Network Grant Request

The Women’s Fund of East Tennessee (WFET) is now accepting grant requests for the Strong Women, Strong Futures network. This round of network funding will be a 2-year grant cycle running from July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2026.


The Strong Women, Strong Futures network is a collaboration of nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping every girl and woman in East Tennessee reach her potential through post-secondary education. Network funding can support work across sectors, from education to social services to housing to after-school programs and more, that is focused on empowering more girls and women to pursue education after high school, particularly those individuals facing economic challenges.

The Strong Women, Strong Futures network has been designed to achieve the following goals:

1) Creating opportunities for more low-income girls and women in East Tennessee to see post-secondary education as a real and viable option and ultimately enroll in it.

2) Fostering partnerships between similarly focused non-profit organizations to share expertise and provide collaboration.

3) Collectively identifying opportunities for collaboration, innovation, and improvement that lead to success for girls and women in East Tennessee

Selection Process Timeline

  • March 1, 2024 – March 31, 2024: Accepting applications.
  • March 31, 2024 @ 5:00pm, EST: Application deadline. Electronically submitted applications must be sent via email to no later than 5:00pm, EST, on March 31, 2024.
  • May 31, 2024: Grant Notification. Network member organizations/grant recipients will be notified of awards.

2024-2025 Network Convenings

Selected organizations are asked to commit at least two staff members to attend each network convening. These convenings will be a time of collaboration and education among network member organizations.

Tentative dates

  • Convening #1: July 17, 2024 (in person meeting)
  • Convening #2: November 13, 2024 (virtual meeting)
  • Convening #3: March 25, 2025 (TBD)


To be considered for WFET funding, the proposing organization must:

  • Provide confirmation that the organization is a 501(c)(3) public charity, unit of government, or public educational institution; and
  • Have a service area that touches one or more counties in WFET’s 25-county service area

Network grant funding may be used for program expenses including staffing, program support and/or enhancements, travel, and materials. No funds may be used for capital improvements or general operations.


The network grant funding will award up to ten organizations $35,000 each over two years. Completed grant requests are due by March 31, 2024 at 5 p.m. ET.

Please include any documents you would like to share along with your request such as resources you’ve created, reports on generating awareness, or any other relevant materials.

If you have any issues completing the electronic application below, click here to download a PDF version.

Network Grant Request Form

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Organization Information

Contact Name

Funding Request

Supplemental Documentation

Please include the following documents when submitting your completed grant application:
  • • Most recent financial statements and/or most recent audit and/or IRS Form 990
  • • Current year organization operating budget
  • • List of current board of directors or equivalent governing body
  • • List of staff administering the project
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