Loudoun County's 100WomenStrong, a philanthropic group that has donated more than $1.3 million to organizations focused on shelter, health, hunger and education, is accepting letters of intent from nonprofits requesting grant funding for 2018.

Nonprofit organizations that serve Loudoun County and wish to be considered for this grant cycle must submit a letter of intent between 8 a.m Nov. 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 30.

Letters of Intent should include the name and purpose of organization, the dollar amount of grant request, a description of the proposed project addressing the needs of Loudoun County residents in the sector of shelter, health, hunger or education. It should also include an explanation of the importance of the proposed project to those served and to local residents.

Letters of intent must be no more than one page in length, in 11-point font or larger, and should be emailed to LettersofIntent@onehundredwomenstrong.org as a PDF attachment with the name of the organization in the subject line of the email. Every applicant will receive an email confirming receipt of its letter of intent. Organizations will be notified of the status of their applications on or before Jan. 2, 2018.

"Using a letter of intent as a first step makes it easier for nonprofits to submit a request, especially those that don't have staff or support to help them with grant funding requests," Lynn Rubin, vice president of 100WomenStrong, said in a prepared statement."This process has had the added benefit of making us more aware of the many smaller - and newer - nonprofits across the county, because they can participate in this first step of our process easily."

Once the letters of intent are reviewed, specific organizations will be asked to provide a full application and budget for the project they are proposing.

Formed in 2008, 100WomenStrong is made up of concerned residents and business people who award strategic grants to nonprofits working in the specific areas of shelter, hunger, health and education.

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