Grant Reader


Huntington Grant Reader Process

At The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, we strive to make the grant making process inclusive and transparent. We recruit a diverse group of 150 women, men, and high school girls to review grant applications. As a Grant Reader, you will see our grant making process up close, learn more about organizations working to create social change, and lend their voice to the process. Grant Reader scores are instrumental in determining funding decisions.

When we are funding programs for women and girls, we believe that women and girls are experts in their experience and should be at the table making recommendations.

Who are Grant Readers? 

They come from different neighborhoods and represent the seven counties we serve in central Ohio. Our Grant Readers all share the common goal of wanting to transform the lives of women and girls in their own communities

  • Submit an application to be a Grant Reader. The application will open the end of August and be available here on our website.
  • Attend a two night commitment with night one being a training to learn about the grant making process. You will acquire an understanding and awareness about social change, gender lens, and gender norms. Learn about The Women’s Fund’s grant making priorities, how to apply a rubric to score grants, and ask any questions about the process.
  • Take two weeks to read and score 3-4 grants.
  • On night two, convene with a small group of women and girls to discuss the grant applications you reviewed and determine a consensus score for those applications.

Grant applications are evaluated using the following criteria:

Social Change – does the narrative answer how the project will effect lasting social change for women and girls in Central Ohio?

Program Design – does the narrative specifically describe the who, what, where, when and how of the proposed program project?

Evaluation and “Pass It On” Plan – does the plan have an internal evaluation to determine success and how will the success be communicated to the larger community?

Budget and Finance – does the application present a clear understanding of the use of funds and the relationship of those funds to the overall budget of the organization?

Technical/Procedural – Is the application complete and readable?

Once the grant reader has read all of the applications at home, all grant readers come together for a 3-hour session. Grant readers meet with a small group of women to discuss the same group of grant applications and determine a consensus score for those applications. Each group will then present this information to the larger group of approximately 150 readers.

The grant reader recommendations are shared with The Women’s Fund Board Grants Selection Committee where other considerations such as monies available for grants and representation of all of our priority areas are also taken into account. The Board Grant Selection Committee then shares their funding recommendations with The Women’s Fund Executive Committee and ultimately the Board of Directors, for review and approval of funding.