The Utah Women’s Giving Circle leverages individual donations into high impact grants to nonprofits who are empowering women and girls in Utah.
We fund projects in Utah which are evaluated for their measurable, direct and immediate impact on women and girls in the areas of:
- Civic Participation and Leadership – Programs that give women and girls the opportunity to become involved as leaders in their own communities and political process.
- Economic Opportunity – Programs that give women the means to prosper and close the wage gap.
- Education – Programs that provide women and girls the opportunity to be successful, such as scholarships and girl’s math, science, and technology programs.
- Health and Well-being – Programs that support the health and well-being of women and girls, including healthy choices, access to reproductive healthcare, and advocacy issues.
- Safety – Programs that address the root causes of violence against women, including sexual assault and domestic violence, including legislation protecting women’s rights.
In order to be eligible for consideration, nonprofit organizations must meet the following criteria:
- The organization, or a program or project within the organization, serves to empower women and/or girls in Utah or a community within Utah
- Current IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt designation
- The organization has not received a grant in the past two years
The 2016 Grant Cycle is closed and will open for 2017 Grant Applications in Fall 2017.
Utah Women’s Giving Circle leadership reviews all nominations and will select the top applicants for the ballot, with member votes determining the grant awards each year in January. An application does not guarantee placement on the ballot.
2016 Grants – $20,000
$6,000 Grant: Girls on the Run Utah
Scholarships for low-income girls
To fund 25-50 participation scholarships for low-income girls across the state in this transformational life skills program tackling gender stereotypes for 8 to 13-year-old girls.
$5,000 Grant: KRCL Radio
Blindspot Series on RadioACTive
To fund a 12-part on-air series called Blindspot on RadioACTive, sharing stories that bring gender bias and efforts to change these social constructs into focus.
$3,000 Grant: Utah Women’s Coalition
Public Policy & Advocacy for Women’s Rights
The first grant ever awarded to this nonprofit founded in 2015 that has already put seven bills in front of the state legislature, successfully passing four, resulting in Utah rising from an ‘F’ to a ‘C-’ grade in a progress report prepared by the National Partnership for Women and Families.
$2,500 Grant: Spy Hop
Move the Dial, a student-driven gender equity initiative
To support the Move the Dial initiative in 2017, a student-driven gender equity program facilitating youth-produced media to foster dialogue regarding gender inequality and identity.
$2,000 Grant: Utah Valley University Women & Leadership Project
Utah Women Stats Snapshots
To fund Utah Women Stats Snapshots, summarizing essential data around gender bias in our state to support awareness and action.
$1,000 Grant: Salty Cricket Composers Collective
El Sistema@Salty Cricket
To provide support for El Sistema@Salty Cricket, a free intensive afterschool music program hosted at Jackson Elementary empowering young women through music.
$500 Grant: Women of Water
3-Part Implicit Bias & Salary Negotiation Lecture Series
To fund a 3-part implicit bias and salary negotiation lecture series open to women from any field.
2015 Grants – $20,000
$7,000 Grant: Utah Public Radio
Objectified. More Than a Body Series
Building off of the Giving Circle’s 2015 focus, dedicated radio segments will address issues of health, well-being, and education specific to Utah women and girls.
$5,000 Grant: Holding Out Help
To implement critical support groups targeting body image, internalized self-worth, and confidence in helping women and girls successfully transition out of polygamy.
$3,500 Grant: Beauty Redefined
To deploy Beauty Redefined’s research-proven online body image course to female students at a Utah high school, paired with their nationally recognized school-wide presentation.
$2,500 Grant:Art Access
2016 Body Image Project
Gallery exhibition targeting body image plus diverse opportunities to deepen the conversation on the impact of body image on Utah women and girls.
$1,500 Grant: Utah State University’s Aggie Care
Smart Girl Camp
To provide scholarships for low-income junior high girls in Northern Utah who would otherwise be unable to participate in this self worth centered curriculum.
$500 Grant: Dixie State University’s Women’s Resource Center
Body Image Literacy Project
Multiple incorporated events and awareness activities to continue an important campus-wide dialogue on body image.
2014 Grants – $23,000
The SMART Girls Program engages small groups in informational and experiential learning activities to empower female club members with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice healthy lifestyle choices.
Groups are designed to help 60+ participants understand and overcome emotional challenges, achieve and maintain healthy relationships, and prepare to accomplish their goals with confidence.
H.O.M.E. (Housing, Options, Mentoring, Empowerment) is a bridge from shelter to independence, providing transitional housing and support services to women forced into homelessness by domestic violence and sexual assault.
Women Warrior Trips to Zion National Park for two groups of 4 Utah veterans who have experienced sexual assault or harassment with the support of a volunteer therapist.
2013 Grants – $20,000
- Volunteers of America’s Young Women’s Transition Program, a 7-bed home for homeless young women, ages 16-19, with a focus on self-sufficiency through school, employment, and housing. Learn about their impact.
- Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake’s Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Programs, which provide free legal representation for victims seeking a protective order as well as expedited support with divorce and custody cases. Learn about their impact.
- People Helping People, an organization that lifts children out of poverty by teaching low-income women how to earn a living wage through education and mentoring. Learn about their impact.
- Women of the World, an organization that builds women-to-women networks for refugees living in Utah, teaching practical English, finance, health, and job skills. Learn about their impact.
- Girls on the Run Utah, an organization building self-esteem and confidence among girls in the 3rd-8th grades through a creative running program with volunteer mentors. Learn about their impact.
2012 Grants – $15,000
The American Association of University Women’s e-Smart STEM Camp for Girls
Early Head Start at the Horizonte School
Girl Scouts of Utah Camp CEO
2011 Grants – $15,811
YWCA’s Choices for Women
Planned Parenthood’s Teen Success Program