Grants

Women's Policy Institute Class of 2019-2020

Many social and economic barriers hold back Mississippi women every day, limiting their opportunities to succeed. Our mission is to help them thrive. Because when women thrive, so does our state. That’s why we award grants to programs that drive social change – like helping mothers graduate on time, increasing women’s access to career development opportunities, or improving access to evidenced-based sex education to help young women make informed decisions about their health.

Since 2003, we have invested more than $4 million toward our mission and have sparked real change for Mississippi women in communities across the state. The Foundation works toward social change in Mississippi by advocating, supporting inclusiveness, and promoting accountability and sustainability in all of our work. These values extend to our grantmaking.

To ensure that our grant funds are allocated in a way that maximizes support for women and girls in Mississippi, and to ensure that we are addressing key community needs, we implement a streamlined, yet thorough grant process. This process includes:

Thorough vetting – Our application, follow-up, and reporting processes ensure that we develop partnerships with trusted grantee organizations that share our mission to improve outcomes for Mississippi women. These processes also help us measure the impact of grant support and let us know what’s working.

Inclusion – We help identify organizations working with underrepresented populations and invite them to apply for grants.

Collaboration – Collaboration is at the heart of a Women’s Foundation grant. Our grants are an invitation into a circle of organizations working together, sharing best practices, and moving the needle for women and girls across the state.

Capacity Building – We help organizations develop the capacity needed to raise sustainable funds, connect to supporters, and continue to make a positive impact in Mississippi. As a result, our capacity-building helps create stronger organizations across the state, empowered to create change in the years to come.

With a deep well of staff experience working in this sector and a committed board at the forefront of trends affecting the state, we’re an effective channel for funders looking to make a difference for women and girls in Mississippi.

Access to Opportunity

Women have a greater opportunity for economic security when they have access to degree and skills training programs. Our grants create more opportunities for Mississippi women to get their degrees and access higher education by supporting programs that offer career guidance and access to educational opportunities.

Single Stop | Hinds Community College

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Raymond, MS

Single Stop is a program offered to students at Hinds Community College who are facing financial insecurity. Single Stop services...

Single Stop | Hinds Community College

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Raymond, MS

Single Stop is a program offered to students at Hinds Community College who are facing financial insecurity. Single Stop services are free and include a wide variety of resources including financial planning, transportation, health insurance, and even mental health care. Grants from The Women’s Foundation helped to support and build out more resources for HCC students.

Coahoma Community College Workforce Women’s Emergency Fund (CCCWEF)

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Clarksdale, MS

Coahoma Community College developed their Healthcare Workforce Emergency Fund to assist students at risk of not continuing study in a...

Coahoma Community College Workforce Women’s Emergency Fund (CCCWEF)

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Clarksdale, MS

Coahoma Community College developed their Healthcare Workforce Emergency Fund to assist students at risk of not continuing study in a healthcare program due to financial strains. This project is supported by funds from The Bower Scholars Program.

Graduating a Healthy Workforce

The Bower Scholars Program supports students in completing their nursing and healthcare workforce related degrees on time. The project will increase the graduation rates of nursing and health-related students, ultimately bolstering Mississippi's hospitals, health facilities, and medical centers.

Bower Scholars Program

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Statewide

The Bower Scholars Program supports students in completing their nursing and healthcare workforce related degrees on time. The project will...

Bower Scholars Program

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Statewide

The Bower Scholars Program supports students in completing their nursing and healthcare workforce related degrees on time. The project will increase the graduation rates of nursing and health-related students, ultimately bolstering Mississippi’s hospitals, health facilities, and medical centers.

This year’s cohort includes:
– Alcorn State University
– Coahoma Community College
– Copiah Lincoln Community College
– Delta State University
– East Mississippi Community College
– Hinds Community College
– Holmes Community College
– Itawamba Community College
– Jones College
– Meridian Community College
– Northeast Mississippi Community College
– Northwest Mississippi Community College
– Pearl River Community College

Healthy Women

One of our top priorities is to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy rates through real sexual education that is evidence-based and medically accurate. Not only do these unplanned pregnancies handicap future generations, they cost our state $155 million in lost economic potential every year. By ensuring teens have access to pregnancy prevention programs, we can keep young women on track to finish their education and achieve their dreams. We’re proud to say our efforts have already helped lower Mississippi’s teen birth rate, but we still have a long way to go.

THRIVE Program | University of Mississippi – William Magee Center

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Oxford, MS

The University of Mississippi's William Magee Center developed the Transforming Healthy Relationships in Various Environments (THRIVE) Program in order to...

THRIVE Program | University of Mississippi – William Magee Center

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Oxford, MS

The University of Mississippi’s William Magee Center developed the Transforming Healthy Relationships in Various Environments (THRIVE) Program in order to increase awareness around domestic violence and share resources that inform university students on healthy relationship behaviors.

Improving the Reproductive Health of Women in the Mississippi Delta | Cary Christian Center

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Cary, MS

The Cary Christain Center's vision is to break the cycles of poverty through relationships; to build serious and...

