M. Grady Awards (formerly the Grady Mcknight Awards)



It is our goal to give our M. Grady awards to support the projects and initiatives of purpose-filled women.  Whether college bound, or entrepreneurial minded, our recipients desire to improve the world around them.  By supporting their efforts, our organization is able to indirectly make an impact in their communities.  Our goal is to make a difference, one woman at a time.


 While we know larger organizations exist to financially support the communities we serve, we believe there is never enough support to bridge the gaps of need, so we cast our nets to help.


We provide financial support through priviate donations raised and provided by our Philan7 members.  These are a group of women who have philanthropic hearts and who seek to plant their funds into the lives of women who need a “hand up” versus a “handout”.


While we only provide micro-awards,  we have proved that we make a mighty impact on the women we assist!


 How do we select our awardees?


We keep our eyes open for opportunities to give back to community initiatives.  By word of mouth or networking, we identify women who we foresee making an impact.  We collectively make decisions on awardees.  We seek women who may fall into one of the following categories of need:

  • Additional College Assistance - Books, Fees, Transportation etc..
  • Professional Certification fees
  • Professional advancement programs
  • Entreprenuerial Start Up costs (seed money)
  • Small business development needs.


 What are the timelines for selection?

 There are not any set timelines.  Awards are given on a random basis; as needed in the community.  All applicants will receive an email notification for their award status.


 What is the average award amount?

 The award allocation varies based on a number of factors; need, type of request, amount of money available for allocation. The average award amount has been $500 with the largest being $1600.


Join us in being Philanthropic!

If you are a Philantropist and want to be a part of something where you can see your donations make an immediate impact, Donate Today!


We also welcome you to learn more about our Philan7 model.  Send an email to for additional information.   


Do you have a referral for us?  Complete the form below and let us know.


Donate Today!


Grady McKnight Grant Referral form
Grady McKnight Referral Form.docx
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