WWIN Grant Programs
Washington Women In Need provides grants in four program areas:
Education at accredited institutions in Washington
Mental Health Counseling with licensed mental health professionals
Health Care Insurance Premiums for current health coverage
Physical, Dental, Vision and Hearing for exams and treatment
The WWIN Education Grant provides assistance for tuition and books at accredited institutions in the state of Washington. The WWIN grant is the last funding source applied to tuition and book expenses, after all federal and private grants and scholarships. This means that women will only be eligible for WWIN funding if other grants and scholarships received do not fully cover costs of tuition and books. The WWIN Education Grant funds up to $5,000 over one year for low-income women throughout the State of Washington and applicants are selected based on financial criteria, a balanced distribution among the schools, and the order in which the application was received.
In order to apply, women must be enrolled in the school of their choice and have completed the federal financial aid (FAFSA) form. WWIN can fund any level of degree or vocational certification through a Bachelor’s degree. In order to receive funding, students must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average and be eligible for in-state tuition at accredited institutions.
Also consider signing up with TheWashBoard.org to learn if you might be eligible for additional scholarships and grants.
WWIN’s Mental Health Counseling Grant covers up to 24 sessions of therapy with the licensed mental health professional of the grantee’s choice during a period of up to one year. Grantees may choose how often to schedule therapy sessions and whether individual or group counseling sessions are preferred. The coverage rate is paid per counseling session, and grantees are responsible for charges that exceed the coverage rate.
Health Care Insurance Premiums
WWIN’s Health Care Insurance Premium Program provides assistance for the payment of monthly premiums for grantees who have health insurance. WWIN does not provide health insurance, but rather pays monthly premiums for one year on the grantee’s behalf up to a specified maximum. In addition, the grant covers up to $1,000 in co-pays or co-insurance and deductibles for doctor visits. The grant assists with coverage for the individual woman only, and does not cover prescription drugs.
Physical, Dental, Vision and Hearing
The Physical, Dental, Vision and Hearing Grant provides assistance to low-income women across Washington State and covers a wide range of dental services and basic physical/vision/hearing screening exams. This grant covers up to $3,000 over a six-month period for approved medical services, and it can also be used for expenses related to eyeglasses or hearing aids. A grantee can see the professional of her choice, and she can see more than one professional if necessary. Among the physical services covered are mammograms, eye exams, hearing exams, and yearly physicals, in addition to many restorative dental procedures. The dental grant does not cover tooth whitening or veneers, braces, or implants.
Due to the great demand for dental services, and the limited resources for low income dental coverage in Washington, our experience has been that this grant is WWIN’s most sought-after program.