LCU Fund for Women's EducationLCU Fund for Women's Education

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The mission of the LCU Fund for Women’s Education awards grants that ease the burden of New York City housing costs for promising women students preparing for careers that give back to the community so that they may focus more fully on their studies and receive their degree.

Our Funding Priorities

The LCU Fund awards grants to selected four-year colleges or universities, arts academies or conservatories; public or private - that provide undergraduate and / or graduate programs within the five boroughs of New York City. LCU Funds are to be used specifically for housing support for low-income women students preparing for careers that serve the community. In recognition of the broad professional pathways available to degree-holders, the LCU Fund has expanded the definition of the fields of study supported by the Fund. These include (broadly defined) the arts, education, social work, public administration, religious leadership, criminal justice and health care.

Grantee Institutions

Each grantee institution must be an organization that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) and not a private foundation under section 509 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. Selected institutions may be a four-year college or university, arts academy or conservatory; public or private school and provide undergraduate and / or graduate programs.

Funded Students

The LCU Fund for Women’s Education awards funds to selected institutions which in turn disburse funds per the foundation’s grantee eligibility criteria. Grantee institutions must disburse funds regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability.

Research shows that low to middle income undergraduate students are most likely to drop out of school in their final two years of school. Given this trend, the LCU Fund will focus its support on undergraduate students at the Junior and Senior levels. The LCU Fund will continue to support graduate students in select programs.

      As a full-time student, one must:

In addition to the requirements above, a part-time student must:

How Our Grants Work

LCU Fund grants are made for one-year at a time with a competitive funding process implemented annually. To allow for the LCU Fund to broaden its spectrum of institutional partners, current grantee institutions may be invited to apply for funding for up to four consecutive years after which they generally not invited to request funding for a minimum of one year. In the year after a funding break, former grantee institutions may be invited to re-apply. Proposals from former grantee institutions will be considered alongside all others and must meet eligibility guidelines and demonstrate alignment with funding priorities.

Matching Grants Program

Grantee schools with an endowment equivalent to $25,000 or more per enrolled student will be required to provide a 50% match. The LCU Fund does not prescribe the source of the matched funds; however, proposals that signal a willingness to raise new funds to meet the requirement will be looked upon favorably.  Evidence of the match will be requested in the final grant report. 

Grantee Institution Site Visits

Each year, the LCU Fund for Women’s Education Board of Directors performs a site review at each of the funded institutions. Grantee institutions are asked to accommodate such requests and assist in securing prior and / or current LCU students to be present during the review.

The LCU Fund for Women’s Education reserves the right to alter any of the practices detailed above at any time.