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The Women's Fund Awards Grants

The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced the recipients of its mini-grants, totaling $21,250. 
wf granteesCINCINNATI (July 6, 2015) - The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced the recipients of its mini-grants, totaling $21,250. 

Through services including job training, transportation, legal help, or providing work attire, each recipient helps improve the lives and economic status of women. Grants are $500 to $2,000.

“Our grant recipients work hard every day to make changes to systems that improve women’s lives and help them provide for themselves and their families,” said Meghan Cummings, Executive Director of The Women’s Fund. “From job training to changing tires, they help women and families, making the Greater Cincinnati region a better place.”

These $500 – $2,000 grants focus on supporting systemic efforts to improve women’s incomes, job security, and their ability to provide adequately for themselves and their families.

 The following organizations received funding:

  • The Advance Network
    A work readiness program helps participants minimize two barriers to job success - lack of affordable, quality child care, and transportation.
  • Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio
    Female refugees learn sewing skills that will prepare them for employment in the sewing industry or through self-employment.
  • Cincinnati Union Bethel
    The Off the Streets employment training program covers transportation costs for more than 1,100 rides to and from work, interviews, job training and classes.
  • Dress for Success
    Funds support a five-day boot camp focusing on the telephone interview.
  • Lydia’s House
    Grant provides emergency and short-term child care for women who are actively seeking employment, attending job interviews and appointments, or newly working and saving for long-term child care.
  • Madison Avenue Christian Church
    Volunteers affiliated with Madison Avenue Christian Church in Covington perform routine car maintenance for low–income women through its Samaritan car clinic.
  • Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
    The home care aide training is a workforce development program. Employment in this entry-level position provides a stable income for women who then may choose to advance along the healthcare pathway to higher wages through additional training.
  • Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission
    The Lincoln Grant Scholar House will house 45 single parents and children. Funds will support resident services including case management and counseling, tutoring, a computer laboratory and study center, fitness center, children’s library, and child care.

  • Ohio Justice & Policy Center
    The women's project is a legal outreach project for survivors of human trafficking. Attorneys and paralegals will provide individual legal information, advice and representation to help women remove employment barriers.
  • Santa Maria Community Services
    The grant will support monthly training opportunities for family child care providers in the Greater Price Hill area. This helps providers maintain their state licenses and stay in business.

  • Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families
    The JOBS NOW! program helps low-income participants in Butler County find job opportunities. This grant will bring in the Dress for Success mobile unit to provide women with appropriate work attire.
  • The University of Cincinnati Foundation on behalf of UC Blue Ash
    The UC Blue Ash nursing licensure exam project offers a 3-day intensive workshop to graduates who have successfully complete course requirements but are at risk for failing the test.

About The Women’s Fund

The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation leads our community in ensuring the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region. Through leadership, research, and grantmaking, The Women’s Fund works to identify and address the barriers affecting working women and their families. Learn more and get involved at

Learn about The Women’s Fund report 2014 PULSE: 2020 Jobs and Gender Outlook here

About The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

One of the nation’s leading community foundations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. At the end of 2015, GCF had net assets of $533 million.

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