Women’s Professional Forum Foundation Grant Program

The Women’s Professional Forum Foundation (WPFF) was established in 1984 and has as its purpose to promote, facilitate and support:

  • the opportunities for women and girls to aspire to or further their executive or professional careers
  • the education and leadership skills and qualities of women and girls
  • education of the general public on the status and rights of women and to recognize the achievements and contribution of women.

Grant-Making Focus
The WPF Foundation awards grants to organizations that can demonstrate their program or service, empowers women and/or girls, and directly connects to the purpose of the WPF Foundation (stated above).

2017 Grant Recipients

American Association of University Women for Work Smart and Start Smart programs — $3,500

Music for a Great Space for the female composer and performer music series for Guilford County students — $3,000

The Volunteer Center for scholarships to the Service Learning Leadership Camp — $3,500

Prior Grant Recipients

Handy Capable for the Girl Code program

North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership
for the Fellows Program

Volunteer Center 
for scholarships to Service Learning Leadership Camp

YWCA 
for Young Women in CHARGE program

Black Child Development Institute (BCDI) for Americorps Leadership Development

North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership for the Fellows Program

YWCA for the Passion to Purse Program

Gateway to Science Project, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering, UNCG

Encouraging Young Women to Enter STEM, Natural Science Center

Anytown Scholarships, NCCJ

Girl Scout Leadership Experience Program, Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont

Young Women’s Leadership Program, Center for Creative Leadership

Girls in Science, Natural Science Center

Girl Scout Award Program, Tarheel Triad Council

Women in Power Forum, Kids Voting USA

Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute, YWCA

SMART Girls Program, Boys & Girls Club of High Point

Family Life Council, Pratto Family Life Scholarships

The Guilford County Girls Justice League, One Step Further, Inc.

Scholarship Assistance Program, Adult Center for Enrichment

Workshops for Refugee Families, Faith Action International

Apply for a WPF Foundation Grant

Application Information

Funding Eligibility: The WPF Foundation welcomes grant requests from nonprofit organizations that:

  • Are classified as nonprofit charitable organizations under section 501(c)3 and 501(c)1 of the IRS code.
  • Are located in or provide services within Guilford County.

Grants are not awarded to individuals.

Grant Cycle and Requests

  • The WPF Foundation has one annual grant cycle each spring.
  • All prospective applicants must submit a letter of intent due electronically by February 28, 2017.
  • For those who are invited to make full application, their applications are due electronically April 15, 2017.
  • Grant requests may not exceed $10,000 and grant awards typically range between $1,000 and $5,000.
  • A total for all grants awarded will not exceed $10,000.
  • Grant funds cannot be used for expenses already incurred.

Application Process, Selection, and Notification

  • A 1-page letter of intent must be submitted electronically by February 28, 2017, specifically answering the following questions:
    • Briefly describe your proposed project or program for which you are requesting funding, the timeframe in which it will be delivered, and how many women or girls you expect to serve.
    • Describe how your proposed project empowers women or girls and advances the purpose of the WPF Foundation.
    • Note whether or not this is a new project.
    • Funding amount requested from the WPF Foundation.
    • Other funding partners (and amounts) that are committed to your proposed project or to whom you are requesting funding support.
  • The WPF Foundation grants committee will respond electronically by March 17, 2017, to those organizations that submit a letter of intent.
  • If your letter of intent is approved, submit a grant application package (see details below) electronically by April 15, 2017. Hard copy applications will not be accepted.
  • Selection of successful grant applications will be made by the WPF Foundation Grants Committee and presented to the WPF Foundation Board of Directors for approval.
  • Applicants will be notified electronically of application approval on or before April 30, 2017.
  • Once a grant is awarded, a Grant Agreement Form will be sent electronically with the award letter.

Recipients will be notified electronically by the WPF Foundation President and will be announced at the WPF Annual Foundation Meeting on May 10, 2017 and in the WPF Newsletter.

Full Application Package Contents

All applications must include the following; form can be downloaded by clicking the link below.

  1. WPFF Grant Cover Sheet
  2. Grant application narrative (not to exceed 3 typed pages).
  3. Your organization’s current operating budget.
  4. Completed project/program budget.

 

Processing Grant Payments

Grant awards will be paid directly to the applicant organization in a one-time payment by June 1, 2017, upon the receipt of a signed Grant Agreement Form.

Contact Information

For questions or to submit your letter of intent or grant *application, contact Laura Burton (mail to laura.burton@smithmoorelaw.com).

*All prospective applicants must first submit a letter of intent per the application process stated above.