1. 2021 Grant Application  (Coming Fall of 2020! Must use Internet Explorer or Firefox to complete application)
2. Evaluation Template
3. Printable Application Instructions
4. Printable Budget Template
5. Information Session Powerpoint

Application Instructions

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, click on the green New Request button and fill out all 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. Ensure 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, 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 what your project is about 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

What is the amount of funding being requested from GWG?

List the total that you are requesting from GWG. That same amount should be listed on the budget template under funding sources "GWG Requested Funding". Grant requests MUST be between $50,000 and $100,000 to qualify for funding. Requests not falling within that range will not be considered.

What is the Total Grant Budget?

List the anticipated cost of implementing the entire project for which you are seeking funding. List that same amount on the Grant Budget Template. Please note that the language is different here and on the template. What is asked for here (Total Grant Budget) is the same as what is referred to as Total Project Budget on the Budget Template. The percentage of total project funds being requested from GWG varies greatly and may, in some cases, represent 100% of the Total Grant Budget.

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 beginning the project for which you are seeking funding. 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?

Projects funded with a one-year grant should anticipate being completed and performance criteria met by June 30 of the next year. Projects that have requested and qualified for a two-year grant should anticipate being completed by June 30, two years later. 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 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 (864) 361.1393 or 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 proposed project.

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

Examples include arts education, tutoring, after-school programs, literacy training and job skills training as well as procurement of educational resources

GWG promotes lifelong learning by supporting projects 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, literacy training and job skills training as well as procurement of educational resources. This category does NOT include environmental education (Environment), health education (Health) or arts education(Arts & Culture).

GWG seeks to enhance our community by supporting projects 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 and efforts to promote a green economy as well as enhancements to the environment to facilitate other purposes (e.g., exercise, respite for sick children).

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

Examples include mental health and treatment of mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse and addiction, obesity, exercise, access to healthy foods, disease prevention and management, health care education as well as protection of animal health and well-being.

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

Examples include homelessness, access to transportation, unemployment, poverty, domestic abuse (including abuse prevention, bullying, date rape), individual and community empowerment programs, and youth development.

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

Which of the 5 funding categories best applies to your overall organization?

Be aware that we are asking for you to select the best category for your organization. The last question asked for the category that best represents your project. See above for definitions and examples.

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. Please note that GWG does not provide unrestricted funds for general organizational needs. Requests for operating support must provide detailed information about why the funds are necessary and how they will be used to support the mission of the organization and enhance the impact on the population served.

Capital Improvement: This refers to projects requesting 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.

New or Expanded Program: This refers to grants which focus on implementing new programs or services in order to more successfully accomplish the goals of the organization or which seek to expand existing programs or service to new populations or locations.

Is this a one or two year request?

Check “one year” if you will be able to fully implement and evaluate your project within a one year period. Check “two year” grant if you are requesting funding for a project that will take more than a year to implement and assess and for which you can outline distinct action steps for each of the two years. See Frequently Asked Questions for more details if you are uncertain about whether you qualify for a two-year request.

Briefly summarize the history and purpose of your organization. Max = 100 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 program for which you are requesting funding.

Describe in detail the specific project for which grant funding is sought. Max = 250 words

Provide enough detail about the project so that someone who is not familiar with your project can understand what you hope to do, why it is needed and how it will impact your targeted populations. Include specific details about the number of people helped directly or indirectly by the project and what additional resources are needed to ensure successful outcomes.

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

Briefly list up to 3 Planned Outcomes (sometimes referred to as your goals or objectives). In other words, what benefits or changes will occur for the populations served as a result of your project?

You will also list these same 1-3 Planned Outcomes on the Evaluation Template where you will need to provide additional details about specific action steps, timeline, short-term Performance Success Indicators as well as longer-term Impact Success Indicators for each.

List and describe any collaborations or partnerships with other organizations. Max = 50 words

List any individuals or organizations that you will work with to successfully implement your project. Do not list general partners for your organization but rather focus on those who will play a significant role in ensuring this project’s success. Provide contact information for key partners and indicate their level of commitment to the project for which you are requesting funding (joint applicant, new or existing partner, or potential partner.)

Describe how the project will be sustained beyond GWG funding. Max = 50 words

Explain what will happen with the program after the GWG grant and how the program or outcomes will be sustained over time.

What makes this project compelling? What is its greatest impact? Max = 150 words

Provide an overview of your project by briefly summarizing your responses to questions 16 and 17 and highlighting the potential impact on the community. Be convincing - tell your story. Feel free to use anecdotes, statistics, past successes and stories about the people whose lives will be changed as a result of your project.

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.

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.

Project Budget Template
Complete the Project Budget Template (excel spreadsheet) and upload here. Be sure to clearly indicate how you plan get any additional funding necessary for the completion of the project. Any applicants who receive funding but find they are not able to complete the project 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 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, Performance Success Indicator and Impact Success Indicator for each Planned Outcome. Some projects will have several action steps, etc. for each Planned Outcome. Please list and provide details for each. An example of a completed form can be found under the tab Example Evaluation Template on the grants 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.