Women in Public Policy Grant Opportunity

Our Mission

The U.S. ranks 79th in the world for percentage of women in public office.  Currently, women comprise 18.1% of the U.S. Congress, 23.4% of Statewide Elective Offices and 24.1% of State Legislatures.  The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation believes that increasing women’s representation in public office is key to the larger goal of creating social equality for men and women. To this end, the Foundation seeks to enhance and/or establish programming and initiatives that have the direct and explicit goal of increasing women’s representation in publically elected offices.  We envision supporting programs that operate in one of the three following areas: (1) direct outreach to executive-level, accomplished women in the private and public sectors who have not previously considered running for office, with outreach to women of color as a priority;  (2) public education campaigns to raise awareness about the lack of women in elected office and the unique opportunities for women in upcoming elections; and (3) programming for women and girls that directly prepares them for both running for and holding a public office.

What We Look For

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation would like to support programs and initiatives that incorporate the following components through existing (or proposed) guidelines:

Program requirements

  • Program area includes Santa Cruz and/or Monterey County.
  • Program has a direct and explicit goal of increasing the number of women in public office.
  • Program maintains strong relationships with partner organizations.
  • Inclusivity: Program access is not limited based on financial ability; programming is offered at little or no cost to participants.
  • Diversity: Program actively recruits and/or targets women from a variety of underrepresented backgrounds, seeking to increase representation of women of color and women in the LGBT community.

Sustainability Plan: As this is a competitive, discretionary program of the Baskin Foundation, there is no guarantee of continuation of funding. Applicants are required to include a plan describing their commitment and capacity to continue the program if funding through the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation were no longer available.

How To Apply

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation is currently accepting proposals for up to $20,000. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, first review our instructions on how to Apply for a Grant and then submit Organization Information Sheet. Unsolicited Letters of Inquiry will not be accepted.

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