We believe in the power of women to drive social change

The Women’s Catalytic Fund is a giving circle that puts resources into the hands of people with bold visions working to end gender-based inequity and fundamentally change the systems that perpetuate it.

The Women’s Catalytic Fund administers two rounds of grants per year. Typically, these are one-time $15,000 grants to CA-based nonprofits with budgets under $1million. 

Learn more about the work of the Women’s Catalytic Fund.

Applications

Applications for our Spring 2024 Request for Proposals (RFP) are due by 5pm on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. Grant recipients will be notified no later than the week of April 22, 2024.

If you have any questions or would like to be added to our mailing list, please email WCFgrantinformation@gmail.com.

Interested in participating?

Donate

If you share our vision, we invite you to donate to the fund. The WCF employs a thoughtful and rigorous process to select innovative and impactful frontline initiatives.The giving circle has been active since 1999 and granted more than $3.7 million to nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area and California. See a list of recent grantees below.

Become a member

Sound exciting? Join Us! We welcome new members. Learn more below.

Women’s Catalytic Fund Grantees:
Spring 2019 – Fall 2023

Fall 2023

  • Black Earth Farms: The group is an emerging Black gender-marginalized, agroecological collective comprising skilled Pan-African and Pan-Indigenous farmers, spiritual leaders, builders, artists, cultural workers, and educators. They embrace and transmit ancestral agricultural practices, while training a new wave of farmers and advocates to build more liberated and balanced food systems. They will be launching a community informed research and policy initiative to secure land-based reparations for Black people from the newly created Alameda County Reparations Committee. The $15,000 grant will be used for convenings to educate and train gender marginalized communities on farming and anti-oppression in collective, so they can advocate for food justice, housing and liberation agricology.
  • Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative: Muslim ARC is a leading human rights education organization focused on building capacity within Muslim and allied communities for racial justice. They work to create anti-racism curriculum and resources, connect multi racial and multi-faith networks through storytelling and media, and cultivate racial justice through leadership and community development programs. The $15,000 grant will be used to support a partnership between the Muslim, ARC and Heart Women and Girls to develop an intersectional curriculum addressing gender based violence, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and anti-Black racism. The funding will support planning sessions and a pilot workshop in Southern California to prepare a cohort of American Muslim women leaders with a power building curriculum that includes shared analysis, strategies for social change, and a narrative shift campaign.
  • Dream Youth Clinic: The clinic is an Oakland based organization providing no cost medical services, youth support groups, and youth leadership opportunities to the most vulnerable youth of the Bay Area: Black girls, Black youth, youth of color, and gender expansive youth. The $15,000 grant will be used for the creation of a citywide BIPOC Femme Youth Council to address the ongoing violence in Oakland, and to make direct policy and practice recommendations to elected officials on youth designed ways to stop the violence against Black and Brown girls. The grant will be used to pay stipends to the girls and women who will be part of the year long leadership development of the femme centered youth council.

Spring 2023

Fall 2022

Spring 2022

Fall 2021

Spring 2021

Fall 2020

Due to the challenging issues of 2020, including the COVID-19 pandemic and mounting pressure for racial, social and environmental justice, the Women’s Catalytic Fund used the Fall 2020 grant cycle to provide one-time supplemental grants of $10,000 to ten of our prior grantees.

Spring 2020

Fall 2019

Spring 2019

Gallery: WCF Grantees

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