Utah Women’s Giving Circle: Grants for Utah

OVERVIEW: The Utah Women’s Giving Circle supports various issues that affect local women and girls throughout the state of Utah.

FUNDING AREAS: Women and girls, wage gaps, education, domestic violence, poverty, entrepreneurship, child care

IP TAKE: This is an active and passionate women’s giving group that takes a statewide approach to giving and awards about five to ten new grants per year.

PROFILE: Established in 2011, the Utah Women’s Giving Circle is a women’s philanthropy group affiliated with the Community Foundation of Utah. It is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. A small group of women came together to create this foundation to address issues that local women and girls face in the state. Women pay $250 for an annual membership, and girls under 18 pay $50 for an annual membership. The organization “leverages modest, individual donations into a powerful investment in projects that empower Utah women and girls.” It funds local efforts that address wage gaps, education, domestic violence, poverty, entrepreneurship, child care, and other issues that affect women and girls.

The Utah Women’s Giving Circle awards grants to local groups once per year following annual voting. The giving circle typically funds programs rather than general operating support for organizations that focus their services on women and girls. Membership dues grantmaking is supplemented by annual sponsorships by local businesses and event sponsorships. The giving circle also has member-hosted gatherings, such as potlucks, book clubs, and other social events.

Grants range between about $15,000 and $25,000.  Learn more about this funder’s local giving on the grantmaking page of the funder’s website. Grantmaking focuses on communities throughout the state of Utah. Past local grantees include the Utah Rape Recovery Center, Utah Public Radio, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake.

This foundation periodically accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. Grant opportunities are often made available in the fall. The foundation does not award grants to groups that received an award in the most recent cycle, with the exception of media grants. Direct general questions to the staff at wgc@utahcf.org or 801-559-3005.


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