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Category (or Categories)

Women, Girls

Funding Opportunity

(ACTIVE) Rochester Women's Giving Circle

Purpose

The Rochester Women’s Giving Circle (RWGC) is a community of philanthropic women who combine their financial resources to support area women and girls on the journey to economic independence. Member donations fund annual grants to programs in the greater Rochester area that help women and girls gain the education, training, skills, and jobs necessary to gain economic independence. Members determine how the money will be distributed.

The Rochester Women’s Giving Circle is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in Monroe County. Our mission is to strengthen our community by enabling women and girls living in poverty to transition to a lifetime of economic self-sufficiency.

Typical Grant Size

Up to $25,000

Eligibility Criteria

Charitable organizations with 501(c)(3) status whose activities and programs fit within the mission and scope of RWGC’s funding guidelines are eligible to apply. Organizations must be located in and serve women and girls in Monroe County.

RWGC Funding Guidelines
The RWGC considers and funds programs for women who are not in crisis and have taken action to stabilize their lives and the lives of their children, and are on the path to achieving economic independence. Programs that serve males and females are eligible as long as RWGC funds are directed to the women and/or girls in the program. 

The RWGC seeks to support programs that provide the following:

  • Education and training;
  • Money management and financial literacy skills;
  • Life skills and job-readiness skills;
  • Leadership opportunities for women and girls;
  • Mentoring programs for girls; and
  • Programs that put women to work.

The RWGC guidelines continue to evolve and may change over time. The RWGC does not fund the following:

  • Private foundations
  • Political organizations and activities
  • Capital campaigns and endowments
  • Building improvements, furniture, fixtures, or equipment
  • Individuals and scholarships
  • Programs requiring religious affiliation or membership
  • Event sponsorship

Information on RWGC's grant process can be found at www.therwgc.org.

Application Due Date(s)

Grant cycles are announced in our quarterly e-newsletter, News You Can Use. (Click to subscribe.) Applications are due on March 1st.

Please note: Although no multi-year requests will be considered, applications for continued funding may be made on an annual basis provided appropriate progress is made on a current grant. Funds must be expended within one calendar year from the time of the grant funding. 

Successful grantees will be asked to provide mid-year and final reports. A sample report can be found here showing the desired details.

Application

The Rochester Women's Giving Circle will begin accepting applications on December 12, 2018. Applications must now be submitted via Rochester Area Community Foundation's online grant portal. To register, login or begin a new application click here.

Note: The Rochester Area Community Foundation has moved to a new online grant system in June, 2018. First time users to the new online portal will need to register their organization's information to create an account before applying. See the tutorial video on the login screen for registration tips. For additional assistance, contact a Program Administrator at the email listed below.

Contact

Community Programs Department
Rochester Area Community Foundation
500 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
585.341.4365
Grants@racf.org


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