Each year the WFBR distributes proceeds from our special events and operating funds to not-for-profit community-based organizations for use in developing new, or implementing exiting programs or projects that benefit women and girls living in Ashe, Avery and Watauga Counties. Typically, grant awards range from $3,000 - $15,000. Multi-year grants are NOT available. Grant funds are intended to be used in the year awarded and cannot be applied to more than 25% of the operating expenses for the project being funded.
From year to year, we do not know how much we will have to spend on grants, and there are no guarantees that receipt of funding one year will result in future funding. In the past we have had many more applications requesting funding than we have been able to fund.
Focus Areas: (Proposals must meet a local need related to one or more of the WFBR Focus Areas)
Education: Increasing individual knowledge is a powerful tool. Funded programs should strive to use creative solutions that are sustainable to help women and girls further their education.
Human Services: Providing direct services to women and girls is critical in helping them thrive. Funded programs should provide services that can be tracked over the grant funding cycle and show how the program is directly benefiting women and girls.
Health and Wellness: Access to affordable medical care is critical. Funded programs should focus on health and wellness programs for women and girls that have measurable outcomes.
Empowerment: Funded program should invest in the growth and development of women and girls that deliver meaningful, measurable, and lasting outcomes.