1. 2022 Grant Application  (Stay tuned! Visit us again in early October.)
2. Evaluation Template
3. Printable Application Instructions
4. Printable Budget Template
5. Information Session Powerpoint
6. Information Session Video

Application Instructions

For 2021, Greenville Women Giving’s objective will be to make core mission grants to organizations who provide high impact services to the Greenville Community.  Core mission grants can be used to fund projects, programs, services, necessary improvements to infrastructure or other initiatives that will strengthen the nonprofit’s ability to serve the community.  Grants must support the core mission of the organization and may include grants to increase an organization’s capacity, enhance program development, maintain or expand services, contribute to capital improvements, cover general operational expenses and to improve the nonprofit’s overall effectiveness and efficiency.  These grants will support the sustainability of organizations that provide essential services in Greenville County.

Whom should we contact regarding the grant? (part of your login information)

Locate the blue box and click on the name of your organization from the drop-down menu. A screen will appear to validate or update leadership and contact information. If this is the first time your organization is applying for a grant with GWG, click on the green New Request and complete the requested information.

Make sure that you list the name of the individual who will serve as the organization's contact for all Greenville Women Giving (GWG) correspondence. Be sure that the contact information is current and that the individual is prepared to respond promptly to questions and requests for appointments. If the contact person changes during the grant process, please notify

What is the name of your organization?

If your organization has previously applied for a grant from GWG or the Community Foundation of Greenville, your organization should already be registered on the site. You can either choose your organization's name from the drop-down list on the login page or type in the name of the organization on the search line. If your organization is not listed or if your organization has changed its name, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on "add an organization".

Is there a non-profit that is receiving the funds on behalf of the organization?

Most organizations applying for a grant will be registered non-profits and will check "no" to this question. However, some organizations function under the auspices of a fiscal sponsor - an established IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that agrees to serve as the "fiscal agent" and accepts donations on behalf of the group that does not have a separate IRS tax exemption. If you do not have a separate IRS non-profit status, check "yes", list your fiscal sponsor and be prepared to show documentation that they are aware of and support your application.

What is the title of your grant?

Your grant title will be what is listed on the GWG ballot. Be certain that your title is descriptive and provides adequate information for the GWG members to quickly understand your funding needs and the outcomes you hope to attain (5 - 6-word limit).

For example:
Vague Title: Mentoring Program
Descriptive Title: Teaching life skills to the disadvantaged

Vague Title: Rent Assistance for Organization
Descriptive Title: Continue Youth Mental Health Programs

What is the amount of funding being requested from GWG?

All grants awarded in 2021 will be in the amount of $50,000.

What is the Total Grant Budget?

List the full anticipated amount of funds required to cover your organization’s core mission need here and in the upper section of the Grant Budget Template. Costs or expenses will relate to programming changes or capital improvements while budget shortfalls will relate to amounts needed to cover operating expenses. Please outline the details of all costs/expenses/budget shortfalls related to the core mission grant your organizations desires to fund.

Example 1: Request: Funding for expanding capacity
Total Costs/Expenses/Budget Shortfalls: $150,000 for salary and equipment to implement the expansion
GWG Funding: $50,000 to cover equipment or one-third of total amount needed

Example 2: Request: Bridge the gap of a budget shortfall because a major funder is not able to provide support due to COVID-19
related concerns
Total Costs/Expenses/Budget Shortfalls: $50,000 for rent and utilities
GWG Funding: $50,000 or 100% of total amount needed

Example 3: Request: Building addition
Total Costs/Expenses/Budget Shortfalls: $250,000 for new classroom
GWG Funding: $50,000 or 20% of total amount needed

What is your total organizational budget?

List the total annual expense budget for your organization including both operational and programmatic expenses. Be sure that this number matches the Total Expenses line on your uploaded Organizational Budget or your application will be ineligible for funding.

What is the Grant Begin Date?

List the date you anticipate first spending any GWG grant funds. This date should be soon after GWG grants are awarded and should allow sufficient time to implement and assess the project outcome prior to the required grant assessment deadline in the following June.

What is the Grant End Date?

Grants awarded in 2021 are for a one-year period ending June 30, 2022. Additional information about what is required for a grant to be completed is available in the Frequently Asked Questions section of the website.

Have you received prior funding from Greenville Women Giving?

If your organization (including under prior names) has previously been funded by GWG, check "yes". If you are uncertain if your organization has received funding in the past, contact the GWG Administrator at or the Community Foundation of Greenville at (864) 233.5925. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response.

Which of the 5 funding categories best applies to the project for which you are requesting funding?

Many grant requests may fall into more than one of the funding categories. Select the one category that BEST describes the nature of your proposal.

The Arts
GWG seeks to strengthen our community through the arts by providing grants that promote the creation of, access to and appreciation of the arts, as well as programs that incorporate the arts as part of a multidisciplinary teaching program.

Examples include arts education, arts integration, support for artists and venue enhancements.

GWG promotes lifelong learning by providing grants that educate individuals for a productive life from early childhood through higher education and beyond, as well as those providing for teacher development and access to quality educational programs and job training.

Examples include tutoring/ after-school programs, mentoring, literacy programs, job skills training and procurement of educational resources.

GWG seeks to enhance our community by providing grants that protect and preserve natural areas and resources, that improve outdoor recreational opportunities and parks, and that teach conservation, protection, and the responsible use of natural resources.

Examples include conservation activities, environmental cleanup, tree planting, food sourcing, efforts to promote a green economy, conservation easements, parks, and environmental education.

