RTC HAS BEEN AWARDED A $15,000 GRANT Community Business Academy and Business Acceleration Services Program.
RTC is a nonprofit organization committed to the economic empowerment of low-income communities
through entrepreneurship. Established in Jersey City in 2004 by two Harvard graduates, RTC provides high
quality business education, year round guidance, and support to entrepreneurs. Of the folks that RTC
provides assistance to, 90% are minorities and 70% are women. The guiding objective is to assist talented
men and women in distressed communities to grow successful businesses that provide income and
employment to their owners and the community at large.
By providing high quality business education and consulting that is custom designed for the educational
needs of low income entrepreneurs, RTC assists these talented men and women to start and grow successful
businesses, which generate jobs and provides economic opportunities for themselves, their families and their
Funds will be used to cover costs associated with marketing, delivering,
managing, expanding, and enhancing RTC’s Community Business Academy and Business Acceleration
Services programs. The business academy program provides 12 weeks of intensive training in business
management skills. After the trainings, graduates receive 3 years of follow up support through the business
acceleration services program. In the coming year, RTC will offer 20 twelve week sessions of the Community
Business Academy across five different cities in two different languages. Each session will have 21 available
spaces, for a total enrollment of 420 entrepreneurs.
MMT has been awarded an $8,000 grant to support its Young Audiences Series.
MMT is continuing in 2017 its program of linking the performing arts with literacy
and reading skills for children through four productions in its Young Audiences Series. The program was
first started in 2016 to produce plays in conjunction with their literary sources, encouraging students to read
about what they had seen in the shows. Follow-up surveys with parents following the 2016 shows revealed
that 82 percent of the children read free books they received from MMT and 42 percent visited libraries to
borrow more books.
These shows are expected to engage audiences of 6,600 with free or discounted tickets. Admission
to the Waldron Stage shows will be on a pay-what-you-can basis to ensure access to a broad community
audience. Students attending all of the Young Audiences shows also will receive an estimated 1,000 free
books plus activities guides to encourage reading about the shows they see and related topics.
When distributing books, MMT’s staff asks for email addresses to send surveys to parents and teachers who
monitor the program’s effectiveness. These responses have documented the program’s intended impacts and
pointed to areas to strengthen in 2017, especially to serve children from households where there are few
books and reading is not actively encouraged.
Funds from this grant will be used to underwrite the cost of books to be distributed to children attending the
shows and to pay for creation and printing of activities guides and workbooks for distribution to the students.
Funds will primarily be spent for the 2017 Young Audiences productions and reading workshops.
SOLA has been awarded a $25,000 grant in support of their Residential Life Program.
SOLA is an Afghan-led private boarding school for Afghan girls, the
first of its kind in Afghanistan. SOLA’s mission is to provide Afghan girls a rigorous education that promotes
critical thinking, a sense of purpose, and respect for self and others.
SOLA, which is a Pashto word meaning “peace,” seeks to represent all major ethnic groups and provinces of
Afghanistan. To date SOLA students have hailed from 22 of Afghanistan’s provinces.
In Afghanistan, girls are not prepared to become leaders and their education is rarely
prioritized. Even girls who are fortunate enough to attend school often must shoulder family responsibilities,
distracting from their education as they mature. The funds from this grant will be dedicated to the
residential life program and will be used to increase opportunities for students to explore interests, engage
with educators and academic resources, and participate in sports and fitness activities. These types of
programs do not exist in public schools in Afghanistan–the residential life programming at SOLA is one of
the major ways that the school differs from all others in Afghanistan.
As a boarding school, SOLA creates an immersive, structured academic environment in Kabul for Afghan
girls from cultural backgrounds and provinces across the country.
The residential life program is a critical element of what makes SOLA a leadership school. The leadership
curriculum bridges the academic and residential life programs, providing a vehicle to integrate the formal
curriculum of subject-specific knowledge and core skills, with the informal curriculum, where students learn
values and behaviors in an inexplicit way through participating in a residential community.
Many of the students are the first girls in their families to receive an education. Through the residential life
program at SOLA, each of our students has the opportunity, many for the first time in their lives:
• to be tutored one-on-one in English and other subjects;
• to participate in student clubs with their peers;
• to learn about the benefits of physical fitness and engage in sports and outdoor activities;
• to explore geopolitical issues through intimate conversations with visiting experts;
• to grow-up with a diverse community of girls from across Afghanistan, representing many distinct
• to immerse themselves in English-language instruction, among many other opportunities.
