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).

2021 Grant Recipients

Communities in Schools of Greater Greensboro $5,600 for a workshop to address the impact of trauma on teenage lives and how to respond and adapt.

The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship $2,400 for a 3-month one-on-one mentoring program for women business owners.

New Arrivals Institute $6,000 for the RISE program to educate and empower young immigrant women through education and support.

UNCG Center for New North Carolinians $10,000 for the WOMEN initiative to provide technology and support, focusing on English language skills, digital literacy for Umoga Women’s Group.

2020 Grant Recipients

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

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.
  • Information on the 2022 Grant Deadline will be available in late 2021.
  • All prospective applicants must submit a letter of intent due electronically by stated deadline.
  • The WPF Foundation grants committee will respond via email to those organizations that submit a letter of intent by the stated deadline.
  • If your letter of intent is approved, you will be asked to submit a grant application package electronically. 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

  • Submit a one page Letter of Intent (LOI) electronically to WPFF by stated deadline, specifically answering the following questions:
  • Briefly describe your proposed project or program for which you are requesting funding, the time frame 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.

WPF Foundation Grant Process

The WPF Foundation grants committee will respond via email to those organizations that submit a letter of intent by the stated deadline.

If your letter of intent is approved, you will be asked to submit a grant application package electronically to WPFF by the stated deadline. 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 by the WPF Foundation President of application approval. Grants recipients will be announced at the WPF Annual Foundation Meeting and in the WPForum Newsletter.

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