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Women for Women Collaborative High Impact Grant (CHIG)

In planning for the CHIG, the WFW Advocacy and Education Committee hosted a crucial conversation about human trafficking in WNC. North Carolina was among the top ten states with the highest number of reported human trafficking cases in 2016, according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Photo courtesy of CFWNC.

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 than $3 million in high impact grants in WNC.

Focus Areas

The 2018 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)

The high impact grant in this focus area will be awarded to a collaboration of three or more organizations and will be up to $450,000 in a three-year grant.  Collaboration is a more formal and long-term arrangement. It brings separate organizations or individuals into a new relationship with a joint commitment to a common purpose.  Finances are shared.

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 violence against women and girls
  • 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 a three year collaborative grant of up to $450,000.

Special Caveats for this 2018 Collaborative High Impact Grant:

  • One of the collaborative organizations must have received a previous grant from WFW. Click HERE for a list of past recipients.
  • If your organization received a one-year grant from WFW in 2017, you may apply for the Collaborative High Impact Grant.
  • If your organization received a two-year grant in 2017, you may apply for the Collaborative High Impact Grant, however you cannot apply for the same program WFW is presently funding.
We will accept proposals from collaborations only. A collaboration is a mutually beneficial relationship between three or more organizations working toward a common goal by sharing responsibility, authority and accountability for achieving transformational results.

Competitive collaborations will have IMPACT:

Innovative – 
Vision, initiative, creativity, and leadership in solving pressing challenges in our focus area.

Measured Quantitative and qualitative data have informed the design, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of the program(s), and confirm measurable outcomes.

Partnered – Meaningful collaboration and shared goals among organizations

Accountable – Good governance, including sound financials, strategic leadership, strong management, and stable operations.  Leadership by a strong financially sound organization.   Project based on best practices.

Community-centered – Inclusive, responsive, and adaptive to the changing needs and circumstances of the community.

Transformative – Focused on transforming the lives of women and girls living in unsafe environments and the nonprofits serving them.

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

  • Application available in the online grant system on July 1, 2017. 

  • UNCA available for collaborative’s Theory of Change / Monitoring & Evaluation consultations beginning July 1, 2017.

  • Full application due date is Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by 5 p.m.
  • Finalists chosen for site visits by late January 2018.
  • Final funding decisions will be made in early May 2018.
  • Grantees will receive two reservations to attend the Power of the Purse® luncheon in May, at which grants will be announced publicly.
  • Funding will be available starting June 2018.


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.

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


What We Do Not Fund

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 

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 by email or at 828-367-9919.
  2. Submit a Grant Application

    Access the online application process HERE to submit a grant application. For technical assistance with the online grant system, please contact Diane Crisp, Grants Manager, by email or at 828-367-9904. Applicants will be notified by email upon receipt of their application.
  3. Review Process

    Applications are screened for completeness, clarity and compliance with eligibility requirements.

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