Grants | Women’s Giving Circle



Women Empowering Women Through Philanthropy

The WGC is building a community of women philanthropists and creating a permanent legacy to address the needs of women and girls in the Upper Ohio Valley of West Virginia and Ohio. The goal is to assist women and girls achieve lifetime goals that might not otherwise be attainable without the support provided by the giving circle.

How can I participate?

Because a women’s giving circle leverages the limited resources of individuals for greater impact, minimum membership is $500 annually. Greater gifts are welcome. You may make gifts in honor or memory of a loved one or sponsor another woman’s participation. Half of each donation will be placed in the grantmaking fund and half will be placed into the endowment fund to ensure the future of the organization.

Please make your check payable to the: CFOV (in the memo line: Women’s Giving Circle), 1310 Market Street, Wheeling, WV 26003

Grant Opportunity

The Women’s Giving Circle, a component fund of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, welcomes grant applications for organizations in Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler and Wetzel Counties in West Virginia and Belmont and Jefferson Counties in Ohio. Organizations must address the following needs of women in our community:

  • Increasing life skills of women and girls, ie: Pre-K through 12 Education, Economic Empowerment, Physical and Mental Health, Violence and Crime
  • Encouraging the healthy development and personal authority of young girls
  • Raising awareness of gender disparities in our community

From Women’s Giving Circle Bylaws:

In its grantmaking, the Women’s Giving Circle uses community research to develop initiatives, focuses on prevention and effective intervention, supports new ideas and untested efforts as well as programs that have demonstrated results and impact, and establishes expectations for sustainability, significant value and lasting impact

Goals: The Women’s Giving Circle makes strategic, researched-based grants that facilitates systemic change to improve how women and girls are served in its community, applies creative solutions to critical needs, and produces lasting and measurable impact on the lives of women and girls.


Applicant organization must be a non-profit tax-exempt organization pursuant to IRS section 501(c)(3)

Grants submitted by applicant organizations must meet the mission of the Women’s Giving Circle

The following are excluded from consideration: organizations that promote a particular religious or political ideology; capital campaigns or endowments; dinner galas, advertising and other special fundraising events; contributions to the general fund of an organization; intermediary funding agencies; and scholarships.

Grant applications are accepted each Fall.

2017 grants awarded

2018 Grants Awarded