The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County

WGC Grants

Since 2002 the WGC has granted over $300,000 to programs that benefit women and girls in Howard County.

In 2016, The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County awarded $50,000 in grants. Specifically these grants entailed:

  • A Special Grant of $26,750 to Junior Achievement of Central Maryland for support of the JA Rising Women program, an after-school entrepreneurship program for female high school students in Howard County. The 13-week curriculum offers young women the hands-on experience of starting their own company –from conceptualizing and developing a product to capitalization, marketing, supply chain management, and sales.
  • A Macro Grant of $17,000 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 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.
  • A Micro Grant of $500 to Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory – “Girl Power” STEM Event. The annual event provides an opportunity for middle and high school girls to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

WGC Grantmaking:

  • 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.