Women’s Giving Fund Grant Guidelines

2020 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.


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

Applicants without 501(c)(3) status, but which have applied to the IRS for such status, may apply. 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 2020 Women’s Giving Fund Grant award amount will be approximately $35,000. 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.

Grant Process and Timeline 2020

  • January 2: Grant application process opens
  • January 7, 4:00pm: Open meeting (attendance optional) for prospective applicants, Classroom 1B, Blair Education Center, Park City Hospital
  • February 6: Application deadline
  • March 11: Semifinalists selected
  • March 31-April 2: Site visits to semifinalists
  • April 16: Finalists selected
  • June 8, 1:00-3:00pm: Finalist Questions & Answer session – opportunity for Women’s Giving Fund members to learn more about the three finalists. Classroom 1B, Blair Education Center, Park City Hospital
  • June 6-22: Women’s Giving Fund member voting
  • July 6 (date TBD): Announce grant recipient at grant award celebration
  • January 2021: Evaluation – six-month site visit
  • July 2021: Evaluation – brief presentation at grant award event


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 and girls selected from the Women’s Giving Fund membership. The committee evaluates the grant applications, and with the Board of Directors’ approval, recommends three finalists to the whole Women’s Giving Fund membership for a vote.

Board of Directors

The Park City Community Foundation Board of Directors consists of up to 30 members who meet four times a year. Grant requests are reviewed by the Board and final action is taken on the recommendation made by the Grants Committee. To learn more about our Board, visit parkcitycf.org/board-of-directors/.


The Women’s Giving Fund 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.
  • Degree to which the proposed plan addresses diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Project/Program Budget Indicators:

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


  1. Concise one-paragraph summary of the grant request.
  2. Grant narrative (no more than 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)
  • Explanation of targeted beneficiaries and approximate number of number of people served
  • Projected short-term results and long-term impact
  • Post-grant plans
  1. Specific project/program budget for the use of Women’s Giving Fund grant funds.
  2. Information regarding the percentage of board members who contribute financially to your organization.
  3. In addition to the narrative, please include:
  • List of board members
  • 2019 organizational budget versus actual
  • 2020 organizational budget
  • 2019 cash flow report (if available)
  • Most recent IRS form 990
  • Utah Charitable Solicitation permit

Please apply online at https://www.grantinterface.com/Process/Apply?urlkey=parkcitycf by Thursday, February 6, 2020.

Questions? See the Frequently Asked Questions page, and please don’t hesitate to contact Rachel Olson at rachel@parkcitycf.org or 435-731-4250.