Our annual Grants Program is the heartbeat of our mission. Through the work of our volunteer Grants Committee and the collective giving of our membership, we are able to make impact grants to Smith County nonprofits whose work enriches the lives of women and children in our community. We offer a comprehensive Grants Training Seminar for applicants each May, and our grants application opens online in June.

Important Dates for Grant Applicants for 2024:

May 21 – Grant Training Seminar

June 3 – Grant Application Opens

July 8 – Grant Application Closes

September 17 – Presentations by Grant Semi-Finalists

October 7 – Membership Voting Begins

Read on to discover if your organization is eligible for a grant from the Women’s Fund of Smith County.  

Click Here to Apply for a Grant

Our Purpose

To provide large impact grants to support nonprofit agencies benefiting women and children in the Tyler/Smith County area.

Areas of Focus for Funding

The Women’s Fund of Smith County provides grant support for arts & culture, education, health & wellness and human services for women and/or children.

Grant Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant is not receiving and/or utilizing grant funding from Women’s Fund in 2024
  • Applicant is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization with an active, functioning board of directors
  • Organization’s yearly operating budget is $120,000 or more
    Grant request is for $30,000 to $100,000
  • Project Proposal is focused on Arts & Culture, Education, Health & Wellness, or Human Services to significantly impact the lives of WOMEN and/or CHILDREN
  • Proposal is a new program or expansion of a current program. 
  • Recipients of services must be Smith County residents
  • Services must be provided in Smith County, without discrimination, and take place in 2025
  • Organization has the ability to sustain the project

Funding will not be considered for the following:

  • Grants to individuals
  • Scholarships
  • Budget deficits/debt retirement or restructuring
  • Capital Campaigns (Capital Asset requests are allowed)
  • General operating funds for existing programs
  • Religious/sectarian causes for strictly religious or sectarian purposes
  • Political or lobbying activities