Do you know an everyday heroine that could use a grant to help her get her idea, company, or organization off the ground? The Zions Bank Women’s Financial Group announces the availability of applications for a series of micro-grants for women. The “Smart Women Grants” total $20,000 and will be provided to female candidates who excel in a variety of categories:
• Small business start-up and expansion
•Continuing education and teacher support
•Child and elder care
•Health and human services
•Arts and culture
Last year’s grant winners included a shoe donation charity, a rural mental health agency, a voice coach, a Native American craftswoman, a child care center, sexual assault nurses, mentoring programs, and an arts academy.
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.
In order to receive business-related grants, female applicants must be business owners and the primary manager of the company’s day-to-day activities, or associated with a non-profit organization that directly benefits women.
Each applicant is eligible to receive grants of up to $3,000. Open to female residents of Utah and Idaho, applications are available online at www.smartwomen.zionsbank.com or by calling (801) 594-8245. Applications are due June 29, 2007.
Community peer review panels will select the grant recipients, to be announced in conjunction with Zions Bank’s fourth annual “Smart Women, Smart Money” financial conference slated for September 27, 2007 at the Salt Palace Convention Center.