The purpose of Women in Philanthropy is to award grants to fund programs and projects that have the potential for high impact, resulting in significant positive change, in the lives of women, girls and/or children in Aiken, Burke, Columbia, McDuffie, Richmond and Edgefield Counties.

A grant informational session is held each Fall. The 2016 session will be Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Grant applications will be due not later than NOON on MONDAY OCTOBER 31, 2016.
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Grant Guidelines


Proposals should:

- Address a community need, an emerging community need, and /or provide a new, creative approach to a community need.
- Offer opportunities to collaborate and foster partnerships, as well as leverage other funding sources.
- Demonstrate the ability to achieve measurable results. Priority will be given to a project/organization demonstrating high probability of sustainability beyond the grant period.

- Fit within at least one of the following funding areas:

~HEALTH AND SAFETY (such as prevention/treatment of physical, sexual and verbal abuse; health care; emergency needs)

~SELF-SUFFICIENCY (such as housing, food and shelter services; education; economic equity; financial well-being; self esteem, empowerment, self-respect; transportation assistance, excluding capital expenditures)

~FAMILY ISSUES (such as parenting skills; childcare; senior and aging issues).


- Organizations must be located and provide services in one or more of the following counties: Aiken, Burke, Columbia, Edgefield, McDuffie or Richmond.

- Applicants must qualify as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be classified as a unit of government.

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

- While faith based organizations are eligible to apply, projects promoting religious beliefs or requiring participation in religious activities will not be funded.

- Organizations must demonstrate financial stability.

Areas Generally Not Funded:

Capital and endowment campaigns
Travel and conferences
Projects promoting religious or political views
Fraternal organizations
Organizations for re-granting purposes
Capital expenses for transportation


- All grant applicants may be asked to host a site visit during the grant application process.
- If selected as a grant recipient, all organizations are required to participate in an evaluation process and account for grant expenses upon project completion or by a date specified by Women in Philanthropy. A portion (10%) of each grant awarded will be held in reserve contingent upon receipt of a timely and completed final report.
- Any funds not spent for the approved purposes within the dates specified must be returned to Women in Philanthropy

Grant Application Instructions:

If you are interested in applying for funding from Women in Philanthropy, please review and follow the instructions. Please note that your request will be for funding to be expended between 4/1/2017 and 3/31/2018.


1. Review Women in Philanthropy Grant Guidelines.

2. Determine if your organization is eligible to compete for funds and if there is a fit between your organization and the interests of WIP.

3. Applications that do not follow the requested format on the Grant Application Checklist will be rejected.

4. Please do not include any supplementary material with your application other than what is requested.

5. Women in Philanthropy may request additional information on a case-by-case basis in the form of annual reports, evaluation studies, and support letters, or may request a site visit.

6. Complete and submit the on-line application by no later than MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2016 at NOON. Only on-line applications will be accepted; paper applications will not be accepted. Please note: you must complete the application form in one sitting as it is not a savable document. If you do not complete and submit the application in one sitting, the data will be lost and you must begin the application again.

7. We strongly suggest that all grant seekers attend the WIP Grant Informational Session to be this fall on Wednesday, September 7, 2016,at the Enterprise Mill Events Center, 1450 Greene Street.

8. WIP will not accept applications after the deadline. Site visits will occur in January 2017. Grant decisions will be announced at the annual meeting in March, 2017.


2016 Grant Recipients

Safe Homes of Augusta, Inc. "Strengthening Families project focuses on the entire family unit in an effort to break the cycle of violence. Funds will purchase client computers, education materials, and "Safe Dates" curriculum for teens. GED testing or professional certifications and professional counseling will also be funded.

ReStart Augusta, Inc. will use their funds to purchase the materials to build beds for those who do not have them and sleep on the floor. This is often the beginning of a fresh start.

Center for New Beginnings: provides direct children's service and support the whole family offering methods of normalizing life of a special needs children or teens as well as teaching skills for daily functioning. The funding offset the gap between the cost of service and among contributed by the family.

The Salvation Army of Augusta: Women's Job Skill Training Program is a tuition free program for skills training for homeless/low income women. The funding will replace non-functioning and outdated computers in the Job Skills building and provide access to potential employers and staffing agencies.

Hitchcock Healthcare: Provides cost effective services for special needs children with conditions including autism, developmental delays, hearing/visions imprairments and sensory issues.

Family YMCA of Greater Augusta:  This grant will provide a shaded structure over an adapted playground designed specifically for children with physical disabilities to prvide ptrotection from ultraviolet radiation and heat exposure.

Nurture Home of Aiken County:  This grant will help offset a cut in funding to provide shared housing for homeless women and children, aiding in finding emplymennt, achieving financial responsibility and establishing stavility in housing.

Mission OM Foundation, Inc. : This grant will provide yoga-based therapy and mindfulness practices in a group setting as well as one on one counseling for female survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (MST).