GWG seeks to improve the overall health of the community by providing grants that promote health, wellness, and access to high quality healthcare for everyone, as well as assisting individuals in changing or avoiding unhealthy lifestyles or behaviors.

Examples include, nutrition and exercise programs, drug and alcohol abuse programs, health clinics, mental health and treatment of mental illness, animal welfare, and health education.

Human Services
GWG seeks to address inequities within our community by providing grants that address every individual’s needs for food, clothing, shelter, and safety as well as grants that address underlying social problems.

Examples include shelters and housing for the under-served, food pantries, soup kitchens, domestic violence prevention, youth and community empowerment, youth development, job creation and access to transportation.

GWG reserves the right to reassign categories as necessary to maintain consistency with internal guidelines.

What type of grant are you applying for?

General Operating Support: This refers to funding for items essential to the successful operation of the organization and its capacity to fulfill its mission. Requests for operating support must provide detailed information about why the funds are necessary and how they will be used to support the core mission of the organization and enhance the impact on the population served.

Capital Improvement: This refers to requests for a facility or equipment upgrade (as distinguished from maintenance or repair), renovation of existing space or building of new space that increases efficiency and enhances ability to better fulfill the mission of the organization.

Existing, New or Expanded Programs: This refers to grants which focus on (1) continuing existing programs, (2) implementing new programs or services to accomplish the goals of the organization more successfully or (3) which seek to expand existing programs or service to new populations or locations.

Briefly summarize the history and purpose of your organization. Max = 150 words

Provide details about your organization, its vision and mission, its ongoing programs and impact on the community. Tell us why your organization is well positioned to implement the grant for which you are requesting funding. Please include the date when your organization began providing services in Greenville County. Also, state how long your Executive Director (or similar individual) has been serving in this position. If less than three years, please provide the individual’s prior position, either with your organization or another organization.

Describe in detail the specifics of your grant request. Max = 250 words

Provide enough detail to educate GWG Members about your plans, why it is needed and how it will impact your targeted populations. Include specific details about the number of people who will be helped directly or indirectly, and what additional resources may be needed to ensure successful outcomes. If applicable, how will GWG grant funds help bridge any funding gaps over the one-year grant cycle.

List 1-3 specific planned outcomes or sustainability goals for your project. Max = 100 words

Briefly list up to 3 Planned Outcomes (sometimes referred to as your goals or objectives). How will the receipt of a GWG grant benefit the community you serve? You will also list these same 1-3 Planned Outcomes/sustainability goals on the Evaluation Template where you will need to provide additional details about specific action steps, timeline, and short-term Performance for each.

Describe your methods and resources to measure success. Max = 50 words

Briefly, describe the methods and resources you will use to track your community impact. Please provide specifics on the methods your organization uses to track outcomes and how you will measure the success of a grant from GWG.

Continue beyond GWG Funding. Max = 50 words

If your grant request is for a new program, expansion of programs or services, or for capital improvements, please describe how this will be sustained following the completion of the GWG grant. If your grant request is for general operating expenses to address a budget shortfall, please describe how you plan to cover these operating expenses after the grant funds have been depleted.

What makes this core mission grant compelling? What is its greatest impact? Max = 150 words

Highlight the potential impact on the Greenville community and the population you serve. Be convincing – tell your story. Feel free to use anecdotes, statistics, past successes, and stories about the people whose lives will be changed because of your grant. Please include what will happen after the GWG grant and how your planned outcomes or sustainability goals will be maintained over time.

Mandatory Uploads

IRS Determination Letter
Scan and upload your non-profit certification letter. Organizations who have a fiscal agent (and, therefore, do not have an IRS Determination Letter) should upload documentation from the fiscal agent indicating they are aware of, and in support, of the proposed project and grant application.

Most Recent Form 990
Attach all pages of the organization’s most recent tax return. If you do not have a 990 for the most recent fiscal year, please provide a brief explanation. Organizations who are not required to submit a tax return (e.g., hospitals, school systems) should attach a brief statement clarifying the exemption.

Most recent Income Statement and Balance Sheet

Overall Organizational Budget
Attach the complete organizational budget for your current fiscal year. For National Organizations, please include only the budget for the local affiliate.

Grant Budget Template
Complete the Grant Budget Template (excel spreadsheet) and upload here. Be sure to clearly indicate sources of additional funding necessary to fully meet your organization’s needs. Any applicants who receive funding but find they are not able to complete the proposed grant for any reason or who subsequently receive additional funds overlapping those provided by a GWG grant will be required to notify the GWG Grants Assessment team to discuss options.

Grant Evaluation Template
Complete the Grant Evaluation Template and upload here. Make sure that the Planned Outcomes/Sustainability Goals listed on the Template are the same as those listed in your responses to Question 17 on the application. Indicate at least one action step, performance measure, timeline, and Performance Success Indicator for each Planned Outcome/Sustainability Goal. Some projects will have several action steps, etc. for each Planned Outcome/Sustainability Goal. Please list and provide details for each. An example of a completed form can be found under the tab Example Evaluation Template on the grant’s website.

List of Current Board Members and Affiliations
Upload a list of board members and affiliations; do not include bios or photographs.

Optional Uploads (max = 2; max file size of 10 MB each)

You may submit up to two additional uploads. These are intended for documents that will help GWG better understand your project or grant request (e.g., maps, renderings). Do not attach copies of brochures, annual reports, letters of support or other general information about your organization.