Women’s Giving Circle 2021 General Grant Application


The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our nonprofit community was overwhelming and continues into 2021. Anticipating that some flexibility is required to meet the needs of the community, The Women’s Giving Circle has amended our grant making process for 2021. Please note all requests must be for the economic empowerment of women and/or girls in our community.


There will be no impact grant awarded this year with all funds dispersed as general grants. In addition, instead of one grant cycle, the year will consist of three grant cycles:


  Cycle Opens Cycle Deadline Grants Awarded
Cycle One (CLOSED) March 1, 2021 (CLOSED) April 1, 2021 (CLOSED) May 1, 2021 (CLOSED)
Cycle Two (CLOSED) May 1, 2021 (CLOSED) June 1, 2021 (CLOSED) July 1, 2021 (CLOSED)
Cycle Three September 1, 2021 October 1, 2021 November 1, 2021

This is a competitive grant process due to the fact that there are limited funds available. Our goal is to meet the immediate needs of the nonprofits in our community. After completing the simplified grant application, our Grants Committee will review all applications in a timely manner and attempt to disperse funds before the next grant cycle commences.


To be eligible for funding, a nonprofit must:
Be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
Be based in or serving North Central Florida
Serve the needs of women and girls
Have a verified profile in The Philanthropy Hub

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How soon will I know if my organization has been selected to receive funding?
We plan to notify you within a month of the end of each grant cycle.  For example, if the first grant cycle begins March 1, with a submission deadline of April 1, notifications to recipients will be no later than May 1.  The same process will apply to the other two grant cycles. Please email office@cfncf.org if you have not received notice on the first grant cycle.

If I am an organization that serves more than women and girls, can I apply for a grant from the Women’s Giving Circle?
Yes. We encourage you to apply. In this case, please specify how the funds will impact the sub-population of women and girls in your organization and how you will manage the funds towards this sub-population.

Is there a maximum amount that can be requested?
Yes. General grants will be capped $10,000 and under. Please share a realistic amount that will cover your immediate and most pressing needs.

Am I eligible to submit more than one application?
Yes, but please make sure that each application identifies a single need and be considerate as others are submitting applications as well.

Am I eligible to submit an application to more than one grant cycle?
Yes. If a subsequent need arises later in the year, the Women’s Giving Circle encourages you to apply.  If you are not awarded funding during any one of the grant cycles, we encourage applicants to apply in a subsequent cycle.

I am an individual who has been affected by COVID-19. Can I request funding?
No. We cannot make gifts directly to individuals. This resource is available to the community-based nonprofit organizations that are directly supporting local women and children.

Our primary focus is for programs that address the following areas:

   Economic Empowerment

  • Programs that advance personal and economic empowerment of women in the North Central Florida community (primarily in Alachua county) and prepare their children to attain personal and/or economic autonomy upon reaching adulthood
    • Marketable skills/job training
    • Economic independence
    • Problem solving/life skills
    • Self-reliance

Victim Advocacy

  • Programs that prevent delinquency, truancy, and/or criminal behavior and/or programs that support victims of abuse/violence


  • Programs that deliver gender-specific, quality after-school/summer academic improvement or enrichment programs
    • Literacy
    • Evidence based arts education programs



2021 First and Second Cycle Grant Recipients

  • Alachua Habitat for Humanity $2,500
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters $10,000
  • Child Advocacy Center $1,000
  • Family Promise $10,000
  • Girls Place $1,500
  • GRACE $10,000
  • Meridian $5,738
  • Peaceful Paths $5,000
  • St. Francis House $9,981

2020 Grant Recipients (COVID-19 Response and Recovery)

  • Dream on Purpose $2,500
  • Partnership for Strong Families $5,000
  • Elder Options – $10,000
  • Cade – $9,918
  • Meridian – $5,000
  • The Education Foundation – $5,000
  • Kids Count – $5,000
  • GRACE – $10,000
  • Rural Women’s Health – $750
  • UF Mobile Clinic – $6,200


2019 Impact/General Grant Recipient:

  • Girls Place, Inc – #SpaceToGrow (Impact)
  • Alachua Habitat for Humanity/Women Build received a $4,750 grant.
  • Child Advocacy Center received a $875 grant.
  • Kids Count received a $4,000 grant.
  • Days for Girls received a $4,095 grant.
  • Arbor House received a $4,800 grant.
  • Partnership for Strong Families received a $4,380 grant.
  • Working Food received a $4,600 grant.
  • Mommy Reads (UCG) received a $2,500 grant.
  • Community Research Maps Update received a $5,000 grant.

If you have questions, please contact the Community Foundation office by calling (352) 367-0060.