So far, the Fund has distributed $447,885 to local nonprofit programs —and our work has barely begun. Supported by the members of the Fund for Women and Girls, a passionate group of donors dedicated to philanthropy that addresses the unique needs of women and girls, we strive to make gifts that transform lives. The Fund makes competitive one-year grants to programs that benefit girls and the women who raise them within Mercer County and the immediately adjoining area.

The Fund For Women And Girls

of The Princeton Area Community Foundation

2017 Grant Guidelines coming soon


A community where women and girls reach their full potential.


To improve the lives of economically vulnerable women and girls in greater Mercer County through community investment, education and collaboration.


Globally, women face greater social and economic barriers than men and are more likely to live in poverty. Women are more likely to spend their funds on health, food and education for their families, thus a dollar invested in women is a dollar invested in the entire community. The same holds true here in Mercer County – women and girls in our community face numerous social and economic obstacles. Without positive female role models, education to understand and protect their bodies, and viable pathways to careers, women are often caught in a vicious cycle. Nonprofit organizations and government agencies that provide women and their families with vital services are needed now more than ever. But, these organizations are stretched thin by increased demand and strained resources, particularly in the lingering wake of the 2008 recession.

OUR GRANTMAKING As a thriving constituency within the Princeton Area Community Foundation, the Fund for Women and Girls focuses on providing support to programs and projects that benefit women and girls in Mercer County, New Jersey. The annual grants process is competitive; the Fund awards one-year grants of up to $25,000 each, and will consider one multi-year grant of up to $75,000 allocated over three years. We encourage tax-exempt 501(c) 3 nonprofit organizations to submit applications each year. Our online application can be found at


Women and girls are more likely to succeed in school, work, and life when they are physically and emotionally healthy, are able to develop skill sets to address life’s challenges and opportunities, and have the guidance and support of mentors.

Our research-based funding priorities reveal major social and economic obstacles faced by women and girls in Mercer County, including

  • Education, leadership, and mentoring
  • Domestic violence
  • Sex Education
  • Childcare

To address these needs, the Fund for Women and Girls of the Princeton Area Community Foundation invests in projects and activities such as counseling, education, health services, leadership development, mentoring, outreach, skill building, support groups, and training. We place a priority on projects that demonstrate measurable impact, are evidence based and grounded in best practices. To read the research report that informs our Mission, see “Shaping the Future,” ( We welcome proposals that foster collaboration among organizations.

The Fund will consider investing in capital projects that support these outcomes.


We do not fund:

  • Endowment-building campaigns
  • Fundraising appeals, events, and routine expenses of raising money
  • Field trips, unless part of a larger educational effort
  • Sports teams, unless part of a larger educational effort
  • Sponsorship of conventions
  • Lobbying and other political activities
  • Fraternal and religious activities
  • Tax-supported and government-operated basic programs and services (e.g., core curricular school activities or essential police and fire services)


Nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Service Code are eligible for funding. Eligible nonprofit organizations must be registered with the State of New Jersey as a charity, unless they are religious organizations or schools that file their curricula with the Department of Education and are exempted from the provisions of the New Jersey Charitable Registration and Investigation Act. (For further information on New Jersey charitable registration go to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs web site at


The Fund for Women and Girls will only support organizations that promote inclusiveness and that do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, or any other characteristics protected by law.


  • Project fit with the Fund for Women and Girls grant guidelines
  • Overall quality of application (on time, complete, clearly written)
  • Clear statement of project rationale, implementation, outcomes, and measures of success
  • Knowledge of relevant research and best practices inform the project
  • Evidence of organizational capacity to accomplish the project, including realistic budget
  • Indicators of involvement and engagement of women and girls who will benefit from the project


The Fund for Women and Girls’ membership is a diverse group of women and men who have come together and pooled their financial resources to invest in organizations and programs aimed at improving the lives of women and girls in our community. In addition to providing funding, the members of the Fund for Women and Girls participate in the grantmaking process by reviewing applications and voting to determine which organizations and programs will receive funding.


The Princeton Area Community Foundation offers Grant Information Sessions for all interested applicants at its office, located at 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, on designated dates. These sessions acquaint participants with grant guidelines and application processes, and provide opportunities to ask specific questions. Attendance at an information session is not a prerequisite to apply for a grant.

Nonprofit organizations may apply for a grant from the Fund for Women and Girls regardless of whether they have applied for funding from the Community Foundation’s Greater Mercer Grants. The Fund and the Community Foundation welcome follow-up questions.

Grant Committee members evaluate proposals, making occasional site visits. The Committee recommends three to five finalists to the overall membership. Organizations that are not finalists receive notification at this time.

The finalists make a brief presentation at the Fund’s Annual Meeting, followed by voting (based on voting criteria outlined in the Fund for Women and Girls Charter) to select the organizations that will receive one-year and multi-year grants.

Following this meeting, the Fund issues information about the grant recipients, using both print and social media, newsletters, web sites, and annual reports. The Fund also encourages grantee-partners to publicize their awards themselves through press releases, and the Community Foundation communications staff is available to assist with those efforts. We request that grantee-partners acknowledge the support of the Fund for Women and Girls as a component of the Princeton Area Community Foundation in releases as “The Fund for Women and Girls of the Princeton Area Community Foundation”.


Grant money must be used exclusively for the purposes and activities specified in the grant application. The Fund requires grantee-partners to notify the Fund for Women and Girls or the Community Foundation as soon as possible if their needs or circumstances change. Grantees are required to submit brief six-month and end-of-grant narratives and budget reports on their projects. The Community Foundation provides reporting forms in advance of the due dates.

 For more information, please contact Nikki Mosgrove.