Applicant Resources

The following are some resources to help Women's Fund grant seekers better understand our guidelines and compete for our grants.  Click on the title of each resource to open document. 

This list provides some suggestions for places to start your search for data for use in your proposals. Many of the federal and state resources allow you to search for data at the state, county or city level (or even down to zip code level in some cases).

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem uses a gender lens when it evaluates applicant proposals and we encourage our applicants to design programs using a gender focus. This document outline offers some information for you to consider in using a gender focus in designing your program.

This is a list of questions (and the answers) about our grant guidelines, eligiblity and application process.

Every culture, community and organization develops a common vocabulary, including the nonprofit and philanthropic worlds. To help ensure that we are communicating in common terms, The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem has prepared this glossary to help explain some of the terms we use in our grant guidelines and other materials.

This chart provides examples of program activities and strategies that can create social change. We provide this chart to help you think about your program and where it might fit in the continuum of strategies for change. We realize that there are many activities and strategies that can be utilized to address any particular issue. This is not a comprehensive list and we encourage you to be creative in how you can apply different activities and strategies to create social change.

This project of The Building Movement Project provides tools for how to transform service organizations and their larger networks to include social change/justice activities. The goal is to build communities where citizens are engaged, empowered, and assertive, and service organizations are more inclusive, transparent and responsive. 

Fiscal Sponsors are tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations that agree to accept and be responsible for grant funds on behalf of another organization. The fiscal sponsor is responsible for the general management of grant funds, which can include keeping financial records, disbursing funds in accordance with the purpose of the grant and fulfilling reporting requirements. Fiscal sponsors are useful if the applicant lacks the infrastructure to manage grant funds. Fiscal sponsors are required if an applicant does not have its own tax-exempt status. For more information on Fiscal Sponsorship, you may want to check out the following:

More than Money: Fiscal Sponsorship’s Unrealized Potential
Fiscal Sponsorship

All applicants utilizing a fiscal sponsor must include a copy of a letter or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the applicant project and the fiscal sponsor that outlines the roles and responsibilities of each organization. You can find samples of these types of MOUs or contracts by searching online for “sample fiscal sponsorship agreement.”

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