What are the major funding priorities of the Foundation?

The Black Women Give Foundation aims to improve and enhance the quality of life in the Southeast Region of Pennsylvania for all of its residents, especially those most vulnerable and economically disadvantaged.  We define the Southeast Region as including Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester counties.

How can I know if my organization is eligible to apply for a grant?

You can review our eligibility guidelines.  It will help you identify whether you are eligible to apply and if the work your organization is doing fits our guidelines.

We have just incorporated as a nonprofit, but have not received a letter from the IRS about our application for nonprofit status.  Can we still apply to Black Women Give?

Unfortunately, you may not apply at this time. BWG requires that you have a tax status determination letter from the federal Internal Revenue Service

Does Black Women Give ever fund projects outside its stated program focus areas and can I apply for grants outside of the Foundation’s focus areas?

Unfortunately, you cannot apply for grants outside our focus areas.  We do not accept unsolicited proposals outside of our funding cycle.

Are there any kinds of grants that you do not make?

Black Women Give does not generally make grants for the following purposes:
* To individuals for any purpose;
* For dinners, fundraising events, tickets, or benefit advertising;
* In response to direct mail campaigns;
* To service clubs and similar organizations;
* For debt or deficit reduction;
* Grants to capital projects or campaigns;
* To governmental units;
* For international projects or to organizations outside of the United States.

Does the Black Women Give Foundation fund religious or faith-based organizations?

Yes, but only under certain circumstances. We do not fund proposals that promote religious activities or require adherence to a particular religion.

What are the deadlines for applying for grants?

All applications MUST be submitted online using this grant application. The complete application, including the required attachments, must be submitted by Friday, December 15, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

How will I know if you received my proposal?

Every submission will receive a confirmation email for your records.

When and how will I know if my proposal has been accepted or rejected?

All organizations will receive an electronic notification of determination at the conclusion of our review process.

Can I check on the status of a grant application?

We ask that applicants are patient during this process, however, you may email us at grants@bwgive.org with questions.

We recently submitted a proposal and were declined. Can you tell me why? May we re-submit?

The competition for grant funds is intense and there are a number of factors that determine if a request is declined. Most frequently it is because we are unable to fund every request that we receive. We encourage those whose requests are declined to contact us with questions. You can reapply with a new project proposal in our next funding cycle.

If my organization receives a grant from Black Women Give, will there be any conditions that we have to meet or reports to submit?

Yes, our grantees will be asked to sign a “grant agreement” that will include standard conditions and any special requirements that accompany the grant.  Any other obligations or terms may also be spelled out in a signed grant letter from the Black Women Give Foundation.  The agreement or letter will also detail what reports we require and when they are due.  We will determine our auditing schedule upon award. At a minimum, we will ask for a fiscal overview and final report of program outcomes and expenditures.

How are decisions on proposals made?

The Black Women Give grants committee will review your proposal with care. The committee is comprised of members of the organization.  The first thing we will do is consider whether the proposed project or request meets our funding guidelines.  From there, we will consider the following criteria:
* Significance of the need to be addressed;
* Potential to achieve significant and enduring results;
* Fiscal and management capacity of the applicant organization;
* Track record of applicant in accomplishing its goals and objectives; and
* Appropriateness of the budget.

During this review, BWG will research the proposal through telephone inquiries, site visits, and meetings with agency staff, board members, volunteers, and clients as necessary.  Once the grant committee has provided their recommendation, the proposal will be presented to our full membership body for a final vote on prospective grantees.

How early do I need to submit my application?

The BWG Request for Proposals will begin November 16, 2018. We encourage all applicants to submit their applications as early as possible in advance of the submission deadline date to avoid last-minute complications or submission issues. However, BWG grant review is not first-come, first-served. Early submission does not provide any benefit during the review process.

Do you fund general operating expenses?

Yes. The Black Women Give Foundation provides grants to fund operational expenses of our grantees. To be eligible for operational funding, the entire organization must meet the requirements:
* Programs or projects must have at least 90% of its clients benefiting from grant funding represent underrepresented communities of color in the Southeast Region of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Chester Counties), and
* Programs or projects must focus on our current area of interest

Do you fund capital or building projects?

We do not accept unsolicited proposals for capital funding.

Do you give grants or scholarships directly to individuals?

At this time, the Black Women Give Foundation cannot make financial awards directly to individuals, nor can it earmark funds given to an institution for the benefit of a particular individual. We are in the early stages of developing a program.

Do you fund start-up costs?

Yes, Black Women Give will consider applications for start-up costs if the newly formed program or organization does not substantially duplicate services offered in the immediate community, and has a 501 (c) 3 tax status determination letter from the Federal Internal Revenue Service.

How much money should I ask for?

The available funding amount will be announced at the beginning of our funding cycle.  Black Women Give follows a collective giving model; the amount available varies each year. It is rare that we will support the total costs of any given project, so we will want to know about your other funding sources.

Can the Project Budget Form include indirect costs?

Yes.  Black Women Give will allow indirect costs for most project support applicants (costs that are not project-specific but support the organization’s overhead), up to a maximum of 15% of the grant request.

Should we include letters of support or other materials such as videos?

Generally, we ask that you don’t send any additional materials with your proposal beyond what is asked for in the instructions for our grant application.  If letters of support or other materials are needed, the committee reviewing your proposal will contact you.

Will you do a site visit?

Occasionally. Usually, these are done by our grant committee members; and accompanied by board members.

Are grants funded over multiple years and is there a limit to the number of consecutive years of funding?

Black Women Give only makes one grant per twelve-month period to an organization.

Should we wait to hear from you before applying to other funders?

No. It is a good idea to submit applications to multiple sources of funding, as doing so will improve your chances of success.

Can I apply for multiple projects in the same year?

There may be compelling reasons for multiple grants, but they are not common.  Organizations will only be considered for one funding area, and we suggest that you determine your highest priority. If you have further questions, you may contact us directly.

What if I do not have the required attachments in electronic form? Can I make other arrangements to deliver them to you?

No, in order to ensure applications are not disqualified due to lack of required materials, your application will not be accepted without the required supplemental information. It is required that documents be scanned or saved in a PDF format for ease of attaching to the electronic application. As well, as mailed to our organization via standard mail postmarked by 12/15/17.

I don’t have all the information requested in the guidelines. Can I still apply?

No, we encourage all applicants to secure the required documents prior to the submission of your grant application. Please contact us if you have any questions.

I have never written a proposal, where can I get help?

We understand that it can be daunting for many applicants.  Most organizations do not need to hire professional grant writers to receive grant funding from The Black Women Give Foundation.  There are many sources, especially on the Internet, to help you develop your proposal writing or grant seeking skills.  One of the best is the Foundation Center.

Are there requirements after the grant is awarded?

Yes, All grant recipients are required to enter into a contract with The Black Women Give Foundation governing the expenditure of grant funds. Grant recipients are required to participate in an evaluation process during and after the grant period, submit written final reports; as well as produce financial records of program outcomes and fiscal expenditures.