Request for Proposals: Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice Fund

The Women’s Foundation of California (WFC) invests in and trains women to be policy advocates and philanthropic leaders in order to strengthen the economic well-being of women and families in California. We strive to make California a place where health, safety and economic security is realized by all women and families, in particular low-income women, women from communities of color and immigrant women. Because access to reproductive health and rights are central to economic well-being, WFC seeks to support and strengthen the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement in California.

To be considered for funding, completed applications including all attachments must be received by the Foundation through our online grants system by Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by 5:00pm PST.

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Funding Priorities

The Foundation’s Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Fund prioritizes support for organizations working in California that are doing one or more of the following:

  • effectively expanding and protecting the rights of all women to make informed decisions about and have control over their reproductive lives
  • ensuring that California women have access to contraception and safe and legal abortion
  • strengthening the reproductive health, rights and justice movement in California to ensure that it addresses the needs and priorities of our state’s diverse communities
  • informing and supporting the development and effective implementation of policies that will uphold women’s rights to access the full spectrum of reproductive health, rights and justice
  • using innovative strategies to transform institutions, policies and systems
  • led by the people directly affected by the reproductive issues they are seeking to address
  • building alliances and coalitions with other movements to build support for reproductive health, rights and justice


Priority is given to organizations focusing on the following groups:

  • Women and girls of color
  • Low-income and/or no income women and girls
  • Immigrant, undocumented, and/or refugee women and girls
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning women and girls
  • Women and girls with disabilities
  • Indigenous women and girls
  • Young and/or single mothers
  • Women and girls in rural and non-urban communities
  • Homeless women and girls
  • Women and girls who are incarcerated or involved (past or present) in the criminal justice system


Size and Type of Grants

Awards will be one-year grants of up to $40,000. Requests will be considered for general operating support and project-specific grants.


We do NOT fund capital improvements, endowments, loans, lobbying activities, individuals, debt reduction, expenses that accrued prior to the date of the grant award, or fundraising events.


Eligibility Requirements

  • 501(c)(3) organization in good standing
  • Serving women in California
  • Available for site visits in mid to late July and if funded, able to start by September 1, 2015 (Please note these dates are subject to change)