April 2, 2019 - The Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay, a fund of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, has awarded nine grants totaling $57,000 to local nonprofit programs. The Women’s Fund endowment provides grants to local nonprofit organizations that offer programs and services supporting leadership and self-esteem initiatives for women and girls. Since 1998, the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay has granted more than $980,000 to more than 100 initiatives in our community. Grants from this fund make an impact every day by supporting thousands of women and girls in our community! Grants are awarded based on a competitive application process including review by a team of community volunteers. The following grants were awarded in the winter cycle and distributed in March. The next deadline for Women’s Fund grants applications is July 11, 2019. The Women's Fund recently expanded the grant policy to consider programs for boys and men that relate to healthy relationships and support women and girls. Online applications may be accessed at www.womensfundgb.org. Franklin Middle School, Lady Bobcat Yoginis This new program will offer female students and athletes the opportunity to participate in yoga after school, as well as provide teachers with instruction. The funds will allow a partnership with a local yoga instructor, recently trained in YogaEd, to teach yoga to the girls and teachers, who, in turn, would be able to teach yoga. Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Troop Starter Pilot Program The program creates sustainable troops at Green Bay area schools that are economically disadvantaged or have high proportions of English Language Learners. It reaches the schools that have high interest but have struggled with starting and maintaining troops. Girls on the Run Northeast Wisconsin, Program Expansion in Brown County An expansion will provide the opportunity for girls in Brown County to participate in Girls on the Run, a physical activity-based positive youth development program designed to enhance girls' social, psychological and physical skills to navigate life experiences. Green Bay Sail & Paddle, Scholarship Fund With an expanded reach, Green Bay Sail & Paddle aims to inspire more girls and women to develop life skills through sailing. Cost can be a barrier to participating, so funds will provide scholarships and encourage more women and girls to try sailing for the first time. Hands On Deck, Woman Woodwright's Mentoring Hands on Deck will recruit and train female builders and makers to mentor young women on the waiting list of a mentoring program for youth referred by Child Protective Services. Their relationships will be fostered in a warm and empowering atmosphere at Hands on Deck’s new boat shop. House of Hope Green Bay, Intensive Case Management The structured case management services provided to homeless young mothers and their children help to build self-esteem and identify individual needs and goals related to parenting, formal education, stable housing, and employment. Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Girls in Science The Girls in Science Club is designed to provide long-term mentoring to middle school girls by introducing female STEM heroines and exploring the scientific process, anatomy, microscopic worlds, and technology. Medical students lead activities to bring hands-on lectures into schools, engage girls in science labs and build lasting mentorship for young female scientists in Green Bay. Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Educational Foundation, Childcare Support - Overcoming Barriers to Education Funds provide low-income students with childcare support, allowing them to focus on school and work toward new career opportunities. St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter, Wellspring Wellspring is a daytime resource center for women. Funding will increase programming and upgrade facilities to help women impacted by trauma transition to self-sufficiency. It will also help provide workshops and drug/alcohol supportive services and case management.