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WFCO Makes 42 More Grants from Relief Fund

// July 14, 2020

Rapid Response Grants Made Since March Total More Than 100

WFCO made 42 additional grants in June and July 2020 from our Women and Families of CO Relief Fund (WFCO Relief Fund). These grants are in addition to the 66 rapid response grants WFCO made in April to help women and families across the state meet basic needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, WFCO invested $782,500 through 108 rapid response grants to increase the capacity of women-led social ventures, women-led small businesses, and organizations that help Colorado women and their families.

Grants expand to include economic rebuilding for a more equitable future

WFCO’s second round of funding will continue to help women and families meet basic needs as women’s unemployment soars. While many of the grants are meant to provide safe shelter, food, and other essentials for women in rural communities, women with children, transgender women, and women experiencing homelessness or escaping domestic violence – they also address economic rebuilding for a more equitable economy, including grants that:

  • Strengthen the early care and education (ECE) sector and child care resources for school-age children in Colorado. This will allow more women to access child care so they can continue their essential work during the crisis and more women can return to work in every sector, even if K-12 schools cannot resume full-time in-person learning for all students.
  • Provide reproductive and other women’s health services.
  • Improve and accelerate economic opportunities for women of color.
  • Advance intersectional research to understand the economic opportunities and challenges for women across our state.

COVID has shown that as the majority of essential workers and caretakers, our economy thrives only if women do. It’s time to dismantle the systems that limit women’s financial prospects.

“We must ensure women and their families have what they need now, and that systems also are transformed in the wake of COVID-19 to truly advance their economic standing moving forward, particularly women of color,” said Lauren Y. Casteel, president and CEO of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado. “COVID has shown that as the majority of essential workers and caretakers, our economy thrives only if women do. It’s time to dismantle the systems that limit women’s financial prospects.”

Latinas, Black women hit hardest by job losses during the pandemic

The economic fallout of COVID-19 continues to highlight gender, racial, and class inequities that have existed for generations. Even in the context of huge job losses across demographics, The U.S Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported in April 2020 the unemployment rate for Black women increased to 16.4 percent and for Latinas it was 20.2 percent. By comparison, the unemployment rate for white men was 12.4 percent.

In April, the 66 grants made from the Relief Fund totaled $452,500. The second round of 42 grants totaled $330,000. Combined, grants from the WFCO Relief Fund were made to 108 organizations based in 24 counties and serving women and families in all 64 Colorado counties.

Grantee Organizations County
9to5, National Association of Working Women* Denver
A Woman’s Place, Inc. Weld
Adelante Community Development Adams
Advocates Against Domestic Assault Las Animas
Advocates of Lake County Lake
Alianza Norco Larimer
Alliance Against Domestic Abuse Chaffee
Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center Boulder
Boys & Girls Club of Fremont County Fremont
Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County Larimer
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Inc Denver
Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County Pueblo
Bright Future Foundation for Eagle County Eagle
Center for Work Education and Employment Denver
Centro Humanitario Para Los Trabajadores Denver
Clayton Early Learning, Trustee, George w. Clayton Trust Denver
Cobalt Foundation Denver
Collaborative Healing Initiative within Communities* Denver
Colorado Black Women Endowment Fund Denver
Colorado Center on Law and Policy Denver
Colorado Children’s Campaign Denver
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Denver
Colorado Fiscal Institute Denver
Colorado Gerontological Society Denver
Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)* Denver
Colorado Springs Child Nursery Centers Inc El Paso
Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition* Adams
Community Enterprise Development Services Arapahoe
CPCD (Community Partnership for Child Development) El Paso
Denver Asset Building Coalition Denver
Denver Early Childhood Council Denver
Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Denver
Denver Youth Program Denver
Domestic Violence Initiative for Women with Disabilities Denver
Dream Centers-Mary’s Home El Paso
Durango Adult Education Center La Plata
Eagle County Department of Human Services Eagle
Early Childhood Council of Larimer County Larimer
Early Learning Ventures Arapahoe
ECDC African Community Center Denver
Emergency Family Assistance Association, Inc. Boulder
Executives Partnering to Invest in Children Denver
Families Forward Resource Center (Fiscal sponsor: CNDC) Denver
Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado Denver
Fractal3 Denver
Friends of the Haven Denver
Girls Inc. of Metro Denver Denver
Greccio Housing El Paso
Healthy Child Care Colorado Denver
Hilltop Health Resources Mesa
Hispanic Affairs Project Montrose
HopeTank/Swag for Food Denver
Huerfano County Department of Human Services – Huerfano/Las Animas Family Resource enter Huerfano
Huerta – Focus Points Family Resource Center Denver
La Plata Family Centers Coalition La Plata
La Puente Home, Inc. Alamosa
Lady Justice Brewing Denver
Latina Safehouse Denver
Mi Casa Resource Center Denver
Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers DBA Mile High Early Learning Denver
Mile High United Way (Keep the Lights On Fund)* Denver
Morgan County Family Center Morgan
Neighborhood Navigators of Eagle County Eagle
OneMorgan County Morgan
Padres & Jovenes Unidos Denver
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Inc. Denver
Posada Pueblo
Prairie Family Center Kit Carson
Project Self-Sufficiency of Loveland-Fort Collins Larimer
Pueblo Community College/Pueblo Community College Foundation Pueblo
Pueblo Rescue Mission Pueblo
Renew, Inc. Montezuma
Rose Andom Center Denver
Servicios De La Raza Denver
Sistahbiz Global Network Denver
Small Business Majority Foundation Inc. District of Columbia
Soul 2 Soul Sisters Denver
Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning Denver
Summit County Family Resource Center Summit
The Bell Policy Center Denver
The Center for African American Health Denver
The Center for Trauma & Resilience Denver
The Delores Project Denver
The Equity Project Denver
The Gathering Place: A Refuge for Rebuilding Lives Denver
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Colorado             (The Center) Denver
The Nappie Project – A Diaper Bank Larimer
The Pinon Project Family Resource Center Montezuma
The Small Town Project Otero
The Village Institute Denver
Tu Casa, Inc. Alamosa
Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado Denver
Valley Settlement Garfield
Victim Offender Reconciliation Program of Denver Denver
Warren Village, Inc. Denver
WeeCycle Arapahoe
Wild Plum Center for Young Children and Families Boulder
Women’s Resource Center La Plata
Wompost Denver
YMCA of Metropolitan Denver Denver
YoungInvincibles Denver
YWCA Boulder County Boulder
*Received more than one grant

Second round of grants made possible by The Colorado Health Foundation, Rose Community Foundation

The second round of grants from the WFCO Relief Fund was made possible by generous contributions from The Colorado Health Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, and additional gifts from individuals. Rose Community Foundation President and CEO, Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, shared why WFCO fit the organization’s grantmaking strategy.

“As Rose Community Foundation leans into our own equity-oriented grantmaking strategies, we are eager to partner with organizations that have historic expertise in funding equitable solutions to our community’s most pressing issues,” said Lindy Eichenbaum Lent. “Supporting WFCO’s Women & Families of Colorado Relief Fund amplifies our ability to address acute needs that have emerged due to COVID-19 with a gender equity lens.”

The announcement of WFCO’s first round grants can be found here.

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