Women's Leadership Council Accepting Grant Funding Requests through March 13, 2019

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United Way of Lake County’s Women’s Leadership Council is Now Accepting Funding Requests for 2019 Grant Program


Mentor, OH (January 22, 2019) – United Way of Lake County’s Women’s Leadership Council is now accepting funding requests from non-profit agencies and organizations for programs that directly benefit the lives of women and girls in Lake County.

The purpose of the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) is to positively impact the lives of women through the philanthropic efforts of giving, advocating and volunteering. They work toward this, in part, via the support of 501(c)(3) and nonprofit organizations in Lake County by providing grants that promote a similar mission geared toward women and girls. 

Non-profit and 501(c)(3) organizations interested in applying for funds must fill out a grant application form which can be found on United Way of Lake County’s website at www.uwlc.org/wlc-grant-awards-program. Questions may be directed to wlc@uwlc.org or by phone 440-639-1131.

Applications are being accepted now through March 13, 2019. Organizations and agencies selected to receive grants will be announced when funds are distributed this summer.

The Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Lake County raises donations to support the grant funding program mainly from their Women's Winterfest & Holiday Food Tasting Fundraiser held annually in November/December.

“Our council is grounded in the idea that addressing the most critical needs of women and girls lifts our community as a whole and creates a better life for us all,” said WLC chair Amber Thomas of Crossroads. “In addition to our grant awards program, Women’s Leadership Council members volunteer throughout the year for causes dedicated to uplifting women and girls and helping those in need. It’s important they know their voices matter.”

According to Tami Lewis, United Way of Lake County’s Director of Marketing and Communications, “Our Women’s Leadership Council works to help females of all ages and backgrounds, from young girls through adulthood and into the senior stages of life.”  

This is the fifth funding cycle being offered since the WLC was reestablished in August of 2015. Over the past four years the WLC has awarded grants totaling $85,199.

Most recently, the WLC awarded grants totaling $28,048 on June 13, 2018. The grants were awarded in support of programs from the following twelve agencies: Lake County Community Network, Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers, Project Hope for the Homeless, The Salvation Army, Fine Arts Association, Crossroads, Lake County Juvenile Court, Lake County Educational Service Center, Painesville Community Theater, Hospice of the Western Reserve, Hannah’s Home and Western Reserve Community Development.

The goal of the WLC is to continue to grow in diversity to represent a variety of ages, ethnic backgrounds, professions and interests with a shared belief in their work. If you are interested in becoming a member or learning more about them, call 440-639-1131.