Chester County Fund for Women, Girls Accepting Applications for Girls Advisory Board


The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls is currently accepting applications for its award-winning Girls Advisory Board (GAB) program. Image via CCFWG.

Are you a Chester County girl who wants to make a difference for other Chester County girls?

That is precisely the question the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls has asked of more than 100 high school girls throughout the past 11 years.

The Fund is currently accepting applications for its award-winning Girls Advisory Board (GAB) program. Applications are available here and will be accepted until Friday, May 26. The Fund is looking for high school girls entering their sophomore or junior year in the fall of 2017. Girls must live in Chester County to be admitted into the program and can participate for up to two years.

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One of only a few in the nation, the GAB is a unique grantmaking program in which 20 local girls gain the opportunity to award $20,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations that help other young women in Chester County.

During the past 11 years, GAB has awarded more than $200,000 to agencies that, through innovative services, target the needs of women and girls faced by issues such as poverty, illiteracy, violence, homelessness, mental illness, teen pregnancy, and substance abuse.

From September to December 2017, GAB members will learn about and discuss community needs, create their own grant application, review proposals, conduct site visits, and work together as a group to award grants to the organizations they believe best address their identified priorities.

Nearly every public, private, and parochial high school in Chester County has been represented on GAB. Girls have helped the Fund for Women and Girls raise awareness of the issues girls and young women face daily in communities across the county.

The Girls Advisory Board:

  • has awarded 75 grants to organizations working on behalf of girls. These grants have helped organizations across Chester County start new projects, provide training and leadership opportunities, and reach out to diverse populations.
  • was awarded the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Greater Philadelphia Chapter. This award has previously recognized youth philanthropy projects such as Alex’s Lemonade Stand and Youthadelphia.

If selected, the program is free to all participants. Please contact Michelle Legaspi Sanchez at with any questions about the application process.

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