Grant Applications for Organizations

RWF Priorities

RWF focuses on projects in the following areas: arts and culture, health and human services, education, and the environment.

Geographical Areas

RWF awards grants to organizations located in or providing services in the cities of Roanoke and Salem and the counties of Roanoke, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, and Franklin. Please note: One hundred percent (100%) of RWF grant funds must be used in our defined service area.

Typical Grant Size

Request MUST be a minimum of $30,000.

PLEASE NOTE: If an organization is awarded a RWF grant, there is a five-year waiting period to become eligible to apply again. For example, an organization awarded a RWF grant in 2014 would be eligible to submit an application in 2020.

Please keep in mind that the RWF values concise, well-chosen language in all submissions.

How to Apply

The RWF uses an ONLINE grant application process. No paper applications will be accepted. Please visit The Roanoke Women’s Foundation Grants Management System to determine eligibility and to get our grant application.

If you have questions about the online grant application, please refer to the links below before contacting the RWF:

For all other questions, please contact grants@roanokewomensfoundation.org. There is no phone number.

2017 Grant Process Timeline

  • February 16: RWF hosts a grant training seminar at 3pm at the South County Library. (Registration information below.)
  • March 1: Phase I Applications accepted from all qualified charitable organizations.
  • March 31: Phase I Application deadline (Must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. No exceptions!)
  • April: RWF Grants Committee reviews and evaluates Phase I Applications.
  • May 1: Agencies notified via email whether or not they have been selected to submit a Phase II Application.
  • May 26: Phase II Application deadline (Must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. No exceptions!) 
  • June—August: Follow-up phone calls and/or site visits conducted by RWF Grants Committee. September: RWF selects up to ten finalists and notifies all Phase II applicants whether or not they are selected for the ballot.
  • November 2: Grants awarded at the RWF Annual Awards Luncheon. Recipients notified in advance of the date and invited to attend.

Registration for 2017 Grant Seminar

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 3 p.m. South County Library, 6303 Merriman Road. Please email Kim Turner at klhturner13@gmail.com and provide your name and title, the name of your organization, and your telephone number. Seating will be limited, so only one person from each organization, please.




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