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Grants to Michigan, Mississippi, and Washington Nonprofits
to Support Women Seeking Leadership Roles

Gender Parity in State Legislatures Funding Opportunity

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The Ascend Fund 

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Deadline Date:

08/13/21 5:00 PM PST


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Michigan, Mississippi, and Washington nonprofit organizations to support women seeking leadership roles. The program is intended to increase the number of women elected to state legislatures. Priority will be given to applicants that are committed to addressing the unique barriers faced by underrepresented and marginalized communities.

Funding is intended for organizations that are working to empower women to seek elected office or become leaders in their community or are interested in beginning this work. Selected organizations will work together with support from The Ascend Fund to build state-based coalitions. The coalitions will train and recruit diverse women to run for office on both sides of the aisle to increase the number of women serving in the state legislature.

Additionally, the Fund strongly encourages joint applications among organizations to leverage and share skillsets, experience, networks, and resources. Strong applicants will also indicate if the organization has the capacity to dedicate additional resources – staff time, existing relationships, funding, etc. – to the project.

Proposals should focus on approaches to make state legislative seats more accessible to women, including but not necessarily limited to:​

  • Coalition Building: Build state coalition of like-minded groups that share a commitment to gender parity, racial equity, and reproductive rights.
  • Barrier Reduction: Identify common and unique barriers hindering women’s success in reaching state elected office and develop strategies to remove, reduce, or circumvent those barriers.
  • Targeted Recruitment: Identify common and unique barriers hindering women’s success in reaching state elected office and develop strategies to remove, reduce, or circumvent those barriers.
  • Candidate Training: Provide women with the training, tools, resources, and support necessary to successfully run for the state legislature.
  • Messaging Campaign: Highlight women’s underrepresentation and normalize women’s leadership through public messaging campaigns

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197069

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for funding up to $50,000 annually, and typical awards will range from $15,000-$30,000 annually.

Term of Contract:

The Ascend Fund will provide project funding in the form of multi-year, general operating grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization, and in good legal standing with the IRS.
- Applicants must be nonpartisan and not endorse any particular candidate(s) or political party’s agenda.
- The Ascend Fund generally does not provide funding that exceeds 25% of an organization’s annual budget, except under extenuating circumstances, though organizations are encouraged to apply for up to $50,000 annually.
- State and local organizations, as well as national organizations with staffed, state-based chapters are eligible to apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join the Fund on Tuesday, July 13th at 1PM ET/10AM PT for a Q&A session to answer any outstanding questions you have about the funding opportunity and grantmaking process.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Applications are due Friday, August 13th at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
- The Fund anticipates disbursing grant funds on or around Friday, October 15th and funded organizations should plan to attend a virtual convening on Tuesday, October 26th.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Questions may be submitted to:

The Ascend Fund
2101 4th Avenue
Suite 2100
Seattle, WA 98121 USA

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan;   Mississippi;   Washington

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