Improving the Reproductive Health of Women in the Mississippi Delta | Cary Christian Center

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Cary, MS

The Cary Christain Center’s vision is to break the cycles of poverty through relationships; to build serious and significant relationships that are based on biblical principles; and to build relationships with individuals through the various ministries by becoming involved in their lives which ultimately leads them to making healthy choices.

With the help of grant funds from the Women’s Foundation, The Cary Christain Center was able to increase access to evidence-based sex education in order to help young women in their community make informed decisions about their health.

EmpowerHER | MSU Health Promotion & Wellness

MSU Health Promotion & Wellness

Starkville, MS

The Department of Health Promotion and Wellness proposes a sexual health empowerment program to meet the needs of our college...

EmpowerHER | MSU Health Promotion & Wellness

MSU Health Promotion & Wellness

Starkville, MS

The Department of Health Promotion and Wellness proposes a sexual health empowerment program to meet the needs of our college students by providing campaigns, programs, lunch and learns, workshops, and free and/or reduced STI testing. The program would include health service volunteers, graduate assistants, student association health and wellness council, Greek life council, and athletes to assist with the campaigns. Health Promotion and Wellness will utilize students to help
promote the initiatives. MSU proposed to:

  • Increase the number of Mississippi State University students that participate in reduced cost sexually transmitted infection testing events each semester. Students will be tested for gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and HIV.
  • Increase the knowledge of reproductive health among female Mississippi State University students.
  • Health Promotion and Wellness will host a “Ladies Night Out” event that would have wellness seminars on topics that center around reproductive health.
  • Health Promotion and Wellness will host a "Gentlemen Night Out” event that would have wellness seminars on topics that center around reproductive health.
  • Increase the knowledge of reproductive health among female Mississippi State University employees.
  • Increase the awareness of the availability of free condoms on Mississippi State University campus for students.

STD Risk Reduction for African American Girls and Women | Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health

Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health

Hinds County, MS

The Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health will: Create two community advisory boards (CAB) of Black females ages 15-19 and...

STD Risk Reduction for African American Girls and Women | Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health

Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health

Hinds County, MS

The Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health will:

Create two community advisory boards (CAB) of Black females ages 15-19 and Black females ages 20-24- to develop strategies for the prevention and reduction of STD’s, HIV and viral hepatitis in Hinds County.

Create a network of community network of health, non-health, and social services providers to facilitate the linkage of Black females ages 15-24 in the target area to HIV/STD, HPV screening, information and referrals, behavioral risk
counseling, and other social support services.

Reduce the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases among Black females ages 15-24 in the target area.

Create culturally sensitive strategically planned communication and marketing campaign designed to provide information about strategies for reducing and preventing STD’s among Black females between the ages of 15-24 years of age in Hinds County.

Evaluate the effectiveness of this evidence-based approach to reducing and preventing STD transmission among Black women ages 15-24 years of age in Hinds County.

Rapid Response

We fund programs that provide critical support to underserved communities in times of need. Grants focused on rapid response are developed to help build community capacity and address key needs in local communities.

Mississippi United Methodist Choctaw Mission

Neshoba & Leake Counties

Mississippi United Methodist Choctaw Mission works with people living in three of the eight Tribal Communities in Mississippi. These communities...

Mississippi United Methodist Choctaw Mission

Neshoba & Leake Counties

Mississippi United Methodist Choctaw Mission works with people living in three of the eight Tribal Communities in Mississippi. These communities are located in Neshoba and Leake counties. In addition to providing youth-engagement, education, and relationship-building opportunities for young people in these communities, Mississippi United Methodist Choctaw Mission also provides supplies and resources to families.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MS United Choctaw Mission provided food, clothing, supplies, and other resources with the help of Rapid Response funding.

Extra Table

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Hattiesburg, MS

Since 2009, Extra Table has worked to provide healthy food in bulk to food pantries and soup kitchens across Mississippi....

Extra Table

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Hattiesburg, MS

Since 2009, Extra Table has worked to provide healthy food in bulk to food pantries and soup kitchens across Mississippi. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Extra Table used Rapid Response funding to help address food shortages and provide supplies to Mississippi families significantly impacted by the pandemic.

Magnolia Medical Foundation

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Jackson, MS | MS Gulf Coast

Since its founding in 2009, Magnolia Medical Foundation (MMF) has provided preventive health services (health screenings, health education,...

Magnolia Medical Foundation

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Jackson, MS | MS Gulf Coast

Since its founding in 2009, Magnolia Medical Foundation (MMF) has provided preventive health services (health screenings, health education, promotion, chronic disease management services, i.e., cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke) to high risk and underserved individuals and communities.

During the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, MMF used Rapid Response grant funds to help vaccination outreach efforts for women and underserved populations in Jackson, MS. Funds were also used to help provide food and care items to Hispanic families across the Gulf Coast. 

Institute to for the Advancement of Minority Health

Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health

Hinds County, MS

Since its founding in 2019, IAMH has worked with the Women’s Foundation to expand access to health services and information...

