CFW 100 Day Fund Awards 29 Rapid-Response Grants
February 20 2017

Grant funds support grassroots organizing and civic engagement in first 100 days of the new administration

February 20, 2017 — Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) today announced 29 grants totaling $50,000 from The 100 Day Fund. The 100 Day Fund was created to spur civic engagement and advocacy on behalf of gender equity in the first 100 days of the Trump administration. Grant funds were awarded on a rolling basis, sponsoring participation in the Women’s March on Washington and the Women’s March on Chicago, in addition to longer-term projects to promote gender equity in the Chicago region.

“We’ve been proud to see the Chicago region step up and stand together to promote our shared values of diversity and equality,” CFW President and CEO K. Sujata said. “The grants from The 100 Day Fund will help sustain this wave of activism beyond the early days of this administration, and move us closer to our goal of gender equity in our lifetime.”

The rapid-response grants from The 100 Day Fund ranged from $500 to $2,500 dollars, and funded community organizing around immigration, workers’ rights and health care; efforts to end violence against women through training and bystander intervention; increasing girls’ civic engagement through storytelling and contact with elected officials; and building community and cultural understanding through art and self-expression. Grantees will also participate in CFW’s Talk It Out conversation series around ending gender bias during the week of March 26, 2017.

A few of the grantees of The 100 Day Fund include:

Arise Chicago: Immigrant Working Women Rapid Response to defend and empower low-wage immigrant working women to protect themselves and their neighbors from workplace harassment based on gender, national origin and perceived immigration status.

{she crew}, a Chicago nonprofit organization focused on fostering intersectionally feminist safe-spaces and expressive platforms for adolescent girls and trans-spectrum youth in Chicago. {she crew} will create SHE CAST, an intersectional-feminist podcast created by adolescent girls and trans-spectrum youth to discuss current events and pertinent national and local issues.

The Four Hijabs: 2017 Tour to give the Chicago community greater insight into issues Muslim women face, and the vocabulary needed to be a more informed ally, through a short animated film exploring the various meanings of the “hijab” in Islam.

The Partnership for a Safer Lake County Summit of Leaders, which will bring together county leaders to discuss the recent rise in hate incidents and activity targeting women and girls of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people & those with disabilities, and to affirm a commitment to maintaining a welcoming & inclusive Lake County.

The 100 Day Fund supports non-partisan, community-based activities and organizations working to achieve gender equity in the Chicago region. Projects funded through The 100 Day Fund are part of CFW’s efforts around The 100% Project, an all-in, all-out effort to end gender bias and increase economic security among women and girls throughout the Chicago area by 2030.

A full list of grants is attached and can be found here.