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The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem Grant

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits, Agencies, and Faith-Based
Organizations to Benefit Women and Girls in Forsyth County

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Winston-Salem Foundation - The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem

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Deadline Date:

06/29/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 to North Carolina nonprofits, government agencies, and faith-based organizations to assist women and girls in Forsyth County through programs in education, career development, financial stability, and family issues. Priority will be given to programs serving women from African-American and Latino communities, as well as those serving impoverished women.

Funding is intended for the following types of requests:

- Program or Project Grants: To support existing or new programs or projects. Funding for one-time events or for media and art projects will be considered if they are part of a larger strategy that otherwise meets the funding criteria.
- Planning Grants: To develop new programs or to modify existing programs to better meet the needs of women and girls.
- Collaboration Grants: To provide funding to bring together groups in collaborative or cooperative projects that will yield greater impact than the groups would be able to achieve on their own.
- Evaluation Grants: To evaluate the impact on women and girls of an existing or new program that meets the funding criteria (evaluation funding may also be included in a program or project grant request).
- Research Grants: To support social sciences research on issues impacting women and girls in the community. Requests for research funding will be considered if the research will have a direct application to implementing a program to address the root causes of a problem or to create social change around an issue.
- Pilot Programs: Initial small-scale projects that are used to assess the viability of program ideas.

The grant making focus emanates from the 2015 research report A Second Look - Through a Gender Lens: The Economic Security of Women and Girls in Forsyth County (attached below). This report highlights that poverty and economic security encompass and are impacted by these four focus areas: financial stability; jobs/career development; education; and family impact.

This report and the poverty study released by Forsyth Futures (see links on the Women’s Fund website) indicate disparities within the community. Therefore, we will give priority to applications that address concentrated poverty and poverty in African-American and Hispanic/Latino communities. Priority is given to pilot projects or programs that explore innovative approaches to dealing with these issues.

Some examples of approaches within the four focus areas are listed below:

Financial Stability:
- Asset building to meet short-term and long-term needs
- Manage costs of essential needs such as child care, healthcare, housing, food, and transportation

Job/Career Development:
- Provide education/skills, networking, and mentoring
- Prepare women for career growth and leadership roles
- Increase women's participation in programs providing skills in high-growth industries
- Training programs, internships, and other efforts that support jobs with career ladders (particularly in non-traditional fields)
- Support women and girls in achieving higher wages

- Help low-income women and mothers access and complete affordable higher education
- Encourage participation and prepare girls and young women in fields such as sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)

Family Issues:
- Promote long-term planning and healthy relationships
- Help low-income women access affordable, quality, safe, and secure housing
- Promote social mobility by creating networks that support positive reinforcement

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the 2015 research report (see Supporting Documents below) and its specific program and policy recommendations, but are not limited to these examples of approaches.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172305

Number of Grants:

Typically 6 or more

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations may request between $2,500 and $15,000. Applicants may add up to 5% of the project budget on to the request to support indirect costs, however, the total request may not exceed $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Beginning with the 2017 grant cycle, The Women’s Fund limited funding of the same project/program to three times. If repeat funding is awarded there will be step down funding as follows: the second award will not exceed two-thirds of the original grant amount; the third award will not exceed one-third of the original grant amount. The Women’s Fund cannot guarantee that agencies will receive repeat funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem provides grants to the following types of organizations:

- Nonprofit organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a); or
- Independent sponsored projects of a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization acting as a fiscal sponsor; or
- Government and public agencies; and
- Churches and other nonprofit faith-based organizations

Not supported:
- Programs or organizations that discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status
- Programs that proselytize or promote any particular religion or sect, or deny services to potential beneficiaries based upon religious beliefs.
- Existing staff positions
- Individuals, including direct scholarships
- Scholarship funds for general education programs
- Programs that focus only on providing subsidies for child care, health insurance, housing, or any other similar services
- Programs that focus only on providing direct financial assistance to meet the immediate needs of individuals
- For-profit organizations
- General operating expenses
- Capital campaigns, annual campaigns, or fundraising events, endowment campaigns, or retirement of debt
- Direct clinical services, individual medical procedures, the purchase of medical supplies or medications
- Biomedical research
- Political campaigns or other partisan political activity

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem invites you to attend the applicant workshop. You do not need to attend a workshop to apply; however, the workshop will provide an overview of the guidelines and provide an opportunity to ask questions about the guidelines and the application process.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

The workshop will take place at The Winston-Salem Foundation, 3rd floor, 751 West Fourth St.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Director of Strategic Initiatives for The Winston-Salem
Foundation prior to completing the application to discuss their proposal idea(s) and to ask any questions about
the application process.

2018 Timeline:
- June 29: Full applications due
- July 20: Notification of proposal status
- August 13 - August 31: Site visits, if applicable
- September 10: Agencies notified if they advanced to member voting
- October 22: Notification of funding decisions
- November 15: Grants officially awarded at luncheon
- December 1 or later: Grant start date.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email or mail applications to:

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem
751 West Fourth Street, Suite 200
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Sabrina Slade, Director of Strategic Initiatives

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Forsyth County