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.
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 residents 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 2020 grant application process begins with the launching of our Letter of Intent (LOI) on October 1, 2019 and ends in May, 2020 with membership voting and awarding grants. Since 2010, Seeds of Strength has awarded 83 grants totaling $1,328,000. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Grantmaking 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 for funding. The team’s recommendations are put to a vote at the Annual Membership Voting and Awards Night in May.
Our Team 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, perform site visits, and oversees the annual grant cycle process.
–Grantreaders Subcommittee: Reads and scores grant proposals and submits comments.
–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 2020, we awarded 9 grants totaling $208,000.
|Boys & Girls Club Georgetown||$25000||The digitALL Tech Cafe is a S.T.E.A.M. immersion project designed to integrate technology skill exposure into relevant aspects of the lives of kids|
|BiG – Brookwood in Georgetown||$25000||BiG will continue to create an inviting and nurturing environment in the residential homes where our “citizens” can flourish and interact with Georgetown and personally help change the way the world views this population|
|Capital IDEA||$25000||Capital IDEA covers the cost of tuition – books – fees and wrap-around support services for low-income adults to pursue an associate’s degree or certification at a local community college|
|CASA of Williamson County||$24000||CASA will recruit and train more volunteers getting them closer to serving 100% of children in need|
|Faith in Action Georgetown||$19500||Faith in Action Georgetown will provide transportation and other support services for home-bound senior adults to keep them connected to health care & nutrition as well as the Buddy Program to promote independence and quality of life|
|Girlstart||$20000||Girlstart After School in Georgetown is a free weekly STEM after-school program for 4-5th grade girls designed to increase learning hours in STEM|
|Hope Alliance||$25000||Hope Alliance will provide critical direct intervention services to 190 Georgetown residents who are victims of family violence and/or sexual assault.|
|STARRY Inc||$20000||STARRY Counseling Georgetown delivers high quality trauma-informed no cost professional counseling and family support services to 650 Georgetown residents annually|
|The Georgetown Project||$25000||The NEST Empowerment Center and Shelter Services meets basic needs and supportive services in a safe & positive environment for an average of 115 9th-12th grade youth qualified as at-risk|