State awards $5 million in grants to fund women’s pandemic recovery on Equal Pay Day

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KRON) – On Equal Pay Day, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) awarded grants to help fund organizations serving women and girls who have been disproportionately impacted economically by the ongoing pandemic.

Recipients include organizations serving low-income, unemployed or underemployed, AIAN, BIPOC, LGBTQIA, homeless, rural, disabled, older and veteran populations.

Grants were awarded in five areas to direct service providers, local women’s commissions and government entities seeking to establish and grow local women’s commissions, as well as non-profit organizations serving primarily women and girls.

“Equal Pay Day is a date that symbolizes how far in the year women must work to earn what men earned the year before – an even greater disparity for women of color, mothers and members of the LGTBQ community,” the CCSWG said. Executive Director Holly Martinez

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these challenges for women across the state and the world. That’s why we’re proud to administer the first state grant opportunity dedicated to women’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. »

Among the recipients is the San Francisco Department of Women’s Affairs (SFDOSW) which received $50,000 to support two guaranteed income pilot programs.

These programs will include direct cash assistance to two populations: Native American/Native American survivors of domestic violence and single, pregnant, and/or parenting homeless women involved in justice with children ages 0-12.

Additionally, SFDOSW will administer a grant to Double Denim to produce a digital campaign on civic engagement and political empowerment.

A full list of grant recipients can be found here.

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