Financial Grant Process

The following criteria and guidelines are used to determine the distribution of grants made by the Board of Directors of A Woman’s Work:

  1. Recipients – must be women.
  2. Residency – Recipients must demonstrate that they have worked or resided within the boundaries of the St. Vrain Valley School District for a minimum of 90 days.
  3. Referral – Recipients MUST be referred using our application form by one of the following:
    • A Professional Partner – A non-profit organization, church, medical institution, government agency, or school, located within the St. Vrain Valley School District.  These are partners who have attended an annual orientation and are qualified to make a referral to AWW on behalf of a woman needing help. Visit our Partner Network page for more information.
    • A Donor to A Woman’s Work
  4. Distributions – All funds, whether in the form of actual funds, voucher, etc., will be issued to the recipient through a business or organization. No funds are given directly to the recipient.
      • Exclusions – Matters NOT funded by AWW include but are not limited to:
        • Bail or legal fees
        • Credit card bills
        • Medical bills

All grants are made at the discretion of the Board of Directors under the guidelines of A Woman’s Work, Inc.

Scholarship Program

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide a source of financial support for individuals who have delayed or interrupted their post-high school education or training, who find themselves in need of additional education or vocational training in order to obtain employment or to make a needed change in their current employment situation. Every spring and fall, we award Founders’ Scholarships in amounts up to $2500 named in honor of the women who founded A Woman’s Work in 2003.  At least two-thirds of awarded scholarship funds must be used for tuition, fees, and books.  The remaining third may be used for tuition, books, fees, verifiable childcare, and transportation expenses.  All funds are paid directly to the vocational training program, college/university, service provider, or vendor. The funds must be used within one calendar year.

Eligibility Requirements:

A woman who meets the following requirements is eligible to apply:
  • Has lived or worked in the St.Vrain Valley (the communities served by St.Vrain Valley School District) for a minimum of 90 days;
  • Is a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States;
  • Demonstrates a critical need for financial assistance;
  • Exhibits strong desire, ability, and determination to complete a training and/or academic program; and
  • Has a definite plan to use the desired training to upgrade skills for career advancement, to train for a new career field, or to enter or reenter the job market
These are competitive awards with the primary areas of consideration being:
  • Need for education or training to either enter the workforce or to make a needed change in their current employment situation;
  • Financial need; and
  • Current enrollment or application for admission to a college/university or vocational training program.

Selection Process:

  • The Scholarship Advisory Committee will review completed applications and make recommendations for funding to A Woman’s Work Board of Directors. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • A Woman’s Work Board of Directors will make final decisions on the scholarship awards.

Scholarship Fund Disbursement:

  • Scholarships will be awarded based on the availability of funds, and may be used for tuition, fees, books, equipment, or tools necessary for the course of study.
  • A minimum of two-thirds of the scholarship must be used for educational expenses which will be paid to the institution of the recipient’s choice, and not directly to the recipient. Upon receipt of invoices for books, equipment, childcare, and education related expenses, scholarship funds may be issued to the vendor or service provider.
  • The amount of the award may cover all, or only a portion, of the student’s actual cost and all unused funds must be returned to A Woman’s Work.

Fall 2021 Application Procedure

Applications available – October 1 – October 29

Applications due by 5 PM on October 29th

Interviews the week of November 8th

In addition to the application, the following information is required:

  • Please have two people write letters of recommendation and submit them with your application.
  • Verification of enrollment or a copy of the letter of acceptance from the college or university should be submitted with the application if possible, or immediately upon receipt of such acceptance.

Applications can be completed digitally by clicking the button below, or by calling A Woman’s Work office at 720.414.9661. Applications must be submitted online.

Applications are currently closed. Check back in the Fall!

Driving For Success

Driving for Success (DFS) is an AWW program which provides funding for reliable transportation to select women and their families who are in immediate need. Given a gap in local services, reliable transportation has been identified as a critical need in the St. Vrain Valley. In 2015, AWW experienced a significant increase in grants related to car purchases and developed this program to provide select grant recipients with reliable vehicles as well as supportive services and resources. Supporters at our Evening of Great Tastes fundraiser in April 2016 donated $24,120 to launch this program. We have been helping women with transportation needs ever since.

The program utilizes the standard AWW grant request process with our donors and referring partner organizations, along with a supplemental inquiry to help the AWW Board determine the appropriateness of issuing a grant to the woman in need. DFS provides the grant recipient with funding for a vehicle that has an estimated value of roughly $5,000. The grant also includes tutorials, tools and services to assist the woman in getting off to a good start owning her new vehicle.