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.
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.
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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.
- 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.
|Awardee of Grant||Initiative||Amount Awarded|
|AGE of Central Texas||Georgetown Thrives||$25,000|
|Austin Sunshine Camps||Overnight Summer Camp 2021||$20,000|
|Georgetown Backpack Buddies||Georgetown Backpack Buddies||$25,000|
|Georgetown Family YMCA||Y on the Fly||$24,000|
|Girls Empowerment Network||Girl Connect||$16,500|
|Helping Hands of Georgetown||Helping Hands of Georgetown||$25,000|
|Ride On Center for Kids (ROCK)||EAAT Therapy for Adults and Children||$24,000|
|Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center||Prevent and Interrupt Child Abuse||$25,000|