The Women’s Fund of Gibson County is used to make grants to support a variety of projects or programs that are important to Gibson County women and improve the quality of life for the county’s residents. Funding requests are generally accepted once each year according to our grant cycle. Funding requirements may change from year to year; therefore, grantseekers are advised to revisit this page prior to beginning the grant application process.
We consider grant applications on a yearly cycle. At the start of the grant cycle, an email notice will be sent to organizations that have signed up to receive information about our grant cycles. To sign up for this service, click on the link below.
The requirements and instructions provided on this page are to be considered current and accurate only for the duration of the Fund’s grant cycle, which typically runs from February through May. Grant applications will be accepted this year from March 6 through the April deadline. Applications submitted after the April deadline will not be considered.
The Women’s Fund of Gibson County welcomes grant applications from non-profit organizations that are tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies serving Gibson County. Applications from other non-profit organizations to carry out charitable projects or activities in Gibson County may be accepted. In some cases, organizations without the 501(c)(3) designation may be required to obtain a fiscal sponsor.
Applications submitted by an entity under the auspices of a verified 501(c)(3) public charity 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.
Project Areas Considered for Funding
The program or project for which funding is being requested must address needs and opportunities that improve the quality of life for Gibson County’s residents and meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Community Development: New or existing activities that improve the community’s economic, social, environmental, and cultural well-being.
- Education: New or existing activities that promote or strengthen educational attainment, both in and out of the classroom.
- Health: New or existing activities that improve health outcomes.
- Human Services: New or existing activities that improve public protection, employment, food and nutrition, agriculture, housing and shelter, public safety, disaster preparedness and relief.
- Other Civic Endeavors: Other activities that will improve the quality of life for residents of Gibson County.
Project Areas NOT Considered for Funding
- Requests for funding to reduce or retire debt of the organization.
- Projects that focus solely on the spiritual needs and growth of a church congregation or members of other religious organizations.
- Political parties or campaigns.
- Operating costs not directly related to the proposed project (the organization’s general operating expenses including equipment, staff salary, rent, and utilities).
- Event sponsorships, annual appeals, and membership contributions.
- Travel expenses for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or classes.
- Scholarships or other grants to individuals.
The Women’s Fund Steering Committee will will review funding requests and will contact grant applicants for an interview as needed. Once application review and interviews have concluded, the Steering Committee will make its recommendations on funding to the Community Foundation Alliance. No lobbying or soliciting of Steering Committee or Board members will be permitted. Grant recipients will be recognized at a reception in mid-May, and grant checks will be presented to recipients at that time.
Not awarding in 2021.
If the funding request is approved, the organization may be required to submit a final report at project completion. Appropriate forms will be provided.
The following supporting documents must be electronically attached to the grant application (as a Microsoft Office document (i.e. Word, Excel) or 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
Not awarding in 2021
For further information or assistance:
Melinda Waldroup, Director of Programs and Strategic Engagement
812-429-1191, ext. 103 | 812-455-8220