Alliance of Women Philanthropists Grant Information

Grants will be awarded to the most innovative and deserving applicants as determined by the Alliance Executive Board. Grants range between $2,500 to $25,000 and are awarded annually. Projects/programs may be ongoing or a one-time event.

Eligible Applicants

Students, faculty, staff, departments, and university-recognized student organizations from any University of Tennessee campus or unit may apply. Organizations that have a formal relationship with any of the following entities: University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service, University of Tennessee Space Institute, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, University of Tennessee Alumni Association, may also apply.

Funding MAY NOT be used for any of the following activities or expenditures:

  • General operating expenses or overhead, including faculty salaries
  • Grants to benefit only one individual
  • Endowment funding
  • Interim or bridge funding

2021-2022 Giving Circle Grants Cycle

  • February 1, 2021: Committee begins accepting applications for 2021-2022 awards
  • February 26, 2021: Deadline for faculty to submit application to their campus Office of Sponsored Programs for review via Cayuse SP
  • March 5, 2021: Applications due to the Alliance by 5:00 PM EST
  • April 12, 2021: Grant applicants notified about status of application
  • April 30, 2021: Grant winners are presented at the Alliance’s Women in Philanthropy Symposium
  • June 30, 2021: Acceptance form due back from grant recipients
  • December 17, 2021: First progress report due from grant recipients
  • May 31, 2022: Final report due from grant recipients

How are funds distributed?

Grant funding will be transferred to your selected UT current restricted funds account. For more information see the Informational Sheet for Grant Applicants.

What types of grants are you looking to fund?

The Alliance is particularly interested in funding projects that are innovative and show a compelling need. We are also interested in projects that have the opportunity to generate revenue for the university or can be leveraged to gain support from other organizations. Additionally, we hope to make the greatest impact possible, whether that means touching a large number of students, collaborating with local organizations, or making an impact in the community.

Past Grant Recipients

2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

Ready to Apply?

First read the 2021-2022 Information Sheet for Applicants then download the 2021-2022 AWP Grant Application Cover Sheet. Questions? Contact Melissa Smith at or (865) 974-7544.

Our mission is simple

Educate, empower, and inspire women to be philanthropic leaders at the University of Tennessee.

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Melissa Smith
Director of Women’s Programs
(865) 974-7544

1525 University Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 974-2115