2012 Community Response Fund Grants
The Community Response Fund supports efforts that address solutions to key issues identified through a study conducted by the Women’s Funding Alliance, A Closer Look. This study examines the realities for women and girls living in the Puget Sound region. Through the Community Response Fund, non-profit organizations serving and advocating for women and girls in this region have the opportunity to apply for funding under any one of these areas: access to health services and information, leadership development and civic engagement or freedom from violence. Grants range in amount up to $15,000.
- Catalyst for Kids, $10,000: Grant supports collaboration among child welfare professionals, consumers, advocates and decision-makers to foster justice and bring transformational change to the child welfare system. Funds will help achieve programmatic objectives of the Washington State Parent Advisory Committee in building leadership among parents to advocate on behalf of families and advance policy change to strengthen the child welfare system.
- Catherine Place, $10,000: Grant provides unrestricted operating support to this organization committed to improving the quality of life for women in Pierce County. Funds will be used to bolster leadership development and community-building programming for low-income and immigrant women.
- Chaya/API Women & Family Safety Center, $15,000: Grant provides unrestricted operating support to help increase the safety and health of Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander women in Washington State. Funds will be used to support the organizational merger of Chaya with API Women & Family Safety Center.
- King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, $15,000: Grant provides unrestricted operating support to this coalition of domestic violence organizations. Members work together to end domestic violence by engaging domestic violence agencies and their allies in collective action for social change.
- LAW Advocates, $15,000: Grant supports programmatic efforts to provide intensive legal assistance to Whatcom County women impacted by domestic violence. Funds will be used for delivery of self-help parenting plan clinics and supporting women who represent themselves in family court.
- Mary’s Place, $10,000: Grant provides unrestricted operating support for ongoing work of this day center which offers safety, support and services for homeless and formerly homeless women. Funds will be especially helpful in helping the organization meet increased demand for services and better serve homeless women with children.
- Noel House Programs, $10,000: Grant supports outreach to and engagement of women who have been long-term clients of emergency shelter. Programmatic efforts will include using a housing specialist team to meet the women where they are at with specific resources and support to help the women secure permanent housing.
- South Park Information and Resource Center, $10,000: Grant supports the launch of Mujeres Activistas, a pilot program to build leadership of low-income women in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood. Objectives of this program include increasing women’s capacity for self-advocacy around their health, education and civic engagement.
- West Sound Treatment Center, $10,000: Grant supports delivery of direct client services to Kitsap County women who are in recovery from chemical and alcohol abuse or dependence disease. Funds will be directed to achieve comprehensive intake evaluation and overall management of this transitional residence.
- Within Reach – Breast Feeding Coalition of Washington, $10,000: Grant supports the Worksite Lactation Support program which strives to influence Puget Sound employers in establishing lactation policies and systems. Funds will be used to help enforce approved legislation by engaging a select set of employers with low-wage, hourly workers.
- YWCA Kitsap, $10,000: Grant supports the YWCA ALIVE program which provides legal advocacy for domestic violence survivors in Kitsap County. Funds will help to ensure survivors have support related to protection orders, safety plans, court advocacy, crime victims’ compensation, child custody and safe housing. Additionally, funds will be used to implement community education and outreach efforts.