Women’s Giving Circle Grantmaking

Mission and Process

The Women’s Giving Circle of the Community Giving Foundation empowers, connects, and inspires women and girls by supporting initiatives and resources that better their lives.

The grant process is designed to engage the membership in identifying and supporting programs that meet its mission throughout the service area. Annually, members are invited to nominate organizations to apply. The application process is made available to all nominated organizations. A new group of members is selected each year to form the grant review committee. The review committee is responsible for selecting 4-6 finalists to present at an annual event where membership is given the opportunity to cast their vote on the final recipient(s). Click here for a handout outlining the grantmaking process.

Eligibility and Restrictions

  • applicant must have a 501c3 IRS tax exempt designation or be a governmental organization
  • applicant’s proposal must address the needs of women and/or girls
  • applicant’s proposal must serve residents within the Foundation service area (Lower-Luzerne, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Union, and Snyder counties)
  • the Foundation does not award grants to individuals
  • the Foundation does not award grants that serve an exclusively religious purpose
  • grants are made for future programs/projects only, funding will not be awarded to projects completed before final board approval
  • the Foundation discourages repeated applications for sustained funding of programs

Evaluation Criteria

The Women’s Giving Circle favors programs/projects that:

  • programs whose primary beneficiaries are women and/or girls
  • give a clear and concise explanation of the program
  • fulfill the applicant’s mission statement
  • establish measurable goals and have an evaluation process for reviewing and promoting best practices
  • demonstrate how positive outcomes of the program will be sustained and have a sound organizational sustainability plan
  • do not duplicate services provided by other community organizations
  • include collaboration with other organizations


  • March 7-31: Women’s Giving Circle Membership nominates eligible applicants
  • April 1: Application process opens. Nominated organizations are invited to apply through the Foundation’s grant website. Grants committee is formed within the membership.
  • May 31: Application deadline (online)
  • June 15: Grants committee reviews applications and recommends 4 finalists.
  • June 21: Applicants are notified of decisions. Presentation guidelines distributed to finalists.
  • July 20: Finalists present at annual event. Members cast their vote at the event. Grant winner(s) announced.

How to Nominate

Current Women’s Giving Circle members (effective January 1, 2021 – current) are invited to nominate eligible nonprofit or government organizations to apply by completing the nomination form. Members are encouraged to nominate all charities that may significantly address the mission of the Women’s Giving Circle.

How to Apply

Nominated organizations will receive an access code which is required to apply. To begin the application process, log in to our grant website. Each nominated organization can submit one application.


Contact Christine Orlando, senior program officer, at [email protected] or Karri Harter, programs associate, at [email protected] or 570-752-3930.