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Women for Women

The mission of Women for Women (WFW) is to improve the lives of women and girls in Western North Carolina through women’s collective giving. Our vision is that Women for Women inspires hope and possibility, empowers women to take action and strengthens Western North Carolina. WFW works to create opportunities for women and girls of Western North Carolina through grantmaking, advocacy and advancing women’s philanthropy.  Since 2006, WFW has invested more that $3 million in high impact grants in WNC.


Focus Areas

The 2017 Women for Women Grant Program promotes the Facilitation of Safe Living Environments for Women and Girls: Addressing issues of violence against women and girls in Western North Carolina. Direct service or advocacy projects should clearly focus on one of the following priority areas:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Human Trafficking
  • Elder Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Sexting (Social Media)

Programs must demonstrate impact on safe living environments for women and girls.

While Women for Women recognizes that many strategies are important to improving the lives of women and girls, its membership wishes to focus on the priority areas listed above.

Research has shown that education, transportation, childcare, life skills, jobs, housing and legal representation are factors inherent in the rescue, recovery and rehabilitation of women and girls to bring them out of violent and abusive situations.  Proposals including these factors must be in relation to facilitating safe living environments for women and girls in Western North Carolina.

Women for Women will invest in programs that:

  • Demonstrate sustainable and measurable social change for women and girls in WNC through services that promote freedom from violent and abusive situations
  • Address causes or prevention of domestic abuse
  • Make a long-term difference and increase safe living conditions in the lives of women and girls
  • Advocate for safe living conditions for women and girls at various levels of society - communities, institutions, systems and policies
  • Demonstrate collaborative and/or cooperative partnerships with other organizations and groups that yield greater impact than either organization could achieve alone
  • Demonstrate commitment to organizational learning and capacity building
  • Women for Women will make grants between $15,000 to $100,000, which may be used over one or two years.

Women for Women will accept proposals for:

  • new programs
  • program expansion
  • operating expenses for existing programs (1 or 2 year grants; $50,000 limit total)
  • direct service or advocacy

Every effort will be made to distribute these funds throughout the 18 counties of Western North Carolina region.

WFW considers advocacy programs to be those which promote social change for women and girls at various levels of society - communities, institutions, systems, and policies; it is NOT direct service to individual clients. All advocacy issues submitted should align with the WFW Focus Area and should not include lobbying efforts (i.e., should not influence specific legislation).


Deadlines and Dates

  • Letter of Intent due date is Monday, October 31, 2016 by 5 p.m.
  • Semi-finalists selected to complete a full application will be notified in early December.
  • Full applications from semi-finalists submitted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by 5 p.m.
  • Finalists chosen for site visits by mid-February.
  • Final funding decisions will be made in early May.
  • Grantees will receive two tickets to attend the Power of the Purse® luncheon in May, at which grants will be announced publicly.
  • Funding will be available starting June 2017.



Tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code and governmental entities are eligible to apply for these grants.

Organizations must be located in or serving one or more of these WNC counties: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania or Yancey.

Current or former WFW grantees must have a minimum, one-year period from the end of the organization’s last grant before it can again be considered for funding, even if a different project other than the one originally supported would be submitted.

If faith-based, please clarify how and to what extent your religious beliefs are integrated into the project.


What We Do Not Fund

  • Adult literacy
  • Health Issues (including pregnancy prevention)
  • Mental health and substance abuse services
  • Factors listed above when not related to women and girls suffering from violent and abusive situations

Women for Women does not offer grants for:

  • capital support for new buildings, major facility expansion or renovations
  • individual scholarships
  • endowment
  • sectarian purposes which require adherence to a particular religious doctrine or belief
  • veterans affairs
  • deficit funding
  • private schools and clubs

Statewide or national programs will not be considered unless funding is sought for a portion of the program that directly benefits WNC, and local people are involved. Organizations may not submit more than one Women for Women grant application at a time.

How to Apply

  1. Access Staff Assistance
    Prior to submitting an application, you are encouraged to discuss your proposal with Women for Women support staff. For assistance, contact Tricia Wilson or 828-367-9919.
  2. Submit a Letter of Intent
    Access the online system HERE to submit a Letter of Intent.  For technical assistance with the online grant system, please contact Diane Crisp, Grants Manager, or 828-367-9904. Applicants will be notified by email upon receipt of their submission.
  3. Review Process
    Applications are screened for completeness, clarity and compliance with eligibility requirements.

Additional Information

To see a list of Women for Women grant awards, click here.

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