SOLA students will in turn share what they have learned with their families and their home communities
across the country. They will grow up appreciating the role SOLA’s immersive residential life program played
in their personal development, and their example in society will help to spur favor towards SOLA’s education
model for girls in communities across Afghanistan.
The Foundation is pleased to continue it's support of Project Gateway with a $25,000 grant.
The Empowerment Program is run through the Gateway School of Fashion Fusion with Craft and Business
Training and Mentoring. Through the Program, over 1000 students have been trained in hard skills such as
woodwork, metalwork, electrical training as well as Fashion Design, sewing and craft development. It has
also assisted more than 250 developing entrepreneurs in better business practice and mentored the leaders
of these groups until they are secure in Business knowledge. Over 70% of the entrepreneurs were still
running successful businesses 2 years after their training.
Most of the trainees are unemployed women, who are given the opportunity to improve their hard skills of
Craft making and / or Fashion Design as well as Business Skills training. This enables them to generate
income for themselves and their families.
Funds from this grant will be used to support individuals unable to pay the fees associated with the Program.
Learners would under normal circumstances be required to pay a fee structure. While this is built into the
budget the reality is that most of the learners are unemployed, out of school, under-educated learners.
Project Gateway is a development program and does not offer “hand-outs” as such. The learners are already
paying transport costs to reach the center 3 days a week. They travel for over an hour to get there and over
an hour to get back home. They desperately need to generate income for themselves and their families and
they feel that if they were better qualified in the hard skills of Fashion Design and sewing and had a greater
understanding of Business, they would be able to increase their income and build sustainable businesses.
The project is making a sustainable different by addressing unemployment and the lack of skills and
business education. By educating and up-skilling 20 - 25 learners per year in Fashion Design and Fusion
with Craft and by assisting 90 people per year with the Paradigm Shift Business Training program and
encouraging them to go on to the next 2 Modules which tracks their Business growth and success for a
period of at least 18 sessions, the organization believes that it makes a difference to the quality of each
person’s life. History has shown that most of the learners who study through Gateway School of Fashion
continue to generate income at varying levels for a number of years after the course. The Paradigm Shift
Course has been offered to over 2000 people in South Africa. Results so far indicate that over 70% have
increased their Business Income, and 34% of the people are now saving on a regular basis.
Project Gateway as a registered Non-Profit Organization is governed by a Constitution and Board of Directors
elected at an Annual General Meeting of the organization. The organization is overseen by a CEO, who has
considerable experience in community based programs. He is assisted in his role by a management team
consisting of skilled individuals and community representatives. Our books are audited annually. Gateway’s
Monitoring & Evaluation framework is strongly driven by the Results Based Model which measures
outcomes and impact. Baseline information is collected at the start of the project/work. This will then be
used as a platform from which to monitor our progress in terms of our intended outcomes. Monthly
statistics relevant to the program work will be recorded and used to evaluate the progress of the project. The
goals, objectives and activities detailed in this proposal will fall under the project's monitoring and evaluation
system, and performance will be measured against these.
The UN Foundation has been awarded a $25,000 grant to support their Girl Up program.
Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent campaign, supports the empowerment of girls
everywhere. Since 2010, the campaign has funded UN programs that promote the health, safety, education,
and leadership of girls in developing countries and built a community of more than six hundred thousand
passionate advocates. The 25,000 youth leaders, representing more than 1700 Girl Up clubs in 90 countries,
stand up, speak up, and rise up to support the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is the hardest to
be a girl.
At the heart and soul of Girl Up, the Teen Advisory Board ensures that the Girl Up campaign stays authentic
to its voice and “by girl, for girls” mission. Made up of 21 girls, the 2017-2018 class of Teen Advisors helps
lead advocacy, provide feedback on campaign materials, and energize and inspire others to take action in
support of United Nations programs so that adolescent girls in developing countries can reach their full
potential. Composed of a widely diverse group of teenage girls, the Teen Advisors are passionate changemakers
who together spread and fuel Girl Up’s work.
This unique leadership development program separates our organization from other organizations that work
on girl’s empowerment. Teen Advisors are central to all Girl Up decision-making including advocacy
fundraising and communication strategies. This grant will allow us to continue to select Teen Advisors from
a diverse background and solely based on their individual qualifications. By supporting their travel to our
trainings and the staff members who support them, coach them and provide daily interaction, these leaders
will continue to lead the movement and build their skills as they go on to college and their future careers.
The leadership skills that Teen Advisors develop will help them change the world today and well into the
future. 21 girls will benefit from this grant during their tenure from July 2017-June 2018. The funds will be
used in the United States. A grant from the Kathryn McQuade Foundation will help support the Girl Up Teen
Advisory Board to continue to strive to make sustainable improvement in girls’ rights, education, and welfare
in places where it is hardest to be a girl.
