Women Building Community Grants 2018-19

WOMEN BUILDING COMMUNITY INNOVATION GRANT

  • Global Roots Play School, Ithaca Welcomes Refugees:  Global Roots Play School is a nurturing, half-day nursery school program where refugee and immigrant women can send their young children so they can attend their own English classes or tutoring sessions. This grant will be used to expand community building by increasing individual meetings and community activities for mothers.

WBC UP TO $5,000 GRANTS

  • 2019 Ithaca Free Clinic Healthcare and Diagnostic Services for Women, Ithaca Free Clinic:
    These funds will help support access to diagnostic and medical testing required to meet the unique health care needs of women utilizing Ithaca Free Clinic primary, therapeutic and preventive health care services. They play an important role providing testing for women lacking health insurance or who are under-insured or unable to take advantage of other community medical support services.
  • A Place to Stay: Moving Up, Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga:
    A Place to Stay is a transitional housing program designed to provide 90 day stays to homeless women as they work on their goals of self-sufficiency, chief of these being permanent rental housing. This year’s grant will help cover the different needs involved when moving into their own residence.
  • Advocacy Center Therapy Program, Advocacy Center of Tompkins County:
    The Advocacy Center provides comprehensive services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse. This grant helps support individual crisis therapy sessions designed to provide low barrier mental health services for female victims who need specialized therapy services.
  • College Initiative Upstate: Wise Women, OAR (Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources) of Tompkins County:
    OAR will use this grant as matching funds to assist women who are not able to proceed with plans to apply to, enroll in or continue college because of outstanding debts, fines, student loans or expenses related to emergency situations. CIU will match the student’s contribution toward satisfying her debt or expenses. Some of the funds will be used to purchase textbooks for enrolled students.
  • Enabling Successful Women and Children, Faculty Student Association (FSA) Childcare Center at Tompkins Cortland Community College:
    The Child Care Center at Tompkins Cortland Community College provides quality care and education to the college community’s children. This grant helps create a scholarship fund for low income women who fall at 100% of the poverty level guidelines and are not currently being subsidized for child care.
  • Gaia Girls, Ithaca Children’s Garden:
    The Ithaca Children’s Garden, a free and public garden open to all, will use grant funds for an after school program tailored for middle school aged girls. Girls will investigate topics of personal growth with environmental metaphors and comparisons. The program will seek to incorporate elements of their surroundings to ensure that girls find comfort and connection in the natural world as they find their way through the social world.
  • Global Roots Play School, Ithaca Welcomes Refugees:
    Global Roots Play School is a nurturing, half-day nursery school program where refugee and immigrant women can send their young children so they can attend their own English classes or tutoring sessions. This grant will be used to help subsidize monthly tuition costs for low-income women.
  • Graduated Leadership Employment and Development Skills Paid Partnership, Women’s Opportunity Center:
    The mission of the Women’s Opportunity Center is to lead “low income women out of poverty through career counseling, training and removing barriers to help them become job ready and find employment.” This grant will support one paid internship for a displaced homemaker to gain valuable work experience and help her learn or update skills for today’s job market.
  • Homebound Instructions for Immigrant and Refugee Women, Tompkins Learning Partners:
    Tompkins Learning Partners provides one-on-one instruction for adult learners in their Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language programs. This grant will provide the resources for in-home instruction for students who are unable to come to the office.
  • Meditation and Yoga for GIAC Senior Citizens, Greater Ithaca Activities Center:
    The Greater Ithaca Activities Center is a center for all ages, and serves the immediate neighborhood and the greater Ithaca area by providing multicultural, educational and recreational programs focused on social and individual development. This grant will provide a class in chair yoga for seniors because it requires less up and down movements and can be done by all abilities.
  • “Other Powers: Trauma Survivors Reclaim Joy” Multi-Media Presentation, CloseToHome Productions:
    CloseToHome Productions has been awarded a grant to help fund “Other Powers: Trauma Survivors Reclaim Joy” multi-media presentation. It is a collaboration with Ithaca filmmaker Sue Perlgut and Cornell Professor and Poet Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon focusing on inventive exploration of different cultural and intersectional experiences of trauma and healing.
  • Removing Road Blocks, Child Development Council of Central NY:
    The Child Development Council of Central NY promotes healthy development of children and families at home, in child care and in the community. This grant will assist the women enrolled in the Family Services program by removing the roadblocks that prevent them from meeting their education, employment and parenting goals. These roadblocks are varied and may include bus passes, application fees or even paying bills to access health care.
  • Ripples of Change: Promoting Diversity in Women’s Civic Leadership, Natural Leaders Initiative:
    Natural Leaders Initiative supports, catalyzes and accelerates the growth of Tompkins County grassroots leaders from communities under-represented in civic leadership, particularly communities of color, low/moderate communities and immigrants. This grant will help NLI offer of a leadership development series.
  • Strength in Girls @A+: Mindfulness and Yoga, BJM Enrichment Program:
    The BJM Enrichment Program offers affordable enrichment and extension activities at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School including focus on academics, life skills and STEM. This grant will support the second year of programming that empowers girls through yoga and mindfulness in order to reduce stress and inspire girls to use mindfulness and yoga practices throughout their lives.
  • Telling Histories: Women’s Oral History Project, The History Center in Tompkins County:
    The History Center will support young women ages 14-19 in exploring and uncovering hidden or untold histories about girls and women in Tompkins County. The participants will explore themes and question what matters to them in their communities, be trained on how to conduct oral history interviews, and each will interview on adult woman in the community related to their personal interests. They will transcribe their interviews and create an archival copy of the audio interviews.
  • Varna Kitchen Renovations, Varna Community Association:
    The Varna Community Center provides wholesome recreational and educational activities and a gathering place for the youth, senior citizens, charitable organizations and other members of the Varna and neighboring communities. This grant will help complete the upgrades to the center’s heavily used kitchen.
  • Women Homeowner’s Small Repair Materials Fund, Better Housing for Tompkins County:
    The Small Home Repair program, through the Construction Services Department at Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, provides elderly and disabled homeowners free, skilled labor for repairs to help maintain their homes in a secure and safe condition. The vast majority of clients are very low income, elderly women who live alone. This grant will supply financial assistance toward their repair materials for health and safety related housing needs.

