals and families with children ages 5 and under. This grant funded Circle of Security to break cycles of abuse and neglect within vulnerable families by identifying their own unhealthy patterns and triggers before they pass them on to their children.




Partners with Families and Children - Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, where parents learn and develop skills and competencies to ensure healthy practices as they grow.


Compelled by the mission to prevent, interrupt and repair cycles of abuse and neglect within families, Partners is a social safety net for abused and neglected children with the capability to provide holistic supportive family services to all families across the Inland Northwest. Everything they do – from evaluation to treatment services for children and families – prevents child abuse, encircles families with security and support, and provides treatment and caring so that families can thrive and children can live healthy, productive lives. Through Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, families receive trauma-informed wraparound services that provide support for basic health care, safety at home, and daily material needs, as well as to learn and develop skills and competencies to ensure healthy practices as they grow.




Gonzaga University - The Campus Kitchen, a hunger relief program that collects leftover food from campus dining and repurposes that food into healthy meals for those who need it.


The Gonzaga University Center for Community Engagement coordinates community and public service programs, including service-learning courses, community-based volunteer and outreach programs, and external volunteer projects. We offer unlimited opportunities to support causes that matter to you, develop valuable leadership skills and carry out Gonzaga’s Jesuit mission of serving others. The Campus Kitchen is a hunger relief program that focuses on food recovery, eliminating waste, and building community. The program collects leftover food from campus dining and repurposes that food into healthy meals that get delivered to low-income senior housing, after school programs, and shelters.




Spokane Valley Partners - Food 4 Thought, providing food to more than 450 homeless students.


Spokane Valley Partners work to prevent hunger and poverty alongside great community partners. When local families, vulnerable youth, and impoverished elderly face significant obstacles Spokane Valley Partners is here to provide a safety net for those in need. With roots of compassion dating back over 60 years, they have grown to meet the needs of the community as the largest social services agency in Spokane Valley.​ Through Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, families receive trauma-informed wraparound services that provide support for basic health care, safety at home, and daily material needs, as well as to learn and develop skills and competencies to ensure healthy practices as they grow.




Joya - Enhanced Family Resources Coordination Program, serving children ages 0-3, providing treatment and support to meet the needs of each child and family.


For nearly 60 years, Joya Child & Family Development has been dedicated to helping the most vulnerable and marginalized in our society. This homegrown nonprofit is the only Neurodevelopmental Center of Excellence in eastern Washington. Joya currently serves more than 300 Spokane County children a year with a wide range of developmental delays and disabilities. Joya's early intervention program serves children ages birth to three, is family-based and operates year-round. Treatment and support is personalized, comprehensive and tailored to meet the individual needs of each child and family. They make programs work for families: They meet families where they are – in their home, daycare, or at their facility – to minimize barriers to care.




Transitions - EduCare, an on-site licensed daycare for homeless or formerly homeless children, providing a supportive environment, nutritional program, and emotional support.


Transitions works to end poverty and homelessness for women and children in Spokane. They pursue this mission through the operation of the Women's Hearth, Transitional Living Center (TLC), EduCare, Miryam's House, New Leaf Kitchen & Café, and Home Yard Cottages. EduCare is an on-site licensed daycare for the children that reside or are program alumnae (formerly homeless). EduCare provides a developmentally supportive environment, robust nutritional program, and trauma-informed emotional support for infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children.




The Salvation Army - Emergency Receiving Facilities, providing emergency placement for children and transitioning youth who have been removed due to extreme abuse and/or neglect.


The Salvation Army’s Emergency Foster Care placement, Sally’s House and Evangeline’s House are the only receiving facilities in the state providing emergency placement for children and transitioning youth, ages 2-20, who have been removed from their home due to extreme abuse and/or neglect. Specially trained staff are on side to accept children 24/7 for emergency placement. Children are brought to the Salvation Army day or night by local law enforcement or Child Protective Services. Each child can stay at Sally’s house for three months and Evangeline’s House for 15 days—with a court ordered extension, if needed. The Salvation Army understands that 70% of children in foster care also have siblings in foster care, and they accommodate sibling sets so children can remain together.




Women and Children's Free Restaurant - Nutrition-to-Go, nutritious meals to women and children.


