The Women's Fund Total Grantmaking

Since Women for Women's inception, more than $375,000 has been awarded to local organizations making a difference to positively change the lives of women and their children.

Year Organization Grant Awarded Purpose
2020 Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association $52,500 To launch Reuse Marketplace – a program that will provide a location where people can donate items versus throwing them away and create a space for education and job training for low-income, unemployed and/or homeless women and children..
2019 Jacksonville Area Center for Independent Living $25,000 To continue the Deaf Wings program, including the establishment of confidential phone services for victims, educational workshops available to the public and continuing education for deaf advocates.
2019 Wooden It Be Lovely $25,000 To launch the Lovely Product Diversification Program, which will diversify the types of products made by women who are transitioning to a more stable life from abuse and addiction.
2018 Compass for Kids $20,000 To hire reading teachers, cover costs for classroom teachers, and help pay for transportation to and from Camp Compass, an academic and enrichment-based summer camp for at-risk and homeless elementary students in Springfield.
2018 Jacksonville Area Center for Independent Living $20,000 To launch Deaf Wings, a service that benefits deaf, hard of hearing or deaf blind individuals who experience domestic violence and abuse. The project will provide training in trauma-informed interpreting for ASL interpreters.
2018 Wooden It Be Lovely $10,000 To implement a Comprehensive Enhancement Program, which would provide 1) increased supervisory training opportunities and employee work hours, 2) educational resources, including children’s nutrition and 3) personal mentoring.
2017 Compass for Kids $20,000 To add one class of approximately 20 students in grades K-5 to Camp Compass, an academic and enrichment-based summer camp for at-risk and homeless elementary students in Springfield.
2017 Girls on the Run of Central Illinois $3,000 To purchase new Girls on the Run Curriculum #2, including curriculum materials and coach playbooks.
2017 The Parent Place $17,000 To expand Nurturing Mothers Education and Support program for mothers recently out of the Department of Corrections, Sangamon County jail and/or referred through the local court.
2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Illinois Capital Region $5,000 For the community collaboration to provide targeted education programs for Big and Little Sisters in grades 5th-12th.
2016 Memorial Behavioral Health $15,000 To continue “MOSAIC Moms” program to address the mental health and wellbeing of women and children who have very limited social supports.
2016 The Matthew Project $10,000 For the 2016 YMCA summer camp that includes academic tutoring.
2016 UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership $5,000 For a regional conference titled Children in Poverty: What do we know? What can we do?
2015 Girls on the Run of Central Illinois $8,752 To support Fall 2015/Spring 2016 Girls on the Run (third through fifth grade) and Heart and Sole (sixth through eighth grade) programming for more than 100 girls.
2015 Lincoln Land Community College $5,000 To support College for Kids "Full Steam Ahead" (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) classes for girls in third through eighth grade.
2015 Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois (MHCCI) $15,000 To expand the pilot "MOSIAC Moms" program that was underwritten by Women for Women's 2014 grant to address the mental health and well-being of women and children who have very limited social supports.
2014 Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois (MHCCI) $30,000 To support the MOSIAC Moms program, a robust collaboration among MHCCI, Springfield Public Schools, Family Service Center, and Community Child Care Connection to address the mental health and well-being of women and children who have very limited social supports. The pilot program will offer three services to meet the social/emotional needs of low-income, single mothers and their children in Springfield: (1) facilitate parent/child groups; (2) deliver home-based mental health services; and (3) provide consultation to home visitors and case managers who work with the target population
2012 Girl Scouts of Central Illinois $20,000 To support “STEM - It's a Girl's World", a program designed to introduce girls to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields of study and careers.
2012 Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Illinois Capital Region $5,000 To launch “Women Inspiring Women” - a book club that aims to increase motivation for reading in pre-adolescent and adolescent girls, grades 5-6. Little Sisters and their Big Sisters will be reading books written by female authors with common themes of self-empowerment, positive behavior, confidence, and team building.
2011 Contact Ministries $16,250 To support “Basement Boutique” – a job skills training program started in 2010 that efficiently delivers goods donated by the community to those in need and provides an opportunity for volunteers to mentor residents.
2011 Girls on the Run of Central Illinois $6,750 To help cover programming costs for the Fall 2011/Spring 2012 “Girls on Track” (grades 6-8) – a curriculum designed to educate girls on critical topics such as eating disorders, Internet safety, cyber bullying and tobacco and alcohol use.
2010 Project Return $7,400 To support “Notes on Life” support group for formerly incarcerated women and their children.
2010 Youth Service Bureau $12,600 To help provide counseling, mentoring and tutoring for at-risk young women and girls.
2009 Sojourn Shelter & Services, Inc. $15,000 To support the shelter’s economic empowerment program Realizing Your Economic Action Plan (REAP).
2008 University of Illinois Springfield $10,000 To support a Girl2Girl DreamSpeakers mentoring program between UIS female athletes and Springfield Public School students.