Ten charities have received grant funding from the Women’s Foundation, the organization announced Wednesday.
The total for all 10 grants was $184,400, and more than 9,400 people will be affected by the funding, Women’s Foundation president Wendy Doyle said.
The organization said the grants are intended to support women’s economic development and empowerment.
Doyle said the organization wanted to invest in a diverse group of organizations. All of them connect in some way to the key issues of the Women’s Foundation: ecomonic security, education, child care, health care and civic leadership. The recipients will put their grant money toward different programs, mentoring and violence prevention.
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Here’s how the 10 charities plan to use the grant money, according to the foundation’s news release:
Missouri State Foundation — The group supporting Missouri State University will put the money toward establishing a Women’s Leadership Initiative, which will include “programming on relevant topics to inspire and develop women leaders.”
HappyBottoms — Kansas City’s local diaper bank will use the funding for a diaper distribution program and other child care needs.
Women’s Employment Network — This local nonprofit provides job training and other resources and will use the money to support a credit building program. It’s aimed at helping women become more secure economically.
The Family Conservancy — The funds will go toward this nonprofit’s mentorship program for child care directors.
Prep – KC — The grant will help the organization expand its career events for middle-school girls. The events give students the chance to chat with professionals in the STEM fields and participate in hands-on activities.
Amethyst Place — This group, which provides transitional housing for women and their children, will use the funding to provide mentorship and training to help single mothers find employment.
Cornerstones of Care — The grant will support this nonprofit’s Home Visitation Program, which provides abuse prevention for mothers who are “most at risk of maltreating their babies.”
Hope House Inc. — This organization, focused on helping survivors of domestic violence, will hire a housing advocate with the funds. The advocate will help the survivors find housing and support services.
Community LINC — This nonprofit seeks to end homelessness and will put the funding toward a housing program that serves about 150 families a year.
Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence — Funding will be used to help alleviate a variety of issues, from intern sexual harassment to campus sexual assault.
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