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Women for Women (WFW) Grant Program

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Counties to Improve the Quality of Life of Women and Girls

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) - Women for Women (WFW)

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Deadline Date:

01/11/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations and governmental entities in eligible counties for programs that improve the quality of life for local women and girls. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to applying. Funding is intended to support programs that inspire hope and possibility, empower women to take action, and strengthen Western North Carolina. Eligible counties include Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey.

Grants may be used for new programs, project expansion, operating expenses for projects and organizations, and direct service or advocacy. WFW considers advocacy programs to be those which promote social change for women and girls at various levels of society - communities, institutions, systems, and policies; it is not direct service to individual clients.

Women for Women invests in programs that:

  • Help economically disadvantaged women become more self-sufficient
  • Promote access to quality health care and advance healthy lifestyles
  • Ensure women and girls live free from intimidation and abuse
  • Ensure educational opportunities that help women and girls reach their full potential
  • Eliminate discrimination against women and disparate treatment based on gender
  • Promote access for women to legal services and equity within the justice system

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176569

Estimated Size of Grant:

Women for Women will make grants between $15,000 and $100,000.

- Operating expenses for existing projects (1 or 2-year grants; $50,000 limit total)
- General operating expenses for organizations (1 or 2-year grants; $50,000 limit total)

Term of Contract:

- Grants may be used over one or two years.
- Funding will be available starting June 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and governmental entities are eligible to apply for these grants.

Current WFW grant recipients may apply for funding; however, they may not apply for the same program WFW is currently funding.

Faith-based applicants should clarify whether, and the extent to which, the organization's religious beliefs are integrated into the project.

Women for Women does not offer grants for:
- Capital support for new buildings, major facility expansion or renovations
- Individual scholarships
- Endowment
- Sectarian purposes which require adherence to a particular religious doctrine or belief
- Veterans affairs
- Deficit funding
- Private schools and clubs

Pre-Application Information:

Prior to submitting an application, you are encouraged to discuss your proposal with Women for Women support staff.

- Letter of Intent due date is Monday, October 19, 2020, by 5 p.m.
- Semi-finalists selected to complete a full application will be notified in early December.
- Full applications from semi-finalists submitted by 5 p.m. on January 11, 2021
- Finalists chosen for site visits by mid-February.
- Final funding decisions will be made in early May.
- Funding will be available starting June 2021.

Organizations may not submit more than one Women for Women grant application at a time.

Online Grant Application Process:

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Contact Information:

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

Online Application:

For assistance:
Tricia Wilson

For technical assistance with the online grant system:
Diane Crisp, Grants Manager

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
4 Vanderbilt Park Drive
Suite 300
Asheville, NC 28803

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey

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