Women’s Fund awards largest grant to date

The Women’s Fund of Tyler awarded more than $144,000 in grants today during a program at the Tyler Woman’s Building. The grants went to Habitat for Humanity of Smith County and People Attempting To Help (PATH). Pictured, from left, are: Deanna Harrison and Jack Wilson with Habitat; Marty Wiggins and Beth Filla with The Women’s Fund; and Kim Lessner and Gregg Grubb with PATH. (EMILY GUEVARA/ STAFF)

The Women's Fund of Smith County awarded its largest grant to date today with a $100,000 contribution to Habitat for Humanity of Smith County.

The grant to Habitat will go toward providing critical home repairs for 24 female homeowners through the nonprofit's ReHabitat program.

A second grant in the amount of $44,100 went to PATH, or People Attempting To Help.

PATH will use the funds to pay for a tutoring program for 30 children and teens. Mathnasium of Tyler will provide the tutoring services for young people whose families could not otherwise afford it.

The organization made the announcements during a program today at The Tyler Woman's Building.

These two gifts make for the largest amount of grant awards in a single year since the organization began giving in 2009.

"We want to think big and reach for the stars in collective giving and grant making," Marty Wiggins, 2015 chairwoman for The Women's Fund, said.

As a collective giving circle, the organization's 240 members make individual financial contributions, which are combined to fund high-impact grants.

The grants are awarded to projects that will positively affect Smith County's women and children.

Started in 2007, The Women's Fund of Smith County has contributed more than $800,000 in grant awards to local organizations during its history.



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