Women & Children’s Free Restaurant (WCFR) is a vital safety net which fills nutritional gaps for women and children in need while fostering dignity and respect, both within their restaurant and in the community. Nutrition-to-Go’s unique model depends on collaboration with other social service agencies and allows women and children to access nutritious meals a part of another service they receive.




Vanessa Behan - Emergency Respite Care, providing refuge for children and support to strengthen families.


Vanessa Behan helps parents who are having difficulty providing safe shelter and care for their children. They may be dealing with issues as complex as substance abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. Or, they may just be exhausted and worn-out from the demands of parenting. Vanessa Behan’s vision is to provide immediate refuge for children and support to strengthen families. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year hundreds of area families receive free, respite care for children from ages 0-6, for up to 72 hours at a time. This care includes food, clothing, diapers and ensuring all basic needs are met for the children in our care. Most importantly, they receive unconditional love and nurturing care from staff and volunteers. Their program exist to keep their kids safe.




YWCA - Confidential Safe Shelter for domestic violence victims that provides safety, shelter, counseling, case management, education, basic necessities, safety planning, practical and emotional support, and referrals to resources.


YWCA is the oldest and largest women’s organization in the world. YWCA Spokane has served as a source of strength for women and children in the Spokane community for 116 years. On average, we provide services to thousands of women and children annually. Our programs help women escape from domestic violence, get access to legal support, provide a safe place for healing and growth, and grant opportunities for women to learn new skills, increase employment options, and provide access to resources for their children’s education and well-being. YWCA's goal is to ensure the safety of survivors who are fleeing violence from an intimate partner by providing safe shelter, counseling, case management, education, and basic necessities like food, clothing, personal care items, and transportation. Woman and their children may need a temporary safe place away from their partner’s emotional abuse or violence. For many survivors, the shelter is a place to rest, sort out feelings, decide what is next, and get information and support to make changes. Advocates are available to help with safety planning, practical and emotional support, education around domestic violence and healthy relationships, and referral to community resources.





 
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2020 Grant Cycle

Women Helping Women Fund provides funds to programs that offer preventive strategies and/or proactive initiatives in one or more of the following areas that align with the organization's mission to empower women and children to create healthy families and vibrant communities.

  1. Basic Needs- Ensuring a safe and healthy environment for women and/or children

  2. Education- Helping women and/or children achieve their potential

  3. Financial Stability- Increasing financial stability and opportunity for women and/or children

Eligibility


To receive funds, your agency must:

  • Have 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Spend no more than 5% of your budget on legislative involvement.
  • Apply to fund a programs in Spokane County only. WHWF does not fund organizations
Please note: WHWF does not fund individuals, political action organizations, or endowment funds




Guidelines


  • WHWF grants funds to specific programs, not agencies, which support women and children.
  • WHWF encourages that each agency only submits one application each year. Given the high demand for funding, it is unlikely that WHWF will be able to provide funding to more than one program per agency within a grant year.
  • WHWF awards responsive grants for one year. Grant funds are available to spend between July 1 and June 30. No funds should be expensed prior to July 1 or after June 30. After the termination of the grant year, unexpended funds must be returned to the WHWF office by September 1.
  • WHWF examines the financial stability of programs and agencies.
  • WHWF favors innovative, collaborative, and creative programs that meet community needs and align with our mission to empower women and children to create healthy families and vibrant communities.
  • WHWF may conduct site visits prior to allocating funds.




Process Overview and Timeline


If your LOI meets criteria in the initial review, you will receive an invitation email to submit the Full Application. A site visit may be scheduled with a member of the WHWF Allocations Committee. This is not an indication of funding. WHWF will communicate a decision about your application when the programmatic review and due diligence process is complete. Grant decisions are subject to Board-adopted guidelines and approval. Grant Information Seminar | September 23, 2020 2:00pm-3:00pm Letter of Intent Applications Open | September 28-October 16, 2020 LOI Notifications & Invitation to Submit Full Application | November 10, 2020 Full Applications Open | November 10-November 30, 2020 Site Visits | January 4, 2021-February 1, 2021 Grantee Notifications | March 15, 2021 Distribution of Funds | June 30, 2021





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Grant Information

Over the past 28 years, Women Helping Women Fund has awarded nearly $6 million in grants to over 500 programs. Extensive research is conducted - including a thorough needs assessment - in order to identify the organizations best equipped to meet the needs of women and children. 

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