WGEF has been awarded a $25,000 grant. The Foundation is pleased to again partner with WGEF on their Healthy Periods Initiatives.
The mission of Women’s Global Empowerment Fund is to provide women with the framework necessary to
create viable opportunities for themselves and their families. Through grassroots strategies, marginalized
women are given the tools necessary to alleviate poverty, thus facilitating sustainable development and
To address the issue of menstrual health, and the challenges women face with regards to access, hygiene
and stigma while in refugee or IDP camps, Women’s Global Empowerment Fund (WGEF) has launched the
Menstruation Matters project, part of the Healthy Periods Initiative – improving health, creating
livelihoods. Because of inequality, gender taboos, and socio-cultural factors, menstrual health is overlooked. In many
refugee camps no regular supply of products is available. Due to the lack of access and affordability of
sanitary products, women and girls often use: cloth, leaves, mattress stuffing, and other ineffective and
unsafe materials. These materials are unhygienic, uncomfortable, ineffective and unacceptable.
As the world becomes more conflicted, increasing the numbers of people on the move, forced from their
homes and villages into camps and centers, the basic needs of women and girls are not met. One of the
worst refugee crisis is happening on the border of Uganda and S. Sudan. S. Sudanese people have been
forced to flee their homes due to increasing and brutal violence. Because WGEF is located in Gulu, northern
Uganda, these camps are on our doorstep and it became clear that we needed to help our neighbors.
In the refugee camps of Balore and Pagirinya, approximately 9000 women and girls have no access to
sanitary products. It has been over a year since any sanitary products have been delivered. This is unjust
and undignified. Menstruation Matters not only provides product but education on managing their periods,
in a safe and healthy way.
The funding requested will be used to manufacture 7000 pads per month, delivered to two refugee camps,
along with an educational component for the next 12 months. The requested funding will be spent monthly
over the next 12 months in Gulu, Uganda, and the northern region near the S. Sudanese border.
By providing funds for locally produced sanitary products, not only creates and supports local economies,
but will provide long term health benefits and education to women with few, if any, access to critical
resources around menstrual health. As the world is in conflict, this project supports sustainable
development and health benefits to those most in need.
WGEF is committed to providing women and girls living in nearby refugee camps access to this critical
product and education. All women deserve respect and to live with dignity, when women don’t have access
to relevant information or appropriate sanitary products, this is impossible.
ACE Africa has been awarded a $30.000 grant.
Ace Africa only works in communities where there is a real need, want and willingness to gain independent self-sufficient lives.
The programme is long-term and bespoke to each community, reflecting local cultural, economic, political and environmental
contexts focusing on all aspects of a child’s and community’s development.
In Homa Bay County, Kenya, 47% of the population live beneath the poverty line, and food insecurity is a
critical problem. Additionally, the county has an HIV prevalence rate of 25.75%, 4 times the national average
rate of 6%. In Kenya, girls and young women account for 46% of new HIV infections. Many of these girls and
young women are unable to assert their rights and face various different discriminations. These experiences
create an environment where there is higher risk of transactional, unprotected, and age-disparate sex,
contributing towards girl’s vulnerability to HIV.
In 2016 Ace Africa began implementing DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, AIDS-Free, Mentored and Safe)
projects that aim to address the structural drivers that directly and indirectly increase girls’ HIV risk. Drivers
such as poverty levels, gender inequality sexual violence, and lack of education. Monitoring, evaluation, and
feedback from adolescent and young women participating in the DREAMS projects have revealed that many
women have a desire to build their skill sets and improve their ability to generate income.
The DREAMS project benefits 140 out of school young girls and women aged 18-24. The girls and young
women have been identified as some of the most underprivileged, vulnerable, and most at risk of HIV
infection within their communities. In addition, 700 household members (each household consists of an
average of 6 members) of the 140 adolescent girls, will benefit from improved capacity to meet basic needs
and have a reduced risk of HIV infection.
Funds will be used for:
1. Nutritional based training and activities to ensure long-term food security and self sufficiency
2. Establishment and management of nutritional based enterprises to ensure long-term economic
3. Cost associated with monitoring and evaluating, whichhelp provide support on a long term basis
to ensure lasting economic sustainability and self-sufficiency
TechnoServe has been awarded a $25,000.00 grant. TechnoServe’s mission is to work with enterprising people
in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries.
Their success is measured by increased financial benefits for the people whom
they engage. These benefits enable them to improve their resilience and reduce their poverty. TechnoServe
was founded in 1968.
