Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts grant deadline extended

Staff Report
Published: 4/16/2020 1:32:52 PM
Modified: 4/16/2020 1:32:42 PM

SPRINGFIELD — As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts (WFWM) has extended the deadline to apply for spring grants, which are awarded to organizations that work to fight sexual violence.

The new deadline to apply is April 30, at 5 p.m.

According to a WFWM press release, funding for this grant cycle is made possible by a grant the organization received from The Fund for the Me Too Movement and Allies (also simply called the Me Too Fund), which prioritizes the needs of under-invested communities of women, girls and gender non-binary populations of all ages.

“The Women’s Fund of Western Mass is proud to have been selected to partner with The Fund for the Me Too Movement and Allies to support organizations devoted to preventing and interrupting sexual violence in Western Mass,” said WFWM CEO Donna Haghighat. “Our recent research report has shown over 82 percent of the perpetrators of sexual assault were known by their victims/survivors. This funding will allow us to focus on preventing such assaults and reducing this staggering statistic.”

Applications will be accepted from women- and girl-serving organizations in all four counties of Western Massachusetts, according to the release. Projects funded by the $45,000 in grants must focus on prevention and/or intervention of sexual violence and harassment.

A committee of sexual violence survivors, advocates and allies from across the region has been selected to review applications and recommend grant awards. According to the release, applications will be reviewed in May and decisions will be announced in late spring for June funding. WFWM expects to fund at least one program in each of the four counties of Western Massachusetts, and awards will range from $5,000 to $10,000.

Visit mywomensfund.org for more information or to apply.

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