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BECOME A GRANT READER

GRANT READING PROCESS

Our participatory grant reading model is an important part of our grantmaking process. Every year, we bring together hundreds of community members of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds to read and score grant applications. We believe that women and girls are the experts of their own lived experiences and should have a seat at the table where funding decisions are made. 

We encourage anyone who lives in central Ohio who is high school aged or older to apply. 

The application to be a grant reader for 2022 is now closed. Please click the button below to sign up for our email list and be notified of future opportunities. 

HELP MAKE OUR 2022 GRANTMAKING POSSIBLE

The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio is a self-made foundation, which means that we must raise significant funds from our community members every year to support our mission and grow our grantmaking. Last year, we held the line for our grant partners, providing them with the operating support they needed even as our own sustainability was challenged. Now we need your help to make our 2022 grantmaking possible. Please donate today to ensure that we can continue creating social change for women and girls in 2022. 

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?

Before Grant Reading Day: 

You’ll watch a brief training video to understand your responsibilities throughout the process.

You’ll pre-read several grant application proposals (the average length is 6 pages each).

During Grant Reading Day:

You’ll attend a half-day virtual event during which you will meet with a small group to discuss the grant applications you reviewed and to determine a consensus score for those grant applications.

After Grant Reading Day:

The Grant Reader group 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.