Find answers to many of your questions regarding our grantmaking process here.

What is the Wyoming Women's Foundation?

Established in 1999, the Wyoming Women’s Foundation (WYWF) is one of a family of funds held at the Wyoming Community Foundation. WYWF makes grants and spearheads initiatives that benefit women and girls as well as our communities overall. As a statewide leader dedicated to promoting women and girls, we leverage funds through our endowment, and grantmaking is focused on lasting change.

WYWF is advised by a volunteer board that helps to set granting and advocacy direction, and to raise funds to carry out its mission. The mission of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation is to invest in the economic self-sufficiency of women and opportunities for girls in Wyoming.

Who can apply for a Wyoming Women's Foundation grant?

Nonprofit organizations currently recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and in good standing with the IRS are eligible to apply for grants that benefit women’s economic self sufficiency and opportunities for girls in Wyoming.

Grants are NOT made to individuals.

If applications from organizations with outstanding final reports from 2019 grants are selected, funds will be released after the 2019 grant report is received. Organizations with outstanding reports prior to 2019 will need to complete their reports before submitting an additional application.

When are grant applications due?

Grant applications must be received by May 15th, 2020.

When are grant decisions made?

Grant decisions will be made by August 15th, 2020.

Does the Wyoming Women's Foundation have funding priorities?

Yes. WYWF is focused on funding programs that make an impact on economic self-sufficiency for women in Wyoming and opportunities for girls. We accept applications for programs supporting income and asset development, mentoring, and systems change.

What makes a compelling grant request?

The most competitive grant requests address improving women’s economic self-sufficiency and opportunities for girls in Wyoming and/or increase the capacity of your organization to carry out its mission. Multiple funding partners and collaborations with other key organizations strengthen requests. It also is important to submit a clear, well-written, complete proposal based on a strong idea.

May I submit more than one application at a time?

No. Please submit only one application per deadline. If you believe your organization has certain extenuating circumstances that require more than one application at a time, please contact the program staff at WYWF to discuss your situation.

However, organizations may apply to both grants offered by the Wyoming Women’s Foundation and Wyoming Community Foundation during overlapping time periods.

Can I submit an application in hard copy instead of online?

It is our goal to have all applications submitted electronically. It is not our intent to cause additional hardship for any organization that does not have adequate online service. If you have a special situation that prevents you from submitting your application electronically, please contact WYWF.

How are grant decisions made?

Grant applications are first reviewed by the Wyoming Community Foundation’s program staff to determine eligibility and to make certain that the application is complete. After staff review, your funding recommendation is presented to the WYWF Advisory Board for a decision. WYCF’s Board of Directors makes final approval.

An organization may receive full funding, partial funding, or be denied funding. In some cases, additional conditions may be attached to funding approval.

Does the Women's Foundation accept capital and operational grant requests?

Yes, but capital and operational requests must fit within our priorities. To receive funding for general operations, you must present a convincing argument for how your organization’s operational costs will be covered in the future.

What are the reporting requirements?

WYWF has an online final reporting form. Grantees must submit the final report within one year of the date on the award letter. To be eligible to reapply for funds through WYWF, previous grants must be closed out. If applying for two consecutive years, grantees will be expected to submit a final report within 9 months of being notified of the first award. 

WYWF also asks that grantees share the news of their award on social media and with a press release.

Will WYWF allow for extra time to complete a project or file a final report?

Yes, an extension on your final report due date is easy to receive. Simply email your request for extension to WYWF program staff. Your request should include a brief and reasonable explanation for the extension and the date by which you can most likely complete the report. Please note that WYWF will not accept new requests for funding from the grantee if past grant reports are overdue, incomplete or have not been submitted.
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Still stumped? Contact Alex Shannon at alex@wycf.org or 307.721.8300