Women for Women

Working Wheels was awarded $45,000 over two years to increase their capacity to repair donated vehicles and expand their program to meet 100% of Helpmate’s need for 18 dependable cars. Photo courtesy of Working Wheels.

The mission of Women for Women (WFW) is to improve the lives of women and girls in Western North Carolina through women’s collective giving. Our vision is that Women for Women inspires hope and possibility, empowers women to take action and strengthens Western North Carolina. WFW works to create opportunities for women and girls of Western North Carolina through grantmaking, advocacy and advancing women’s philanthropy. Since 2006, WFW has invested more than $4.1 million in high impact grants in WNC.

Focus Areas

The 2020 Women for Women Grant Program promotes the Facilitation of Safe Living and Work Environments for Women and Girls: Addressing issues of violence against women and girls in Western North Carolina. Direct service or advocacy projects should clearly focus on one of the following priority areas:

  • Elder Abuse
  • Human Trafficking
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Sexting (Social Media)
  • Bullying
  • Sexual Violence (including sexual assault and harassment)

Programs must demonstrate impact on safe living environments for women and girls.

While Women for Women recognizes that many strategies are important to improving the lives of women and girls, its membership wishes to focus on the priority areas listed above.

Research has shown that education, transportation, childcare, life skills, jobs, housing and legal representation are factors inherent in the rescue, recovery and rehabilitation of women and girls to bring them out of violent and abusive situations. Proposals including these factors must be in relation to facilitating safe living environments for women and girls in Western North Carolina.

Women for Women will invest in programs that:

  • Demonstrate sustainable and measurable social change for women and girls in WNC through services that promote freedom from violent and abusive situations
  • Address causes or prevention of domestic abuse
  • Make a long-term difference and increase safe living conditions in the lives of women and girls
  • Advocate for safe living conditions for women and girls at various levels of society - communities, institutions, systems and policies
  • Demonstrate collaborative and/or cooperative partnerships with other organizations and groups that yield greater impact than either organization could achieve alone
  • Demonstrate commitment to organizational learning and capacity building

Women for Women will make grants between $15,000 and $100,000, which may be used over one or two years.

Women for Women will accept proposals for:

  • new programs
  • program expansion
  • operating expenses for existing programs (1 or 2 year grants; $50,000 limit total)
  • direct service or advocacy

WFW considers advocacy programs to be those which promote social change for women and girls at various levels of society - communities, institutions, systems, and policies; it is NOT direct service to individual clients. All advocacy issues submitted should align with the WFW Focus Area.

Deadlines and Dates

  • Letter of Intent due date is Monday, October 21, 2019 by 5 p.m.
  • Semi-finalists selected to complete a full application will be notified in late November.
  • Full applications from semi-finalists submitted by 5 p.m. on January 8, 2020.
  • Finalists chosen for site visits by mid-February.
  • Final funding decisions will be made in early May.
  • Funding will be available starting June 2020.


Tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code and governmental entities are eligible to apply for these grants.

Organizations must be located in or serving one or more of these WNC counties: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania or Yancey.

Current WFW grantees may apply for funding; however, they may not apply for the same program WFW is currently funding.

Faith-based applicants should clarify whether, and the extent to which, the organization's religious beliefs are integrated into the project.

What We Do Not Fund

Women for Women does not offer grants for:

  • capital support for new buildings, major facility expansion or renovations
  • individual scholarships
  • endowment
  • sectarian purposes which require adherence to a particular religious doctrine or belief
  • veterans affairs
  • deficit funding
  • private schools and clubs

Statewide or national programs will not be considered unless funding is sought for a portion of the program that directly benefits WNC, and local people are involved.

Organizations may not submit more than one Women for Women grant application at a time.

How to Apply

1. Access Staff Assistance

If you would like to discuss your proposal or have questions regarding eligibility, you are welcome to email Tricia Wilson, Women for Women support staff, or call 828-367-9919.

2. Submit a Letter of Intent

Access the online application process to submit a Letter of Intent. For technical assistance with the online grant system, please contact Diane Crisp, Grants Manager, or 828-367-9904. Applicants will be notified by email upon receipt of their submission.

3. Review Process

Applications are screened for completeness, clarity and compliance with eligibility requirements.

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