Girls Giving Grants Announces $9,200 Grant Opportunity
Girls Giving Grants awards are open to nonprofits supporting youth in Bastrop, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties.
Girls Giving Grants (g3) is a model of collective giving designed by Impact Austin to educate and engage young women with thoughtful grantmaking practices. Members of g3 are young philanthropists in grades 8-12. Since 2006, they have awarded $98,000 to improve the lives of youth in Central Texas. Their total giving will exceed $100,000 in 2022 with the $9,200 grant that includes a $3,500 match from a local family foundation.
Grant Cycle Opens: Thursday, October 1, 2020
Submission Deadline: Friday, November 6, 2020 at 5:00 PM
The 2021-2022 g3 class includes 61 members, including six young women whose contributions are funded by the same family foundation referenced above. (See details here.) Their trainings include virtual and in-person meetings, averaging two sessions per month. Their syllabus is as follows:
August Advisor meeting. Leadership team retreat.
October New member welcome. Team building. Training to evaluate grant proposals.
November Community needs. Virtual team building.
December Application Review Committees evaluate grant proposals.
January Further evaluation and semi-finalist applicants chosen. Training in public
speaking and presentation skills.
February Semi-finalist presentations. Vote for finalists. Preparation for site visits.
April Site visits. Vote for grant recipient. Celebration!
June Awardee check presentation at Impact Austin Annual Meeting.
Last month, we interviewed current g3 President Lilah O’Brien. Among our questions, we asked: This will be your second g3 year under the global pandemic. How has the experience changed - and improved or suffered - since before COVID?
Lilah: “The organization has changed in many ways since COVID, but most of all, we have learned from it. For example, having online meetings has made things more accessible to people who weren’t able to drive to meetings, and breakout rooms have been efficient for small group collaboration. Yet, it was much more difficult to get everyone’s fully-engaged input when we all had the ability to turn off our cameras and audio. The quality of our meetings has suffered compared to when we’re all together. In the coming year, we are going to try balancing meeting virtually and in-person, hopefully meshing what worked best with both systems. This year, g3 is moving to a new location, the Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy, which will provide us with much more space for productive in-person meetings and be more accessible to our members.”