Women’s Giving Fund Grant Guidelines

2022 Women’s Giving Fund Grant Guidelines

The mission of the Community Foundation’s Park City Women’s Giving Fund is Park City women supporting other Summit County women and children in need through endowed, high impact philanthropy. Women’s Giving Fund will use earned income from the Women’s Giving Fund endowment to fund an annual high impact grant that supports women and/or children in need in Summit County, Utah. A high impact project is one that can provide measurable outcomes that are transformative in the way they change lives, alter a community, or address a root issue, rather than acting as a temporary solution. Impact may vary based on a nonprofit’s size. Collaboration within the community is encouraged.

GUIDELINES

In addition to creating high impact, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Qualify as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
  • Serve women and/or children of Summit County
  • Demonstrate need with relevant data and facts
  • Demonstrate attainable goals and objectives, which include a timeline for implementation
  • Demonstrate an ability to measure and evaluate the program/project and communicate its outcomes to the Women’s Giving Fund membership if awarded the grant
  • Demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion.

Applicants without 501(c)(3) status, but which have applied to the IRS for such status, may apply. In this case, a receipt letter from the IRS of application is required at time of application to Park City Community Foundation. Applicants without 501(c)(3) status, but which are operating under an organization qualified as a 501(c)(3) organization, may apply separately if they have their own advisory board and have the written consent of the qualified organization. In that case, the application must contain a letter of agreement between the two organizations, which sets forth the responsibilities of each organization.

Grants may support program/project costs, capital projects and equipment, consulting services, matching funds, technical assistance, and joint requests from multiple applicants (collaborations).

Current Restrictions

Grants will not be awarded for debt reductions or retiring past operating deficits; sponsorships, dinners, or one-time events; unrestricted or general operating support; fellowships or other grants to individuals; litigation; political or marketing campaigns; endowment funds; graduate and post-graduate research; or for purposes that further political or religious doctrine.

One grantee will be chosen per year. A recipient cannot reapply as the primary grantee for three years after the year they received the grant. Finalist applications will be posted on our website for all members to access.

Women’s Giving Fund Grant Amount

The 2022 Women’s Giving Fund Grant award amount will be $45,000. Park City Community Foundation’s Board of Directors will annually set the amount for the grant. Funding can be awarded in one year, but disbursed over 1-3 years depending on outcomes achieved. Funds must be used within 3 years of receiving the grant.

Three finalists will be selected by the grant committee. Those finalists will receive video production services for a short, descriptive video about the proposed program or project described in the application.

Grant Process and Timeline 2022

  • March 1: Applications open
  • March 17: Q&A opportunity for prospective applicants (Register Here).
  • March 31: Application deadline
  • April & May: Semifinalists selected
  • June 13: Finalist Q&A opportunity for Women’s Giving Fund members to learn more about the three
    finalists (Register Here).
  • June 13 – July 1: Women’s Giving Fund member voting
  • July 6: Grant Award Celebration

Staff

Community Foundation staff processes and prepares the grant applications for review by the Women’s Giving Fund Grants Committee and Board of Directors. They serve and assist the Women’s Giving Fund Grants Committee, but do not vote on committee matters. (Staff who are also Women’s Giving Fund members may participate in the all-member voting to choose the final grant awardee.) After grants are awarded, Community Foundation staff, board members, and/or donors will participate in the monitoring and evaluation process of all grant projects and programs through site visits.

Grants Committee

The Grants Committee is composed of eleven women of all ages selected from the Women’s Giving Fund membership. At least one member must be of high school age. The committee evaluates the grant applications, and recommends three finalists to the whole WGF membership for a vote to determine the grantee.

Board of Directors

The Park City Community Foundation Board of Directors consists of up to 30 members who meet four times a year. To learn more about our Board, visit parkcitycf.org/board-of-directors/.

REVIEW CRITERIA

The WGF Grants Committee will use the following criteria to review applications. These criteria are not exclusive, and the Committee and Board of Directors reserve the right to use their own best judgment when making grant awards.

Needs Assessment and Potential Impact Indicator (either of the following):

  • Applicant demonstrates program/project addresses a significant community need for women and/or children.
  • Or: Applicant demonstrates the project/program contributes to a vibrant and unique community that benefits women and/or children.

Strategically Planned Approach Indicators:

  • Goals, objectives, activities, services, and timeline reflect the applicant’s ability to conceptualize the specific project and offer a realistic plan for its completion.
  • The project/program will either be complete at the end of the grant period or has a sound financial and programmatic strategy for continuing operations beyond the grant period.

Significant Results & Benefits Indicators:

  • The project/program will have long-term impact and advances the applicant’s overall vision/mission.
  • Plan to measure and evaluate project/program outcomes (quantitative and/or qualitative) is well articulated.

Organizational Capacity & Staff Qualifications Indicators:

  • Well-run, financially sound organization, with 100% board financial support.
  • Strong community support for organization and projects (e.g., diversity of funding sources, community resources, volunteers, number of diverse participants in the program/project, inclusion of local residents on the board).
  • Effective and efficient delivery of program services.
  • History of collaboration and partnership; works in concert with other entities, including nonprofits, for-profits, and government.
  • Qualified, experienced staff, stable management, diverse source of revenues, evidence of good stewardship of funds.

Project/Program Budget Indicators:

  • Budget reasonableness, demonstrates that WGF grant funds are necessary and will be spent primarily on programs and services, leverages other funds/funding sources.

 Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Indicators:

  • The organization can demonstrate how their programming decisions are informed by members of communities they serve.
  • The organization’s staff or board has participated in diversity, equity & inclusion training or plans to by the end of 2021.
  • Organization has a public facing statement about commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion or plans to by the end of 2022.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Project / Program summary (max 50 words).
  2. Grant narrative (max 2,000 words) that may discuss the following items:
  • Demonstration of need, challenge, or community issue
  • Description of the proposed project, program, or solution; estimated inputs (staff, time, resources, and materials)
  • Description of beneficiaries and approximate number of people served (including socio-economic, age, gender and ethnicity breakdowns)
  • Projected short-term results and long-term impact
  • How the community being served in was included in the project/program design decisions
  • Post-grant plans

In addition to the narrative, please be prepared to upload the following in .pdf file format

  1. List of board members
  2. Project / Program Budget
  3. 2022 Organizational Budget
  4. Completed w9
  5. Supplemental information (optional)

Please apply online at https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=parkcitycf by Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Questions? See the Frequently Asked Questions page, and please don’t hesitate to contact the grant manager minda@parkcitycf.org.