Does anyone in my organization need to be a member of Greenville Women Giving (GWG)?
NO. Any eligible organization may submit an application to Greenville Women Giving. No special consideration is given to organizations affiliated with any GWG members.
Does Greenville Women Giving support only projects relating to women?
NO. GWG considers proposals serving a wide array of causes that are of interest to our membership. Specifically, GWG funds in five categories: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health, and Human Services.
Do you fund newly established non-profits?
YES. GWG will consider projects from start-up non-profits that are certified as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or that have a Fiscal Agent under whom they function as a non-profit.
Will our application stand a better chance of being funded if we ask for less than $50,000?
NO. The minimum grant request is for $50,000. Anything below that amount will not be considered for funding.
Does Greenville Women Giving consider requests for continuing existing programs?
GWG does not typically fund items that are ongoing line items on an organization's yearly budget. However, we do provide grants for expanding and improving existing services and programs. GWG also considers grants for operating funds when the rationale is compelling and a plan for securing funding beyond the grant is clearly delineated.
Can my organization submit more than one grant application?
NO, with exceptions. Each organization may submit only one application per year. Exceptions are made for organizations that have 5 or more locations in Greenville County and have at least 5,000 employees. Multiple departments from such organizations may submit an application.
My organization was funded by GWG in the past. When/how often can I re-apply for a grant?
The GWG grant cycle runs from May (when grants are awarded) until June of the following year (when grant assessments are completed). In the case of 2-year grants, the end of the grant cycle is in June, two years after the awarding of the grant. Organizations are not eligible to apply for another grant until the end of the grant cycle for which they have received funding. In other words, since the end of the grant cycle falls after the application deadline, organizations will not be permitted to submit an application for the year after they received a grant (or two years after in the case of a 2-year grant), even if the project has been completed prior to the application deadline. Otherwise, there are no limits on the number of times an organization may apply for a GWG grant.
What are the chances that my organization will receive a grant from Greenville Women Giving?
Generally, GWG typically funds 8-12 projects per year, or roughly 10% of the applications received. Greenville Women Giving will continue to award at least one grant in each of our five funding areas (Arts and Culture, Education, Environment, Health, and Human Services), with the remainder of funding being distributed to the highest-ranked project applications.
I'm having technical difficulties completing the online application form. What do I do?
Contact our administrator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at (864) 361.1393. You may also contact the Community Foundation of Greenville at (864) 233.5925. Please understand that it may take 24-48 hours to receive a response.
Can I meet with someone to discuss my grant?
YES. There will be two GWG Grant Information Sessions during which attendees will be able to ask specific questions about the grant review process as well as their applications. Both new and previous grant applicants are encouraged to attend. Information sessions will be held on Thursday, November 1 from 9:00-10:30 and 11:30-1:00 at Greenville Memorial Hospital, Medical Staff Auditorium, 701 Grove Road. Registration is available by emailing email@example.com, or calling (864) 361.1393. Because of the volume of applications, we cannot meet with grant applicants individually. In addition, we ask that you refrain from contacting Grants Review Committee members about the status of your application once it has been submitted.
Who is selected for, and what happens during, a site visit?
A sub-group of the GWG Grants Review Committee reviews all the applications in its focus area to identify those that (1) are complete and meet the grant guidelines and (2) have the greatest potential for addressing current community priorities. They select the organizations that will receive a site visit, usually conducted in mid January to early February. Due to short timelines, it is important that organizations selected for a site visit be able to bring their teams together to meet with Grants Review Committee members within 5 working days of being contacted.
Site visits are an opportunity for the Grants Review Committee to meet with key and organizational and project leaders to address any questions and to obtain more in-depth information about the project and the organization. Grant applicant teams typically include Executive Directors, Project Directors, collaborating partners, board members and even project participants. During the site visit, organizations may use videos, PowerPoints, tours, brochures or any other effective ways of making their project understandable and compelling.
What happens after the site visits?
Each sub-group of the GWG Grants Review Committee meets again to review the information obtained during the site visits and to select those to be presented for further consideration. Those grants that merit further review are presented during a 5-minute PowerPoint presentation by a committee member to the entire Grants Review Committee. This 80+ member group then votes on the final slate of proposals to be placed on the ballot and presented to the full GWG membership for a vote. Organizations will be notified by early April as to whether or not they have been selected to be on the ballot.
What is Ballot Showcase?
