BECOME A GRANT READER

GRANT READING PROCESS

Your voice and experience matter in the movement to create social change for women and girls in central Ohio. By giving your time and talent as a Grant Reader, you play a critical role in directing the dollars that will drive economic empowerment and leadership for women and girls.

We will provide on-site childcare and transportation stipends as needed, and help resolve any other barriers to participation. While there is typically more interest than space available, we will ensure that there is gender, racial, and geographic diversity among those readers who are selected to represent central Ohio as a whole.

The Women’s Fund believes that all people should have an opportunity for their voice to be heard. Anyone who lives in central Ohio, high school age or older, is encouraged to apply.

The application will remain open through August 18 and all applicants will be notified by the end of August. We ask that you please hold September 21 on your calendar during the application period.

Each year, The Women’s Fund raises the dollars to fund grant partners who advance social change for women and girls in our community. We value your time and talent, and also ask that you consider contributing to fund our grant making and this grant reading experience that includes training, meals, materials, childcare, and transportation stipends to Grant Readers free of cost. Click here to make a donation.

WHO ARE GRANT READERS?

Are you seeking opportunities to make a difference? Grant Readers influence change by sharing their voice. They come from different neighborhoods and represent the seven counties we serve in central Ohio. They all share the common goal of wanting to transform the lives of women and girls in their own communities.

We strive to make the grant making process inclusive and transparent, recruiting a diverse group of over 200 women, men, and high school students to review grant applications.

WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF BEING A GRANT READER?

After participating in grant reading, Grant Readers have a clear understanding of gender norms, gender lens, social change, and the organizations and programs that are influencing change in the community. The people who participate make meaningful connections with others who share a passion for causes that impact women and girls.

WHAT’S YOUR COMMITMENT?

You’ll read and score four to five proposals (the average length is 4 to 8 pages each).

You’ll attend a one-day event with training to learn about the grant making process and also convene with a small group to discuss the grant applications you reviewed and determine a consensus score for those applications.

The Grant Reader recommendations are shared with The Women’s Fund Grants Committee, The Women’s Fund Executive Committee, and ultimately the Board of Directors, for review and approval of funding.

If you are interested in being a grant reader in the future, please fill out this form.