How to Apply for a Grant

Eligibility Requirements

The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge makes grants to charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations and government agencies for programs and projects that serve women and girls in the mountains of northwestern North Carolina. No grants are made to individuals. Organizations and projects whose work is consistent with WFBR’s mission are eligible to apply for grant funding.

 – Applicants must have a 501(c)(3) status, be a government or nonprofit educational institution, or have a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)(3) status.
– Programs must be female specific. Participants/ clients must be female residents of northwestern NC.
– Grants range from $1,500 to $10,000. Requests may not exceed $10,000.

Letter of Intent

All first-time grant applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) before submitting a full application. Proposals from new applicants will not be considered without advanced approval.

LOIs should be one to two pages in length. Include your organization’s mission, a description of the program for which you are applying, and indicate whether you have a 501(c)(3) status, are a government or nonprofit educational institution, or have a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)(3) status. What population are you serving? What are your program goals and strategies for reaching them? How will your project impact social change? Please explain how is your program explicitly for women and girls.

LOIs are due no later than May 1st. Please email LOIs to After reviewing the LOI, we will contact you about submitting a full proposal. Organizations or programs that are not eligible for funding will be notified.

Funding Priorities

Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge supports programs that:

– Advance the financial literacy, economic empowerment, and financial assets of women and girls

– Serve marginalized populations of women and girls

– Build capacity for new, innovative programs

– Encourage collaboration between local nonprofits to strengthen resources

– Give women and girls the skills and resources they need to realize their full potential

– Promote grassroots efforts fighting poverty and injustice

–  Affect social change in policies and practices to ensure more equitable systems for women and girls

– Support promising programs from emerging organizations with small budgets that may not otherwise have received grants

Grant Cycle Timeline

– Spring 2017 – 2016 – 2017 Grantees will give a brief oral report (2 – 4 minutes) on their program work at the annual Grantee Luncheon. (This typically takes place in mid-April).

– May 1, 2017 – LOIs due

– July 3, 2017 – Proposals due by 5:00pm. Final reports for existing grantees also due (reports may be submitted with new proposal).

– May – August – WFBR will conduct site visits, particularly for new applicants. Site visits will be completed by mid-September.

– September 2017 – Grant recipients are notified.

2017 Grant Application

Budget Template

Reporting requirements

1. One representative from the program must attend the Grantee Luncheon in the spring to give a brief program update to WFBR members and Board of Directors.

2. Grant recipients are expected to submit a final written report at the end of the grant period. Click the link below to download the final report.

WFBR Grant Report Form