WGC Grants

Since 2002 the WGC has granted over $250,000 to programs that benefit women and girls in Howard County.

The WGC’s grant focus is on programs that increase the life skills of women and girls, encourage the healthy development and personal authority of young girls and raise the awareness of gender disparities in our community. The WGC is an endowed fund at the Community Foundation of Howard County, a portion of each donation made to the WGC goes to the endowment to ensure that there will be money to fund programs that benefit women and girls in perpetuity.
WGC does not accept grant proposals. Instead, WGC proactively identifies issues it wants to address and invests grant dollars in projects and programs for maximum impact.
WGC works in partnership with other institutions and organizations to advance its mission and address the needs of women and girls, as well as making grants to fund programs.
Education-based philanthropy is the cornerstone of the WGC’s grantmaking, thus WGC sponsors and co-sponsors programs, events and activities that advance understanding of the issues affecting women and girls in Howard County.
In 2013, The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County awarded $25,000 in grants to 11 organizations. Specifically these grants entailed:

A Macro Grant of $11,500 to the Maryland Leadership Workshop for support of the WGC Journey camp, including special financial aid for economically disadvantaged girls. Maryland Leadership Workshop is the operator of Journey, a camp for middle and high school girls founded by WGC as an outgrowth of its focus on adolescent girls.

A Micro Grant of $800 to Leadership U for financial aid for two girls. LeadershipU is a program of Leadership Howard County that provides leadership training for high school students.

A Micro Grant totaling $1,200 to Girls on the Run (GOTR) Howard County for financial aid for program participants. GOTR is a non-profit program whose mission is to educate and prepare girls in 3rd-8th grades for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. GOTR combines training for a 5K running event with healthy living education and self-esteem building programs.

A Micro Grant totaling $250 to The ARC of Howard County to support a relationship group for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who want to improve relationship and dating skills, learn how to protect themselves, and determine and report incidents of abuse.

A Continuing Grant of $5,250 to Howard Community College for financial aid to
women seeking job-related courses. Howard Community College is a 2-year college and learning institution with 22,000 students, many of whom are in non-degree programs that prepare them for jobs.

WGC’s Emergency Grant of $1,000 to Bridges to Housing Stability, which provides transitional housing for homeless families and assists families to bridge the gap from emergency shelter to permanent housing and stability.

WGC’s Emergency Grant of $1,000 to Community Action Council (CAC), which provides programs and emergency services for the low-income population of Howard County in order to alleviate the effects of poverty and promote self-sufficiency.

WGC’s Emergency Grant of $1,000 to the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, which provides a 24-hour hotline, emergency and transitional shelter, legal assistance and other services to families impacted by domestic violence.

WGC’s Emergency Grant of $1,000 to FIRN, which provides services to immigrants as they bridge into the American culture.

WGC’s Emergency Grant of $1,000 to Family and Children’s Services, Healthy Families, which provides support to first-time parents from the birth of a new baby through infancy, toddlerhood and into early childhood.

WGC’s Emergency Grant of $1,000 to Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, which provides 24-hour crisis intervention services and is Howard County’s only homeless shelter.


The Changemaker Challenge

The Horizon Foundation and United Way of Central Maryland are looking for innovative and fresh ideas to help address some of Howard County’s most pressing social issues. The challenge: Individuals, teams and nonprofit organizations will deliver an idea that could impact local health, the environment, social justice, children, teens, older adults or any other issues….

JA Rising, who’s funding is provided by a WGC grant, participants receive a bid to nationals!

Howard County High School Students to Compete at 2017 Junior Achievement National Student Leader Summit Local group of teen entrepreneurs will go head-to-head against 14 other teams in Washington, D.C., next month Owings Mills, MD, June 1, 2017 – Junior Achievement of Central Maryland Inc. (JA), a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young people to…

Women’s Giving Circle receives $20,000 donation for Junior Achievement

COLUMBIA, Md.—The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County, which raises and distributes funds supporting women and girls, received a $20,000 donation from husband-and-wife Columbia-residents Bob and Bach Jeffrey to support Junior Achievement of Central Maryland’s Rising Women program, which connects high school girls with mentors who help them with entrepreneurship projects. “Years ago, Bach had…

Deadline Extended: Journey Applications Open for Summer 2017

Maryland Leadership Workshop has extended the registration deadline for the 2017 Journey Camp until June 5, 2017. — Applications are now being accepted for the Journey summer camp program for rising 8th and 9th grade girls in Howard County.  Visit the Journey page to find out more information on how to apply.  Journey is partially funded by…

The Business Monthly Spotlights JA Rising Program

The Junior Achievement Rising Program funded by a grant from the Women’s Giving Circle was featured in The Business Monthly on December 15, 2016.  In 2015, the WGC announced a multi-year grant to JA totaling $80,000. The year-long, out-of-school leadership initiative takes a cohort of young women, in grades eight through twelve, through the hands-on…

Journey Tea Honorees 2016

As they have in past years, delegates who attended Journey 2016, the summer camp for middle school girls founded by the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County, will host a tea to honor five local female leaders in Howard County. This year’s honorees include Courtney Watson, Mamie Perkins, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Judge Lenore Gelfman, and Mae Beale. The…

Journey 2016

Journey 2016

This July, twenty-seven young women went on an amazing journey of self discovery at the Journey Camp for middle school girls. The girls attended workshops with topics such as leadership development, empowerment, decision making and more. The program is held at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. We’d like to congratulate each and every participant for taking part in…

Journey is Back!

Journey is Back!

This July, twenty-seven young women will go on an amazing journey of self discovery at the Journey Camp for middle school girls.  The girls will attend workshops with topics such as leadership development, empowerment, decision making and more. Journey is run by the Maryland Leadership Workshops and is supported by a grant from the Women’s…

Women in Wine Raises $950 for Women and Girls

Women in Wine Raises $950 for Women and Girls

In April, The Iron Bridge Wine Company hosted a very special evening to benefit the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County.  The event featured special speaker, Katie Cavanagh, owner of Cavanagh Family Imports and a special tasting for guests.  The Iron Bridge Wine Company donated a portion of ticket sales, wine sales and food an…

WGC Grants Junior Achievement $80,000

WGC Grants Junior Achievement $80,000

The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) of Howard County, a fund of the Community Foundation of Howard County, is thrilled to announce that we have awarded Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, Inc. (JA) with a three-year Special Grant worth $80,000! Jennifer Bodensiek, JA President (left) Megan Bruno, WGC Board Chair (right); Allison Canning, WGC Donor Development…