The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, a growing community of female philanthropists who seek to improve the lives of women and girls in Forsyth County, has released its 2015 Request for Proposals for programs that create social change for women and girls by focusing on the economic security of women and girls in our community. The Women’s Fund anticipates granting over $100,000 to local nonprofits, including offering smaller organizations an opportunity to compete for funding through a Grassroots Grants Program.
Grants are funded from the pooled contributions of the Fund’s diverse membership of over 800 women and girls. Since 2007, the Women’s Fund has awarded over $1.1 million to local organizations working to improve the lives of women and girls in Forsyth County. The 2015 grants will be awarded at The Women’s Fund 10th Annual Luncheon in November 2015.
“The Women’s Fund is uniquely situated in that we are focused on serving the needs of women and girls,” said Alison Ashe-Card, chair of the Board of Directors. “We’re also pleased to be able to provide funding support for smaller, grassroots organizations that are touching the lives of those who need us in our community. The Women’s Fund Grassroots Grants Program streamlines the application process and provides a grant writing workshop to make it easier for smaller nonprofit organizations to apply.”
The Fund’s Grassroots Grants Program provides grants of up to $10,000 for eligible nonprofit organizations with annual operating budgets up to $250,000. The Community Grants Program provides organizations of all sizes with grants of up to $30,000. Both programs have a two-step application process that includes a preliminary application and a full proposal. For both programs, the deadline to submit a preliminary application is 11:59pm on June 18, 2015. Invitations to submit a full proposal and declinations will be sent to applicants by July 7; full proposals are due August 6.
The Fund’s Grants Review Committee, made up of Women’s Fund members, reviews and selects a subset of proposals to present to the Fund’s entire membership for voting in September-October. Applicants are notified of funding decisions at the end of October 2015.