Attend a Grant Overview Session for Q&A on the application process. 

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Congratulations to the Women's Giving Circle grantees!

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Women's Giving Circle 2013 Scorecard available



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PO Box 2345
Fayetteville, NC 28302



Women's Giving Circle of Cumberland County

Grant Information


Status of women In North Carolina

The Status of Women in Cumberland County - Briefing Paper

The Status of Women in North Carolina - Executive Summary

Press Conference presentation regarding the Cumberland County Briefing Paper



The Women's Giving Circle of Cumberland County is pleased to make available to the Cumberland County community its Scorecard of data related to the status of women and children in Cumberland County.  This Scorecard highlights the focus areas of our grantmaking - homelessness, food insecurity, healthcare and educational attainment for women and children.

WGC Scorecard is updated annually with data on the original areas of Basic Needs and to add new indicators as the Women's Giving Circle selects its annual direction for grant making.  It is our hope that this Scorecard will become a valuable tool not only for our members but also for the community, helping to focus our collective efforts on improving the lives of women and children in Cumberland County.

Grant Cycle Information

Grant Funding Focus for 2014-2016

The Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County awards high-impact grants to projects focusing on women and children in Cumberland County, NC.

The focus areas for the next two grant cycles will be:

  • Reading proficiency through 3rd grade among children who attend *low income schools or after school programs, or
  • Homelessness or risk of homelessness among women and children, or
  • Food insecurity among **low income women and children

*Low income schools - schools where more than 75% of the students receive free or reduced lunch

    **Low income as related to food insecurity linked below 100% federal poverty level guidelines

Special considerations will be given to projects that incorporate any of the following:

  • provide a new, creative approach to a critical community need
  • offer opportunities to collaborate and foster partnerships, as well as leverage other funding sources
  • projects that demonstrate the ability to achieve measurable results and have a high probability of successful continuation beyond the grant period
  • projects that impact a larger population will be given priority


  • Organizations must attend one of the grant workshops provided by the giving circle.  Email or call Susan Barnes to register - or 910-483-4449
    • Monday, August 18 at 3:00 PM
    • Thursday, September 25 at 10:30 AM
  • Organizations must be located and provide services in Cumberland County, North Carolina.
  • Applicants must qualify as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be classified as a unit of government.
  • Organizations must not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief nor be a religious organization that serves exclusively sectarian purposes.
  • Organizations must have met all reporting requirements on previous funding to be eligible for future funding.  For those organizations with active grants who are invited to submit a full proposal, a final or interim report must be submitted with a full grant proposal to be considered for funding.

 We do not make grants for the following

  • Capital and endowment campaigns
  • Fraternal Organizations
  • Organizations for re-granting purposes
  • Travel and conferences
  • Directly to Individuals
  • Projects promoting religious or political views
  • Scholarships                                                                         


Documents needed

Introduction to the Grants Process - RFP - All information needed - Please print and read first.               


How to Apply                                                                                           

Our grant application process is now online through the Cumberland Community Foundation online system.  Follow the link below to complete your letter of inquiry.  If you have signed in when applying for a Cumberland Community Foundation grant, the same login and password will apply.


Some basic instructions for the online applications

  • Select "sign up" if it is your first time accessing the online application system.
  • Use the link in your confirmation email to return to the website and view applications.
  • Complete and submit the general application and then you can answer the supplemental questions for the specific grant opportunity.
  • The general application is connected to an applicant's email address.  As long as you keep the same email address, you will only need to complete the general application once.

Deadline for the Letter of Inquiry is October 23, 2014 by 11:59 PM.


Letters of Inquiry are not grant proposals.  They are strictly for preliminary information-gathering purposes.  Submitting a Letter of Inquiry does not guarantee formal consideration for funding.

2014 Grantees

  • Fayetteville Urban Ministry - $30,000 - for ESTEEM Program to empower women living in poverty to improve their life situations and that of their dependent children through basic skills training and employment while addressing food insecurity.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina - $25,000 - for a take-home food program for at risk children.  This program provides a weekly backpack with shelf stable food to get children through the weekend when school meals are not available.  They will also create a community garden to use for education of children and adults and in schools for garden/nutrition education.
  • Child Advocacy Center - $7,000 - to implement a program to support their effort to prevent homelessness by providing direct assistance to victims of abuse and exploitation.

2013 Grantees

  • Better Health of Cumberland County - $25,000 - to provide medication, preventive products, medical supplies, eye exams and glasses, etc. to the medically underserved homeless women and children; collaboration with CCMAP and CFVH's Coordination of Care Dept.
  • Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network - $20,000 - for expansion of the emergency shelter program through an on-site renovation of an existing Day Center; matching grant
  • The Fayetteville Police Department - $3,000 - to provide material for workshops for victims of domestic violence and/or rape
  • The Salvation Army - $6,050 - to provide emergency food vouchers and to provide camp experiences to homeless children at Salvation Army's week long Camp Walter Johnson in Denton, NC
  • St. Ann's Neighborhood Youth Center - $4,000 - to provide funds for food and fuel for this afterschool program that serves homeless and impoverished children

2012 Grantees

  • CARE Center Family Violence Program - $15,000
  • Cumberland Co. Coordinating Council on Older Adults - $15,000
  • Cumberland Interfaith Hospitatlity Network, Inc. - $15,000
  • Hungry Angelz - $5,000

2011 Grantees

  • Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch - $25,000
  • Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network - $15,000
  • Grace & Mercy House, Inc. - $9,340



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