Congratulations to Project Gateway, they have been awarded a $25,000 grant for their Empowerment Program. Project Gateway works in the region of South Africa due to the staggering unemployment rate and poverty levels. Funds for the grants will sponsor students to enter the program, that teaches hard skills such as woodwork, metalwork, electrical training, sewing, craft and fashion design. This program gives these women their first chance to generate income for their families. This is the second awarded grant for Project Gateway.
Congratulations to RTC, they have been awarded a $15,000 grant for their Community Business Academy, Business Acceleration Services programs. RTC is a nonprofit organization committed to the economic empowerment of low-income communities through entrepreneurship, Of the folks that RTC provides assistance to, 90% minorities and 70% are women. The grant will be used to cover costs associated managing, enhancing and expanding RTC’s Community Business Academy and Business Acceleration Services Programs. RTC measures success of the program in stages and performs quarterly and annual outcome measurement surveys to track the progress of their entrepreneurs. This is the second grant awarded to RTC.
Congratulations to the AIC Fund. They have been awarded a $25,000.00 grant. This grant will provide critical scholarship support to American Indian and Alaska Native women pursuing post-secondary credentials during the 2016-2017 academic year. Funding from this
program will be designed exclusively to women, with preference for women with children. Of the almost
4,000 students the College Fund served in 2014-2015, 64% were female. Furthermore, the College Fund
supported over 1,400 women with children in 2014-2015, which equates to 36% of their target population.
Congratulations to the IEEW. They have been awarded a $25,000 grant.
The global Peace Through Business program educates women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda
on an annual basis. Starting the first week in January, in-country training begins. Between 30-35 business
women from each country will meet for 10 weeks, 8 hours per week. Women learn business skills such as
creating financial statements and building a business plan. Upon completion of the in-country trainings, 15
women per country will be invited to the USA for further leadership development.
Upon completion of the program, the women can then fulfill the purpose of participating in the program, by
paying forward their experience in their own countries. To further help these women once back in their
country, each of them will have an American business women eMentor and in person mentor to encourage,
guide and support them toward a more sustainable and viable future.
The Peace Through Business program is a very hands on, detailed project. Each business woman is
evaluated on an individual basis to determine their needs. Dedicated personnel ensures the mission of
educating women economically, socially and politically.
Funds from the McQuade Foundation will be allocated in two different areas of the program.
1. Maintain a facilitator in country that can recruit new students on an annual basis and help teach
2. Fund the International Women’s Economic Summit & PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS graduation
ceremony and dinner in Dallas, TX
IEEW measures success based on the number of women trained that are still in business today. Which
happens to be 80% since the inception of IEEW. Other measures include number of employees per company
and the income increase on average per household.
IEEW is 100% funded by private organizations and public corporations
WGEF has been awarded a grant for $35,000. This grant is for funding the purchase a building for the Gulu Women’s Resource Center.
In May of 2016, WGEF will purchase a building to house the GWRC in the Gulu district of Uganda. The center will create a one stop space
where women and community members are able to access critical information and support. The mission of
the center is to advance community, equality and social justice by providing information and opportunities
in one location. The center’s intention is that it will be convenient and open to all community members. The
center will also provide support through small group educational courses, including computer training.
Additionally, the center will a house the Peer Counseling and Access to Justice Teams, the Citizen
Journalism Program and will host community interest events.
WGEF was one of the first organizations on the ground in Gulu. Their approach is unique in that the focus
will be on leadership development, understanding that women must have access to current and relevant
information, a strong voice in their communities and a seat at the table.
Funds for this grant will provide support to women, girls and community members in Gulu and neighboring
districts. Funds will be allocated throughout 2016 and 2017.
The need for the center is due to the fact that in many regions of the Global South and specifically post
conflict regions, there is a lack of democratic space. Public and Community space is critical to the
development and health of a community.
Success for the grant will be measured using quantitative and qualitative data that measures the
effectiveness and relevancy. WGEF will conduct a yearly survey on one area of the organization, rotating
different areas each year.
This Foundation is pleased to partner with WGEF and the work they are doing in Uganda. This is their second grant award.
Congratulations to Mill Mountain Theater in Roanoke, VA. They will receive a $7,500 grant for their education program. Mill Mountain Theatre will produce five plays during its 2016 season, which will encourage children of
immigrant families to read and increase their English literacy. The plays will represent a multi-year
commitment to produce productions with literary bases to help develop critical reading skills for elementary
and middle school aged students. MMT will couple the plays with free books and access to study guides to
match each play. The need for the MMT grant revolves around the fact that in order to reach untraditional audiences, they
must offer four to five productions without ticket revenue and also must be able to steeply discount mainstage
productions. Ticket sales are the primary source of support for their productions, so replacing and
reducing those prices must be offset by grants and underwriting.
Congratulations to The Foundation for Tomorrow, US organization in Tanzania. They have been awarded a grant for $25,000. Their mission is to secure quality education and emotional support for orphaned and vulnerable children so they reach their full potential. The funds will be used for The Most Vulnerable Children Household Economic Strengthening project. The project utilizes a series of micro-lending loans and forming joint group savings accounts to encourage shared accountability within the communities. This project monitors, supports and provides outcome evaluation to individuals in the program. Also a portion of the grant will support their Scholarship program.
Congratulations, VA Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) has been awarded a $25,000 Grant to continue their work to achieve their goal to have one college graduate in every VA home by 2025. The grant will be used to fund the “Rural VA Horseshoe Initiative”, to increase the quality of education in Rural VA and “Great Expectations Educational Program for Foster Youths. This Foundation is pleased to partner with VFCCE to help VA achieve the goal of a more educated populace.
The Malala Fund has been awarded a $25,000 grant to build infrastructure and increase the capacity of helping girls gain access to a secondary education through programs, communications, technology and sustainable operations.
FINCA International will receive a second grant for $25,000 to fund Stage 2 of their BrightLife Program. Stage 2 funding will be used to develop and automate client screening and credit approval process. The hope is this innovation will overcome the cost and logistical barriers that limit the business model to FINCA’s existing borrowers. The Stage @ solution is to design a self-sustaining solution/program/product that also generates a profit.