Women’s Professional Forum Foundation Grant Program

The Women’s Professional Forum Foundation (WPFF) was established in 1984. Our grants program’s purpose is:

WPFF Grants empower Women and Girls by supporting:

  • opportunities for women and girls to aspire to or further their careers;
  • education and leadership development of women and girls;
  • education of the public on the status and rights of women; and
  • recognition of achievements and contributions of women.

Please be sure that your program or project aligns with this purpose before applying.  We currently are not funding grants that focus on women’s health initiatives, funds for mother/baby initiatives, child development programs, parenting support, or self self-esteem growth.

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).


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.
  • Program has not received a WPFF grant for more than (3) three Consecutive years.

Grants are not awarded to individuals.

Grant Cycle and Requests

  • The WPF Foundation has one annual grant cycle each year.
  • The 2024 Grant cycle will open up 10/1/2023, and are due by January 31, 2024.
  • All prospective applicants must submit an application due electronically by stated deadline.
  • Hard copy applications will not be accepted.
  • Grant requests may not exceed $10,000 and grant awards typically range between $1,000 and $5,000.
  • Grant funds cannot be used for expenses already incurred.

Application Process, Selection, and Notification

  • Applications for the 2024 Grant Cycle closed on January 31, 2024. We will update the application for 2025 in October 2024. Thank you for your interest.


WPF Foundation Grant Process

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 by the WPF Foundation President or Chair of the Grants Committee of application approval. Grants recipients will be announced at the WPF Annual Foundation Meeting and in the WPF Newsletter.

Once a grant is awarded, a Grant Agreement Form will be sent electronically with the award letter.

2023 Grant Recipients

The Beloved Community Center – Sharing the Light $6500 for a program that will train the next generation of women leaders in social justice advocacy.

Journey Adult Day Center $5,000 for a summer program for 8th and 9th grade girls to highlight careers in healthcare and entrepreneurship.

NCCJ Anytown $2400 for 2 scholarships for young women to attend their Anytown leadership program.

Sudan House $3500 for their Workforce Development and Job Readiness program to train immigrant and refugee women for entering the workforce and education opportunities.

UNCG Center for New North Carolinians $2500 for their Umoja Women’s Initiative to offer leadership development to refugee women.

Sister Circle International $3500 for the She Works & Wins Program to train underserved women for job readiness in order to achieve self-sufficiency, insight, knowledge, and resources to empower them to reach their full potential.

Fuerza Latina Unida $4800 for their Mujerex Liderando (Women’s Leadership) program to allow Latinx women opportunities for leadership engagement to create systemic change in their communities.

2022 Grant Recipients

Action Greensboro $7,000  for a women owned business internship that will connect bright young college talent with women owned business partners and provide leadership training.

The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship $6,000 for a program that promotes economic self-sufficiency for women and will empower them by offering tools and support to establish businesses.

America Association of University Women $2500 for the AAUW’s Women’s Leadership Program that Program that utilizes Salary Negotiation Skills to provide leadership, growth, and confidence for young women entering adulthood.

The Beloved Community Center  $6,500 for a program that will train the next generation of women leaders in social justice advocacy.

YWCA of High Point $5,000 for providing support for the delivery of two sessions of Girl’s Leadership Program (GLE Program)


Prior Grant Recipients

Boundless Impact-ImagineHub:“Thinking Like an Entrepreneur” to teach entrepreneurial concepts based on the book “Who Owns the Icehouse?”

Communities in Schools HP-Unity of WHERE to empower girls through a series of training to include Leadership, College Prep, Career Prep and Self-Awareness workshops.

I am Queen for a mentoring program with focus on self-esteem and leadership training workshops, money management, self-worth, healthy relationships, health and fitness.

Middle College at Bennett-Belle Ambassador Leadership Development for “Elevating My Voice” to train the SGA member to serve as exceptional leaders to peers.

NCCJ-Anytown for scholarships to Anytown for low-income households.

YWCA of High Point-Girls Who Code Club To create a Girls Who Code Club in High Point.

American Association of University Women for Women in Nontraditional Careers program

Combat Female Veterans Families United for a collection of stores of Combat Female Warriors

Greensboro Farmers Curb Market for Kitchen Connects Women’s Empowerment Program

NC Fusion Triad for disadvantaged girls aged 14-16

New Arrivals Institute for RISE (Refugee & Immigrant Success Empowerment) to inspire immigrant girls

FBLA National Leadership Conference Scholarship to help sponsor  a top Weaver student to attend this conference

American Association of University Women for Work Smart and Start Smart programs

Music for a Great Space for the female composer and performer music series for Guilford County students

The Volunteer Center for scholarships to the Service Learning Leadership Camp

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