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AAWGT GRANT PROPOSAL GUIDELINES FOR 2018

Anne Arundel Women Giving Together (AAWGT)'s GRANT PROGRAM supports 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services to improve the quality of life for women and families in Anne Arundel County.  AAWGT invites proposals from nonprofits for our 2018 grant cycle in three broad areas:  education, health and welfare, and prevention of/treatment for violence and abuse.  

AVAILABLE GRANTS

Two types of grants are available:

    • Single year grant from  $5,000 (minimum) to $20,000 (maximum)
    • NEW THIS YEAR!  Two-year grant called a Momentum Grant - $20,000 for the first year with an option to renew for $20,00 for the second year without reapplying.  There will be one Momentum Grant awarded in 2018.   See additional details below.
EVERY ORGANIZATION MUST APPLY FOR THE SINGLE YEAR GRANT; APPLYING FOR THE MOMENTUM GRANT IS OPTIONAL.

PROGRAM CRITERIA

AAWGT gives priority to proposals that:

  • Best meet the AAWGT mission
  • Address an important need in the county without duplication of services
  • Are financially viable and maximize the impact of AAWGT funds in the community
  • Provide evidence of support from and/or experience working with the targeted population
  • Engage in effective collaboration/partnerships to maximize impact
  • Demonstrate strong organizational capacity
  • Describe and deliver measurable outcomes

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

AAWGT does NOT fund:

  • Endowments or capital improvements
  • Stand-alone event tickets or sponsorships
  • Annual drives or fundraising events
  • Registration and/or fees for non-program banquets,  receptions or out-of-town conferences
  • Purchase or lease of vehicles
  • Housing development
  • Political activities/lobbying
  • Sectarian religious activities
  • Organizations that discriminate by race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or national origin

FREQUENCY OF APPLICATION

Current grantees may reapply for programs currently funded but will only be considered if they demonstrate substantial progress toward success by the grant application due date.  Funding for an organization is limited to three consecutive grant cycles after which the organization becomes ineligible for the following two grant cycles.  Organizations may submit only one application during any grant cycle year.

MOMENTUM GRANT 

DESCRIPTION

The Momentum Grant is a two-year grant being offered as a pilot in 2018 for the first time.  It is a grant for one year with an option to renew for a second year without reapplying. The purpose of the Momentum Grant is to allow an organization to expand upon the program/project of the single-year grant.  The Momentum Grant must have measurable outcomes that are in addition to what the single-year grant demonstrates. Second year funding is not guaranteed, but if the organization is progressing well toward the measurable outcomes identified in the grant, the second year grant will be awarded. 

GUIDELINES FOR APPLICATION

    • Organizations that have annual operating revenues of $500,000 or less are eligible to apply
    • Organizations must apply for no more and no less than $20,00 per year
    • The Momentum Grant will be awarded to an organization that identifies additional or expanded measurable outcomes from having the grant for two years rather than just one year
    • If receiving a two-year Momentum Grant would give an organization four consecutive years of funding from AAWGT, then it is NOT eligible to apply
    • An organization cannot receive a Momentum Grant and a single year grant in the same year
    • If an organization receives a Momentum Grant, it is not eligible to apply for a separate single year grant the second year, even if the proposed program/project is different
    • There isn't a separate application for the Momentum Grant. Additional questions are added to the end of the single year grant application
    • Second year funding is not guaranteed, but if the organization is progressing well toward the measurable outcomes identified in the grant application, the second year will be awarded 


GRANT AWARDS WILL BE ANNOUNCED 

MID-MAY 2018

QUESTIONS?  Contact:  Grants@GivingTogether.org



                              

TIMELINE

Completed online applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

After that time, access to your application will be closed and you will not be able to make further changes or submit your application. 

Trainings

AAWGT hosted a morning workshop to explain our grant process on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 9:30 - 11:00 am.  Prospective applicants were strongly encouraged to attend.  Details and registration materials can be found here.

Immediately following the workshop on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm,  there will be an optional grant application software tutorial that is focused on technical training only for using the online application. Details and registration information can be found here.   

Additional information on the criteria used to guide reviewers is available here.  

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