The Women Inspired Network, an initiative of the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation, will award $10,000 in grant funding to one or more local charities again this year. The organization, comprised of women throughout LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam counties, has awarded more than $35,000 in the past three years to local charitable organizations who support and enhance the lives of women and children in our region.
The funds for the awards are contributed by members and friends of WIN throughout the year and are then awarded through a competitive grant process. Applications for grant funding can be submitted until Sept. 30 by any nonprofit organization with a mission that includes empowering women and children to lead their best lives. Applications for funding will be reviewed by the Grant Review Team and finalists will present their case for support at the next WIN meeting on Oct. 22. All members are encouraged to attend and guests are welcome. Grant funding will be awarded at the annual Celebration of Giving on Nov. 8.
Ninety-six percent of the funds contributed throughout the year to the Network are returned to the community through annual grants and used to grow the WIN Endowment which will support women and children throughout Starved Rock Country in perpetuity.
To learn more about the Women’s Inspired Network, become a member and/or apply for a WIN grant, visit https://srccf.org/women-inspired-network/ or contact the Foundation office at 815-252-2906. New members and friends of WIN are always welcome.