OUR GRANTS
"Flowers and fruit are only the beginning. In the seed lies the life and the future."
Marion Zimmer Bradley

Seeds of Strength is a philanthropic women’s giving circle whose members connect with the Georgetown community, enrich lives through fellowship, and award grants to nonprofits as selected by our members.

Since 2010

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About Our Grants

Each year Seeds of Strength pools the annual membership donations, accepts and evaluates grant applications received from local nonprofits, and then distributes grant awards based on a democratic selection of grantees by the membership.

To be considered for a Seeds of Strength grant, an organization must serve clients who reside in the Greater Georgetown area, be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and incorporated in the State of Texas.

Seeds of Strength awards grants in four areas of interest: Health and Well-Being, Family, Education/Financial Security, and Arts and Culture.  Grant requests will be considered for new and ongoing programs and projects, as well as for operational support.  Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000.  The total amount awarded each year is determined by the size of the membership.

Our 2022 grant application process begins with the launching of our Letter of Intent (LOI) on October 1, 2021 and ends in May, 2022 when grants are awarded.

 

For more information contact grants@seedsofstrength.org.

Our Grant Making Team

The Grant committee members who wish to serve use a thorough and participative grantmaking process.  This in-depth process is designed to help educate members to become more knowledgeable and skilled philanthropists.  Grantmaking practices are conducted with integrity, fiscal responsibility, respect, and fairness to community organizations.  We strive to be good stewards of our members’ investment.

Grantmaking team members follow a rigorous evaluations process, identify questions and concerns, make site visits, and ultimately rank the proposals to submit to the Board, which will determine the finalists.  All Seeds of Strength members then vote on the finalists in May to determine which requests are funded.

Our Volunteers

  • Grants Standing Committee:  Reads and evaluates the applicants’ LOI’s and grant proposals, conducts information sessions to help nonprofits better understand the Seeds of Strength’s grant application process, and oversees the annual grant cycle process.
  • Grant Evaluation  Subcommittee:   Reads and scores grant proposals.
  • Financial Subcommittee:   Analyzes the financial statements of all agencies submitting grant proposals.

After grants are awarded in May, members of the Seeds of Strength Compliance Committee work with grant recipients to monitor progress throughout the year  (7/1-6/30) to ensure agencies meet their goals and that grants have the intended impact.

In 2021, we awarded eight grants totaling $185,000.

 

Awardee of GrantInitiativeAmount Awarded
AGE of Central TexasGeorgetown Thrives$25,000
Austin Sunshine CampsOvernight Summer Camp 2021$20,000
Georgetown Backpack BuddiesGeorgetown Backpack Buddies$25,000
Georgetown Family YMCAY on the Fly$24,000
Girls Empowerment NetworkGirl Connect$16,500
Helping Hands of GeorgetownHelping Hands of Georgetown$25,000
Ride On Center for Kids (ROCK)EAAT Therapy for Adults and Children$24,000
Williamson County Children’s Advocacy CenterPrevent and Interrupt Child Abuse$25,000
   
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