About the Wallerstein Fund

The History of the Gerry B. Wallerstein Fund

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. Each year, women business owners are invited to submit an application to receive a grant from the Wallerstein Fund to support their business.

Fifteen dollars from each annual membership fee is directed to Wallerstein Fund. Additional money has been added to the fund over the years through special events and contributions in honor of WRT members or loved ones. If you wish to make a contribution to the Wallerstein Fund,  please click the donate button below, or send checks to the following:

The Women’s Roundtable
Attn: Treasurer
P.O. Box 3922
Erie, PA 16508

Please indicate “Wallerstein Fund” in the check memo.

*Note: Contributors will not have input into how grants are awarded.


How to Apply and the Grant Criteria

The criteria to obtain a grant is as follows:

  • a woman-owned business or women’s organization
  • business in existence no more than five years
  • completed grant application
  • support for women through activities and involvement in organizations that benefit women

A copy of your business plan must also be submitted along with your application. Please email as an attachment to: wallerstein@wrterie.org with the subject line: Wallerstein Grant Application – Business Plan for <Company Name>.

WRT members and their relatives are welcome to apply, but will not receive special consideration. A written report will be required of the grantee within three months to verify how the funds were used. Should a grantee not comply with the terms of the grant, The Women’s Roundtable has the right to request a refund of the specified funds within a reasonable time period. Prior grantees are ineligible.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2016.  The winner of the Grant will be announced and awarded at the WRT June Celebration dinner. The application is available online. Interested parties may also download the application and submit via mail to: The Woman’s Roundtable, Wallerstein Committee // P.O. Box 3922 // Erie, PA 16508

Wallerstein Grant Application – click to download or complete the application online.

Have a question? Email: wallerstein@wrterie.org