Vision and Mission
The Women’s Fund of Spencer County is about strong, caring, and focused women determined to make a difference in the lives of Spencer County’s residents. In 2007, a group of visionary women started the Women’s Fund as a permanent resource to support local, charitable programs. Grants will be made from the Women’s Fund to support a variety of projects that address needs in Spencer County that are important to women.
The grant cycle is open year-round. The Women’s Fund will review funding requests biannually – in January and July each year. The completion of an online letter of inquiry is the required first step for submitting funding requests to be considered by the Women’s Fund. If a letter of inquiry is chosen for further consideration, the applicant will be contacted for a site visit and face-to-face meeting with representatives of the Women’s Fund to discuss the details of the request and obtain additional information. The Women’s Fund membership will then meet to discuss the proposed projects and determine the organizations that will be recommended to receive funding. Applicants will receive written notification of the outcome of the review and deliberation process.
The Women’s Fund welcomes funding requests 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 Spencer County. Funding requests from nonprofit organizations not classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity may be considered provided the project is charitable and supports a community need (a fiscal sponsor may be required). School administrators and teachers planning to apply for a grant must contact the Foundation’s Renate Warner prior to beginning the application process to discuss guidelines pertaining to funding requests from school personnel and school corporation oversight of the application process.
Nonprofit organizations not classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity that are using a public charity to apply for the grant must include a written statement signed by the charity’s board president (on behalf of the board of directors) agreeing to act as the nonprofit’s fiscal sponsor, to receive grant monies if awarded, and to oversee the proposed project.
Project Areas NOT Considered for Funding
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Political parties or campaigns
- Endowment creation
- Annual appeals or membership contributions
A final report at project completion may be required by organizations whose requests are approved for funding. Instructions and any required forms will be provided at the time the grant is awarded.