The purpose of Women in Philanthropy is to award grants to fund programs and projects that have the potential for high impact, resulting in significant positive change, in the lives of women, girls and/or children in Aiken, Burke, Columbia, McDuffie, Richmond and Edgefield Counties.

A grant informational session is held each Fall. The date for the September 2017 session was September 6 at the Enterprise Mills Event Center, 1450 Greene Street, Augusta, at 3:30 pm. The October 2017 deadline for Grant applications was noon, October 30.
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Proposals should:

- Address a community need, an emerging community need, and /or provide a new, creative approach to a community need.
- Offer opportunities to collaborate and foster partnerships, as well as leverage other funding sources.
- Demonstrate the ability to achieve measurable results. Priority will be given to a project/organization demonstrating high probability of sustainability beyond the grant period.

- Fit within at least one of the following funding areas:

~HEALTH AND SAFETY (such as prevention/treatment of physical, sexual and verbal abuse; health care; emergency needs)

~SELF-SUFFICIENCY (such as housing, food and shelter services; education; economic equity; financial well-being; self esteem, empowerment, self-respect; transportation assistance, excluding capital expenditures)

~FAMILY ISSUES (such as parenting skills; childcare; senior and aging issues).


- Organizations must be located and provide services in one or more of the following counties: Aiken, Burke, Columbia, Edgefield, McDuffie or Richmond.

- Applicants must qualify as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be classified as a unit of government.

- Organizations must not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious beliefs.

- While faith based organizations are eligible to apply, projects promoting religious beliefs or requiring participation in religious activities will not be funded.

- Organizations must demonstrate financial stability.


Capital and endowment campaigns
Travel and conferences
Projects promoting religious or political views
Fraternal organizations
Organizations for re-granting purposes
Capital expenses for transportation
Core operating expenses for public and private schools
Programs that have already taken place or will be completed in the current calendar year
Any agency that received a grant for the previous year, 2016-17. You are invited to apply
for the 2018-2019 funding.

What Criteria Should Applications Emphasize

Women in Philanthropy looks for proposals which:
-Have a program/project that will positively women and/or children
-Develop competencies and skills enabling women to live fuller, more productive lives
-Address a significant need affecting a broad segment of women and/or children
-Promote the cooperation of two or more agencies to avoid duplication of services and
coordinate resources and programs
-Demonstrate the capacity to provide the necessary services using good administrative
and financial management
-Promote systems or approaches which can prevent individual, family, or community problems


- All grant applicants may be asked to host a site visit during the grant application process.
- If selected as a grant recipient, all organizations are required to participate in an evaluation process and account for grant expenses upon project completion or by a date specified by Women in Philanthropy. A portion (10%) of each grant awarded will be held in reserve contingent upon receipt of a timely and completed final report.
- Any funds not spent for the approved purposes within the dates specified must be returned to Women in Philanthropy

Grant Application Instructions:

If you are interested in applying for funding from Women in Philanthropy, please review and follow the instructions. Please note that your request will be for funding to be expended between 4/1/2018 and 3/31/2019.


1. Review Women in Philanthropy Grant Guidelines.

2. Determine if your organization is eligible to compete for funds and if there is a fit between your organization and the interests of WIP.

3. Applications that do not follow the requested format on the Grant Application Checklist will be rejected.

4. Please do not include any supplementary material with your application other than what is requested.

5. Women in Philanthropy may request additional information on a case-by-case basis in the form of annual reports, evaluation studies, and support letters, or may request a site visit.

6. Complete and submit the on-line application by no later than the date to be posted. Only on-line applications will be accepted; paper applications will not be accepted. Please note: you must complete the application form in one sitting as it is not a savable document. If you do not complete and submit the application in one sitting, the data will be lost and you must begin the application again.

7. We strongly suggest that all grant seekers attend the WIP Grant Informational Session to be this September at the Enterprise Mill Events Center, 1450 Greene Street. Details TBA.

8. WIP will not accept applications after the deadline. Site visits will occur in January 2018. Grant decisions will be announced at the annual meeting in March, 2018.


2017 Grant Recipients

Augusta University College of Education: Art Play Studio--Center for Innovation and Community Engagement. $18,050. This is an education and therapeutic art program dedicated to the children receiving medical care of the August University Children's Hospital of Georgia. Art sessions are offered to children and their families in hospital playrooms, waiting areas, or at bedside. Research shows that such programs reduce stress and negative emotions and increase positive emotions and social identity beyond focus on their illnesses.

Augusta University Literacy Center: for S.A.I.L.I.N.G. Sailing, Arts, Interests, Literacy, Innovation, Nature, and Girls.$11,300. This project will provide a free, innovative and fun literacy program combining post-baccalaureate training for gifted teachers with 16 weeks of customized tutoring culminating in a six day camp for girls ages 8-13. It will launch summer 2017 at AU's Summerville campus and the Augusta Sailing Club. It targets girls with ADHA, Autism, and dyslexia.

Augusta Heritage Academy: The Dyslexia Outreach Program. $21,400. This provides free testing and tutoring for children in grades K-8 and is open to students from all CSRA schools. Volunteer tutors are overseen by licensed practitioners.

Augusta Locally Grown: Blueberries for Ms. Willie. $5000. This project focusses on proving mentorship, companionship, and education for senior women on how to grow, prepare and enjoy fruits and vegetables for themselves and their families with classes and volunteer events. Each resident can receive up to four beds the first year along with organic filler soil, seasonal seedlings and gardening tools.

Augusta Technical College Foundation: Special Populations Lending Library. $5000.  This grant pays for textbooks that are made available on loan to female students from the Special Populations Library.  Books are allocated based on financial need or extraordinary circumstances.  The books return to the library at the end of the semester for use again.

Boys and Girls Clubs of the CSRA: Code Like a Girl. $5000.  This project is an extension of the SMART Girls program which addresses the dearth of women in technical career fields.  It introduces middle school girls to basic computing and coding and career information technology.

Harrisburg Family Health Care, Inc:  Continuity of Care and Well Woman Exams. $50,000. This grant will help offset a cut in funding and will help fund a Registered Nurse Practitioner to provide continuity of care for female patient visits in the Harrisburg neighorhood.

Immaculate Conception Catholic School :
R.I.S.E. Real Independence for Special Education Students. $12,000. This innovative program seeks to teach special education students sustainable life skills essential for transitioning from school to adult independence. This year-long, hands-on program uses basic principles of math, writing, and reading by students participating in simulations that cover topics such as home and community safety, planning and preparing meals, time and money management, telephone use, cleaning and care of the home and clothes, and applying for and working at a job. Students will work with local business partners to learn jobs skills and will develop and run a business at the school that allows them to create a sustainable product.

Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer's Care Music Therapy for Memories Program. $4000.
In this program, Alzheimer's and dementia day clients will use iPods, speakers, headphones, and specialized song lists to help ease stress, improve communication and ultimately create positive changes in moods and emotional states by using cherished songs from their pasts.

Walton Foundation for Independence: Walton Weekend Family Camp. $2500.  This program provides a free, weekend camp for children with physical disabilities, ages 6-18, and their families.  In this totally accessible, medically monitored campsite for thirty families, campers can go fishing, biking, paddle boating or wall climing, try archery, putt putt, zip lining, or tennis, enjoy arts and crafts, participate in a talent show or just be with others who face similar challenges.  Families can participate with campers and see the "abilities" of their children.