The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County awards grants that have the potential for high impact and that result in significant, positive and lasting change in the community. 

The Women’s Giving Network awards grants to:

  • Organizations serving women and/or children in Wake County that address an emerging community issue and/or a critical community need.
  • Projects that are measurable with a high probability of successful continuation beyond the grant period.
  • Areas that are generally not funded include: capital campaigns; endowment campaigns; fraternal organizations; individuals; projects that promote religious or political views; funds for re-granting; travel and conferences.

Eligibility 

In order to be eligible for consideration, an organization must meet the following criteria:

  • Must provide services to women and/or children in Wake County.
  • Must be qualified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code or be classified as a unit of government.
  • Must not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief nor be a religious organization that serves exclusively sectarian purposes.
  • Organizations can reapply for funding from WGN each year. However, if a program has been funded by the Network previously, the organization must wait two years before re-applying.

A majority of grants range from $25,000 to $58,000; but grants are not limited to this range.  Award amounts vary and are at the discretion of the grants committee.

Process

Spring. In the spring of the year, Network members prepare a list of Wake County nonprofit organizations to invite to participate in the process. All organizations are emailed a request for Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) and asked to submit those in late spring. The Network’s Grants Committee reads all LOIs and narrows the field to those applicants from whom they wish to receive a full grant proposal.

Summer. The applicants invited to the next round submit a full online grant proposal within a set cycle during the summer months. 

Late Summer/Early Fall. The Grants Committee reads the full proposals and makes the decision to conduct site visits with a select group of applicants. Following the site visits, the Grants Committee meets once again to discuss which organizations will proceed to the final round, which is a vote by the full membership. 

Fall. Based on the Grants Committee’s recommendation, the Network submits votes on the organization(s) that should be funded. Once all the votes are tallied, the Grants Committee makes any final decisions on allocation amounts and notifies the applicants of award decisions.

Late Fall. The Network hosts our annual awards luncheon with winners in attendance.

For questions about the grants process, please email Quinn Novels, NCCF regional director, or call 919.256.6914.

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