Women Who Care Grant Applications are currently available with a deadline for submission by August 15th, 2013. The granting dollars available for this granting cycle will be $16,000. The organization has given $43,800 back to the community over the past three years to area agencies to enhance programs that provide valuable services to our local families. In 2013, Women Who Care will be reserving a portion of our grant dollars specifically for Arts and Recreation projects.

Pictured are children enjoying a new piece of equipment that was funded by WWC’s 2012 grants given to Johnsonburg Borough for its East End Playground. Other projects funded in 2012 were: Elk County Children and Youth Services provided children with a needs a bed and bed linens;

Guardian Angel Center piloted a disposable diaper program; and the Penn State Cooperative Extension office and the 4-H program instituted a Robotics Club in the community.

The purpose of the Women Who Care (WWC) organization is to strengthen the local communities by engaging and educating women in philanthropy and issues that are important to families. This year the Women Who Care has 135 members and is growing steady. WWC will distribute dollars to various local charitable organizations through a grant application process. Eligible awards will be limited to nonprofit organizations with current 501 (c) (3) status, schools or municipalities who serve the residents of Elk County. Requests must not duplicate the work of other local organizations, and must reflect sustainability and/or other ongoing support. Awards amounts will be given up to $6,000. Top grant applications will be presented to the full members at its annual meeting in the fall where the membership will vote on the projects.

Inquiries/questions and requests for applications can be directed to Paula Fritz Eddy of the Elk County Community Foundation at 814-834-2125 or by email at eccf@windstream.net or by visiting their website at www.elkcountyfoundation.com . The Women Who Care organization was established as a project of the Elk County Community Foundation.

Pictured are children from King’s Daycare.