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Grant Process

If you are a Women United in Philanthropy member interested in volunteering on the Grants Committee go here

All visitors are encouraged to read our FAQ page for more details on the grant process.  

Women United in Philanthropy (WUP) strives to award Human Service Grants annually to local non-profits serving women and children in our community through its Human Services Grant Award program. The amount of the grant and the number of grants awarded each year are determined based on the amount available in the WU Collective Fund each year. The Human Services Grant Award program is unique and the process can change based on direction set by the Grant and Steering Committees, community needs, available funds, and other factors.

The Process, in general:

  1. WUP members nominate eligible organizations to the grant committee
  2. Eligible organizations are invited to submit a proposal for consideration
  3. The grant committee reviews all proposals and selects which applicants will advance to the site visit stage
  4. After site visits, the grant committee selects finalist organizations and invites them to present proposals to the full membership (the number of finalists can vary)
  5. All members are given the opportunity to vote during a brief period following the finalists’ grant presentations
  6. Grant award recipients are announced to the full membership at the WUP Annual Fall Luncheon

Nominated Organizations

To be eligible for nomination by a WUP member, an organization must:

  • be a 501(c) 3 human services organization
  • serve women and/or children in Planning District 10, which includes the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson
  • not have been awarded Women United in Philanthropy grants in the previous two grant cycles (click here to review previous awards)

Nominating Members

 In order for a WUP member to nominate an organization for a Human Services Grant, the member must:

  • be a current member of Women United in Philanthropy (members are asked to renew each December/January)
  • email the non-profit organization name along with details of specific program(s) or project(s) to be funded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • provide name, title, and contact information for an individual a the nominated organization in the nominating email
  • Email before the nomination deadline.

Grant Cycle

The grant cycle timing may change due to factors within Women United in Philanthropy or community issues.  A new grant cycle is typically announced within one month of a completed grant cycle.

Upcoming Events

2018 Human Services Grant Awards Finalists Presentation

May 9, 2018

5:30 pm

VENUE UPDATE: CAAR Conference Room, 550 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville

Details to follow


2018 Grant Voting Begins (members only)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Keep an eye on your email!


2018 Annual Human Services Grant Awards Luncheon

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

11:30am -1:30pm

Boar's Head Inn Pavilion

Please join us in honoring our 2018 WUP Grant recipients!

United Way Day of Caring

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Join Women United in Philanthropy's Day of Caring team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Project to be announced.


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2017 Women United Grant Proposals

The Women United Grant Committee has worked diligently to review, analyze, research and visit the eighteen non-profits that applied for 2017 Human Services Grant Awards. The following five organizations represent the finalists in this process.  This year, at least two grants will be awarded for a total of $50,000.  The recipients will be announced at the Women United Annual Luncheon on Thursday, October 5th.

Below is a summary of each finalist organization and a link to proposals. We hope that before you vote you will read the proposals in their entirety. 

African American Teaching Fellows (AATF):

Increasing diversity and multicultural awareness in the local public school systems is the mission of this group.  To help achieve this, AATF requests funds to provide college tuition assistance to five African American student fellows in exchange for a commitment to teaching in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area after graduation for the same number of years for which they received funding. Fellows are also given professional support and guidance on leadership development, as well as opportunities geared to connecting the fellows to our local community. Click here to read the proposal.  

Georgia’s Healing House (GHH):

Georgia’s Healing House, a program of Georgia’s Friends, serves women during their initial stages of recovery from alcohol and drug dependency by providing a safe place to live, an individualized treatment plan, individual mentorship, and support as women reenter the workplace. In the first two years, 42 women resided at GHH, all of whom remained free of drugs and alcohol during their stay. Seventeen successfully completed the program and 12are still receiving care. There is no other supervised supportive residential program in the Charlottesville area for women in early recovery from addiction.

The Women United award would support the operation of the house, which can accommodate 12 women at a time, for approximately two and a half months, as the cost for each woman is about $1000.00 per month. Click here to read the proposal.

Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): 

CASA is an organization that trains Court Appointed Special Advocates, who work one-on-one with abused and endangered children in our community to assist the courts in determining the best environment to ensure each child's safety and well-being. CASA seeks a grant to assist in recruiting, screening and training 30 new volunteers, as well as supporting and supervising the approximately 100 volunteers who are active at any one time. The number of children needing advocates has increased; specifically, CASA served 235 children in the first seven months of 2017 and has children needing advocates on its waiting list. Eighty-three percent of the children come from households surviving at or below the federal poverty line. Click here to read the proposal.

Women’s Center at UVA—Middle School Mentoring Program:

The Women’s Center requests support for two mentoring programs in Charlottesville and Albemarle middle schools, the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) and the Men’s Leadership Project (MLP).  Middle school students who struggle with self–confidence, peer relationships and other common stumbling blocks receive the help of a trusted mentor for individual support as well as group mentoring. About 75 UVA undergraduates make this commitment each year to 75 children. The $322 per child requested for these programs covers activities and the materials needed for those activities, such as snacks and curriculum supplies, t-shirts, and special gatherings as well as careful training of the mentors. Click here to read the proposal.

The Women’s Initiative (TWI):

TWI seeks support for the operation of critical mental health services to 3,200 women through its core programming. Women served come from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds; many have been the victims of abuse, suffer from trauma, and face a variety of challenges such as the death of a family member, divorce, poverty, and post-traumatic stress disorder. TWI offers mental health counseling, social support, education and outreach to those needing help coping with depression, anxiety and trauma through individual and group therapies. Click here to read the proposal.

You may vote for two organizations between Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at 12:01 AM until Monday, September 11, 2017, at 11:59 PM.   You must use the link sent to you via your email to cast your ballot. 

Please remember that it is the policy of Women United that members refrain from initiating communication with other members in an effort to influence their votes.

Respectfully submitted by the Grant Committee:

Allyn Gutauskas and Jennifer Lehman, Co-Chairs


Teresa Sullivan to Speak at Women United Luncheon

Women United is excited to welcome UVA President Teresa Sullivan as keynote speaker at our 2012 Human Services Grant Award Luncheon at Farmington Country Club on September 20.


  • Women United Past Events

    Women United Participates in United Way TJA Day of Caring

    The surprising heat during this year’s United Way Day of Caring on September 20, 2017, did not diminish the spirits of eight Women United volunteers. WomenUnitedDayofCaring2017 web  Through United Way –Thomas Jefferson Area, we volunteered at The Salvation Army on Ridge Road. Our task was to transition the chapel back to its original function after the previous night’s Fifth Annual Telethon. Diane, the site janitor, and our host, Antonio Rice, Director of Development, quickly put us to work. With sleeves rolled up and muscles flexed, we hauled heavy stage backdrops into storage, re-positioned the band equipment back on stage, disassembled banners, dusted the pews and vacuumed.  

    Opened in 1912, The Salvation Army welcomes all who are in need.  Rice put it best when he said, “We are the safety net for anyone who has lost their way.”   

    The Salvation Army serves hot meals 365 days a year and served 60,000 meals last year. They can also house up to 56 clients overnight.  Food, shelter, clothes, and respect are what The Salvation Army offers to help those in need get back on their feet.

    A big shout out to those who gave their time: Jennifer McCune, Karen Boyette, Kelly Downer, Kristin Cummings Streed, Maribeth Haynes, Mary Pat Hansen, Tracy Meade and Shannon Holland, who did a fabulous job coordinating.  

     --Maribeth Haynes, Member, Communications Committee


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