SisterFund Grants

SisterFund invests in local nonprofits engaged in helping African American women and girls chart a positive future for themselves through gains in education, workforce, leadership development, and health.

SisterFundSisterFund is one of several giving circles developed in partnership with The Community Foundation. Giving circles bring like-minded individuals together around a common interest. Members pool their resources to increase their impact of their giving.

Proposal Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2016.

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To be eligible to apply for a SisterFund grant, your organization must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves the residents of the City of Richmond, and/or the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland, and/or Powhatan. SisterFund seeks to support nonprofits that impact African American women and girls through efforts outlined in the Grant Priorities section below.

We regret that we cannot accept applications from:

  • Individual religious institutions
  • Private foundations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Individuals or scholarship applicants

We also cannot accept applications to support:

  • Debt reduction or operational deficits
  • Endowments or memorials
  • Bridge funding or interim financing
  • Legal expenses

Grant Priorities


  • Advocacy and promotion of systemic reform and improvement in the quality of educational opportunities for African American women and girls
  • Teacher/educator training
  • Tutoring, life coaching, and/or mentoring
  • Enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom that expose students to potential educational or career paths

Leadership Development and Support

Coaching, mentoring, and/or training for African-American Female Executive Directors & CEOs of nonprofit organizations

Workforce Development & Support

  • Programs to support entrepreneurs
  • Apprenticeship or job skills training programs


  • Programs that focus on social emotional development of adolescent girls, including those that focus on building self-confidence
  • Programs that promote a positive self image/self concept for women and girls


  • Promotion of healthy lifestyles
  • Promotion of equity in health care access and delivery of services

Funding may be used for program support or specific projects. Consideration will also be given to capacity building requests to strengthen the infrastructure and increase the program capacity of start-up or established organizations that serve African American women and girls.

Grant Amount

It is anticipated that one grant of up to $10,000 will be awarded in 2016.

How to Apply

The Community Foundation beginning April 1, 2016. To be considered, proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2016.

Grant Review: A volunteer committee of Sisterfund members will review requests, conduct site visits and invite finalists to present at a meeting of full membership. Site visits will be conducted in June and the finalist presentations will be scheduled for August.

Selection Process: The award decision will be finalized through a live vote following the finalist presentations. The award will be announced and celebrated at an annual celebration event in September.