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

Opening Doors Since 1858

Grantmaking

The mission of the LCU Fund for Women’s Education is to award grants easing New York City housing costs for promising women students preparing for careers that serve the community. Since launching its housing grant program in 2001, the LCU Fund has given over $10.5 million dollars to 35 educational institutions, distributed in grants to nearly 2,000 women of limited means. 

Funding Priorities

The LCU Fund for Women’s Education awards grants to educational institutions within the five boroughs of New York City to provide housing support for women preparing for careers in the arts, health services, social work, teaching, religious leadership, criminal justice, and the liberal arts. 33% were studying the Arts; 31% Health Services, 15% Social Services, 13% Teaching, 4% Religious Leadership, 3% Criminal Justice and the remaining 1% Liberal Arts.

Grant Criteria

Institutions

Each grantee institution must be an organization 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. Currently, the LCU Fund for Women’s Education funds 17 institutions throughout New York City. See a complete list of current grantee institutions. 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. Roughly 65% of funded students are undergraduates, 35% are working toward a graduate or professional degree.

Grantee institutions must disburse funds according to the foundation’s student beneficiary eligibility criteria (see below), regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability. 

Our Students

The LCU Fund does not grant funds to individuals—rather, funds are awarded to select institutions which in turn disburse stipends. Students selected to receive funding may be undergraduate or graduate students, enrolled in full-time or part-time programs. They must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Full-time students must be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program in the arts, education, social work, public administration, international development, criminal justice or health care at a grantee institution at the time of application for an award. They must also:

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

How Our Grants Work

Grants are made for one year at a time with a competitive funding process. Grant proposals must meet eligibility guidelines (see above) and demonstrate alignment with funding priorities. Grantee institutions may be invited to apply annually for funding for up to seven consecutive years, after which they are asked to forego funding for at least one year. Institutions may be invited to re-apply after a one-year funding break.

The Board of Directors of the LCU Fund for Women’s Education performs annual site reviews at each of the funded institutions. Grantee institutions are asked to accommodate such requests and assist in securing prior and / or current LCU student beneficiaries 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.

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 student beneficiaries 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.