Women Who Care Now Accepting Applications


Women Who Care (WWC), a project of the Elk County Community Foundation, announced that their grant applications are now available with a deadline for submission by Aug 15th, 2011. WWC is a women’s giving circle and is in its’ second year of granting. Last year awards totaling $12,000 went to CAPSEA, Salvation Army, and Elk Regional Medical Center. Women Who Care has a membership of 106 women from Elk County.

The purpose of the Women Who Care organization is to strengthen the local communities by engaging and educating women in philanthropy and issues that are important to families. The membership dues and fundraising effort for this year grants will be distributed to various local charitable organizations through a grant application process. Eighty-five percent of the funds collected will be awarded each year. The granting dollars available for this granting cycle will be $15,000. In addition to this years’ membership dues, the group held a rummage sale this past spring that also helped increase the amount of available funds.

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 will be given up to $6,000. The awards may be less than the amount requested, and may consider providing matching or challenge grants.

Top grant applications will be presented to the full members at its annual meeting on October 26. At that time each Women Who Care member will have the opportunity to vote for the project(s) to be funded. A short presentation by the agency will be required at that meeting.

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. The Women Who Care organization was established last year as a project of the Elk County Community Foundation.