GMA Foundations has moved! Effective May 1, 2017 our mailing address will be: Rutland Corner Foundation
c/o GMA Foundations
2 Liberty Square, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02109Our email addresses and phone numbers remain the same.

The Rutland Corner Foundation will be accepting proposals for the 2018 grantmaking year. Applications are now being accepted by online submission only.

  • February 1, 2018: Proposals Due
  • All applicants will be notified by mid-May, early-June of the trustees’ decisions.

Purpose, Values and Guiding Principles

Statement of Purpose

The Rutland Corner Foundation is committed to helping and sustaining programs serving girls and young women ages 11-20 within Greater Boston. We believe that  adolescence is a critical time in girls’ and young women’s development – one that is marked by various stages, unique challenges and differing needs.  The emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual and academic support girls receive during this time positively influence developmental outcomes. We specialize in supporting programs that address girls’ and young women’s distinct developmental stages, challenges and needs.  We are particularly interested in programs that are aligned with the foundation’s values and guiding principles.

RCF Purpose, Values and Guiding Principles

RCF appreciates the diversity and complexity of girls’ lives and recognizes that gender intersects with other social contexts, such as race, ethnicity and class. Similarly, the foundation acknowledges that there are a variety of program models that can achieve positive outcomes for girls and does not require grant applicants to conform to a particular approach. RCF values organizations’ experience and expertise with girls and seeks to assist agencies in building upon their existing success.
RCF also values the research that has contributed to the field of gender-specific programming, as well as the lessons learned from successful programs. RCF recognizes the following research-based best practices as key elements in gender-specific program work:

  • Respect girls and young women as experts on their own lives
  • Involve girls and young women in program design and evaluation
  • Provide leadership opportunities for girls and young women
  • Promote positive relationships between and among girls and women
  • Encourage girls’ and young women’s involvement in social change and activism
  • Attend to girls’ and young women’s physical and emotional safety in and around program spaces
  • Acknowledge girls’ and young women’s culture and traditions
  • Invite family participation
  • Encourage and facilitate critical thinking
  • Teach both knowledge and skills and provide opportunities for girls and young women to apply them
  • Invest in staff training on gender, the needs of girls and young women, and gender-sensitivity

(Adapted from:  The New Girls’ Movement:  Implications for Youth Programs, Ms. Foundation for Women 2000)

Rutland Corner Foundation also believes that co-ed organizations can be particularly effective in working with girls and young women when they proactively advance gender equity.  Gender equity should not be misunderstood as sameness or as simple as 50/50 division of resources among boys and girls.  Gender equity involves a commitment to strategies for overcoming  barriers to participation, differential use of resources and achievement gaps based on gender.

  • Equity of access:  providing women and girls equal opportunity with men and boys.  Equity of access is advanced not simply by opening the door to both genders, but actively identifying and implementing the appropriate accommodations and communications that must be made to ensure equal access to opportunity.
  • Equity of treatment:  offering the same level and quality of attention and resources.  Equity of treatment is advanced when programs identify the necessary modifications and offer the necessary supports to ensure that the same level of attention and resources is offered to both genders.
  • Equity of outcomes:  examining and rectifying any potential gaps in achievement, knowledge, confidence and participation between females and males.  Equity of outcomes is advanced when programs identify and pursue the different strategies and/or resources needed to ensure that girls and young women have the access needed to become equal contributors to society.

(Adapted from Mead, Molly. Gender Matters: Funding Effective Programs for Women and Girls. Battle Creek, MI: The W. K.Kellogg Foundation, 2001)

Funding Guidelines

Eligibility and Geographic Focus

Funding requests will be considered from Massachusetts-based nonprofit organizations, as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.  Applicants must be located within the Greater Boston area and serve girls and/or young women between the ages of 11-20 years. Localities are: Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Somerville, and Winthrop.

Grant Type, Duration and Size

RCF considers one-year or multiyear requests for program support.  RCF will fund organizations for up to three consecutive years. Once funded for three consecutive years, organizations will not be eligible to apply for two years. Program funding can support new initiatives, pilot projects, ongoing direct services and general operating expenses related to serving girls and young women that align with RCF’s guiding values and principles and general funding priorities.   We will consider funding staff professional development opportunities and/or conferences for girls, as a portion of a requested grant.  Please provide specific detail regarding the opportunity, how it is aligned with RCF’s funding priorities and criteria, and the manner in which it will support your mission.  The average award amount for each year of funding is between $5,000 and $15,000.  Refunding for consecutive years will be considered after successful completion of a funding cycle. Multiyear payments are contingent upon reaching agreed-upon annual deliverables. Organizations can be supported for up to three consecutive years. Once funded for three consecutive years, organizations will not be eligible to apply for two years.

General Funding Priorities and Criteria

RCF provides support to programs that align with the foundation’s guiding values and principles and supports activities in a variety of focus areas, including: athletics, performing and creative arts, science education, life skills, health and wellness, domestic violence intervention and other approaches. The foundation will support gender-specific programming for girls or young women. Organizations may serve both girls and boys, but we will not fund mixed-gender programming. Additionally, organizations that may happen to serve a majority of girls or young women, but do not have a dedicated all-girls program, will not be considered.
Some of the criteria RCF looks for when it considers proposals are:

  • Extent to which the program is committed to RCF’s values and guiding principles
  • Number of girls or young women served in program
  • Frequency of quality contact with girls or young women during program cycle
  • Programming that has measurable impact on the girls or young women served
  • Clear evaluation processes to track and measure impact
  • Resources for the program that are garnered from other funding sources

September 10 2013 02:22 pm

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