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2018 Women’s Fund Impact Grants

Grants to South Central Kentucky Nonprofits
and Agencies to Benefit Women and Children

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of South Central Kentucky - Women’s Fund of South Central Kentucky

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

08/13/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to South Central Kentucky nonprofit organizations and government agencies for a project or program that will benefit women and children. Program areas include education, community development, health, and human services, and other civic endeavors. Consideration may be given to small capital projects and endowment creation.

Purpose and Overview:

Each year, the Women’s fund will award an “Impact Grant” for a single program or project serving women and/or children in the South Central Kentucky area which includes Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson & Warren Counties. Consideration is given to organizations that demonstrate:

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

Project Areas Considered for Funding:

The program or project for which funding is being requested must address needs or opportunities to improve the quality of life for women and children in South Central Kentucky and meet at least one or more of the following criteria:

-Capital Projects: Small capital projects that will be completed within two years from the date of the grant award.
-Community Development: Activities that benefit women and/or children in the community or address gender equity issues within all segments of the population.
-Education: Activities that promote or strengthen the educational attainment of women and/or children, both in and out of the classroom.
-Health: Activities that improve the health outcomes for women and/or children
-Human Services: Activities that support public protection, employment/jobs, food and nutrition, agriculture, housing and shelter, public safety, disaster preparedness and relief for women and/or children.
-Endowment Creation: Up to 25% of the grant may be utilized as matching funds to assist with the establishment of an endowment fund to provide a future funding source for the project. Organization has two years to complete the match requirement. Endowment fund will be established and held by The Community Foundation of South Central Kentucky. In the event that some of the grant goes unmatched, funds will revert back to the Women’s Fund Endowment.
-Other Civic Endeavors: Other activities that will improve the quality of life for women and/or children in South Central Kentucky.

The project may be a new program, an expansion or modification of an existing program, or be a collaborative effort of several agencies.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174402

Number of Grants:

There will be four finalists selected from eight semifinalists. One of the four finalists will be selected to receive the Impact Grant, with the other three finalists receiving recognition grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Amount: To be announced.

It is anticipated that the amount of the Impact Grant this year is $90,000+. The Impact Grant is awarded to one of the four finalist applicants as determined by vote of the Women’s Fund membership at their annual meeting.

The remaining three finalists will receive Recognition grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 in recognition of the depth and quality of their proposals, but these grants are not guaranteed.

Term of Contract:

Grant Period Funded “projects” must begin within (6) six months and be completed within (2) two years from the date the grant is received. Funded “programs” must begin within (6) six months and be completed up to (5) five years from the date the grant is received.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Consideration will be given to nonprofit organizations that are deemed tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies serving the afore mentioned area.

Organizations (including co-applicants) that have received a grant from the Women’s Fund as either an individual recipient or a collaborative partner must wait five years to reapply for the Women’s Fund grant. This restriction does not apply to organizations that have received “finalist” awards. An agency may submit only one grant application per year.

Project Areas NOT Considered for Funding:
-Projects or programs 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.
-Projects that focus on the spiritual needs of individuals.
-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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Women’s Fund Advisory Board would like to invite you to a training on applying for the Women’s Fund Impact Grant for 2018 on May 1, 2018, 1:00 PM in the River Birch Room at Lost River Cave.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is August 13th, 2018, no later than 5:00 PM.

Applicants must list contact person on grant application who will be available September 4th between 8:15-11:15 AM for possible questions during the review process.

You will be notified of the outcome of the grants committee’s review on September 4th after 12:00.

Please note: If your organization is one of the (8) -eight semi- finalists, a representative is required to attend an orientation meeting on September 6th at 8:00 AM at BKD, LLP. Site visits will be scheduled at that time.

Contact Information:

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

Jennifer Wethington, Executive Director

The Community Foundation of South Central Kentucky
810 College Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kentucky: South Central Kentucky area which includes Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson & Warren Counties.