2024 Grant Ballot

It’s time for your voice to be heard!

As a member of the Women’s Fund of Smith County, your vote is critical to our mission – to enrich the lives of women and children in Smith County.

Below, you will see information on requests from 13 Smith County nonprofit organizations. These requests have been thoroughly vetted by our Grants Committee and have been found to satisfy our eligibility requirements.

Please take a minute to read the descriptions and watch the brief videos provided by the agencies to help you better understand their projects.

If you would like to review the entire grant application, we have copies available at the Women’s Fund office. Just let us know if you’d like to come by and review the packets.

When you’re ready to vote, simply click the link to the online ballot. You will move the projects up and down in your order of preference, and then click to submit your vote.

Client Services Efficiency Project – Alzheimer’s Alliance 

    The Client Services Efficiency Project would create a new, user-friendly website for clients, caretakers, and potential clients. It will provide resources for potential clients, a quicker client in-take process and streamline all client services procedures. It will appeal to a wide demographic of potential clients and caretakers who utilize technology on a day-to-day basis.

      On Display – Caldwell Arts Academy

        On Display will provide a mobile art trailer outfitted with visual art displays, lighting, sound recording and video equipment to share student’s art with the greater community.  By providing the equipment to display the students’ talents in the community, people will have an opportunity to appreciate the positive student outcomes that Caldwell Arts Academy students create.

          Bunk Beds and Mattresses – Camp Tyler

            Bunk Beds and Mattresses will replace unsafe and outdated teacher beds and mattresses, and student bunk beds and mattresses. New equipment will meet current safety and fire prevention requirements. The equipment will increase capacity for the Camp Tyler Outdoor School overnight residential program now and in the future.

              Kitchen and Laundry Remodel – Children’s Village

                Kitchen and Laundry Remodeling will replace aging, dysfunctional stove ranges, double ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and dryers in 25- and 40-year-old cottages. The kitchens and laundry areas will be remodeled with other funds to provide the necessary space for the new equipment.

                  Mobile STEM Outreach – Discovery Science Place

                  Mobile Stem Outreach for Smith County Middle Schools will provide staffing, travel costs, ramp for the van, and various scientific activities to provide middle school students with a relaunch of our mobile STEM outreach program at no cost for the schools. The hands-on activities and mobile planetarium foster students’ curiosity and love for science.

                  Vision Center – Family Circle of Care

                    Vision Center will start a vision center to serve women and children regardless of their ability to pay. WFSC grant funds will be used to renovate (including paint, flooring and window removal) part of a currently owned building with space for eye exams and for eye wear. Funding for staff salaries and benefits will be provided by organization.

                    Equine-Assisted PsychoTherapy – For The Silent

                      Equine-Assisted PsychoTherapy for Victims of Sex Trafficking and commercial Sexual Exploitation will utilize WFSC funds for partial salaries, venue rent, client travel and boots, meals, and supplies for victims to participate in on the ground equine therapy. Additional expenses will be provided by the organization and in-kind donations.

                      GoodGrow – Goodwill Industries

                      GoodGrow Women Moving Upward will develop two six-week programs designed to help young women (18-24) obtain lifelong financial stability with career exploration, skills development, and cultural competencies. Funds will be used for partial salaries, testing, certifications, and activities.

                        Healthy Home Initiative – Habitat for Humanity

                          Women and Children Healthy Home Initiative will provide critical home repairs for those who do not meet the stringent requirements for other current critical home repair grants. Depending on specific needs, the funds will be used to eliminate mold and mildew, repair roofs, improve ventilation systems, replace hot water heaters, and/or repair holes in floors and ceilings.

                          Pathways Program – Literacy Council of Tyler

                            Empowering Smith County Women through Career Pathways Program will enhance our Business Entrepreneurship program for Spanish speakers, launch Business Entrepreneurship in English, expand Digital Literacy program, and establish Microsoft Office certification. These programs include collaborations with the Christian Women’s Job Corps and the Hispanic Professionals Association. Funds will be used for teacher, childcare, and partial staff salaries; classroom materials including laptops; and marketing.

                              Chapel Hill After-School Program – Mentoring Alliance

                                After-School Program for Chapel Hill ISD will provide safe, quality, affordable, childcare that engages elementary school children academically and spiritually. More than 75% of CHISD students are economically disadvantaged. The organization will provide scholarships for low-income families. WFSC funding will be used for payroll, program, and operations.

                                  Monday Night THRIVE – SHINE

                                    Monday Night THRIVE program will expand to two additional sites that will provide group in-person counseling, support, security, healthcare, and financial resources for single moms to better manage the challenges of raising children alone, reducing their stress levels and improving their mental health. Funds will support salaries, childcare, interpreter services (Spanish and Sign language) curriculum and expanded resources for moms.

                                    2024 Season Children Productions – Tyler Civic Theatre

                                      2024 Children’s Theatre expansion to include three live productions designed for and starring children. Plans include a musical in June, a holiday show in December and a school year production specifically for children to attend through their schools. WFSC Funding will supplement production costs including partial salaries and expenses, insurance, theatre administration, and marketing.