Women and Girls Fund grant dead­line is Nov. 1

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EAS­TON — The Women and Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore, a field-of-in­ter­est en­dow­ment with the Mid- Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, is now ac­cept­ing grant pro­pos­als from IRS-des­ig­nated non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions for pro­grams ad­dress­ing the needs of women and girls through­out the five-county re­gion. Com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tions are due in the fund of­fice by Nov. 1.

Grant recipients will be an­nounced at the fund’s an­nual award and grants lun­cheon in April 2017.

Since its found­ing in 2002, the fund has awarded more than $450,000 to 77 non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions in Caro­line, Dorch­ester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot coun­ties. In 2016, 13 grants were given for a va­ri­ety pro­grams, in­clud­ing Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege’s para­le­gal stud­ies pro­gram; Critchlow Ad­kins Chil­dren’s Cen­ters’ af­ter-school pro­gram, “Girls Also Like STEM: Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing, and Math”; For All Sea­sons Be­hav­ioral Health & Rape Cri­sis Cen­ter’s His­panic/Latino par­ent­ing groups; Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Chop­tank’s “Women Build” pro­gram; and the Tal­bot County Extension Of­fice’s “Annie’s Project”, the lo­cal branch of a na­tional pro­gram de­signed to em­power women in agri­cul­ture to net­work and learn about over­all farm man­age­ment.

Su­san Wil­ford, a Women and Girls Fund board mem­ber who is the co-chair­man of the grants com­mit­tee, along with Emily Lynn and Beth Spurry, shared the com­mit­tee’s pur­pose.

“We are in­ter­ested in re­ceiv­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from or­ga­ni­za­tions rep­re­sent­ing all five coun­ties. No or­ga­ni­za­tion should be re­luc­tant to ap­ply. We give strong at­ten­tion to spe­cial­ized needs and in­no­va­tive pro­grams for which other fund­ing sources might not ex­ist. We are pleased to have helped a num­ber of small projects get started and go on to be suc­cess­ful on­go­ing pro­grams,” Wil­ford said.

To ob­tain a grant ap­pli­ca­tion or learn more about the fund and its ap­pli­ca­tion process, visit www.wom­e­nand­girls­fund.org. Ap­pli­ca­tions also may be ob­tained by call­ing 410-770-8347 or email­ing info@wom­e­nand­girls­fund.org.

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