Wallerstein Fund Information & Application
 

The Gerry B. Wallerstein Fund, named after one of our founding members whose idea it was to have a pool of money available for women business owners who may not qualify for, or have access to, more traditional funding sources, was established in 1997. Regrettably, Gerry lost her battle with cancer in 1999. The Fund was then named in her honor to recognize her passion and commitment to helping women business owners and entrepreneurs. 

Ten dollars of our $90 annual membership fee is directed to the Wallerstein Fund. Additional money has been added to the Fund over the years through special events and contributions in honor or memory of WRT members or loved ones. Grants to area women will become available when the Fund reaches $10,000.00. 

If you wish to make a contribution to the Wallerstein Fund, please make your checks payable to The Women’s Roundtable (please note Wallerstein Fund in the memo area) and mail them to The Women’s Roundtable, Attn: Treasurer, P.O. Box 3922, Erie, PA 16508 or use our quick Pay-Pal link below!

The Women’s Roundtable Offers Grants to Women Business Owners from the Wallerstein Fund

Coming in March 2015
 

 The Gerry B Wallerstein Fund was named after one of our founding members who proposed the idea of having a pool of money available for women business owners who may not qualify for, or have access to, more traditional funding sources. This idea became a reality in 1997 when the fund was established. Regrettably, Gerry lost her battle with cancer in 1999. The Fund was then named in her honor to recognize her unshakable spirit, passion and commitment to helping women business owners and entrepreneurs.

Ten dollars of members’ $90 annual membership fee is directed to The Gerry B. Wallerstein Fund. Additional money has been added to the Fund over the years through special events and contributions in honor or in memory of WRT members or loved ones. Contributors will not have input into how grants are awarded. If you wish to make a contribution to the Wallerstein Fund, please make your checks payable to The Women’s Roundtable (note Wallerstein Fund in the memo area) and mail to The Women’s Roundtable, Attn: Treasurer, P.O. Box 3922, Erie, PA 16508 or on our website at www.wrterie.org.  Go to Wallerstein Fund and use our quick PayPal® link.

To be considered for a grant, you must meet the following criteria and complete a grant application.  The next grant will be awarded in 2015. Applications and deadline details will be available online early in 2015.

The criteria are as follows:

  • A woman-owned Business or Organization. WRT members and their relatives are welcome to apply; they will not, however, receive special consideration.
  • Start-up business or a business in existence not more than five years. Or a woman-focused program not in existence for more than five years is also
    eligible to apply.
  • Business Plan must be provided.
  • Grant Application detailing use for start-up/operating capital such as: increased or improved technology, additional or improved equipment, or education.
  • Recipient must show support for other women by being involved with other women’s organizations or organizations that benefit women.
  • Prior Grantees are ineligible.
  • A written report will be required of the Grantee within three months of receipt to verify how the funds were/are being used.
  • Should the Grantee not comply with the terms of the grant, WRT has the right to request refund of the specified funds within a reasonable time period.
  • 2015 Grant applications must be submitted no later than the posted deadline.  The details will be available in the first quarter of 2015.

The Women’s Roundtable, Inc. is a charitable, educational, social and business networking non-profit. The WRT is the first organization in Northwest Pennsylvania to recognize the contributions of women in our community with our annual Woman of the Year Award, especially those who help other women succeed. For more information on The Women’s Roundtable visit our website at www.wrterie.org.

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