The Women's Fund of Central New York awards grants to organizations, programs and groups that directly support women and/or girls in Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison and/or Oswego counties in Central New York.  Available grant funds vary each year and are dependent upon contributions and the endowment performance. Last year, the Women’s Fund distributed more than $35,000 to programs and organizations focused on women and girls.  During the 2019 grant cycle, the Women's Fund will award up to nine grants of $5,000 each.  Grant applications are accepted until June 15 for the following cycle. Official grant awards are announced in July.


  • Applications will be accepted from any nonprofit organization determined as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code (IRS) that provides services in Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison and/or Oswego counties. If the IRS does not recognize your organization as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, you may apply through a 501(c)(3) sponsor that has agreed to act as your fiscal agent for the grant.


  • Former applicants and grant recipients may apply for funding. Organizations that have received grant support from the Women's Fund are eligible to apply in the current cycle only if they have completed the program previously funded by the Women's Fund.


  • Applications must be submitted electronically on or before the deadline: June 15


  • Awarded programs must commence within the award year.


  • Grantees must mention the Women’s Fund as a funding source on all publicity or promotion materials designed for the program.

Visit our Grant Application page to get started.



The Women's Fund of Central New York is a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation.

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