Charlene Slaughter - Joined in 2006
We recognize that Women's Impact Fund's process is different from most other grant-makers. Two things that make Women's Impact Fund unique are our ever-changing membership, and a democratic process that invites each member to cast her vote to determine the grant recipients. Our Grants Work Teams take their role very seriously, weighing the merits of each proposal against the eligibility criteria and funding priorities as well as against other proposals received this year.
Women's Impact Fund awards high-impact grants ranging from $40,000 to $100,000 to community organizations in Mecklenburg County.
The grants fund is a pooled fund comprised of annual contributions of $1,000 from each member of the Women's Impact Fund. All money contributed by members to the pooled fund will be awarded within the current or future grants cycle.
The Grants Committee, composed of all Women's Impact Fund members who wish to serve, will lead a thorough and participative grantmaking process. The Grants Committee will research community needs in five areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health and Human Services.
Based on thorough research, analysis and community collaboration, selected community organizations will be invited to submit grant applications through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. All members of the Women's Impact Fund will be engaged in the final grantmaking decisions by having a vote on a slate of proposals for funding. Over time, projects selected for funding will reflect the diverse interests of the membership.
We receive LOIs from many worthy organizations, but only 20 move forward in our process, 10 go onto the ballot, and 5 are funded. Often the only reason that a proposal does not move forward is that other proposals were stronger and more compelling.
The intent of the Women's Impact Fund is to award grants that have the potential for high impact, resulting in significant positive change in the community. The Women's Impact Fund awards grants to:
Inclusiveness & Diversity
The Women's Impact Fund seeks to promote inclusiveness and diversity in its grantmaking process and practices. We affirm and value human diversity in its many forms. We seek diversity to ensure that a range of perspectives, opinions and experiences is recognized and acted upon to enhance our ability to contribute to the common good in our changing society.
Areas Not Funded
Over the years, grant applicants have asked for clarification on a number of concerns. Please keep the following in mind as you consider your application:
Grants Application Information
The 2013-2014 LOI Application Process is now CLOSED!
|Letters of Inquiry (LOI) accepted on a rolling basis||Aug 16, 2013|
|Final deadline for organizations to submit LOI||Oct 7, 2013|
|Organizations invited to complete a Request for Proposal (RFP)||Dec 2, 2013|
|Final deadline for organizations
to submit RFP
|Jan 8, 2014|
|RFP site visits conducted||Jan 16-Feb 14, 2014|
|Ten ballot finalists notified||Mar 21, 2014|
|Member votes due on organizations to receive grants||Apr 29, 2014|
|2014 grant recipients notified||May 9, 2014|