GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

 

Women to Women of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro is pleased to announce its grantmaking program for 2018-2019.  Women to Women is accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) from local nonprofit organizations serving women and their families in Greensboro, North Carolina.

2018 Women to Women Grant Proposal Guidelines

LOIs may propose projects to address economic independence for women and their families, including projects that:

  • support women’s progress toward economic self-sufficiency;
  • provide operating support to organizations working toward systemic change to increase the likelihood of economic self-sufficiency;
  • address one or more of the range of elements comprising economic independence;
  • assist women in building their capacity to increase income, increase their preparedness for the workplace, and provide economic stability for their families; and/or
  • promote awareness of the issues affecting the economic independence of women and their families.

Organizations may also request “planning grants” or grants to support implementation of innovative programs that address women’s issues in the community, and/or inform the selection of future grantmaking topics.

Grants will be considered for amounts of up to $25,000, for a period of up to one year. Collaboration and alignment of services are important and priority will be given to organizations that are working in this manner.  LOIs were due by 11:59 PM on Friday, May 11, 2018. 

 

Grant Application Process

  1. Applicants are invited to participate in an Information Session on April 18 (9:00 - 10:00 am) at Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, 330 S. Greene Street, Greensboro, NC  27401, 336.379.9100.   Attendees will receive additional information and will be encouraged to discuss ideas for collaboration with fellow participants. Click here to register!
  2. Following the Information Session described above, applicants are encouraged to schedule a consultation with staff by contacting Dena Maginnes-Jeffrey, Program Coordinator of Women to Women, at dmjeffrey@cfgg.org or 336.379.9100.
  3. Please submit your LOI via the online application portal by 11:59 PM on May 11.  LOIs (up to three pages in length) should include:
  • an overview of the project;
  • an explanation of how the project will help women;
  • information that demonstrates the collaborative nature of the project;
  • a budget showing how the grant funds would be used;
  • information on how success will be measured in this project; and
  • contact information for the lead staff person.
  • Please also attach:
    • a list of the organization’s board of directors (with affiliations noted); and
    • the organization’s current operating budget.

Letters of Intent will be reviewed, and in June, those organization(s) with selected proposals will be asked to submit a full grant application for review and a site visit.  Full proposals will be due by 11:59 PM July 27, 2018.  Those organizations not selected to submit a full proposal will be notified in June.  Final grant decisions will be made in September 2018.


Background

In 2013, the Women to Women Advisory Council commissioned Briefing Paper:  The Status of Women in Guilford County -- a report developed by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.  Analysis of the issues facing women led the Council to select economic independence as its top priority.  The Council finds the following excerpt from the “conclusion section” of the report to be useful:    

“Although many women in Guilford County are doing well, the data reviewed in this briefing paper highlight a number of areas of concern, including:

  • The gender wage gap;
  • Substantial rates of poverty;
  • The high cost of child care; and
  • The lack of basic health insurance coverage for many women and men.”

“Policy recommendations to address these challenges include:

  • promoting high-quality, flexible working practices to make it easier for parents to combine paid work with caregiving;
  • ensuring that employers are aware of their obligations under the federal anti-discrimination statutes;
  • providing training to employers on best practices for recruiting and retaining female employees, particularly in sectors where they are now under-represented;
  • increasing career counseling and financial supports – including child care – for women with low levels of education;
  • monitoring workforce development to ensure that women and men have equal access to training in high-growth, well-paid careers;
  • supporting more targeted teen pregnancy prevention programs and increasing support for teens who are already pregnant and parenting; and
  • ensuring that all families, if needed, receive cash assistance. . .”

To apply, please submit requests through the online portal. Letters of Intent are due by 11:59 PM on May 11, 2018. After review by the committee, selected organizations will be asked to submit a full grant application by 11:59 PM on July 27, 2018. Final grant decisions will be made in September 2018. Please direct questions regarding Women to Women to Dena Maginnes-Jeffrey, Program Coordinator at dmjeffrey@cfgg.org or 379-9100.