Zions Bank’s Women’s Financial Group is now accepting applications for its 2014 Smart Women Grants. Applications are open to anyone whose proposal promotes the empowerment of women or directly benefits women or low-income and underserved populations in Idaho and Utah.
Six $3,000 micro-grants will be awarded, one in each of the following categories:
- · Small business start-up and expansion
- · Community development
- · Continuing education and teacher support
- · Child and/or elder care
- · Health and human services
- · Arts and culture
Visit www.zionsbank.com/smartwomen or call 1-800-737-6586 for more information or to obtain an application. Applications must be received or postmarked by Monday, July 7. Community peer review panels will select the grant recipients, to be announced in September.
Applicants need not be clients of Zions Bank nor are they required to be residents of Idaho or Utah. Employees and immediate family members of Zions Bank and its affiliates are not eligible.
Over the last nine years, Zions Bank has awarded more than $180,000 through the Smart Women Grants. Last year’s recipients included an early childhood education program, a store with products made in the USA by women-friendly companies, a support program for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, a piano outreach program, a historic farm and a program to support student science fair curriculum and mini-grants.
Priority consideration for funding will be given to proposals that promote the empowerment of women, emphasize collaboration between women entrepreneurs or non-profit entities supporting women, directly benefit women or low-income and underserved populations, support endeavors that immediately benefit communities in which Zions Bank has a presence and for proposals that provide a sound plan for measuring performance and results.
Pictured here, one of last year’s Idaho winners, Alicia Vanderschuere of rosieMADE, LLC. Her Boise shop sells products made in the U.S. by women-friendly companies. Vanderschuere received her Smart Women grant in the business category.