Women’s Fund Grants Program

Overview

Funding requests are accepted once each year according to our grant cycle. Funding requirements may change from year to year; therefore, grant seekers are advised to revisit this page prior to beginning the grant application process. During 2020, the Women’s Fund will award a single grant of up to $10,000 to support a project or program in Daviess County.

Grant Cycle

The requirements and instructions provided here are to be considered accurate only for the duration of this particular grant cycle, which runs from February through May, 2020. Funding requests will be accepted from Monday, February 10 through Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Applications submitted after the March 25 deadline will not be considered.

Eligibility

The Women’s Fund of Daviess County welcomes funding requests from 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 county. Requests from nonprofit organizations not classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity may be considered provided the project is charitable and supports a community need. The nonprofit may be required to obtain a fiscal sponsor.

Fiscal Sponsors

Funding requests submitted by an entity under the auspices of another agency must include a written statement signed by the agency’s board president on behalf of the board of directors agreeing to act as the entity’s fiscal sponsor, to receive grant monies if awarded, and to oversee the proposed project.

Program Areas Considered for Funding

Please visit our Program Areas  page for details about the kinds of projects and programs supported through this grant program.

  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Human Services
  • Other Civic Endeavors, such as the Environment, Recreation, and Youth Development

Project Areas NOT Considered for Funding

  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Political parties or campaigns
  • Endowment creation or debt reduction
  • Operating costs (Costs that keep the organization running and the doors open, i.e., general computer software or hardware, staff salary, general office supplies or equipment, utilities, etc.)
  • Capital campaigns (Large capital projects that may take several years to complete where there is no defined area for use of the grant)
  • Annual appeals or membership contributions
  • Travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or classes

Deliberation and Award

The Women’s Fund grants committee will review applications, conduct virtual site visits or phone conferences, and select finalists for further consideration.  Applicants will be notified by May 15, 2020, whether or not they’ve been selected as a finalist.  Each finalist will be invited to prepare a brief summary of their project to be presented to the Women’s Fund membership.  After reviewing presentations, the Women’s Fund membership will cast their votes, and the organization whose request receives the majority of votes will be awarded the grant.  No lobbying or solicitation of Women’s Fund representatives is permitted.

Foundation staff will provide specific presentation instructions to finalists at time of notification. The grant recipient is expected to be announced in June.

Reporting Procedures

A final report at project completion may be required by the organization whose request is approved for funding. Instructions and any required forms will be provided in the grant agreement.

Supporting Documents

The following supporting documents must be electronically attached to the application (as a Microsoft Office document such as Word or Excel or as a PDF document).

Attachment 1: Current board roster with professional affiliations

Attachment 2: Organization’s current annual operating budget

Attachment 3: Most recent financial statement (monthly, quarterly, etc.)

Attachment 4: Fiscal sponsor agreement letter, if applicable

Application Deadline

March 25, 2020 (The deadline has been extended to April 15, 2020)

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