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Women for Women (WFW) Grant Program

Grants to Western North Carolina Nonprofits and Agencies
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)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

01/08/20 5:00 PM


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Grants starting at $15,000 to Western North Carolina nonprofit organizations and governmental entities for programs to improve the quality of life of women and girls. A Letter of Intent is required prior to submitting a full application. Programs must demonstrate an impact on safe living environments for women and girls. Funding is intended for new programs, direct service or advocacy, program expansion, and operating expenses for existing programs. Eligible counties include Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey.

The 2020 Women for Women Grant Program promotes the Facilitation of Safe Living and Work Environments for Women and Girls: Addressing issues of violence against women and girls in Western North Carolina. Direct service or advocacy projects should clearly focus on one of the following priority areas:
- Elder abuse
- Human trafficking
- Intimate Partner Violence
- Sexting (social media)
- Bullying
- Sexual Violence (including sexual assault and harassment)

Women for Women will invest in programs that:
- Demonstrate sustainable and measurable social change for women and girls in WNC through services that promote freedom from violent and abusive situations
- Address causes or prevention of domestic abuse
- Make a long-term difference and increase safe living conditions in the lives of women and girls
- Advocate for safe living conditions for women and girls at various levels of society - communities, institutions, systems, and policies
- Demonstrate collaborative and cooperative partnerships with other organizations and groups that yield greater impact than either organization could achieve alone
- Demonstrate commitment to organizational learning and capacity building

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176569

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

- Grants may be used over one or two years.
- Funding will be available starting June 2020.

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.

All advocacy issues submitted should align with the WFW Focus Area and should not include lobbying efforts (i.e., should not influence specific legislation).

Current WFW grantees 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 21, 2019 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 8, 2020.
- Finalists chosen for site visits by mid-February.
- Final funding decisions will be made in early May.
- Funding will be available starting June 2020.

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

Online Grant Application Process:

Foundant has created a five-minute tutorial for applicants that may be viewed here:

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