Grantmaking to individual girls and women by the Fund for Women of the Southern Tier, Inc.  helps each grant recipient further her education and independence.

The Fund for Women’s primary focus is to help girls and women achieve economic self-sufficiency and realize life goals through grants in the areas of education, health, wellness, career and life skills.

The Fund for Women’s 2019 grantmaking year will fund programs or projects that support the education or health of girls and women.  Grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis. In 2013, the Barriers to Care program was established to provide funds to women in treatment for breast cancer to address non-medical issues that make access to care a challenge. Since, this program has continued.

The geographic area for the Fund for Women is defined as Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties in the Southern Tier of New York State. All applicants, whether individuals or organizations, must reside or be based within this region. Individuals and non-profit organizations are invited to submit one application per funding cycle. Barriers to Care grants are made throughout the year.

  • Grants for Individual Girls and Women
  • Grants for Nonprofit Organizations Serving Girls and Women
  • Grants to Individual Women through Barriers to Care
  • FFW Empower Grant, three year award to local non-profit

The Fund for Women accepts individual and non-profit grant applications that are due on March 1 each year.

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Grants for Individual Girls and Women

The Fund for Women welcomes individual applications from girls and women who are seeking to improve their educational status and build career paths. Proposals from individual girls and women are accepted only for programs or projects that support education. Individual grant awards are limited to $500.

New for 2019! FFW Scholarships!

Girls and women with specific career goals and a path for achieving them should consider applying fora FFW Scholarship. These scholarships are designed to provide support and encouragement to girls and women who have encountered significant financial
barriers in pursuing their education after high school.Award criteria includes a demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to girls and women who fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • First generation college students
  • Non-traditional students/adult learners – 25 years or older
  • Women who seek a diploma certification for high demand job functions in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and/or Yates counties at a technical school, college or university
  • Girls and women who have overcome a significant challenge in their lives

Grants for Nonprofit Organizations

The Fund for Women also welcomes applications from non-profit organizations seeking support for programs and projects that focus on the education and/or health of girls and women.  All programs that receive grant awards will be subject to a grant evaluation within one year of the grant date.

FFW Empower Grant

The Fund for Women created a new grant that will significantly impact the lives of girls and women who have encountered substantial obstacles or barriers to achieving self-sufficiency. The FFW Empower Grant awards $150,000 to an area non-profit over the course of a three-year partnership to support programming specifically designed to help girls and women grow, develop and advance. The FFW presented its first Empower Grant in March, 2019.

Mary A. Bosseler Wigs for Cancer Patients Fund

This grant has been established in partnership with the family of Mary Bosseler to support women with cancer unable to afford a high quality wig.

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How to Apply for Individual or Nonprofit Grants

(Does not include the FFW Empower Grant.)

  • Application deadline:  Annually each March 1
  • Notification:  Annually each June

Please see the application instructions for nonprofit and individual applicants, and then follow the links from the instructions page to the correct online application for you.

Grants to Individual Women through Barriers to Care

The Fund for Women Barriers to Care program provides financial assistance to individual women currently receiving medical treatment for breast cancer who live in Chemung, Schuyler or Steuben Counties.

Read more about Barriers to Care grants  here.