The 100 Women Advisory Board is excited to announce our six grant finalists and handover the decision process for the recipients to our Members who have generously donated $90,000 towards making a positive difference in the lives of women and girls.
From the 65 expressions of interest we received earlier in the year, 15 were invited to submit full grant applications. Following rigorous evaluation and assessment by the Grants Committee, six finalists have emerged. A summary of the inspiring projects is below and Members have been sent the full briefings to enable them to cast their votes for their preferred projects.
Voting is now open and will close on 31 October. 100 Women Members collectively decide which projects will be awarded funding. The results of the voting will be announced at our Grants Celebration event on 22 November and tickets are available now.
If you aren’t already a member or have not renewed in 2017, it’s not too late to join us; it also means we’ll be able to provide even more valuable funding for the selected projects.
Our grant finalists for 2017 are:
World Relief Australia in partnership with Human and Hope is seeking $9,300 towards a sewing program that aims to break the cycle of poverty for Cambodian women. Each woman will learn how to sew and advanced students can access microfinance loans to start their own sewing business. In addition to sewing skills, students receive education in small business, life skills, health, sustainable farming and domestic violence training, focusing on their rights in marriage.
Earbus Foundation of WA has requested $30,000 towards a pilot to provide 30 female Aboriginal Health Workers with training that will develop their theoretical experience with ear health treatment and management to include more practical, clinical training. This will mean these workers can diagnose and manage ear health disease in the Aboriginal communities in which they live and reduce the problems associated with ear disease for Aboriginal children.
Bower Reuse and Repair Centre Cooperative has requested $30,000 for the ‘From House to Home’ program to provide around 100 women and their children, who were victims of domestic violence, with free access to quality household goods. Once the women are ready to move on from temporary accommodation to new homes, they are in desperate need of household goods. The Bower will work with service organisations already supporting the women to allow them to visit a Bower retail outlet and shop against an agreed line of credit.
Cancer Patients Foundation has asked for $30,000 to be utilised for 30 Western Australian practical workshops that teach cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer treatment. These 2.5-hour workshops will feature skincare, make-up and headwear demonstrations, leaving clients empowered and ready to face their cancer diagnosis with confidence.
Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company (SDTC) works in partnership with the Department of Justice, Corrections and the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre at Ravenhall Victoria to conduct a weekly program of theatre, music and visual arts workshops with approximately 50 women prisoners. The program acts as a support base to encourage and assist participants to pursue educational or job training development opportunities. The intensive program culminates in an annual performance accompanied by an exhibition of the women’s original artworks. In 2018, the performance will be of “She Swallowed That Lie,” a new piece developed in collaboration with the female prisoners. A request of $30,000 has been made towards performance expenses.
Youth Futures WA is seeking $27,500 for its program, The NEST, designed to help teenage mothers who are homeless or living in unsuitable conditions and are consequently at risk of losing custody of their child. The funds are to support the expansion of the Outreach Service that is a preventative strategy against homelessness that aims to stabilise the lives of the teenage mothers while developing their parenting, financial and independent living skills. An Outreach Support Worker assists clients to seek appropriate accommodation and advocates on their behalf with the Department of Child Protection, all the while supporting the young mum with their baby’s development and personal issues.
Members – your voting link has been sent to you on email along with the details to access the full briefings.
If you aren’t already a Member, you are very welcome to join us [insert link] and help change the lives for the women and girls involved in these projects. Make your tax deductible donation now with 100% of the money funding the selected recipients!