The Montclair Fund for Women has kicked off its 2018-2019 grant-making cycle and will be accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations through Feb. 16.

Montclair Fund for Women’s grant-making focuses on programs that promote social and economic justice and educational advancement and achievement for women and girls of color, as well as supporting the strategic strengthening of historic black organizations. Grantees will be announced in early May.

“Our grantmaking is geographically focused on Montclair/North Essex, because the endowment was the legacy of the Historic African-American YWCA in Montclair,” Executive Director Lori Heninger said in a statement. “However, compelling proposals from nearby towns will also be considered.”

The fund will accept applications from local public charities to support high quality direct-service programs and/or general operations.

It requires that grant seekers submit applications in digital format in order to minimize expenses of the grant-review process. Organizations that do not have access to email or the internet should call the fund's office to speak with the director well in advance of the application deadline.

For more information or to submit a proposal, please go to: http://www.montclairfundforwomen.org/grant-guidelines