Women Make a Difference

Wherever we live, we strengthen the fabric of our community by participation and leadership. The Women’s Fund of Randolph County, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Randolph County, was established by women to create better futures for women and children throughout Randolph County. Started in 2011 by the late Rev. Cherie Isakson, the fund was designed so that 50% of contributions will be given away in grants to non-profit organizations for projects that empower women and children. Forty percent of contributions will be retained to grow the fund, and ten percent will be used for program and membership expansion. Since its inception, the fund has granted over $14,000 to organizations such as the YMCA, Pregnancy Care Center, Girl Scouts of Randolph County, Second Harvest and Better Way. The fund is now endowed and has a balance of over $17,000.

Every year in the spring, grants made possible by $50 annual membership contributions are distributed at a brunch event, which also features silent and live auctions. All proceeds from the event go to the Women’s Fund. Everyone who makes a minimum contribution of $50 is considered a “member” of the fund and may help decide which organizations receive grants the following year. All gifts made payable to the Community Foundation with “Women’s Fund” on the memo line, are tax deductible.

Women’s Fund to Accept Grant Applications

The Women’s Fund of Randolph County will be accepting grant applications for its 2019 Grant Cycle in January. Non-profit 501 (c) (3) organizations may apply for programs that empower women and children to create better futures. Programs should provide new solutions to unresolved community needs. Non-profits are encouraged to partner for existing program enhancement or new program development. Programs will be measured by the ability of participants to receive services that provide them a picture of a better life beyond today. Program examples include but are not limited to family crisis prevention, education, and youth. Applying organizations must have administrative offices located in Randolph County. Capital projects will not be considered for funding.  Grants will not be made to individuals or to groups for distribution to individuals. Religious organizations may apply for general community programs but not for sectarian religious purposes. Applying organizations must operate without illegal discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.

Applications may be picked up at the Community Foundation of Randolph County, located at 213 South Main Street in Winchester. Copies may also be downloaded from the web at www.randolphcountyfoundation.org.  Please contact Stephanie Ward for more information by calling 765-584-9077 or via email at sward@randolphcountyfoundation.org. Completed applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on February 9, 2018.

Women’s fund grant awards

YEARAMOUNTGRANTEE
2018$500Randolph County YMCA-Girls On The Run
2018$1,000Winchester Area Churches and Community Food Pantry
2017$500Randolph County YMCA
2016$1,0002nd Harvest Food Bank
2016$1,000Pregnancy Care Center
2016 $500Better Way of ECI
2016$2,000Randolph County YMCA
2016$500Habitat for Humanity
2015$750Randolph County YMCA
2015$1,000Girl Scout Troop 02254
2015$750Preservation Society of Union City, IN/OH
2014$500Pregnancy Care Center
2014$2,000Girl Scout Troop 02254
2014$1,000Habitat for Humanity
2013$1,000Randolph County YMCA