The GWG Ballot Showcase is an opportunity for GWG members who have not been involved in the grants review process to ask questions and learn more about the grants on the ballot. Two representatives from each organization that has been chosen to be on the ballot will be expected to attend. Agency representatives may bring with them visual displays, videos, brochures, handouts and other materials they deem pertinent, but are restricted to materials that can fit on a table display. We ask that organizations refrain from bringing stand-up posters, animals or project participants.
How will I find out whether or not we have been approved for funding?
Once voting by the GWG membership has been completed, the top-ranked application in each of the five focus areas will be selected for funding. The remainder of the funds will be distributed sequentially to the top-ranked applicants regardless of focus area, until the available funding has been allocated. Grants are selected based upon the full amount requested. Partial funding is only given when insufficient funds remain to fully cover the total request for the final approved grant on the ballot. In that case, GWG will work with the organization to determine what portion of the project's goals can be successfully completed with the funding available.
All organizations will be notified as to whether or not they were selected to receive funding. We ask that this information be kept confidential until it is announced to the GWG members and the general public at the GWG Annual Meeting. Applicants selected for funding will be expected to sign a contract outlining the terms of the funding, to participate in preparing a short video about their organization's grant, and to have two representatives in attendance during the check presentation portion of the meeting.
Do I have to complete the application all at one time?
NO. Some sections must be completed and saved before moving to the next section. If you don't have the information to complete a question yet, you can put an "x" in the box and you will be able to proceed to the next section. You will be able to go back and fill the missing information later. However, be sure that you review your entire application and fill in all the required information before you click on the button to submit it. You will not be able to make changes once your application has been submitted and incomplete applications will not be considered.
Can I print a copy of the entire application beforehand so that I can make sure I have all the necessary information before I begin the online application process?
YES. You can download and print the Application Summary from its tab on the main grants page of the website. We recommend, however, that you type your final responses directly into the online application. Cutting and pasting from another document alters the formatting and could result in exceeding the word limitations and cause your application to be removed from consideration. You will also see a tab for Application Instructions. We recommend that you refer to this document to answer any questions about how to complete any portion of the application.
My grant could go into multiple categories, how do I determine which category is best?
Definitions of the categories can be found on the GWG Grants main page. More detailed information, including examples, can be found in the Application Instructions. Please note that you will be asked to identify the category that best applies to your project as well as the category that best describes your organization; those two may or may not be the same. GWG reserves the right to adjust categories as necessary to maintain consistency with internal guidelines.
How do I decide how much money to request?
Grant requests for less than $50,000 or more than $100,000 will not be considered. Your specific project should determine the exact amount of your request. It is critical that you clearly delineate how the requested funds will be used and if/how they will be supplemented with other sources of funding to ensure the project's successful completion.
Since grant requests can be up to $100,000, should we request the maximum in hopes that we might get partially funded?
GWG generally does not give partial funding; therefore, you should assume that the members will be voting based on the total amount requested. GWG's intent with large grants is to be transformative - to help organizations implement large, innovative programs that are typically not included in the normal operating budget. Large requests that combine a variety of smaller projects, and those that do not clearly document the need for the amount requested, are less likely to be supported by GWG members.
What factors should be considered when deciding whether to request a 2 year grant?
Applicants with projects that will take longer than a year to implement should consider applying for a two-year grant. Two-year grants are intended for those projects that have multiple phases or require a longer time to complete. If applying for a two-year grant, the request for funding should clearly delineate the activities that will be completed in each year. Projects that require additional preparatory time before they can be implemented, and therefore might not be completed within the one grant period, may want to consider delaying the grant application until the next year, when completion of the project is more likely. In some cases, funds for the preparatory work are part of the grant request and a two-year grant application may be appropriate.
I'd like to use additional space for the application narrative. Is this okay?
NO. All applications must conform to the number of words indicated on each section of the application. We recommend that you type your answers directly into the narrative section and not cut and paste your responses from another source. Doing the latter may alter the formatting and word count and jeopardize the review of your application.
Can I submit videos, copies of brochures or annual report?
Organizations are limited to 2 optional uploads, maximum file size of 10MB each. These are intended for grant applications for which additional information will help the grant reviewers better understand the grant request (e.g., maps, renderings). If your organization is selected for a site visit, you may show videos and make additional written materials available to the committee at that time.
My organization submitted an application for the current grants cycle. What's next?
If you do not receive an email within 72 hours of submitting your application, please contact our administrator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (864) 361-1393.