Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit my Letter of Inquiry?

Women’s Impact Fund is introducing an online application this year. The link to the Letter of Inquiry will be available under the Grants Application Information section of our website.

I’m having technical difficulties downloading the Letter of Inquiry form. What do I do?

Contact our online application vendor, SlideRoom, via email at support@slideroom.com. Support is available Mon-Sat from 10am – 10pm, Eastern Time.

I’d like to use additional space for the Letter of Inquiry narrative. Is this okay?

Due to the volume of Letters of Inquiry that are received, all Letters of Inquiry must conform to the space allotted. (A reminder – the Letter of Inquiry is not a full grant application.)

Does my organization need to be invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry to the Women's Impact Fund?

o. Any eligible organization may submit a Letter of Inquiry to the Women’s Impact Fund. No invitation is necessary.

Can my organization submit more than one Letter of Inquiry?

No. Each organization may submit only one Letter of Inquiry per year and must choose the Focus Area in which the project will be considered by the Grants Committee. You will need to determine the Focus Area that best aligns to the emphasis of your project.

Do I need to have a member of the Women’s Impact Fund endorse my Letter of Inquiry project?

No. Each fall, all members of the Women’s Impact Fund have the opportunity to recommend organizations to the Grants Committee. This is not required, however, and most projects move forward without formal member endorsement or referral.

Does the Women’s Impact Fund support only projects relating to women?

No. The Women’s Impact Fund funds broadly and considers proposals serving a wide array of causes that are of interest to our membership.

Does the Women's Impact Fund consider requests for existing programs?

Yes. To date, more than two-thirds of our grants have been made for expanding and improving current services and programs.

Does the Women’s Impact Fund consider requests for operating support?

Yes, though generally speaking, a specific explanation of how the funds would support the mission of the organization and what the impact of the funds would be, is helpful.

Does the Women’s Impact Fund consider requests for projects outside of Mecklenburg County?

No.

Does the Women’s Impact Fund consider requests for capital projects?

No. However, we will fund construction or renovation expenditures that are clearly related to the proposed project or program.

Does the Women’s Impact Fund consider requests for endowment funds?

No.

My organization was funded by the Women’s Impact Fund in the past. Can I submit a Letter of Inquiry again?

If it has been three years since the completion of the term of the previous grant award, organizations are welcome to submit a Letter of Inquiry again for consideration by the Grants Committee.

My organization submitted a Letter of Inquiry last year but wasn’t selected as a grant recipient, can I resubmit the same project for consideration?

Yes.

What are the chances that my organization will receive a grant from the Women's Impact Fund?

Last year the Women’s Impact Fund received more than 100 LOIs for consideration. Each year, 20 organizations (four in each focus area) are asked to submit RFPs and 10 organizations (two in each focus area) are placed on the ballot. All Women’s Impact Fund members are given the opportunity to vote on these grant requests and five organizations receive grants (one in each of our five focus areas).

My organization submitted a Letter of Inquiry form for the current grant cycle. What’s next?

The Women’s Impact Fund will confirm receipt of all Letters of Inquiry via email. If you do not receive an email within 72 hours of sending in your LOI, please call the Women’s Impact Fund office at 704.707.4292.

Please remember that submission of a Letter of Inquiry is not a final application for funding; the Letter of Inquiry process is intended to be an avenue for research and information-gathering for the Grants Committee. After the Letters of Inquiry are reviewed, formal requests for proposals will be extended to a maximum of 20 organizations. Only these organizations will be actively considered for funding in the current grant cycle.

2016 – 2017 Timeline

September 7, 2016
Letters of Inquiry (LOI) accepted on a rolling basis

October 5, 2016
Final deadline for organizations to submit LOI (midnight)

November, 2016
Organizations invited to complete a Request for Proposal (RFP)

December 16, 2016
Final deadline for organizations to submit RFP

January 10 - February 3, 2017
RFP site visits conducted

March 10, 2017
Ten ballot finalists notified

April, 2017
Members vote on organizations to receive grants

April 21, 2017
2017 grant recipients notified