Rita J. Bicknell Women's Health Fund

Circle of Friends

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To improve the health and well-being of women by supporting education, increasing awareness and sharing quality of life opportunities to benefit all women.

Grant applications for projects that support the mission of the Rita Bicknell Women's Health Fund are being accepted until April 30, 2021. The grant application can be found below.

Two giving circles, the Women's Giving Circle (WGC) and the Circle of Friends (COF), will award the 2021 Women's Health Fund grants to qualified, non-profit organizations with projects benefiting women's health.

Last year, the WGC awarded $38,500 to 7 organizations, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. The COF awarded $7,622 to 5 organizations, ranging from $967 to $2,000. The 2020 Women's Health Fund grant recipients and projects can be found in the 2020 Grant Celebration newsletter.

2021 Grant Application Form

Please review the following form carefully before submitting. We prefer that you submit the form by email.

More Information About the Women's Health Fund

The Rita J Bicknell Women's Health Endowed Fund is made up of two giving circles, the Women's Giving Circle (WGC) and the Circle of Friends (COF).  The Women's Health Fund's mission is:

To improve the health and well-being of women by supporting education, increasing awareness and sharing quality of life opportunities to benefit all women.

Each year, members of the two giving circles meet to review grant applications and approve funds for programs that fulfill the Fund's mission. Since 2007, the WGC has contributed more than $265,500 to fund grants for women's health. In 2013, WGC members invited others to join them in creating the Rita J. Bicknell Circle of Friends Giving Circle. To date, the COF membership has supported women's health by contributing more than $36,500 since 2013.

Those interested in becoming a member of the Women's Health Fund can obtain additional information by contacting the Foundation office: 620.231.8897.

Applications for the 2020 Women's Health Fund grant cycle were due by May 15, 2020. If you have any questions or would like additional information about Women's Health Fund grants, contact us or email Program Coordinator Sherri Stephens.

Circle of Friends Grant Recipients 2020

  • Fostering Connections - Foster- and adoptive-moms wellness events.
  • Labette Health Foundation - QCPR Resuscitation Baby and birthing stools.
  • Pittsburg Mother to Mother Ministry - Parenting-program supplies.
  • Safehouse Crisis Center - Safehouse Saving Hearts AED purchase.
  • Special Olympics Kansas - Specialized fitness program.

As the giving circle grows, so does its impact for the good of women when new members are added. Contact the Foundation office, 620.231.8897 to learn more.

Whether you're a potential donor, a professional advisor, a local nonprofit director, or someone who's simply concerned about the future of Kansas, connecting with your local community foundation is the first step toward a better tomorrow for your community