Frequently Asked Questions – Applicants for Grants


Who can apply for a grant from the Women’s Giving Circle?

In order to apply for funding, an organization must be a not-for-profit organization recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a municipal entity seeking a grant for public purposes. Organizations may also have a nonprofit fiscal sponsor if they do not have their own nonprofit status.  Grants to individuals are not given.


Are there additional requirements needed from the State of Connecticut?

Eligible organizations must also possess a Nonprofit Registration to Solicit Funds (or exemption, if appropriate) from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. This registration must be renewed annually. Learn more, confirm registration, or file for an exemption.


Are there specific geographic regions that need to be served with a grant proposal?

We seek requests that provide services or support to the communities located within our 21-town service area.


Are there areas you do not fund?

We do not fund requests that are specifically for political or religious purposes, as well as requests for capital expenditures on buildings not owned by a nonprofit.


Who will decide if your proposal gets funded?

The Women’s Giving Circle is comprised of women who have pooled their monies together to make impactful decisions about issues affecting women and girls in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.  These members will decide who gets funded. 


What past projects has the Women’s Giving Circle funded?

Click here to view past Women’s Giving Circle grantees.



For questions about the application process, please contact Patrick McKenna at