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Grant Process

Each year, WIPCSRA will award grants targeted in one of our 4 focus areas: Arts, Education, Health, and Social Well-Being. Based on WIPCSRA members’ votes, the top-ranked grant requests will be awarded.

The Grants Review Committee, composed of all members who wish to serve, researches each organization requesting a grant. The grant-making process is thorough and participative.

The Grants Review Committee selects, from the community organizations meeting the criteria, those to receive site visits. Site visits typically take place in January. Applicants are expected to be accommodating to Committee Members making the site visit.

The Grants Review Committee selects the organizations to be placed on the ballot presented to the membership for their vote.

Ballot finalists are expected to attend a session to make a 3-minute video to explain their project. This video will allow all members to gain a better understanding of the grants on the final ballot.

Every member of WIPCSRA votes by ranking the proposals listed on the ballot.

Every organization funded will be expected to send a representative to the Annual Luncheon. The organization will also be required to file a final report.

Every organization receiving a grant is required to participate in an evaluation process and account for grant expenses upon project completion or by a date specified by WIPCSRA. 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 WIPCSRA.

Eligibility for Funding

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 have a location and provide services in one or more of the following counties: Aiken, Burke, Columbia, Edgefield, McDuffie, and Richmond counties.

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

Each organization may submit only one application per year. Organizations are not eligible to apply for grants in consecutive years.

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.

Funding Priorities

Women in Philanthropy CSRA is committed to awarding grants that have the potential for high impact and significant positive change in the CSRA. Therefore, WIPCSRA gives priority to projects that:

  1. Focus on one of the WIPCSRA funding areas:
    • Arts
    • Education
    • Health
    • Social Well-Being
  2. Address a community need, an emerging community need, and/or provide a new, creative approach to a community need.
  3. Offer opportunities for collaboration and foster partnerships, as well as leverage other funding sources.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to achieve measurable results. Priority will be given to a project/organization demonstrating high probability of sustainability beyond the grant period.
  5. Clearly reflect how the grant funds will be used to accomplish the outlined goals and objectives.
  6. Will positively women and/or children.
  7. Develop competencies and skills enabling women to live fuller, more productive lives.
  8. Address a significant need affecting a broad segment of women and/or children.
  9. Promote the cooperation of two or more agencies to avoid duplication of services and coordinate resources and programs.
  10. Demonstrate the capacity to provide the necessary services using good administrative and financial management.
  11. Promote systems or approaches which can prevent individual, family, or community problems.

Areas Generally Not Funded

WIPCSRA does NOT provide funding for:

  • Capital and endowment campaigns
  • Travel and conferences
  • Projects promoting religious or political views
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Organizations for re-granting purposes
  • Core operating expenses for public and private schools
  • Projects already completed or will be completed in the current calendar year
  • Any agency that received a grant for the previous year

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The mission of this organization, which is a partnership of the United Way of the CSRA and The Community Foundation for the CSRA, is to create an awareness of the needs of women and children in the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia and South Carolina.
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The vision of this organization is to give hope to every woman and child for the future through collaboration, connection, and community.
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The purpose of this organization 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 and children in Aiken, Burke, Columbia, Edgefield, McDuffie, and Richmond Counties.