Unexpected Needs Grants

  • OAR (Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources): Grant to supply telephones for client use due to an unexpected shortage of phones.
  • MRC (Multicultural Resource Center)Stipend for two youth organizers due to an unexpected cut in summer funding.
  • Advocacy Center of Tompkins County: Funds to help rebuild fire escape at confidential domestic violence shelter.

Women Building Community Grants 2017-18

WBC INNOVATION GRANT
ComFortitude: Mama’s Comfort Camp’s community resilience engine - Amplifying the Voices of Mothers: Working with the Center for Transformative Action, Mama’s Comfort Camp has been providing free peer to peer emotional/mental health support to over 2,300 mothers in Tompkins County 24/7/365 for five years. It has developed as an all-volunteer venture but will become a more sustainable organization with funding for staffing and professional development for staff and volunteers.

WBC Up to $5,000 GRANTS

  • Strength in Girls @A+: Mindfulness & Yoga (Academic +, BJM Enrichment Program) collaborates with Ithaca Mindful Communities to continue its successful program begun with a grant in 2016-17 to empower girls through yoga and mindfulness.
  • Girl Ventures (Cooperative Extension Rural Youth Services) is a vital program that focuses on leadership development, relationship building and community involvement for girls.  Programs will be strength-based, and each participant will be encouraged by staff and other girls to acknowledge and share their strengths.
  • Removing Roadblocks (Child Development Council) program assists families enrolled in the agency’s programs by helping remove roadblocks they encounter that prevent them from being the best parent they can be and from reaching their education, employment and personal goals
  • Enabling Successful Women & Children (Tompkins Cortland Community College) assists the Child Care Center at Tompkins Cortland to provide care and education for children of the college.  Priority for spots and for scholarships is given to the college’s low-income students.
  • Bearing Burden of Grief: Finding Our Way (Hospicare) will reach two under-served groups of women, African-American and Lesbians, who experience “disenfranchised grief”, have experienced a significant loss of a loved one through death, and do not benefit from traditional, mainstream mental health and bereavement services.
  • Healthcare & Diagnostic Services for Women (Ithaca Free Clinic, Ithaca Health Alliance) provides and maintains free primary health care, therapeutic care, and preventative health care services that address the unique medical and diagnostic testing needs of women. The Free Clinic plays an important role in providing testing for women who are lacking health insurance or are underinsured.
  • Building Community Resilience: Diversity in Women’s Civic Leadership (Natural Leaders Initiative, Cooperative Extension) leadership development series will be offered as part of the NLI programming that has a ten-year history of support for “natural” or “informal” leaders who are primarily women. Programming has a ripple effect on the leaders’ friends, families and communities.
  • College Initiative Upstate: Wise Women (Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources) will provide support for women who are all actively preparing for, or pursuing, higher education with CIU’s assistance with computer purchases and other expenses related to applying and enrolling.
  • Our Daughters’ Future (Our Children’s Future, Village at Ithaca) will use funds to support OCF female teen mentoring program and workforce preparation experiences for West Village female teens in order to keep them engaged in healthy behaviors and prepare them to make good decision in the future.
  • Empowerment & Self Defense for Women (Tompkins Community Action) will provide the women residing in the TCAction Supportive Housing Program an empowerment and self-defense workshop to build boundary assertion skills and physical defenses against various types of physical and sexual assaults.
  • L.E.A.D.S. Washer Dryer Combo (Women’s Opportunity Center) is needed to provide onsite laundry for WOC clients cleaning their professional clothing for interviews and employment, and staff cleaning donated clothing for the Clothing Closet.

