Women Who Care Grant Applications are currently available with a deadline for submission by August 14th, 2015. The granting dollars available for this granting cycle will be $21,000. With this year’s grants the organization will reach a milestone of giving over $100,000 back to the community. Over the past six years they have made grants to area agencies to enhance programs that provide valuable services to our local families. Again this year, Women Who Care will be reserving a portion of our grant dollars specifically for Arts and Recreation projects.

Pictured are children displaying their projects at the Wilcox Library after attending their weekly story hour. WWC 2014 granted dollars to support the Library’s weekly program. Other projects funded in 2014 were: Elk County Catholic School System’s Drop Shot Basket Ball Funnel; the Boys and Girls Club’s Homework Club; Community Nurses Inc.’s Auto Medication Dispensers; Dickinson Center’s Cross Roads Meal Program; LIFT for assisted Technology projects; a new color printer for Johnsonburg Public Library; and funds to support the Elk County Historical Society projects.

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 organiztion has 188 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. Award 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.