Hello IWD!

Happy Thursday Funds Fans!  In celebration of International Womens Day, here is a wonderful funding source that aspires to support B.C. women and girls toward the achievement of their full potential.  Can we get an “amen” for the Minerva Foundation for BC Women?  Wow!  This place is a powerhouse for the empowerment of women and girls.

Aside from providing over 80 scholarships and bursaries ranging from $900 to $10,000, they also provide a suite of Leadership Development Programs, Economic Security Programs as well as a suite of programs under their Aboriginal Women’s Partnership initiatives.  Their website is thorough, well-maintained and well worth a visit to learn more.

Deadlines for scholarships and bursary applications are as per educational institute norms, however these education supports are specifically geared to:

  • Assist single mothers in advancing their education.
  • Re-train mature women returning to the workforce after a long absence.
  • Advance women in non-traditional fields of study.
  • Assist immigrant and Aboriginal women and women with a disability to overcome educational barriers.

Other program deadlines are upcoming.  This includes the 2012 Learning to Lead™ BC program which strives to “change the face of leadership in BC… to elevate the visibility, influence and contribution of women leaders through education, connectivity and advocacy.”  This annual conference is held at both the University of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia and provides young girls, emerging leaders and graduate students with the opportunity to be mentored by accomplished women leaders in business, government and the community.  For the students, academic standing or achievement is not a criterion for selection.  This program also seeks applicants who wish to be involved as business and community leaders.  Application Deadline March 20, 2012.

There is an April deadline for the Women Leading the Way™  program which offers women tools and techniques to develop their leadership abilities, enabling them to move into positions of greater influence and responsibility and to effect political, business, or social change in communities/organizations of their choice.  This program is part of a three year pilot program that takes “women who want to lead” through a part-time, year-long, advanced leadership development training program.  The third cohort starts in September 2012. Deadline for applications is April 20, 2012 and Minerva encourages applicants to apply early.  Please note that there are costs associated with this particular program; $2500 for all classes, tutorials, mentoring, tutors, and program materials over the year.  These fees also include attendance at the 2013 graduation celebration event. Travel bursaries may be available for participants who live outside the Lower Mainland.  Participants are also responsible for their own food and accommodation for the duration of their stay in Vancouver.

Also in April is a deadline for the annual Learning to Lead™ Combining Our Strength™ program which brings Aboriginal women with varying levels of personal and leadership experience together from different communities throughout the province.  These women will have the opportunity to learn from one another and to celebrate their accomplishments.  The Minerva Foundation and their sponsors cover the cost of all program activities and meals. Transportation (includes air and bus travel) to UBC and accommodation on the UBC campus will be provided for participants from outside the Lower Mainland.  Deadline for Expressions of Interest from hopeful participants is Monday, April 09, 2012.

The Minerva Helping Women Work™ suite of Economic Security Programs accepts applications on a rolling basis.

The Minerva Foundation also provides community grants to other non-profit societies who provide services in the area of Safety for women.  Recent recipients of a grant include the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre focussing on supports to reduce vulnerabilities to victimization, particularly for Aboriginal and First Nations women.  No other information was provided about deadlines or the application process.  Perhaps this helps to answer my question from yesterday’s post.

That’s all for today folks.  Keep your stick on the ice and at least one eye on this blog… and don’t forget to Like us on Facebook!

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