Women Building Community Grants 2016-17

  • A Place to Stay: Guest House for Homeless Women (Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga)
    • Catholic Charities continues to serve the urgent community need for safe, clean and affordable housing for women. A WBC Grant in 2015-16 helped fund its successful pilot program renting and supporting a downtown women’s guest house.

 

  • Compost Toilet Build (Youth Farm Project)
    • Middle and high school girls will participate in a Hammerstone: Carpentry for Women workshop that will help them build various skills including for construction of a needed enhancement for the Youth Farm.

 

  • Educating Mother and Child (Tompkins Cortland Community College Faculty Student Association)
    • Tompkins Cortland Community College Child Care Center provides scholarship support for female students with children in the center’s safe and nurturing environment.

 

  • Exploring the Arc of Women’s Suffrage and its Relevance to Current Issues (History Center in Tompkins County)
    • The centennial commemoration of women’s suffrage in New York State is an opportunity for education, conversation and discussion locally as well as statewide and nationally.

 

  • Girls Night In (Groton Junior-Senior High School)
    • Groton Central School will build on its first-ever program to empower its female students to make smarter and healthier decisions.

 

  • Pieces of Clay (Southside Community Center)
    • Designed to help develop poise and good character in girls through classroom instruction, workshops and opportunities to meet others and develop new relationships in a fun atmosphere.

 

  • Strength in Girls (Beverly J. Martin Elementary School Enrichment Program A+)
    • The afterschool program’s newer emphasis on the expansion of programming to enhance children’s health and well-being includes mindfulness and yoga for elementary school girls.

 

 

  • Survivors Circle (Advocacy Center)
    • A new support group for survivors of domestic violence will provide peer support and information on coping strategies and accessing of community resources for women not currently being served.

 

  • TechSavvy 2017 (American Association of University Women, AAUW Ithaca Branch)
    • Girls and female parents/caregivers from Tompkins County will have increased access to the day-long hands on STEM (science technology engineering mathematics) activities as well as ones focused on college and career preparation.

Women Building Community Grants Awarded for 2015-16

  • A Place to Stay (Catholic Charities)*
    • Catholic Charities sees an urgent need for safe, clean and affordable housing for women in our community. They propose a year-long pilot program renting and supporting a downtown women’s guest house.

 

  • Removing Roadblocks Fund (Child Development Council)
    • This Fund will provide a cash resource to assist women in paying off all or partial debt.  Monetary issues create barriers for women which limits their access to optimal health, education and self-sufficiency.

 

  • Girl Ventures (Cornell Cooperative Extension)
    • Rural Youth Services will continue its program for girls with low self-esteem, few career aspirations, and a narrow view of the world. Outings and events are planned for teens from several municipalities.

 

  • Overcoming Obstacles (Tompkins Learning Partners)
    • Many women experience significant barriers to accessing the TLP literacy services in safe and public locations. Funds will be available to cover childcare and transportation costs.

 

  • Natural Leaders Initiative’s Grassroots Women’s Leadership (Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins  County)
    • This program supports, catalyzes and accelerates the growth of talented natural leaders, particularly those from backgrounds underrepresented in community leadership.  It also helps community organizations to recognize, develop and retain diverse leadership.

 

  • Work Preserve Apprentice (Historic Ithaca)
    • One woman will receive a six-month apprenticeship in the Work Preserve Job Training Program immersing her in all areas of Significant Elements operations.

 

  • GIAC Jumpers (Greater Ithaca Activities Center)
    • In addition to teaching and coaching girls in simple stepping and jump roping, there are plans to participate in regional competitions.  Leaders will encourage, empower and support at-risk girls.

 

  • Dryden Girls Brigade (Cornell OURS)
    • As part of the Cornell OURS program linking Cornell students with the youth who reside in mobile home parks in Freeville, teen girls will be offered positive youth development program exclusively for girls.

 

  • MBCI Wise Women (Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources)
    • Through a recent OAR collaboration between Mary Bogan College Initiative, Tompkins County Jail, Tompkins Cortland Community College, and a cross-section of agencies and organizations, outreach to women inmates will include pre-release academic counseling and support.

 

  • Connie Cook Wants You (Closer to Home Productions)
    • Film has been shown in a number of settings, but funding is needed for further outreach, specifically toward salary for our outreach team, printed materials, website management, travel to schools; and costs for rental of spaces to screen the film.

