Grantmaking Process


2017 Women to Women Grantmaking

The Women to Women Endowment of The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro is accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) from local nonprofit organizations serving women and their families in Greensboro, NC.

Women to Women is pleased to announce two focus areas for grantmaking in 2017-2018:

1. Organizations seeking funding to address the focus area of economic independence for women and their families will be considered for multi-year support.  Requests may be made for a grant of up to $210,000 to be paid out over a three-year period (e.g., $70,000 per year for three years or a combination of varying amounts over three years). This focus area may include projects that:

  • support women’s progress toward economic self-sufficiency;
  • provide operating support to organizations that are working toward systemic change to increase the likelihood of economic self-sufficiency;
  • address one or more of the range of elements comprising economic independence;
  • assist women in building their capacity to increase income, increase their preparedness for the workplace, and provide economic stability for their families; and/or
  • promote awareness of the issues affecting the economic independence of women and their families.

2. Organizations may instead request “planning grants” or grants to support the implementation of innovative programs that:

  • address women’s issues in the community; and/or
  • inform the selection of future grantmaking topics.

These requests may be for amounts up to $25,000, for a period of up to 1 year.

Collaboration and alignment of services are important and priority will be given to organizations that are working in this manner.  Letters of Intent are due by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, May 19.  Note: organizations may submit a letter of intent for either a multi-year grant (#1 above) or a single-year grant (#2 above).

Application process

  1. Applicants are invited to participate in an Information Session on Tuesday, May 11 (Time: 1:00-3:00 pm) at The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, 330 S. Greene Street, Greensboro, NC  27401, 336.379.9100.   Attendees will receive additional information and will be encouraged to discuss ideas for collaboration with fellow participants. Click here to register!

  2. Following the Information Session described above, applicants are encouraged to schedule a consultation with staff by contacting Ashlee Wiley, Senior Development Officer, at, 336.379.9100.

  3. Please submit your Letter of Intent via the online application portal by 11:59 PM on May 19.  Letters of Intent (up to three pages in length) should include:
  • an overview of the project;
  • an explanation of how the project will help women address either option 1 or 2 above;
  • information that demonstrates the collaborative nature of the project;
  • a budget outlining the funds needed for the project and showing how the grant funds would be used;
  • information on how success will be measured in this project; and
  • contact information for the lead staff person.

Please also attach:  

  • a list of the organization’s board of directors (with affiliations noted); and
  • current operating budget.

Letters of Intent will be reviewed, and in June, those organization(s) with selected proposals will be asked to submit a full grant application for review and a site visit.  Full proposals will be due by 11:59 PM August 1, 2017.  Those organizations not selected to submit a full proposal will be notified in June. 

Final grant decisions will be made in October 2017.    If a multi-year grant is awarded, payments will be made in annual installments subsequent to satisfactory progress toward project goals including completion of interim reports and site visits. 


In 2013, the Women to Women Advisory Council commissioned Briefing Paper:  The Status of Women in Guilford County -- a report developed by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.  Analysis of the issues facing women led the Council to select economic independence as its top priority for the next three years.   The Council finds the following excerpt from the “conclusion section” of the report to be useful:    

 “Although many women in Guilford County are doing well, the data reviewed in this briefing paper highlight a number of areas of concern, including:

  • The gender wage gap;
  • Substantial rates of poverty;
  • The high cost of child care; and
  • The lack of basic health insurance coverage for many women and men.”

 “Policy recommendations to address these challenges include:

  • promoting high-quality, flexible working practices to make it easier for parents to combine paid work with caregiving;
  • ensuring that employers are aware of their obligations under the federal anti-discrimination statutes;
  • providing training to employers on best practices for recruiting and retaining female employees, particularly in sectors where they are now under-represented;
  • increasing career counseling and financial supports – including child care – for women with low levels of education;
  • monitoring workforce development to ensure that women and men have equal access to training in high-growth, well-paid careers;
  • supporting more targeted teen pregnancy prevention programs and increasing support for teens who are already pregnant and parenting; and
  • ensuring that all families, if needed, receive cash assistance. . .”

Please access the full report at

Guiding Principles

  • We value collaboration amongst partners in the community.
  • We seek to support projects that incorporate “best practices”.
  • Creativity and imagination are important in addressing challenges.
  • We have respect for nonprofits and their expertise in addressing women’s issues.
  • We seek to fund projects that will make a measurable difference and for which return on investment can be demonstrated.
  • We want to support projects and organizations that will make impactful and transformational change. We believe transformation can take place at the community level, system level, organizational level, personal level, and at multiple levels.


Letters of Intent are due by 11:59 PM on May 19, 2017. After review by the committee, selected organizations will be asked to submit a full grant application by 11:59 PM on August 1, 2017. Final grant decisions will be made in October, 2017.

Please direct questions regarding Women to Women grantmaking to Ashlee Wiley, 379-9100 x 129 or email