The AAUW State College Branch awards community grants to programs sponsored by nonprofit organizations located in Centre County, PA. Proposals for funding must be for programs or services that reach county residents more than half of whom are women and/or girls. Proposed programs or services must align with AAUW's mission and the State College Branch's value statements. Applications must be submitted by the non-profit organization that will conduct the proposed program or service.

The deadline to submit community grant applications is April 1st for the normal grant cycle. Limited funds may be available for applications submitted between September 1 and December 31.

Community Grants

The national AAUW mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The AAUW State College Branch affirms these values guiding its philanthropy:

  • We believe that advancing equity for women and girls results in expanding opportunities for full participation of everyone in economic productivity and the overall quality of life and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and nations.
  • We believe that collaborative community-based initiatives form a robust foundation for advancing equity locally and, ultimately, globally.
  • We believe that lifelong education is a critical and essential pathway to equity.

Grant requests must align with AAUW State College Branch’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls. Requests will be evaluated according to their fulfilling the above value statements. Grant applicants must be non-profit organizations located in Centre County, PA.

  • Proposals for funding must be for programs or services more than half of whose clients must be Centre County women and/or girls.
  • Proposals are funded for one year only. Applications may be made in subsequent years for continuing, expanding, or initiating programs and services. Funding received in one year does not guarantee subsequent funding.
  • AAUW State College Branch reserves the right to partially fund or deny funding to a program based on a determination of the suitability of the project.
  • An application that seeks support for a specified portion of a program or service will generally receive greater consideration than one that looks to the AAUW State College Branch as its sole funding source.

Non-profit organizations receiving grants from the AAUW State College Branch for programs they sponsor agree to acknowledge our support in ways visible to their clients and the public such as in program materials, newsletters, annual reports, and more. They also agree to submit program and service assessments after the completion of funded proposals.

In 2018, the AAUW State College Branch awarded $45,944 to programs sponsored by eleven community organizations. If you have questions about the 2018-2019 community grants application process, please direct your questions to the Philanthropic Priorities and Funds Distribution Committee co-chair Connie Wheeler (

The 2018-2019 Community Grant Application is to be submitted online. Please print a copy for your records before clicking on the submit application button.