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 in which members come together to enrich lives in the Georgetown community.  We do this by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations serving the Georgetown area.  Seeds of Strength is a donor-designated fund of Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation.

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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) in the fall 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 lead 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 go through 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 votes at the Annual Membership Grant Making Event in May to determine which requests are funded.

Our Volunteers

  • Grants Standing Committee:  Reads and evaluates the applicants LOI’s, 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 to ensure agencies meet their goals and that grants have the intended impact.

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

BiG
Boys & Girls
Capital IDEA
CASA Wilco
Faith in Action
The Georgetown Project
GirlStart
Hope Alliance
STARRY
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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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