On June 15th, we will be accepting grant applications for the 2017 Grant Cycle. Our grant making focus emanates from our 2015 research report A Second Look - Through a Gender Lens: The Economic Security of Women and Girls in Forsyth County. This report highlights that poverty and economic security encompass and are impacted by these four focus areas in our grant making: financial stability; jobs/career development; education; and family issues.
This report and the poverty study released by Forsyth Futures 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. We welcome pilot projects or programs that explore innovative approaches to dealing with these issues.
As in past years, the Fund has two grant programs through which organizations can apply for funding: The Community Grants Program and The Grassroots Grants Program.
The Community Grants Program
This grant program will provide organizations of all sizes with grants of up to $15,000. This program has an application process that includes site-visit reviews for all successful applicants which will be used to help determine grant allocations.
The Grassroots Grants Program
The Grassroots Grants Program is designed to level the playing field for smaller organizations so they can compete for grants from The Women’s Fund. This grant program will provide community-based grassroots organizations (with annual operating budgets of up to $250,000 per year) with grants of up to $10,000. Successful applicants for this program will also have site-visit reviews that will help determine grant allocations.
For more information about the grant programs click below. Applications are due July 20, 2017.