Community Grants

2021 Community Grant Recipients

Soroptimist International of Davis member Wendy Weitzel, right, poses with Dahlia Barragan and her mom Candalaria Ramirez. The girl received a refurbished Macbook Pro from iDream: The Mac Give Back Project, because of a grant from the service club. The Chromebook issued by Dahlia’s Sacramento school did not work well enough to support her online learning.

Soroptimist International of Davis is pleased to announce its 2021 Community Grant recipients. The monetary awards, distributed this spring, support local nonprofits that advance the education and empowerment of women and girls.

Two $3,000 grants went to:

  • Explorit Science Center to present a four-part series on “Women and Girls in STEM in the 21st Century” to about 25 girls. Topics include astronomy and space; computer coding and animation; electric circuits and design; and nature and the environment. 
  • Sutter Davis Hospital’s Victim Intervention for Violence and Abuse program. This provides short-term hotel lodging to victims of violence, human trafficking and sexual assault. Emergency departments are often the first point of care for these victims.
Katrina Laws-Ewald, left, and NJ Mvondo hosted a literacy event for Black authors in June 2020 at the Central Park Solidarity Space. The two are part of Multicultural Families Rock, which earned a Soroptimist grant.

Two $1,000 grants were awarded to:

  • iDream: The Mac Give Back Project, to purchase refurbished Apple laptops and iPads for women and girls in need, during a time when computer access is crucial.
  • Multicultural Families Rock, to purchase copies of the children’s picture book “Where Wonder Grows” by Xelena González to give to the families served by ApoYolo and the Davis Migrant Center. The book is about a grandmother bonding with her granddaughters as she teaches them how much they can learn by being curious.

Grant applications were assessed based on their alignment with the Soroptimist mission, vision, core values, community impact and feasibility. Any organization, including previous recipients, may apply through our competitive grant process.

Nurses Justin Gaddis, Elizabeth Seely and emergency department manager Tambria Agnew work on the Sutter Davis Hospital Victim Intervention for Violence and Abuse program.

How to Apply for a Soroptimist International of Davis Community Grant

Applicants will receive notice by May 1 of the status of their application. There are three ways to apply:

  1. Fill out the application on our Grant Application Page and submit directly. If you have difficulty accessing or filling out the form, please click here.
  2. Download and complete this PDF. Email the completed file as an attachment to with the subject line “2022 Grant Application.” Add your name and contact information in the body of the email.
  3. Download and print the PDF, fill it out, and mail a paper copy it to SI Davis, PO Box 472, Davis, CA 95617, Attn: Grant Applications.

Signature Programs

Members of Soroptimist International of Davis change the lives of women and girls via our signature programs: the Live Your Dream award and Dream It, Be It career coaching and mentoring for high school girls. Watch the video from Soroptimist International of the Americas to learn more about the impact of our signature programs.

Live Your Dream Awards

Our 2021 Recipients Have Been Announced!

SI Davis’ two signature programs are Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women, and Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls (run at King High School). It also funds high school scholarships, grants to nonprofits that align with the Soroptimist mission, and anti-trafficking efforts. 

This year, the club awarded six Live Your Dream grants, helping single mothers pay for expenses while they further their education or training. These recipients often survive hardships like domestic violence, poverty, homelessness and foster care but are working to better their lives for themselves and their children. The club initially budgeted $10,000 for the award this year, but was able to add $3,000 more when an anonymous donor stepped forward to support the program.

Ashley Matlock of Davis received $4,000. The single mother of one attended Woodland Community College and plans to transfer to Yuba College and then Sacramento State to study nursing. Her goal is to continue on to UC Davis to become a nurse practitioner, and work in hospice care.

Leticia Garcia of Dunnigan received $3,000. The single mother of five attends Woodland Community college and wants to become a registered nurse. 

Angela Tamagni of Clearlake received $3,000. The single mom of two attended Woodland Community College and will transfer to Sonoma State University in the fall, studying accounting.

Three other recipients received $1,000 each. Due to the nature of the award, some recipients wish their names to remain private.