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 2018 session will be announced..
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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 4/1/2019 and 3/31/2020.


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 2019. Grant decisions will be announced at the annual meeting in March, 2019.


2018 Grant Recipients

Action Ministries $20.000
Housing and Hunger Relief to Women and Children
Funds from this grant will support Action Empowers and the Smart Lunch/Smart Kids programs. Funds will help subsidize utilities for up to 35 households during 2018. They will also provide resource referrals, emergency childcare assistance and other social services for the hundreds of homeless and working poor women. The Smart Lunch/Smart Kids program will provide free, healthy meals and enrichment activities during the summer and school breaks.

Augusta University College of Nursing $17,455
Healthy Grandparents Program
These funds will provide physical, emotional and social support to grandparents and great-grandparents raising their grandchildren. Many of these children have experienced abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Many have special physical and developmental needs. This program provides access to resources to promote family empowerment and independence so children can experience a stable and supportive home environment without having to enter the foster care system. Strength-based services promote stability and permanency in children's lives while maintaining their family ties and culture as well as easing the stress of grandparents who take over the parenting role.

GAP Ministries of Augusta: $12,035
Diaper Bank Program
This program addresses the unmet diaper need. Most federally funded childcare assistance programs do not provide diapers. Families must choose between a dry baby and other vital expenses such as food and utilities. I diapers are not provided by mothers for childcare facilities, the children may be refused admittance increasing the likelihood that mothers cannot work or attend school. Providing over 4200 diapers each month to qualified mothers reduces the mental stress and help contribute to a healthier, happy baby.

Kids Restart: 35,000
Children and Mothers in Crisis
In collaboration with Rape Crises, Kids Restart will provide comprehensive services to mothers who have come to the attention of DFCS because of issues in the home that are preventing them from raising their children in a safe and nurturing environment. It will provide free individual counseling, therapeutic support groups as well as supplementary services for women and children who have experienced sexual or interpersonal violence and for mothers who have substance abuse issues. The goal is to break the cycle of abuse and neglect by assisting survivors in developing an understanding of their experiences that will begin their journeys of healing and allow their children to thrive.

The Lydia Project  $20,000

Cancer Care Lodging Services

This will provide women with cancer support for their financial and emotional needs.  Many women who need oncology care, especially those living in rural areas, cannot afford to stay in a hotel or pay for transportation.  Some decide not to receive treatment they need to survive.  This project provides overnight or extended stay, transportation to medical appointments, prescriptions for those who cannot afford to pay for medicines while lodging at Lydia and most importantly provids encouraging support from other cancer patients.  The Cancer Care Lodging Services also includes meals as well as followup outreach for one year. 

Miracle Making Ministries  $23,600

Women Wellness on Wednesdays

This project privides additional services to women only twice a month on Wednesday.  The mission is to provide quality primary medical care to the poor at no cost to the patient.  This funding will purchase a digital ultrasound/sonogram machine which will allow two volunteer OB/GYN physicians to preform in-office diagnostic testing.  Over 900 women without any form of health insurance and with a variety of gynecological needs will have care.

Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation  $14,160

The Healing Power of Play

The Burn Foundation, in collaboration with the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, has designed a family-centered waiting area specificall for small children who have burn injuries.  These funds will be used to install permanent activity play stations to occupy young patients awaiting surgery.  Mobile activities, including iPads and virtual reality goggles will provide cognitive distraction during painful procedures such as debridement, dressing changes, and rehabilitation to reduce fear and stress.