The 2019-2020 Application is now open.
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 date for the September 2019 Grant Seekers Session is Sept. 11, 2019 at 3:30pm at the Community Foundation.
For questions please contact us.
Women in Philanthropy of the Central Savannah River Area (WIPCSRA) is a women’s philanthropic organization that services Aiken, Burke, Columbia, Edgefield, McDuffie, and Richmond counties. Funding for grants is made available through the annual donations of WIPCSRA members. Grants are awarded once a year in March and selection is based on the cumulative voting of the entire WIPCSRA membership.
WIPCSRA awards 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.
We welcome grant requests from non-profit, 501(c)(3) agencies located within the CSRA serving women, girls and/or children.
A grant informational session is held each fall. The date for the September 2019 Grant Information Session is Sept. 11, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. at the Community Foundation. Grant seekers are required to attend this session to be eligible to receive a grant.
WIPCSRA members believe that a resilient community requires robust programs and services in a variety of areas.
WIPCSRA seeks to fund grants in the following targeted areas:
WIPCSRA seeks to strengthen our community through the arts by supporting projects that promote the creation of, access to, and appreciation for the arts as well as programs that incorporate the arts as a part of a multidisciplinary teaching program.
WIPCSRA promotes lifelong learning by supporting projects that educate individuals in how to cultivate a productive life from early childhood through higher education as well as projects providing for teacher development, access to quality educational programs, and job training.
WIPCSRA seeks to improve the overall health of the community by supporting projects that promote health, wellness and access to high quality healthcare for everyone, as well as projects that assist individuals in changing or avoiding unhealthy lifestyles or behaviors.
WIPCSRA seeks to address inequities within our community by supporting projects that address every individual’s need for food, clothing, shelter and safety as well as projects that address underlying social problems.
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..
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:
- Focus on one of the WIPCSRA funding areas:
- Social Well-Being
If you are interested in applying for funding from Women in Philanthropy of the Central Savannah River Area (WIPCSRA), please review and follow the instructions. Please note that your request will be for funding to be expended between 4/1/2020 and 3/31/2021.
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
HOW TO APPLY FOR A GRANT
- Review WIPCSRA Grant Guidelines.
- Download the Grant Instructions and WIP Budget Template (check all tabs of the spreadsheet). Read the Instructions carefully before beginning the application.
- Determine if your organization is eligible to compete for funds and if there is a fit between your organization and the interests of WIPCSRA.
- Complete the WIPCSRA Full Grant Application. Applications that do not follow the requested format on the Grant Application will be rejected.
- Prepare and/or compile organizational documents, to include:
- Evidence of Tax- Exempt Status: Provide a copy of the organization?s current IRS determination letter indicating its tax-exempt status.
- Financial documents: Provide Proposed Project Budget using WIPCSRA budget template, most recently filed Form 990, current audit or internally prepared financial statements for the past three (3) years plus Organizational Budget for the current fiscal year (use WIPCSRA budget template or your own spreadsheet).
- Current Funding Sources: List of organizations, corporations, and foundations your organization is seeking funding from for the project with the status of each request.
- Current Board of Directors: List board members and their work/community affiliations.
- Key Staff: Provide a one paragraph description of key staff, including qualifications relevant to this grant application and length of employment.
Please do not include any supplementary material with your application other than what is requested.