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Cumberland women target homelessness

Cumberland women target homelessness

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – As the effects of the recession continue to plague North Carolinians, Cumberland County residents will be getting some welcome relief  from a group of local women.

The Women’s Giving Circle of Fayetteville is now accepting applications for grants of up to $45,000 for projects benefiting local homeless women and children.

With 125 female members, the giving circle has awarded a total of $76,000 to 11 local nonprofits serving women and children during its first two grant cycles in 2009 and 2010.

Each member of the circle pledges to donate $550 a year for three years, with $400 of that going into a grantmaking pool, $100 going to the circle’s endowment and the remaining $50 being used to cover administrative costs.

For the coming 2011 grant cycle, the circle, which is administered by the Cumberland County Community Foundation, is focusing its grantmaking on homeless women and children in Cumberland County.

Grants will be awarded to new or existing projects that help these women and kids make the transition to permanent housing.

To be considered for a grant, interested organizations should submit a letter of inquiry to the foundation by 5 p.m. on Jan. 7.

After reviewing the letters of inquiry, the giving circle will invite selected organizations to submit full applications for funding.

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