Application Process

The grantmaking philosophy of the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi is to effect social change through efforts that address the roots of a social problem and/or explore new approaches to solving an issue. We are interested in funding efforts that create lasting change in our communities and our state.

Letters of Interest (LOIs) Due on February 21.


Step 1: Make sure you meet ALL qualifying guidelines

Qualifying Guidelines:

To be eligible for a grant from WFM your organization must meet the following guidelines:

  1. Your organization must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status; or must be a governmental, educational or research institution with tax-exempt status.
  2. Your grant proposal must be for a program based in Mississippi that impacts women and girls.
  3. If applying for the Access to Opportunity: Degrees/Good Jobs Focus Area:
  • Your grant proposal must be for a program that aims to increase the completion rate of low income women in community college.
  • You must be either a community college in Mississippi or an organization that works closely with a community college in Mississippi.
  • Please read our report on women and community colleges. Your proposed project must be addressing one or more of the recommendations on pages 39 and 40 of the report.

Step 2: Submit an online Letter of Interest (LOI)

The LOI should include the following items:

  • A cover letter documenting your organization’s eligibility, including organizational name, address, director, tax ID number (EIN) and brief description of current services and population served
  • Title of the program for which your organization is requesting funds and whether the program is new, existing, or a modification of an existing program
  • Geographic service area
  • Target population (i.e. youth, parents, teachers, etc)
  • Proposed activities (Brief and concise description) – Please designate which focus area(s)
  • Plan to engage key stakeholder/community partners in the program
  • Timeline
  • Proposed budget

To begin the 2017 Grant Application process, please click here: 

Quick tutorial resources for the application system are available here:

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Step 3: Submit a full proposal.

If your LOI is approved, you will be invited to submit a full proposal.

 


Important Dates

  • Week of January 9: Grantmaking cycle and webinar registration open
  • Friday, January 20: Deadline for webinar registration
  • Tuesday, January 24: WFM hosts an interest webinar for potential applicants
  • Tuesday, February 21: Organizations submit Letters of Interest (LOIs) based on WFM’s guidelines
  • Monday, March 13: Based on LOI submissions, organizations are invited to submit full proposals
  • Monday, April 10: Full proposal applications due to WFM
  • April 11 – May 5: Proposal reviews and site visits
  • Thursday, June 1: Official notifications to organizations

 

We encourage communication throughout the application and grantmaking and process. Please feel free to contact us any time. Applicants who talk to us about their grant proposal are much more likely to be successful. Please call Latisha at 601-326-3002 or send an email to latisha@womensfoundationms.org.

 


Important Notes:

Women’s Foundation of Mississippi only accepts applications via its online application system. This automation includes all stages of the application process: Letters of Inquiry, full applications, grant agreements, and follow-up grant reports. We no longer process paper copies of these documents.

All deadlines are firm. Letters of Inquiry and/or proposals submitted after their respective deadlines will not be accepted. All organizations interested in applying should review this information carefully to ensure they meet the Foundation’s guidelines prior to submitting an application.