Women's Foundation 2018 Grant Proposal Details



Letters of Intent are due December 3, 2018 at 5 PM CT. Please email letters to ops@womens-foundation.org.

Letter of Intent should be no more than two pages. Please identify which of these indicators (1) Economic Development (e.g. gender pay equity, paid family and medical leave, occupational licensing and entrepreneurship) or (2) Civic Engagement (e.g. civic board and commission service, community leadership, or sexual harassment prevention) your organization addresses. Provide an overview of the solution you are proposing for funds and total request for funds. Finally, describe your results or anticipated results.

Full online proposals can be submitted January 7, 2019 at 8:00am CT - February 7, 2019 at 5:00pm CT by those invited to submit.

Notifications of awards will be made on May 31, 2019.


The overall process is as follows:

Step 1: Applicants will be invited to submit a full grant application based on review of Letters of Intent received by Dec. 3, 2018.

Step 2: Each application will be screened internally to determine if it contains any disqualification factors, such as:
∙ Late request.  See our submission dates and times;
∙ Applications submitted incompletely or incorrectly;
∙ Applications for amounts exceeding the award ceiling;
∙ Applicant organization in existence for less than 3 years;
∙ Applicant organization does not meet required criteria below;

Step 3: Women’s Foundation appointed reviewers will conduct evaluations of each application and score based on the points noted in the application. Please note additional information about scoring and funding of proposals:

The Women’s Foundation intends to use approximately 50% of available grant monies to fund applicants that are proposing innovative service delivery strategies, and the remaining 50% to activities that are evidence based. In the event that we receive more of one type application than another, or that applications are of higher quality in one area than another, the Women’s Foundation reserves the right to alter this allocation of funds at its sole discretion. 

The Women’s Foundation reserves the right to consider the success of organizations or projects previously funded based upon their outcomes, evaluations, and other factors related to the stewardship of the funds received.

Step 4: Recommendations will be made to the Women’s Foundation Board of Directors for approval of funding.

Step 5: All applicants will be notified of awarded selections. 

Please contact us at info@womens-foundation.org /  816.988.2000

Areas of interest

The Women’s Foundation funds programs, projects, and activities that focus on promoting equity and opportunity for women and girls.  In addition, consideration will be given to programs aimed at changing policies and/or systems in order to promote and protect the rights of women in girls in a long-term sustainable way.  The Women’s Foundation recognizes that there are a variety of strategies for achieving systemic change such as: community organizing, leadership and coalition development, and public education.

eligibility for funding

Applicant organization must be tax-exempt as defined by the IRS code, section 501(c)(3)
Applicant organization must maintain ongoing operations including staffing and programs within Missouri and/or Kansas.  All funded programs/projects must be designed and carried out for the benefit of the target population living in those areas.
Applicant organizations must be in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations related to non-discrimination, wage and hour laws, workplace safety, licensure, protection of confidential health care information, and all other laws and regulations applicable to the staff, clients, consumers, and the workplace of the applicant.
Applicant organizations must have the demonstrated capacity to carry out program work funded by the grant, exercise financial controls, and use generally accepted accounting procedures. The Women’s Foundation may consider the past performance of a former grantee in this analysis. An annual audit performed by an independent CPA is encouraged.

Grant Restrictions

The Foundation will not provide funding for: 
Religious organizations for religious/evangelizing activities
Political parties or candidates
Programs inconsistent with non-discrimination policies

Grant Range: 
Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $50,000.  Organizations that have received grants from the Women’s Foundation in the past are not assured of continued funding.

Procedures for Grant Seekers: 
Applications are by invitation only. A link to the online platform will be sent in the invitation.  
All applications must be completed in full by close of business on Feb 7, 2019 at 5:00pm CT.
You will need to create an account within our system in order to submit an application.
You must be a 501(c)(3) organization in order to submit an application.
You may save and finish your application at any time but it must be completed by close of business on Feb 7, 2019 at 5:00pm CT. 

Review Process and Criteria
The Women’s Foundation is committed to comprehensive, objective reviews of applications for competitive grants. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by reviewers based on the points identified for each application section. Projects will be ranked according to merits.