Institute to for the Advancement of Minority Health

Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health

Hinds County, MS

Since its founding in 2019, IAMH has worked with the Women’s Foundation to expand access to health services and information for minorities in underserved communities across Mississippi.

In 2020, the Institute utilized grants from the Women’s Foundation to identify communities in need, and to provide supplies, testing, and vaccines to communities severely impacted by COVID-19.

Two-Generation: Better Futures

The Women’s Foundation uses a two-generation approach to provide opportunities for and meet the needs of parents and their children together. We help mothers and guardians further their education and career training, while providing necessary childcare and early education to their children and grandchildren. With opportunity more readily available, multiple generations of Mississippi women can create paths to success.

Madison County Jobs4Youth | Madison County Youth Court

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Canton, MS

Created by the Madison County Youth Court, Madison County Jobs4Youth aims to help young people in the justice...

Madison County Jobs4Youth | Madison County Youth Court

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Canton, MS

Created by the Madison County Youth Court, Madison County Jobs4Youth aims to help young people in the justice system have a better future. With support from community volunteers, partnering organizations, and grant funds from The Women’s Foundation, Jobs4Youth provides educational resources for juveniles to use to obtain their High School Equivalency Diploma, career readiness certificates, and complete job training. 

Families Thriving Through and Post COVID-19 | Spring Initiative

Spring Initiative (Families)

Mississippi Delta

Spring Initiative will: Ensure that the 40 parents of our most regular Spring students, as well as the 60 Baby University...

Families Thriving Through and Post COVID-19 | Spring Initiative

Spring Initiative (Families)

Mississippi Delta

Spring Initiative will:
Ensure that the 40 parents of our most regular Spring students, as well as the 60 Baby University participants over the upcoming three class sessions, receive consistent and individualized support from the Spring staff as they work to make
their family thrive.

Successfully offer a monthly workshop for Spring parents, family members, and other community members. The first three sessions will focus on topics related to coping with Covid-19, such as stress, technology, and overall health – emotional,
mental, and physical. In 2021, Spring will administer a new parent survey to determine topics of highest interest and relevance for parents, which will then inform the topics chosen for the remaining six workshops.

Parents as Teachers | St. Gabriel Mercy Center, Inc.

St. Gabriel (PAT)

Mound Bayou, MS

The Parents As Teachers (PAT) Program is an international organization that follows specific outlined structures and procedures that entails the...

Parents as Teachers | St. Gabriel Mercy Center, Inc.

St. Gabriel (PAT)

Mound Bayou, MS

The Parents As Teachers (PAT) Program is an international organization that follows specific outlined structures and procedures that entails the optimal early development, learning and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents or caregivers. The two certified Parent Educators provide in-home services to children and families once a month the first three years of the child’s life to assess the child’s overall development. A ten-week parenting curriculum will be implemented. Saturday classes will be offered once a month; speakers will offer self-esteem, nutritional, anger management, and adult and teen parenting classes. Due to the lack of a support systems, St. Gabriel is proposing to open a Children’s Learning Lab. The Lab will allow the child(ren) of the program to be engaged in learning activities while their parents are attending monthly meetings and Saturday classes.

Two-Generation: Community College

Many Mississippi women face dire social and economic barriers every day, limiting their opportunities and derailing their paths to success. We want to open more doors for more women by funding programs that offer career guidance and access to educational opportunities needed to pursue those careers. Our research-based methods have already helped hundreds of women reach a brighter future.

Connect2MCC | Meridian Community College

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Meridian, MS

Connect2MCC is a program generated with a two-generation approach in order to help female MCC students with children access the...

Connect2MCC | Meridian Community College

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Meridian, MS

Connect2MCC is a program generated with a two-generation approach in order to help female MCC students with children access the tools they need to graduate on time. Connect2MCC pairs students with a supportive mentor, and also gives students a $250 stipend to cover childcare, textbooks, or other supplies.

Making WAVES | Pearl River Community College

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Poplarville, MS

The goal of Making WAVES (Women Achieving Victories and Educational Success) at Pearl River Community College, is to recruit and...

Making WAVES | Pearl River Community College

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Poplarville, MS

The goal of Making WAVES (Women Achieving Victories and Educational Success) at Pearl River Community College, is to recruit and equip non-traditional and economically vulnerable families, from within the six-county service area, by providing two-generation educational programs which afford opportunities that meet the needs of parents and children.

Two-Generation Wrap Around Support for Financially Insecure Female Caregivers | 2nd Chance MS

2nd Chance MS degree recipients

Oxford

By providing wrap-around support to low-income, adult students, 2nd Chance MS has been able to help over 1,000 individuals continue...

Two-Generation Wrap Around Support for Financially Insecure Female Caregivers | 2nd Chance MS

2nd Chance MS degree recipients

Oxford

By providing wrap-around support to low-income, adult students, 2nd Chance MS has been able to help over 1,000 individuals continue their educational pathway, including 283 High School Equivalencies and 291 Workforce Certifications.
By enabling adults in Mississippi to finish their education, they are empowering individuals to step out of poverty and into the workforce.

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