Women’s Fund Grants

The Women's Fund Endowment has an annual grant round to fund projects and programs that fall within the following areas:

  • Children in need of care
  • Economic well-being of women and their families
  • Women in leadership

In 2019, the Women's Fund awarded $48,120 to 10 organizations dedicated to lifting up women and girls in our community. All grants are selected by a special grants committee and approved by the FM Area Foundation Board of Directors.

Since 2000, the Women’s Fund has awarded 122 grants to 56 organizations totaling $317,220 to support women and children right here in Cass Clay.

Grant Opportunities

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are suspending the 2020 Women's Fund grant cycle, as we determine how to best mobilize these grant dollars in this challenging time. We will continue to update our nonprofit partners through our website and nonprofit listserv as information becomes available. 

This year, the Women's Fund is focused on supporting projects that empower women and girls to pursue leadership. The Women's Fund grants support projects, programs, and organizations that:

  • Inspire and educate women and girls to be leading innovators and change makers.
  • Link women and girls with resources and networks that encourage and inspire leadership.
  • Engage women from under-served groups and those who may not otherwise have access to leadership training and professional development opportunities.

Grant Guidelines

Apply for a grant using the Grantee Login.

Previous Grant Recipients

Making an Impact

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Inspire Innovation Lab

Inspire Girls

Inspire Girls will provide outreach activities for female students in the 7th through 9th grades in the Fargo Moorhead area. This program will consist of four, one-day events held at the Inspire Innovation Lab, and cover topics related to science, technology, engineering, art and math.

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Jeremiah Program

Building a Network of Empowered Women Leaders

This program aims to help 20 single mothers complete Jeremiah’s Empowerment course in 2016, allowing these dedicated single moms to continue their transformation from poverty to prosperity. Empowerment training teaches and reinforces concepts of personal self-worth, responsibility, sociability, self-management, integrity and honesty-essential elements to building confident and effective female leaders for our community.

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Latter Rain Ministries

P’s & Q’s Etiquette and Leadership

P’s & Q’s Etiquette and Leadership is an empowerment program for girls ages 5 to 16 to attend before and after school, weekends, during school breaks and throughout the summer months. The girls participate in hands on workshops, community and school projects, guided discussions, workbooks and other fun activities. The goal of the program is to engage female students in a program to build self-esteem, leadership skills, goal setting, healthy lifestyles and encourage higher education. This program teaches girls to become responsible leaders who make positive choices.

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New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment

Women’s Social Empowerment Project

The goal of this project is to create a social and educational outlet for former refugee women. The project will engage women in their local neighborhoods, and empower them to make the necessary changes. They will be introduced to other female leaders, and learn the art of networking to become better acquainted to economic, educational, social and physical activities in the community. As they network with other women in their neighborhoods and leaders in the community, they will gain confidence in their ability to lead.


REACH-Rural Enrichment and Counseling Headquarters

Dress for Success Mentoring Program

This mentoring program pairs women who are re-entering the workforce with professionals in their field. Monthly group outings will help foster networking and socializing among the Dress for Success women and their mentors. The ultimate goal is for the women to gain economic independence, advance their careers, and enhance their quality of life, while breaking barriers. Mentors will offer support, advice and encouragement to the Dress for Success women during this journey.

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Tri-College University

National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership Development Institute

The Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute provides public leadership training, inspiration, and support for women who do not have extensive leadership experience. Participants will experience life-changing education that prepares them to make significant positive contributions in their communities. They attend workshops on public speaking, building effective partnerships, public policy advocacy, running for office, and more. The women in the program apply what they learn by initiating start-up projects in their communities.

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Center for Technology and Business

Greater Fargo Moorhead Area Women’s Leadership Program (WLP)

The WLP is dedicated to increasing leadership skills and potential for women of all ages and backgrounds in Cass and Clay counties by inspiring and educating women to be leading innovators and change makers in 4 core areas: personal, professional, community and health leadership. Customized training, hands-on exercises and a philanthropy challenge advance their leadership development.


YWCA Cass Clay

Education and Employment Program

The goal of the YWCA’s Education and Employment program is to provide education readiness and employment training to help women gain confidence and build lasting economic security through career growth. The program provides access to the YWCA’s onsite computer lab and a variety of job readiness classes. This grant will make it possible for 10 women to achieve their dreams of becoming a Certified Nurse’s Assistant, an opportunity for them to use their passions to gain economic prosperity for themselves and their children.

  • 2019 Women's Fund Grant Recipients

    Organization Project Name
    BIO Girls BIO Girls Program Diversification
    Boys & Girls Club of the Red River Valley Positive Action, Positive Girls
    Immigrant Development Center Economic Stability of Women
    Inspire Innovation Lab Inspire Girls!
    Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership

    Eliminate Barriers for Women

    Lost and Found Recovery Center

    Transformative Empowerment Classes

    MSUM, The NEW Leadership Development Institute

    2019 National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership Development

    New American Consortium for Wellness & Empowerment

    Girls Empowerment Movement

    P's & Q's Etiquette

    Leaderlicious on the Move

    Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency (SENDCAA)

    Self-Sufficiency Scholarships for Women Living in Poverty

    South Sudan Lutheran Church

    South Sudanese Women's Club


    3rd Annual Crack the Code

    YWCA Cass Clay

    Women's Education and Employment Fair





  • 2018 Women's Fund Grant Recipients

    Organization Project Name
    Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons Girl Scouts Believe in Girls (BIG) Event
    Inspire Innovation Lab  Inspire Girls
    New American Consortium for Wellness & Empowerment Lighting the Way
    Plains Art Museum Buzz Lab
    P's & Q's Etiquette, LLC

    Leaderlicious on the Move

    SENDCAA Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency

    Self Sufficiency Scholarships for Women Living in Poverty

    YWCA Cass Clay

    Education and Employment Program's Women Empowering Women

    Jeremiah Program

    Propelling Single Mothers into Leadership through Post-Secondary Success


    2019 National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership Development Institute

    REACH Rural Enrichment & Counseling Headquarters, Inc.

    Dress for Success Empowerment Program




  • 2017 Women's Fund Grant Recipients

    Organization Project Name
    Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons Girl Scouts Leaders in Business Expo
    Inspire Innovation Lab  Inspire Girls
    Jeremiah Program Readying Single Mothers for Leadership Through Empowerment and Life Skills Training
    Latter Rain Ministries P's & Q's Etiquette and Leadership
    North Dakota Women's Network

    Ready to Run


    Career Center Workshops


    NEW Leadership Development Institute for the National Education for Women


    Shape the Future: Inspire and Nurture Her--a STEM Mentorship Initiative

    Center for Technology & Business 

    Greater Fargo Moorhead Area Women's Leadership Program

    YWCA Cass Clay

    Education & Employment Program