100WomenStrong, a group of women seeking to strategically invest in organizations and programs that enrich the lives of Loudoun County citizens, is accepting grant proposals for 2015 grants at www.onehundredwomenstrong.org.

In the 2015 giving year, 100WomenStrong will likely meet or surpass the $1 million mark in donations to Loudoun County-based nonprofit organizations, according to a release from the nonprofit.

They target groups that help protect women, provide safe transitional housing, feed children and provide access to healthcare.

In addition, the group specifically looks for ways to support organizations that collaborate to transform the county. The organization is accepting grant applications until Jan. 30, 2015, in the following targeted categories:

Shelter - Loudoun County is one of the richest counties in America and yet its faced with issues of families being displaced due to hard economic times, family members who have faced abusive situations seeking safe shelter and homeless children and teenagers. Other areas of need include assistance with affordable housing.

Health - Many families in Loudoun County lack health care insurance or the funds to pay for services, so they rely on local organizations that provide reduced cost or free medical services to meet their needs. This growing demand creates a necessity for innovative equipment and procedures to continue improving services for area citizens.

Hunger - Despite living in one of the richest counties in America, many in the county do not have enough to eat on a regular basis. 100Womenstrong have become involved with programs that provide food supplies to families, as well as local growing programs that support citizens. 100WomenStrong also created a Backpack Coalition Program designed to send food home with food-insecure students over weekends. The group partners with Loudoun County Public Schools, the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, Loudoun Education Foundation, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and area residents and businesses to provide food to fill backpacks to feed these children over the weekends.

Education - In Loudoun County, there is multitudes of needs for at-risk and low income children and families, as well as need for specialized education.

"Pooling resources can multiply the reach and efficacy of our grant dollars, and we are very excited to be nearing $1 million in donations in just six years," said Karen Schaufeld, founder and president of 100WomenStrong. "We are looking forward to continuing our efforts in the areas of food, hunger, education, shelter and health here in Loudoun County. There is, despite great wealth, a great need by many in our area.

"We hope that our support has been beneficial in the past and will continue to be in the future," she continued, "and we are looking forward to receiving proposals from a wide variety of great organizations that provide valuable resources to our communities."

Nonprofit organizations that serve the Loudoun County community in the areas of shelter, health, hunger and education should visit 100WomenStrong at onehundredwomenstrong.org/apply.html to learn more about the requirements for grant applications and to apply.

100WomenStrong will accept grants until 5 p.m. Jan. 30, 2015. Typically, grants are awarded in April and announced to the public in May. While the group will accept grant applications outside of this time frame, they cannot assure an organization that a timely decision will be made.

For more information about 100WomenStrong, contact Kara Vaughan at kara@OneHundredWomenStrong.org.

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