This is easily the most exciting announcement we've sent. Years ago, we had a small idea to find a new way of connecting small business and nonprofits to help women and girls strengthen their communities. Add in hard work and great beer and Lady Justice Brewing was born.
Today, we are announcing our very first grant recipients. The money they are receiving comes directly from the purchases of our CSB Memberships and other sales.
We had many amazing applicants, including 9 organizations and 7 youth! It was a hard decision to make, but we narrowed it down to 3 organizations and 3 youth.
Here they are...
Our 3 youth recipients are participants in World Hoops Academy, which serves girls basketball players in the Denver Metro area. They develop academic, athletic, and leadership abilities that empower young women. The 3 girls chosen range in age from 6th-9th grade and will receive funding to go towards their annual participation fees for the program. Here are some quotes from their grant applications:
I think that the program helps the community by bringing together all kinds of girls from different backgrounds. I think that it also makes me a role model for other kids to see us participating in a positive program. I'm also able to apply some of the skills learned at the program to my regular home life when it comes to teamwork and communication, and i think that helps me to get along with my brothers and other people.
I hope to learn more about the rules and regulations in basketball and how you can be a successful player. I hope to learn how to learn to hustle more and the teamwork you have to have to put into basketball and the effort that is needed to be able to work as a team. I want to learn to do learn the things I have never been able to do and get better at the drills we work on in practice. I want to succeed at school and be a leader with the kids in my class.
I'm excited to get better at basketball. I'm excited to travel to different schools to play with other kids like myself. I'm also excited about meeting new people. I want to learn how to be a good team player. Learn how to take criticism in a positive way to help me grow and get better. If I work hard, I want to learn to be patient, self discipline, team work building. But most importantly I want to learn how to win some and lose some. No matter what be positive.
The Girl's Program of Women's Wilderness provides one to ten-day wilderness-based courses of backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing and expressive arts. Course are designed to build courage, confidence and leadership skills.
The Youth Leadership Program from Hope In Our City allows young women to gain the skills and strengths to be a leaders in their community. They receive mentorship and support in applying for college and scholarships, finding internships and employment, and learning how to tell their stories and be empowered. The majority of girls in the program came to the United States as refugees from countries such as Somalia, Ethiopia, the Congo, and Central African Republic.
The Good Neighbor Garage program from Hands of the Carpenter provides automobile placement, repair, maintenance, and related education for low-income single mothers and widows in need so that they become or remain self-sufficient.
March 1, 2017: Submission period begins
March 31, 2017 at midnight: Submission period ends
April 1, 2017 to April 15, 2017: Application evaluations
April 20, 2017: Applicants are notified.
April 30, 2017: Funds are disbursed to organization
FOCUS OF GRANTS
We will be giving small grants which cover the cost of attending programs that foster opportunities and growth for women and girls. Orgranizations and indivual youth can apply for these grants. If awarded, the grant will be given directly to the organization hosting the program to cover the costs for individual participants.
APPLICATION FOR INDIVIDUAL YOUTH
If you are an individual girl between the ages of 11 and 17 that wants to apply for a grant so you can attend a program that grows your skills, opportunities and self, then you will need to complete our Youth Application. Our 2017 grant application is closed. Please keep in touch with us to learn about our 2018 opportunities.
In order to apply, you will also need your parent or guardian to complete the Supplemental Parent/Guardian form.
In order for an application to be evaluated, both the application and the parental form need to be completed during the submission period.
Application for ORGANIZATIONs
If you are organization that provides programming which grow opportunities for women and girls in Colorado and you would like to seek a grant to provide a scholarship that covers the cost of programming for a participant, you will need to complete our Organizational Grant Application. Our 2017 grant application is closed. Please keep in touch via our mailing list and in-kind donation process.