In Kenya, “mom and pop” shops, also known as Dukas supply 80% of consumer goods, mostly to low-income
communities. Dukas provide vital services that larger retailers and wholesalers cannot, as the market is
fragmented with high transaction costs. Additionally, restocking generally requires the owner to travel to a
supplier, often a large retailer, with cash in hand in order to make purchases. This is expensive and time
consuming, and results in periods of closure, limited inventory, and ultimately relatively high prices for
purchasers and low incomes for store keepers.
In partnership with the Elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization and Citi Foundation, the Smart Duka
Initiative is working to increase the profitability of 840 high-potential small retail shops in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Smart Duka Initiative achieves these results through in depth training and mentorship. Results include;
better financial and operations management, strengthened marketing, the adoption of digital solutions for
payments and inventory, as well as improving relationships with lenders, suppliers, and customers. The
majority of stores selected to participate are women-operated or women-owned.
Since launching the Smart Duka Initiatives in 2016, the project has reached 570 beneficiaries. These
beneficiaries include shop owners, shops managers, and employees. Of which, 52% are women. Shops are
averaging a 19% increase in revenue and a 22% increase in profits.
TechnoServe recognizes the importance of raising incomes levels for women in these communities. Due to
cultural norms and social roles that often keep women from owning businesses like Dukas, women often do
not have a chance to support their family. TechnoServe specifically targets the women population and
consciously works to provide trainings, meetings, and other opportunities compatible with the schedules of
To measure success, upon completion of a project, TechnoServe calculates a “return on TechnoServe
investment” (ROTI) score as a measure of the project’s success. ROTI is calculated by totaling the financial
benefits accrued during the life of the project, plus projected financial benefits over 3 years, and dividing it by
the cost of implementation.
RUP has been awarded a $20,000.00 grant. Founded in August of 2015, RUP’s overarching goal is to empower people from host
communities and refugees. RUP feels it is important that people who do not normally get to express their
views are given an arena to effect change. RUP focuses on working with low-income Jordanians, refugee
women, and children.
RUP seeks to address these issues through the creation of a Community Centre in the city of Zarqa.
Approximately 48,000 refugees are located in Zarqa, which is one of the most densely populated refugee
areas in Jordan.
The centre will look to give educational support, while teaching employable skills to the individuals who visit.
A particular emphasis will be around educational opportunities for women and children. The centre will be
open to all individuals and will look to create a space for these underserved communities to come together,
understand each other, and learn new skills. Additionally, the centre aims to facilitate a dialogue between the
groups to prevent radicalization and the use of negative coping mechanisms. For women in particular, the
centre will provide literacy classes and child-rearing classes, which will focus on nutrition and new-born
The centre will be run by local staff and volunteers, primarily drawn from Zarqa. RUP is determined to help
Syrian and Jordanian refugees gain experience and learn new skills. The goal is to take these skills and use
them to help their families and other community members, which is turn will make a sustainable difference
for these community.
A 2 year grant of $32,000/year has been awarded to the AICF. Established in 1989, the mission of the AICF is to transform Indian higher
education by funding and creating awareness of the unique, community-based accredited tribal colleges
and universities (TCUs), offering students access to knowledge, skills, and cultural values which enhance
their communities and the country as a whole. The College Fund is the nation’s largest provider of private
scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) students.
The Scholarship Program will provide renewable scholarship funding and
targeted support services to approximately 5 AIAN women pursuing post-secondary credentials at TCUs
during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years, empowering them to overcome the financial and social
obstacles to achieve a higher education and serve as leaders and role models for their families and
communities. Funding will specifically be used to provide 5 scholarships of $5,000 per scholar per year for 2
years, as well as provide student success services of $1,400 per scholar per year for 2 years.
Data shows that although organizations such as AICF are making a difference, Native people are still the
least educated racial or ethnic group in America, with a smaller percentage receiving bachelor’s degrees
than any other minority group.
Scholarship awards for this program will be based on the following eligibility criteria:
(1) Enrolled member or descendant of an enrolled member of a federal or state recognized tribe
(2) Acceptance to and enrollment as a full-time student at a tribal college or university
(3) Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher
(4) Women students
(5) Preference for women students with children
The objectives of the scholarship program consist of measurable indicators linked to the 3 overarching
goals identified below:
1) Increase access and success in higher education for AIAN women students.
2) Leverage the Foundation’s partnership to substantially increase resources
for AIAN education.
3) Empower AIAN women students to achieve educational and professional success and serve as
leaders to improve the social and economic conditions present in their communities.