Women Inspired Network will award $13,000 in grants

Organization has awarded more than $50,000 in past four years

The Women Inspired Network, an initiative of the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation, will award another $13,000 in grant funding to one or more local charities this year.

The organization, comprised of women throughout La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties, has awarded more than $50,000 in the past four years to local charitable organizations that support and enhance the lives of women and children in the region.

The funds for the awards are contributed by members and friends of WIN throughout the year and are then awarded through a competitive grant process.

Applications for grant funding can be submitted until 4 p.m. Sept. 30 by any nonprofit organization with a mission that includes empowering women and children to lead their best lives. Applications for funding will be reviewed by the Grant Review Team and finalists will present their case for support at the next WIN Meeting on Oct. 18. All members are encouraged to attend, and guests are welcome. Grant funding will be awarded at the annual Celebration of Giving on Nov. 14.

About 96% of the funds contributed throughout the year to the network are returned to the community through annual grants and used to grow the WIN Endowment, which will support women and children throughout Starved Rock Country in perpetuity.

To obtain a WIN 2021 Grant Application, email pamela@srccf.org.

For information about the Women’s Inspired Network or become a member, go to https://srccf.org/women-inspired-network/ find WIN on Facebook or contact the Foundation office at 815-252-2906. New members and friends of the WIN are welcome.