Baltimore Women in Tech Micro Grants Program (BWiT)
Are you looking for help to start that project you’ve been thinking about? Get funding for supporting and empowering women in the Baltimore tech community.
BWiT is a micro grants program designed to help women get more involved with the local Baltimore tech scene by providing funding to help get grassroots ideas off the ground.
SmartLogic is giving away $5,000 in micro grants to projects organized by women, for women, in the Baltimore area.
Applicants should be women (both cis and trans are welcome to apply) who have an idea or project that they believe would benefit women in the Baltimore metro area.
Some potential projects could be a women-focused hackathon, a beginner’s guide to the Baltimore tech community, or a conference bringing in women leaders in technology as speakers. We’d love to review any idea that will help support Baltimore women in tech.
March 13, 2017 6:30pm: the first of two virtual information sessions (more info below)
April 17, 2017 6:30pm: the second of two virtual information sessions
April 21, 2017: deadline for submitting applications
May 1, 2017: grant recipients will be announced
The virtual information sessions will be held via google hangouts. We'll answer any and all questions about the program. We’ll share the URL for each google hangout on the @smartlogic twitter account one or two days before each session.
The application process is easy by design; we want to remove obstacles and barriers to encourage more women to apply.
The application should take fewer than 30 minutes to complete.
After you have submitted the application, the all-women selection committee will select the grant recipients.
Once the selection committee has selected the projects for funding, the grantees will have 48 hours to accept their micro grant.
The reimbursement process for funds awarded to you is just as simple as the application process. Send any receipts for expenses incurred for your project to SmartLogic. Once we receive and accept the receipts you send, you will receive the reimbursement within 15 calendar days. Don’t worry, you will not have to provide all of the receipts at once!
Projects that receive a micro grant should have a projected timeline of completion by October 31, 2017. This applies only to the portion of the project that SmartLogic is funding — it does not apply to your entire project if the entire project is not funded entirely via a micro grant.
After the project is completed, the grantee will need to provide SmartLogic with a report. This report should detail how the grant money was spent, the amount of people impacted by the project, what they learned from their project, and your overall thoughts on the micro grant program.
Do you have a question that hasn’t been answered? Check out the FAQ, be sure to put the information sessions on your calendar, and/or email Chelsea Keene with any additional questions. Also keep an eye out for us at local events where we’ll talk about the program and be happy to answer any additional questions.