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United Way of Lake County's Women's Leadership Council Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Grant Program


United Way of Lake County's Women's Leadership Council (WLC) is now accepting grant applications for it's 2019 Grants Award Program. Final applications must be in our hands no later than March 13, 2019.

The goal of United Way of Lake County’s Women’s Leadership Council is to positively impact the lives of women and girls in Lake County. One of the ways we work toward this is through the support of 501(c)(3) and non-profit organizations in Lake County, with programs that align with our mission of uplifting women and girls. The agency requesting grants will be responsible to provide data and statistics regarding the impact of the program on women and girls, specifically.  To submit a grant request, the submission guidelines outlined on the 2019 application must be followed. Only typed applications that meet the guidelines will receive consideration.

Agencies not funded will be notified in mid-May. Agencies selected to receive funds will be notified in June.  


After reviewing the grant application form in its entirety, should you have questions, please contact Women's Leadership Council Grants Committee Chair Phyllis Wilcox at phylliswilcox@roadrunner.com or call 440-241-0250.



The Women's Leadership Council (WLC) began its first annual grant awards program in 2015. A panel of Women's Leadership Council volunteers review grant applications from nonprofit agencies and organizations for programs that directly impact the lives of women and girls in Lake County. After careful review of these, visits and interviews with the nonprofit agencies and organizations are conducted by volunteers who ultimately decide which programs will be awarded funds. Over the last four years, the WLC has proudly awarded grants totalling $85,199.

The grant program supports 501(c)(3) and non-profit organizations in Lake County with grants that promote the WLC mission of uniting and reinforcing traits that keep women and girls of all ages in our own community strong. 

2018 Grant Award Recipients

On the evening of June 13, 2018 our Women's Leadership Council proudly awarded grants totaling $28,048 in support of the following programs which work to support women and girls:

Lake County Community Network:  $5,000
Funding provided for emergency assistance for women in need of monetary assistance with rent and utilities.

Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers:  $4,000
Funding provided to help furnish their new Women’s Recovery House.

Project Hope for the Homeless:  $3,011
Funding provided to cover 77 nights of shelter and care for women and girls.

Fine Arts Association:  $3,000
Funding provided to help with Girl Power Scholarships for low-income families of girls.

The Salvation Army:  $2,500
Funds provided in support of their S.S. Kids Project.

Crossroads:  $2,400
Funding provided for Crossroads Girls on the Run program.

Lake County Juvenile Court:  $2,360
Funding provided in support of their New Voices for Girls program which works to address low self-esteem in young women involved in the juvenile justice system. The program focuses on teaching girls to use their voices to speak for themselves and to recognize that they can make positive choices in their lives.

Lake County Educational Service Center:  $1,500
Funding provided to cover scholarships for 6 girls to attend their Service & Leadership Engagement program.

Painesville Community Theater:  $1,500
Funding provided to cover approximately 8 theater camp scholarships for girls.

Hospice of the Western Reserve:   $1,200
Funding provided for girls to attend their children’s bereavement program at Red Oak Camp this summer. 

Hannah’s Home:  $870
Funding provided for First Step Kits for mothers in their Maternity Program who are planning to transition into independent living.

Western Reserve Community Development:  $706
Funds to help support their “Create a Healthy and Balanced You” program for women in the New Directions for living program.

Click here to read complete details about our 2018 Grant Awards Ceremony.


2017 Grant Award Recipients

Our Women's Leadership Council proudly awarded grants totaling $18,462 to the following 9 recipients on June 5, 2017:

  • Girl Scouts
  • Hope Chest
  • Family Planning Association
  • Fine Arts Association
  • Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Deepwood
  • Lake County Community Network
  • Lake Geauga Recovery Centers
  • Painesville Community Theater
  • Project Hope for the Homeless

Read more about it here.

Click here to read about this in The News-Herald.

Click here to read the Lake County Tribune article.

2016 Grant Award Recipients


Our 2016 grants were proudly awarded on June 13, 2016 by members of our Women's Leadership Council grant commitee. Grants totaling $19,930 were awarded to the following 9 nonprofit agencies and organizations:

  • Beacon Health
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of NEO                            
  • Birthright Lake    
  • Family Planning of NEO  
  • Fine Arts Association                                                              
  • Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation                                                                     
  • Lake Health Foundation
  • New Directions for Living                                                       
  • Western Reserve Counseling Centers 

2015 Grant Award Recipients

In June of 2015 grants totalling $18,597 were awarded to the nonprofit agencies listed below:

  • Crossroads
  • Forbes House
  • Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers
  • Lake Health Foundation
  • New Directions for Living
  • Suit Yourself
  • WomenSafe