Local philanthropic group has donated more than $1.3 million to Loudoun County nonprofits focused on shelter, health, hunger and education.
Window for submitting initial letter opens on November 1
Leesburg, Va. – October 25, 2017 – Loudoun County-based 100WomenStrong, a group of concerned area residents and business people who strategically support organizations and programs that enhance the lives of Loudoun County residents will begin accepting Letters of Intent from area nonprofits on November 1 in advance of its 2018 grant cycle. Non-profit organizations that serve Loudoun County and wish to be considered for this grant cycle must submit a Letter of Intent between 8 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, and 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017.
According to Lynn Rubin, Vice President of 100WomenStrong, Letters of Intent will be accepted from 501(c)(3) organizations serving Loudoun County residents and should include:
- Name and purpose of organization
- Dollar amount of grant request
- Description of the proposed project(s) addressing needs of Loudoun County residents in one of 100WomenStrong’s areas of interest (below)
- Explanation of importance of the proposed project(s) to those served and to Loudoun County and its residents
Letters of Intent must be no more than one page in length, in 11-point font or larger, and should be emailed to LettersofIntent@onehundredwomenstrong.org as a .pdf attachment with the name of the organization in the subject line of the email. Every applicant will receive an email confirming receipt of its Letter of Intent. Organizations that submit a Letter of Intent will be notified of the status of their applications on or before January 14, 2018 (UPDATED).
Interested organizations can find further information on the 100WomenStrong website at www.onehundredwomenstrong.org.
“Using a Letter of Intent as a first step makes it easier for nonprofits to submit a request, especially those that don’t have staff or support to help them with grant funding requests,” said Rubin. “This process has had the added benefit of making us more aware of the many smaller – and newer – nonprofits across the county, because they can participate in this first step of our process easily. Once we have reviewed the Letters of Intent, we will then ask specific organizations to provide a full application and budget for the project they are proposing.”
100WomenStrong grants funds in support of programs addressing issues in the following areas of interest:
Health – Although ranked among the healthiest counties in Virginia, the components of a healthy life are not readily available to all in Loudoun.
Hunger – Despite living in one of the most affluent areas of the United States, Loudoun County residents of all ages experience food insecurity.
Education – Gaps in educational opportunities continue to exist here, both for those in need of specialized educational programs and those in at-risk situations or in low-income families.
Shelter – Though not always apparent, Loudoun County has a population of residents of all ages and backgrounds who need affordable housing, are seeking safety from abusive relationships or are otherwise housing insecure.
501(c)(3) non-profit organizations serving the Loudoun County community in these areas should visit 100WomenStrong at https://www.onehundredwomenstrong.org/grants/application-process/ to learn more.
Please note: Letters submitted prior to 8 a.m. on November 1, 2017, or after 5 p.m. on November 30, 2017, will not be considered. Only the first page of letters longer than one page will be reviewed.
Formed in 2008, 100WomenStrong is committed to improving the quality of life for residents of Loudoun County, Virginia, through strategic grants to nonprofits working in the areas of shelter, health, hunger and education. Members of 100WomenStrong connect and collaborate to leverage their philanthropic resources as a donor-advised fund of the Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. For more information about 100WomenStrong, contact Pam Ray at info@OneHundredWomenStrong.org.