Deadline for Preliminary Questionnaires Due July 15 for Expanded $21,000 in Grants

June 23, 2016 (Henderson, Ky.) – Today Partnership of Women, known as POW! (pronounced like WOW), announced the organization has completed its annual membership fundraising drive. The organization raised a record $41,000 and surpassed its goal in its fourth year. The organization simultaneously launched the 2016 grant cycle.

On November 1, 2016 one successful Henderson organization will be awarded a single grant of $15,000 (up from $12,000 in the previous year) and two runners up will be issued grants of $3,000 each (up from $2,500 in 2015). The remaining $20,000 raised this year will be placed in the POW! endowment fund as the organization does annually.

Upon completion of this year’s grant cycle, POW! will have awarded $70,000 to Henderson non-profits in four short years. POW! has given $17,000 the last two years and $15,000 in its first year to worthwhile non-profit projects. $17,000 was awarded last year with $12,000 going to the Children’s Advocacy Center to purchase new recording equipment for interviewing children they serve. POW! held its press conference there today.

POW! is committed to granting roughly half of the funds raised from membership into the community each year while setting aside remaining member funds for growth and future giving in a Community Foundation of Henderson endowment.

The first step in the grant cycle begins with a preliminary questionnaire which is available on the website www.POWFund.org beginning today or by request via email at info@POWFUND.org. Deadline for the preliminary questionnaire is Friday, July 15, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Only organizations in Henderson County, Kentucky, that serve residents of Henderson County are eligible to apply. This includes 501(c)(3) non-profits as well as governmental agencies including educators with school-based projects and other programs in Henderson County that have a 501(c)(3) non-profit designation fiscal sponsor.

Non-profit project areas that will be eligible for funding are as follows:

-Community Development: Activities that benefit residents within all segments of the population

-Education: Activities that promote or strengthen educational attainment, both in and out of the classroom in Henderson

-Health: Activities that improve health outcomes for Henderson residents

-Human Services: Activities that support public protection, employment/jobs, food and nutrition, agriculture, housing and shelter, public safety, disaster preparedness, and relief

-Capital Projects: Small capital projects that will be completed within two years from the date of the grant award

After review of preliminary questionnaires, semi-finalists will receive a formal invitation to submit a full grant proposal which must be submitted by August 31.
The following is the POW! 2016 grant cycle calendar:

ROUND 1 Review Preliminary Questionnaires and Naming of Semi-Finalists

June 24 – July 15 Accepting Preliminary Questionnaires
July 16 – Aug. 5 Grants committee screens all Preliminary Questionnaires and selects 6-8 semi-finalists. Invitations to submit full grant proposals will be sent out via email with the full grant application. Semi-finalists will also be asked to schedule site visits in early to mid-September. Emails will be sent to those not chosen as semi-finalists by August 5, 2016.

ROUND 2 Full Grant Review, Site Visits and Naming of Finalists

Aug. 6 – Aug 31 Full grant submissions
Sept.1 – Sept. 23 Semi-finalists’ site visits will be completed. Invitations to site visits will be sent to the full POW! Membership.
Sept. 24 – Oct. 15 Grants committee selects finalists; Emails will be sent to finalists as well as those not chosen.

ROUND 3 Recipient Named

November 1 – Annual Dinner – Three finalists will make presentations and POW! members in attendance will vote immediately following. Award recipients will be announced at the end of the dinner.

Others interested in learning more about POW!, how to join or attend the annual dinner on November 1, may visit POWFund.org or visit their Facebook Page at POW!PartnershipOfWomen.

POW! Partnership of Women is an organization made up of women motivated by the desire to create positive social change by collectively pooling financial resources to fund programs that invest in the advancement of our community. POW! garners gifts of all sizes from a broad base of women donors to support POW!’s grant-making objectives as well as increase the education and advocacy work on the benefits of long-term and sustainable giving. Annually, POW! collects membership gifts endowing half of the monies and granting the other half in a given year — growing the individual size of the grant each year with help of the Community Foundation of Henderson and the Western Kentucky Community Foundation of which POW! is an affiliate of both foundations. New membership will resume following the annual meeting in 2016 for the 2017 grant cycle. For more information, visit www.PowFund.org or www.Facebook.com/PartnershipofWomen or email POW! at info@PowFund.org

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