Grants of up to $15,000 to North Carolina nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible counties to improve the lives of women and girls. Funding is intended to address needs in the areas of human services, education, health and wellness, and empowerment. Special consideration is given to proposals that demonstrate collaboration with other non-profits and long-term sustainability. Programs must benefit women and girls in Ashe, Avery, and Watauga counties.
Proposals must meet a local need related to one or more of the WFBR Focus Areas below:
Education: Increasing individual knowledge is a powerful tool. Funded programs should strive to use creative solutions that are sustainable, and help women and girls further their education.
Human Services: Providing direct services to women and girls is critical in helping them thrive. Funded programs should provide services that can be tracked over the grant funding cycle and show how the program is directly benefiting women and girls.
Health and Wellness: Access to affordable medical care is critical. Funded programs should focus on health and wellness programs for women and girls that have measurable outcomes.
Empowerment: Funded programs should invest in the growth and development of women and girls and deliver meaningful, measurable, and lasting outcomes.
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
Who is Eligible?
Any 501(c)3 organization or government entity which provides program or services that benefit women and girls who live in Ashe, Avery or Watauga Counties.
Other faith-based, community service organizations may be considered eligible if their programs:
- Are open to all individuals in the community regardless of religious belief;
- Serve a secular purpose, such as a food pantry, homeless shelter, or an education program;
- Do not require participation in prayer, worship, or other religious activities as a condition of receiving service(s) offered; and
- Do not use the individual donation or resulting match for religious purposes.
The WFBR does not make grants to:
- Political organizations, partisan organization or those supporting specific candidates or legislation.
- Religious organizations (churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship), or other organizations primarily promoting religious purposes.
The Women's Fund of the Blue Ridge will not consider requests from any organization or government entity that discriminates on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation or gender in any of its activities or operations.
The 2024 grant application availability window is Monday, September 18, 2023, through Friday, October 13, 2023. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
The Committee will review applications from October 19, 2023, through November 8, 2023. Applicants will be notified in late November 2023.
If you have any questions concerning the application process or grant program, please email Lisa Simon, Grants Committee Chair, at email@example.com, with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Estimated Size of Grant
Typically, grant awards range from $1,500 - $15,000.
Term of Contract
Grant funds are intended to be used in the year awarded. Multi-year grants are not available.