Through grantmaking, members of The Women’s and Girls’ Fund at Kern Community Foundation become philanthropists and advocates of positive social change. We rely on a commissioned study from Mount St. Mary’s University (Report on the Status of Women + Girls in Kern County) which analyzes data and the participation of community members to identify an area of focus every five years. The focus area selected for 2021-2025 is Education. It was selected from the five categories of concern: Education, Economic Well-being, Women and the STEM Professions, Family and Home, and Health and Safety.

We value social change grantmaking that focuses on long-term solutions to societal problems facing women and girls in all parts of Kern County.  Additional information on the focus area and what we are looking for is available in our grantmaking policy. The Women’s and Girls’ Fund Grantmaking Policy (See link under “Eligibility” below).

Latest Brochure from The Women’s and Girls’ Fund (Coming Soon).

Read about our past grantees below.

The Women’s and Girls’ Fund past grantees.

The Women’s and Girls’ Fund Letter of Intent (LOI) for the 2024 – 2025 Competitive Grant Cycle

The Women’s and Girls’ Fund (WGF), a Leadership Initiative of Kern Community Foundation, announces at least $80,000 for competitive grant allocations in its 17th competitive grant cycle, with the maximum individual award being $25,000.  Organizations interested in applying should have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation or a fiscal sponsor.  All organizations seeking funds must have a presence in Kern County, benefit women and/or girls in Kern County, and meet Kern Community Foundation’s eligibility guidelines. 


The Women’s and Girls’ Fund Grantmaking Policy.

Selected nonprofits may submit full applications on the Foundation’s Online Grant Platform.

Grantmaking Cycle*

  • September 25, 2023 – Announcement of Focus Area and LOIs open for Kern nonprofits
  • November 13, 2023 (5 pm Pacific Time) – Letters of Intent due online
  • December 8, 2023 – Invitations / Declinations to Apply are e-mailed
  • January 11, 2024 (Noon – 1:30 pm) – Optional grant writing tutorial on this WGF opportunity will be offered online; applicants who have been invited to submit full proposals are encouraged to attend.
  • February 2, 2024 (5 pm Pacific Time) – Full Proposal application packets due online
  • February 21, 2024 (1 – 5 pm) – Applicant interviews with WGF Grants Allocation Committee
  • March 8, 2024 – Grantees notified of their award (Provisional notice, pending Kern Community Foundation Board approval)
  • March 29, 2024 (approximately) – Signed Grant Agreements due
  • April 24, 2024 – Grants awarded at Annual Luncheon of The Women’s and Girls’ Fund

*Dates are subject to change at the discretion of The Women’s and Girls’ Fund or Kern Community Foundation.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Open date

Monday, September 25, 2023

LOI Deadline

Monday, November 13, 2023, at 5:00 pm PT