Women’s Fund Grants Program

The Women’s Fund of Warrick County grant cycle opens January 4, 2018, and Letters of Inquiry will be accepted until February 5, 2018. At the start of each grant cycle, we send information to local media and an email announcement to nonprofit organizations on our mailing list. Funding requirements may change from year to year; therefore, grantseekers are advised to revisit this page prior to beginning the grant application process.

Overview

The Women’s Fund of Warrick County invests in the local community by making grants that support charitable programs or projects to improve the quality of life for Warrick County families. Consideration will be given to organizations that demonstrate:

  • Commitment to long-range planning, financial stability and sustainability
  • Sound plan to address ongoing or emerging issues that have been identified by research
  • Solid, realistic plan for project evaluation
  • Desire to promote collaboration among organizations or institutions to prevent duplication of services
  • Project methodology utilizing a preventative approach to addressing the issue and solving problems
  • Evidence of realistic organizational planning and management

2-Step Application Process

The Women’s Fund uses a 2-step application process to review funding requests.  A Letter of Inquiry is the required first step for submitting funding requests to be considered by the Women’s Fund grants committee. The Letter of Inquiry helps in determining whether a funding request is a good fit for the Women’s Fund’s community investment goals before the applicant invests time and effort in completing a formal grant application.  Letters of Inquiry will be reviewed by the Women’s Fund grants committee, with all applicants being notified of the review decision no later than February 19, 2018.  Successful applicants will be invited to submit a formal grant application by March 16, 2018.

Eligibility

Consideration will be given to nonprofit organizations deemed tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies serving Warrick County. Nonprofit organizations that are not classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity may be considered provided the program/project is charitable and meets the criteria described on this page. In such cases, the applicant organization will be required to obtain a fiscal sponsor (see below).

Fiscal Sponsors

Organizations applying for a grant under the auspices of a verified 501(c)(3) public charity acting as fiscal sponsor (learn more about fiscal sponsors) are required to provide a written statement signed by the fiscal sponsor’s board president confirming agreement to receive grant monies if awarded and to oversee the proposed program/project.

Program or Project Areas Considered for Funding

  • 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, and the economic well-being and self-sufficiency of individuals and families.
  • Other Civic Endeavors: other activities that will improve the quality of life for families in Warrick County.

To ensure long-term organizational stability, program grants are intended to supplement, not supplant, existing operations, staffing, and initiatives.

Program or Project Areas NOT Considered for Funding

  • Programs or projects of organizations that are not committed to gender equity. Applicant organizations are expected to have established female leadership on their staff and board and generally promote gender equity within the community.
  • Requests for funding to reduce or retire debt of the organization.
  • Programs or 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 program (the organization’s general operating expenses including equipment, staff salary, rent, and utilities).
  • Event sponsorships, annual appeals, and membership contributions.

Deliberation and Award

The Women’s Fund grants committee will review Letters of Inquiry and select up to five semifinalists.  After review of formal grant applications and site visits at each semifinalist organization, two organizations will be selected as finalists. Each finalist will be invited to give an oral presentation at the Women’s Fund annual meeting in April 2018. The Women’s Fund grants committee, with the approval of the Women’s Fund advisory board, will make its recommendation on funding to the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation Alliance. No lobbying or solicitation of Women’s Fund representatives is permitted.

Deadline to Submit Letter of Inquiry

Monday, February 5, 2018

2018 Award Amount

Grant requests up to $15,000 will be considered.

Grant Period

The funded program/project must begin within six months of award and be completed within two years from the date the grant is received.

 

For further information or assistance:
Melinda Waldroup, Director of Programs and Strategic Engagement
mwaldroup@communityfoundationalliance.org
(812) 429-1191, Ext 3  |  (812) 455-8220

Apply