Women’s Fund Grants Program

Overview

Funding requests are accepted once each year according to our grant cycle.  The Women’s Fund will award a grant for a single, charitable project that aims to improve the quality of life for Gibson County’s residents.

Grant Cycle

We consider grant applications on a yearly cycle.  At the start of the grant cycle, an email notice will be sent to organizations that have signed up to receive information about our grant cycles.  To sign up for this service, click on the link below.

Sign up to be Notified of our Grant Cycles

The requirements and instructions provided on this page are to be considered current and accurate only for the duration of the Fund’s grant cycle, which runs from January through May.  Grant applications will be accepted from January 6, 2017 through the February deadline.  Applications submitted after the February deadline will not be considered.

Eligibility

The Women’s Fund of Gibson County welcomes grant applications from non-profit organizations that are tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies serving Gibson County.  Applications from other non-profit organizations to carry out charitable projects or activities in Gibson County may be accepted.  In some cases, organizations without the 501(c)(3) designation may be required to obtain a fiscal sponsor.

Fiscal Sponsors

Applications submitted by an entity under the auspices of a verified 501(c)(3) public charity must include a written statement signed by the agency’s board president on behalf of the board of directors agreeing to act as the entity’s fiscal sponsor, to receive grant monies if awarded, and to oversee the proposed project.

Grant Program Orientation Meeting

Prospective grant applicants are invited to schedule a meeting with the Foundation’s director, Tami Muckerheide, to receive an overview of the funding opportunity and to ask specific questions. Contact Tami at 812-386-8082 or tami@gibsoncountyfoundation.org to schedule an orientation meeting.

Project Areas Considered for Funding

The program or project for which funding is being requested must address needs and opportunities that improve the quality of life for Gibson County’s residents and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Community Development: New or existing activities that improve the community’s economic, social, environmental, and cultural well-being.
  • Education: New or existing activities that promote or strengthen educational attainment, both in and out of the classroom.
  • Health: New or existing activities that improve health outcomes.
  • Human Services: New or existing activities that improve public protection, employment, food and nutrition, agriculture, housing and shelter, public safety, disaster preparedness and relief.
  • Other Civic Endeavors: Other activities that will improve the quality of life for residents of Gibson County.

Project Areas NOT Considered for Funding

  • Requests for funding to reduce or retire debt of the organization.
  • Projects that focus solely on the spiritual needs and growth of a church congregation or members of other religious organizations.
  • Political parties or campaigns.
  • Operating costs not directly related to the proposed project (the organization’s general operating expenses including equipment, staff salary, rent, and utilities).
  • Event sponsorships, annual appeals, and membership contributions.
  • Travel expenses for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or classes.
  • Scholarships or other grants to individuals.

Deliberation

The Women’s Fund Advisory Board will review grant applications and select up to four finalists.  The finalists will give an oral presentation of their projects at the Women’s Fund annual meeting.  The Fund’s membership will conduct a vote at the conclusion of the presentation, and the organization whose project receives the majority of votes will be awarded the grant at the annual meeting.  No lobbying or solicitation of Women’s Fund representatives is permitted.

Award Amount

$5,000.

Reporting Procedures

If the funding request is approved, the organization may be required to submit a final report at project completion. Appropriate forms will be provided.

Supporting Documents

The following supporting documents must be electronically attached to the grant application (as a Microsoft Office document (i.e. Word, Excel) or PDF document).

Attachment 1: Current board roster with professional affiliations

Attachment 2: Organization’s current annual operating budget

Attachment 3: Most recent financial statement (monthly, quarterly, etc.)

Attachment 4: Fiscal sponsor agreement letter, if applicable

Application Deadline

February 28, 2017

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