*WBC Legacy Grant

 

Women Building Community Grants 2014

  • Removing Roadblocks Fund (Child Development Council)
    • This Fund will provide a cash resource to assist women in paying off all or partial debt.  Monetary issues create barriers for women which limits their access to optimal health, education and self-sufficiency.

 

  • Tuition Deposit Insurance Program (Downtown Ithaca Children’s Center)
    • Funding will help cover part of the required tuition deposit for the lowest income mothers including many single mothers; this support will help women work full time while caring for their family.

 

  • Girl Ventures (Cornell Cooperative Extension)
    • Rural Youth Services is developing a new program for girls with low self-esteem, no tangible career aspirations, and a narrow view of the world. Monthly outings and special events are planned for teens from many municipalities.

 

  • Girls Circle Expansion (Advocacy Center of Tompkins County)
    • In collaboration with Rural Youth Services Youth Development, the Girls Circle curriculum will be used to counteract social and interpersonal forces that impede girls’ growth and development in a safe and comfortable setting.

 

  • Student Bus Passes (School Success Transportation Coalition)
    • TCAT bus passes will be distributed to female secondary school students who do not have access to transportation so it is an obstacle for their participation in school-based extra-curricular activities.

 

  • Girls Peer Education and Leadership (Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau)
    • Part of the College Discovery Program, “PAL” groups will include community service projects, team building and group challenge activities, and others that help build leadership and social skills.  An emphasis in STEM fields is also planned.

 

  • Natural Leaders Initiative’s Leadership Development Program  (Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County)
    • This program supports, catalyzes and accelerates the growth of talented natural leaders, particularly those from backgrounds underrepresented in community leadership.  It also helps other community organizations strengthen their capacity to recognize, develop and retain diverse leadership.

 

  • Work Preserve Apprentice (Historic Ithaca)
    • One woman will receive a six-month apprenticeship in the Work Preserve Job Training Program immersing her in all areas of Significant Elements operations.

Women Building Community Grants 2013 

  • Child Care Grant for Tompkins Cortland Community College (Faculty Student Association of TC3)
    • This will provide scholarships for Tompkins County women who may not be able to afford even the smallest fee for child care. It will be available to single mothers who don’t qualify for other aid. This Fund provides child care coverage for school related activities.

 

  • Community-Based Counseling Project (Family & Children’s Service)
    • Housed at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC), this project is a pilot approach to providing direct access to mental health services to low-income racial and ethnic minority community members.  It will target GIAC’s pre-teen, and young adult program participants and their primary caregivers.

 

  • Expansion of Femtastic!  (Advocacy Center)
    • This grant will be used to expand the work of the Femtastics! to schools and youth groups in Tompkins County.  They have been creating a safer environment throughout the Trumansburg schools by initiating weekly meetings which are designed to educate students on gender equality issues, teach students on how to elicit social change and provide a safe haven for students to bring real issues affecting their lives to a group which is supportive.

 

  • Healing Neen Community Screening (Southside Community Center)
    • The Dawah Circle will collaborate with the Southside Community Center to show the documentary “Healing Neen” which is about a woman’s life involving child abuse, trauma, and triumph.  This grant will provide a high-quality/high-impact program which will encourage understanding, promote education, and dispel myths and stereotypes.

 

  • Keep Our Juniors Rollin’ (Ithaca League of Women Rollers)
    • This is a Junior Rollers program for girls ages 8-17. Roller derby can help them become strong and motivated young women who train hard, respect their teammates, and act as productive members of the community.

 

  • Natural Leaders Initiative’s Cohort-based Leadership Development Program  (Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County)
    • This program supports, catalyzes and accelerates the growth of talented natural leaders, particularly those from backgrounds underrepresented in community leadership.  It also assists other community organizations in strengthening their capacity to recognize, develop and retain diverse leadership.

 

  • Personal Needs Products Program (Catholic Charities of Tompkins and Tioga Counties- Samaritan Center)
    • The Personal Needs Products program provides personal hygiene products, which cannot be purchased with food stamps, to families and individuals in Tompkins County.  This grant would allow the purchase of PNP items, including products specific to feminine hygiene.

 

  • Removing Roadblocks Fund (Child Development Council)
    • This Fund will provide a cash resource to assist women in paying off all or partial debt.  Monetary issues create barriers for women which limits their access to optimal health, education and self-sufficiency.

 

  • ReSET Job-Training Program Apprenticeship Scholarship (Finger Lakes ReUse)
    • This is a partial scholarship to support an apprenticeship for a woman in the ReSET job-training program.  The program is developed to incentivize, empower, and create opportunities for underemployed and underserved individuals in Tompkins County.

 

  • Women’s Non-traditional Scholarship Fund (Women’s Opportunity Center)
    • This will support a fund which provides low income women who are looking for employment or starting a job with some assistance to remove their barriers, such as transportation, cost of any exams and fees, uniforms and personal care items.