Grant Guidelines

Grant Guidelines

Our grant-making process is conducted with integrity, respect and fairness to all applicants, and a strong sense of stewardship.

 

FUNDING PRIORITIES

The intent of Women’s Impact Fund is to award grants that have the potential for high impact and significant positive change in the Charlotte Mecklenburg region.

Accordingly, Women’s Impact Fund gives priority to new or existing projects that:

• Focus on one or more of the following areas:

Arts & Culture
Education
Environment
Health
Human Services

 

• Provide a compelling, substantive approach to a critical community need, and/or address an emerging community issue.

 
• Offer opportunities to collaborate and foster partnerships, as well as leverage other funding sources.
 
• Demonstrate the ability to achieve measurable results and can show a clear plan for sustainability for the project (if appropriate).
 
• Clearly reflect how the grant funds will be used to accomplish the outlined goals and objectives.

Areas or Organizations Not Funded
 
• Capital and Endowment Campaigns

• Re-granting to other organizations

• Projects focused on specific religious or political views

• Projects outside of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

• Fraternal organizations

 

 

GRANTS PROCESS

Each year, Women's Impact Fund awards one grant in each of its five focus areas: arts & culture, education, environment, health, and human services. The top-ranked grant proposal in each of the five focus areas is awarded with the funds distributed to the selected organizations based on the members’ votes and the size of the grants pool. Grant amounts range between $40,000-$100,000.

The grants fund is a pooled fund comprised of annual contributions of $1,000 from each member of Women’s Impact Fund and any additional monies designated for this purpose. Money contributed to the pooled fund each year is awarded at the Annual Meeting.

The Grants Committee, comprised of volunteer members, is divided into five work teams — one for each of the five focus areas. Each team investigates the current community needs, and how organizations work to address those needs. The grant-making process is participative and thorough.

Applications are accepted online in the form of a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). After reviewing all eligible LOI's, each work team identifies a select number of organizations to submit a Request for Proposal, which includes a more detailed application, financials, program or organization budget and hosting a site visit. Site visits typically take place in January through early February. Applicants are expected to meet with work team members in a timely fashion.

The Grants Committee selects a slate of proposals to be placed on the ballot which is presented to the members for their vote. The ballot will have typically two proposals from each focus area.

Each member of Women’s Impact Fund votes by selecting her top choice in each focus area and ranking the proposals by focus area.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must qualify as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, either individually or under the auspices of a qualified fiscal agent, or be classified as a unit of government.

Organizations must provide services in Mecklenburg County. Each organization may submit only one application per year; exceptions may be reviewed by grants leadership.

Organizations must not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief.

Women’s Impact Fund grant recipients are not eligible to submit a new application for a minimum of three (3) years after the completion of the term of the previous grant.

 

TIMELINE

2018 – 2019 Key Dates

 

September 5, 2018

Grant application site open—accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOIs)

 

October 5, 2018

Deadline for organizations to submit LOI (midnight)

 

November 19, 2018

Invitations issued to no more than 25 organizations to complete a Request for Proposal (RFP)

 

December 17, 2018

Deadline for organizations to submit RFP

 

January 14 - February 7, 2019

RFP site visits conducted

 

March 11, 2019

Ten finalists notified

 

April, 2019

Members vote to select 5 grant recipients

 

April, 2019

Grant recipients notified

 

May, 2019

Grants awarded at Women's Impact Fund Annual Meeting

 
 
 
 
 
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