Nonprofit groups are invited to apply for annual community grants — up to $10,000 — from the Westport Woman’s Club.

The club’s Ruegg Grant Committee will accept grant applications until March 1. The grants are allocated for one-time funding of a 2016 project involving social services, health, safety, the arts or education, according to the club’s announcement. Key selection criteria include, the club said, “a high-profile initiative that makes a continuing difference in the community and enhances the WWC name.” Following review of this year’s applications, the committee will decide on grant allocations in April, and reserves the right to withhold awards if no applications meet its criteria, according to the announcement.

Recent Ruegg Grant recipients include Earthplace, for a re-mapping project and posting of its hiking trail system; Wakeman Town Farm and the ITN Coastal CT transportation program.

The Westport Woman’s Club established its Ruegg Grants in 1995 to honor former member Lea Ruegg, with income generated by a bequest in her name.

Applicants for a grant should include a written overview of the proposed project, staffing, budget, other sources of funding, implementation/publicity plan, timing and ongoing benefits to the community and the WWC. They also must provide proof of 501(c (3) tax-exempt status and a copy of the organization’s most recent annual report.

Proposals should be addressed to: Westport Woman's Club Ruegg Grant Committee, 44 Imperial Ave., Westport CT 06880. For more information about the club, visit