The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County

WGC Grants

Since 2002 the WGC has granted over $250,000 to programs that benefit women and girls in Howard County.

The WGC’s grant focus is on programs that increase the life skills of women and girls, encourage the healthy development and personal authority of young girls and raise the awareness of gender disparities in our community. The WGC is an endowed fund at the Community Foundation of Howard County, a portion of each donation made to the WGC goes to the endowment to ensure that there will be money to fund programs that benefit women and girls in perpetuity.
WGC does not accept grant proposals. Instead, WGC proactively identifies issues it wants to address and invests grant dollars in projects and programs for maximum impact.
WGC works in partnership with other institutions and organizations to advance its mission and address the needs of women and girls, as well as making grants to fund programs.
Education-based philanthropy is the cornerstone of the WGC’s grantmaking, thus WGC sponsors and co-sponsors programs, events and activities that advance understanding of the issues affecting women and girls in Howard County.
In 2013, The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County awarded $25,000 in grants to 11 organizations. Specifically these grants entailed:

A Macro Grant of $11,500 to the Maryland Leadership Workshop for support of the WGC Journey camp, including special financial aid for economically disadvantaged girls. Maryland Leadership Workshop is the operator of Journey, a camp for middle and high school girls founded by WGC as an outgrowth of its focus on adolescent girls.

A Micro Grant of $800 to Leadership U for financial aid for two girls. LeadershipU is a program of Leadership Howard County that provides leadership training for high school students.

A Micro Grant totaling $1,200 to Girls on the Run (GOTR) Howard County for financial aid for program participants. GOTR is a non-profit program whose mission is to educate and prepare girls in 3rd-8th grades for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. GOTR combines training for a 5K running event with healthy living education and self-esteem building programs.

A Micro Grant totaling $250 to The ARC of Howard County to support a relationship group for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who want to improve relationship and dating skills, learn how to protect themselves, and determine and report incidents of abuse.

A Continuing Grant of $5,250 to Howard Community College for financial aid to
women seeking job-related courses. Howard Community College is a 2-year college and learning institution with 22,000 students, many of whom are in non-degree programs that prepare them for jobs.

WGC’s Emergency Grant of $1,000 to Bridges to Housing Stability, which provides transitional housing for homeless families and assists families to bridge the gap from emergency shelter to permanent housing and stability.

WGC’s Emergency Grant of $1,000 to Community Action Council (CAC), which provides programs and emergency services for the low-income population of Howard County in order to alleviate the effects of poverty and promote self-sufficiency.

WGC’s Emergency Grant of $1,000 to the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, which provides a 24-hour hotline, emergency and transitional shelter, legal assistance and other services to families impacted by domestic violence.

WGC’s Emergency Grant of $1,000 to FIRN, which provides services to immigrants as they bridge into the American culture.

WGC’s Emergency Grant of $1,000 to Family and Children’s Services, Healthy Families, which provides support to first-time parents from the birth of a new baby through infancy, toddlerhood and into early childhood.

WGC’s Emergency Grant of $1,000 to Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, which provides 24-hour crisis intervention services and is Howard County’s only homeless shelter.