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Grant Information

Since 1992, Women Helping Women Fund has awarded $6 million in grants to nearly 600 programs. Extensive research is conducted - including a thorough needs assessment - in order to identify the organizations best equipped to meet the needs of women and children. 

The responsive grant cycle opens in September with a Letter of Intent (LOI) Application. Any 501(c)(3) organization serving women and/or children in Spokane County is invited to apply. 

To assist potential applicants with the process, an informational session is offered in September. The session covers eligibility, key dates, how to apply, required information, and how our Collective Giving Community helps to shape the responsive grant process.


To receive funds, your agency must:

  • Have 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Spend no more than 5% of your budget on legislative involvement.
  • Apply to fund a program in Spokane County only. WHWF does not fund organizations.
Please note: WHWF does not fund individuals, political action organizations, or endowment funds


  • WHWF grants funds to specific programs, not agencies, which support women and/or children.
  • WHWF encourages that each agency only submits one application each year. Given the high demand for funding, it is unlikely that WHWF will be able to provide funding to more than one program per agency within a grant year.
  • WHWF awards responsive grants for one year. Grant funds are available to spend between July 1 and June 30. No funds should be expensed prior to July 1 or after June 30. After the termination of the grant year, unexpended funds must be returned to the WHWF office by September 1.
  • WHWF examines the financial stability of programs and agencies.
  • WHWF favors innovative, collaborative, and creative programs that meet community needs and align with our mission to empower Spokane area women and children to achieve their fullest potential.
  • WHWF may conduct site visits prior to allocating funds.

2021-22 Process Overview and Timeline

If your LOI meets criteria in the initial review, you will receive an invitation email to submit the Full Application. A site will be scheduled by a current or past WHWF Board Member. This site visit is not an indication of funding. WHWF will communicate a decision about your application when the programmatic review and due diligence process is complete. Grant decisions are subject to Board-adopted guidelines and approval. Grant Information Seminar | September 2021 Letter of Intent Applications Open | September-October 2021 LOI Notifications & Invitation to Submit Full Application | November 2021 Full Applications Open | November 2021 Site Visits | January-February 2022 Grantee Notifications | April 2022 Distribution of Funds | June 2022

Funding Focus Areas

In 2020, WHWF launched a Collective Giving Community that gives members the opportunity to help shape the funding decisions during the responsive grant process through voting twice a year on funding focuses and grant finalists.​ ​As such, WHWF will add scoring criteria this year that aligns with the results from the funding focus vote listed in order of priority below. ​ Early Childhood Education and Childcare​ Family/Domestic Violence Resources​ Mental Health Services​​​ Housing Assistance and Homelessness Resources​ Family Support Programs ​ Food & Nutrition Security​​​ Achieve Financial Stability​​​ Education K-12 ​ Access to Higher Education and Continuing Education ​​​ Youth Enrichment​