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Women’s Legacy Fund Grant Cycle

The WLF’s Mission Is To Engage Women In Effecting Change In Our Community Through Collective Philanthropy.

Call for Applications

The Women’s Legacy Fund (WLF) of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation is placing its annual call for applications. This year, WLF will be awarding $27,464.49 to an organization for a project or program that provides opportunities for STEM programs or vocational training for women and girls in Southwest Florida. Examples of STEM programs or vocational training for women and girls include, but are not limited to, middle school girls’ science fair, gap funding support for women enrolled in a career laddering program, girls’ robotics team, and technical college enrollment program targeted at women. Organizations wishing to apply for the grant must meet the basic eligibility requirements below.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nonprofit organizations exempt from Federal income taxes under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code and units of government are eligible [(c)4 and (c)6 agencies are ineligible].
  • Applicants must be located in and primarily serve residents of Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, and/or Collier counties.
  • Eligible organizations must be governed by a volunteer board of directors with at least 5 unrelated members.
  • Organizations must conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, or religious affiliation.

Here’s how the process is going to work:


Step One: Letter of Idea (May 25-June 29)

Agency leaders interested in receiving a grant through the Women’s Legacy Fund must submit a LOI (Letter of Idea). This is not a full traditional RFP, but a one page snapshot of your program/project idea.

Step Two: Compassionate Shark Tank (August 31)

LOIs will be narrowed based on alignment with the Women’s Legacy Fund priorities and the top collaborative programs/projects partners will be invited to the Compassionate Shark Tank. Applicants will be asked to prepare a three (3) minute presentation for the panel. The panel will then ask any questions that arise from on the LOI and presentation.


The WLF Grants Committee has final discretion of the grant distribution from top contenders from the above outlined process.


Awards will be announced October 2017.

Still have questions?

Contact Ashley Skalecki at [email protected]

Women’s Legacy Fund Grants History

2015 – Happehatchee Center (Human Services): The Working to Improve with Self Employment (WISE) Women program focuses on the San Carlos Park neighborhood of South Fort Myers and the Covered Wagon Trailer Park in Estero.  Instructors from Happehatchee and the GRACE Project, as well as invited teachers and planned field trips, will provide health exams, employability skills, family planning and health, financial literacy, and access to transportation.

2014 – Literacy Council Gulf Coast (Education): Focus on helping women to improve literacy skills, focusing on reading, writing, speaking and understanding English. It will also assist women in improving their financial literacy knowledge by offering topics in basic financial literacy incorporated into typical classes, expand GED preparedness classes to help women advance to higher educational levels thus increasing their economic empowerment and independence, and offer regular informative sessions educating women on domestic violence and human trafficking issues to help break the cycle of abuse.

2013 – FutureMakers (Education): A regional call to action to improve high school access for high school seniors through mentoring

2012 – United Way/Children’s Home Soceity (Human Services) – Provide a partial salary for a Social Worker to provide services to men, women and children who are experiencing homelessness