Groups Who Support Women and Girls Get Grants

Groups Who Support Women and Girls Get Grants Click to Enlarge Photo: Central Minnesota Community Foundation

(KNSI) - Thirteen Central Minnesota organizations dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls have been awarded $92,500 in grants.

In August, the Central Minnesota Community Foundation launched its 2019-2020 Central Minnesota Women's Fund and Julianne Williams Fund grant rounds.

The grants were awarded to area organizations focusing on improving the lives of women and girls in central Minnesota.

On Wednesday, the Women's Fund and Julianne Williams Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation announced the recipients of their annual grants.

The Women's Fund allocated $70,000 to the following:

$8,000 to assist with emergency childcare placement, guaranteed for children birth to age two, through St. Cloud Crisis Nursery.

$8,000 to support the implementation of a health and wellness program for victims of trafficking at Terebinth Refuge.

$8,000 to help expand the GREAT Theatre Camps with three new camps to increase self-confidence and foster skills such as public speaking, collaboration, and goal setting for girls ages 8 - 14.

$4,400 for the expansion of childcare provider and CPR training program for immigrant and refugee women through Hands Across the World.

$8,000 for the continued expansion of the Garden Leadership Project, which provides immigrant women mentoring in economic self-sufficiency, job training, and work experience through the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project.

$9,600 to support the Women's Fund Project Starfish Program through matching grant opportunities.

$8,000 to support the facility at Anna Marie's Alliance, which provides safety and mental health services to women and children who have experienced domestic violence.

$8,000 to support parenting classes and rehabilitative services for women through the Center for Victims of Torture.

$4,500 for recruitment and training of women as mentors to girls in the Dr. Potter Bigs on Campus Mentoring Initiative run by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota.

$3,500 for the Girls 360 Group program, which is girls age 13-17 participating in programming that addresses healthy lifestyles, making good relationship choices, and avoiding risky behavior at the Village Family Service Center.

Additionally, the Julianne Williams Fund awarded $22,500 in grants to three organizations.

The grant recipients for the Julianne Williams Fund are as follows:

$8,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota for their Date SMART program, which provides youth tools and resources they need to develop safe, supportive, and healthy dating relationships.

$6,500 to Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines to expand summer programming and support scholarships for camp and weekly day camp to girls in need of financial assistance.

$8,000 to support health and fitness education through the Women's Health & Wellness program at Terebinth Refuge.

The Julianne Williams Fund was established to honor the life of Julianne Marie Williams, reflect the essence of Julie and promote the building of self-esteem, safety, confidence, and overall empowerment of girls and young women through outdoor activities.

Since 2002, the Women's Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation has been dedicated to strengthening the community by improving the lives of women and girls.

The Women's Fund has granted over $1.6 million to support local programs in three core focus areas: girls age 10-18, women in transition, and older women.

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