LunART Festival - $2000 – Annual arts festival dedicated to celebrating and championing women in the arts,
We are Better Together – Warren Daniel Hairston Project - $2000 – 2nd Women’s Healing and Leadership
Retreat for up to 35 women affected by gun violence which will included workshops on leadership
development, advocacy and unity, the impact of trauma and historical violence, and self-care, Boston, MA
Cetos Research Organization - $2000 – Young Women in Science Mentoring program to coach and support
women of all ages entering scientific or environmental careers and teach them how to advance successfully,
Bar Harbor, ME
Gal’s Guide to the Galaxy - $2000 – Gal’s Guide Library & Research Center Physical Book Build,
Choose Yourself - $2000 – Girl talk Maine: a safe space for immigrant young women, creating spaces for
gender-based violence conversations in the immigrant community, North Billerica, MA
Butterfly Dreamz, Inc., - $2000 – Girls Club Journal distribution to schools and community organizations
who work with 7th – 12th grade girls of color, Newark, NJ
Grounders - $2000 – documentary film about a women’s softball league capturing the dynamic
personalities and compelling life stories of a divers group of women, Brooklyn, NY
Latinx Leadership & College Experience Camp - $2000 – LLCEC Masterclasses on visionary organizing,
emergent strategies and how communities create sustainable grassroots power and change, Lexington, KY
The following organizations were grantees of the Spring 2002 cycle.
A Sporting Chance Foundation (ASCF)
Chicago, Illinois - $1,000
As part of their summer camp program for girls, A Sporting Chance, has developed a Counselor-In-Training Program to provide up to 10 female youths with leadership and life skills while being mentored by caring adults. The funding will go towards the starter kits that the CITs receive including a backpack and tennis shoes.
Thailand - $1,500
Anjaree seeks to improve the social environment for Thai lesbians by community building, public and media education, and policy advocacy.
Artists in Residence
Dover, New Hampshire - $1,000
AIR provides life-changing experiences for teenage girls in need in the under-served regions of Strafford and Rockingham counties. Funding will go towards the summer program for low-income high school freshman and sophomore girls.
Watsonville, CA - $1,000
The funding will support a pilot project of workshops that combine training in leadership and organizational development skills to empower women and their families. In response to invitations from grassroots organizations, Capacitar will bring these workshops to Appalachia and El Salvador.
Chicago Health Connection
Chicago, Illinois - $500
The funding will support the Peer Counselor Training and Placement Program that works with community women to promote breastfeeding through paid positions in area hospitals and health centers.
Bronx, New York - $1000
The Kids in Motion program offers music/drama-movement classes to homeless children. Going into their third year, they plan to invite mothers to attend the sessions to give them an appreciation of what their children are learning as well as the opportunity for children and their mothers to share song and musical games.
Film Arts Foundation - Lebanon: Meaning in the Ruins
Oakland, California - $1,000
This 56 minute documentary follows the lives of youths who grew up in the war zone of Lebanon with footage from 1993 through today. The grant will support completion of the film.
Foundation for Women
Bangkok, Thailand - $1,500
Through the Women's Information Network, FFW provides direct service to women as well as public education and information services. The funding will support educational pamphlets on domestic violence and abuse against women and children.
Fuerza Unida, Inc.
San Antonio, Texas - $1,000
The funding will support the Member Public Leadership Education Project. The specific purpose of the project is to create more women organizers working for racial, economic, political and social justice in San Antonio. The project will work to share skills between younger women and their older compañeras and build relationships with women of all ages.
Girls Write Now
Los Angeles, California - $1,200
This new program plans to guide and encourage young women in developing their writing and communication skills through mentoring relationships with women writers.
The Girl Project
San Francisco, CA - $1,000
The funding will support completion of Shoes, a short narrative film that explores issues of limitations and powerlessness, class-bias amongst children and self worth through materialism.
Heal the Healer
Fort Wayne, Indiana - $700
The grant will support a day long mini-retreat for women healers, particularly those who work in Domestic and Sexual Violence, to honor the work they do and provide time to share, network and support each other.
Literature for All of Us
Evanston, Illinois - $1,000
This program brings the rewards of reading and writing through book group discussions. The grant will support a new group at Nikola Tesla Alternative High School, a Chicago Public School for pregnant and parenting teenage girls. Through their empowerment model, book group members are validated as they give voice to their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
Organized Chaos Mediaworks
Brooklyn, New York - $900
Funding will support the making of Silent Choices, a documentary film that examines the politics of abortion and its impact on the lives of African American women.
Chicago, Illinois - $500
The theater's after school program, Dramagirls, is designed to foster confidence in adolescent girls by teaching powerful and assertive skills such as playwriting, dance, drumming, puppetry, and performance.
Women Land Play Project
Brooklyn, New York - $750
The funding will support the production of Free-me-dom, A More Tangible Me, a surreal comic trilogy about race gender and the struggle to be defined by ones own humanity, featuring a multiracial, gay and straight cast of performance artists, comedians and singers.
The Jeanne Meurer Indigenous Women's Fund grantees:
Asociación De Trabajadores Agropecuarios (Saint Isabel de Macas Farm Workers' Association)
Ecuador - $1,000
This project is devoted to assisting indigenous women farmers of this region gain from economic and technical resources. They plan to also help to protect the land against deforestation, and preserve the cultural traditions of the Andino and Shuar people of Ecuador. They hope to have a direct impact on the living conditions of the poor women agricultural workers of this area.
The Ellen Dougherty Activist Fund grantees:
Westechester People's Action Coalition
White Plains, New York - $1,000
WESPAC offers the Girls' PROUT camp in Northern Pennsylvania where girls engage in age-appropriate workshops on wealth disparity, gender representation in the media, irresponsible corporate behavior, and a variety of environmental issues and learning about healthy lifestyle habits. The funding will help support two girls from low income inner city families to the camp attending the camp.
The PatsyLu Fund grantees:
Brooklyn, New York - $2,000
Circus Amok is a lesbian-directed alternative circus theater whose mission is to provide free, public art addressing contemporary issues of social justice to the people of New York. The grant will fund a commission to lesbian composer/instrumentalist Terry Dame to create 35 minutes of new music for their June 2002 program.
International Alliance for Women in Music
Miramar, Florida - $1,200
The grant will support the recently formed student chapters of the organization in order to increase its outreach, raise consciousness among young women of political issues in the women-in-music movement, strengthen the network for the dissemination of information, and broaden the base of support and future leadership of the IAWM.
Pauline Oliveros Foundation
Kingston, New York - $2,200
The grant will commission two young lesbian composers to write trombone compositions through the New Works from Women: Trombone project. POF will offer Deep Listening Space in Kingston for concerts featuring commissioned work and will facilitate performances on The Wired Tromboneprogram in Texas and California.
The Edie Windsor Old Lesbian Fund grantees:
Bronx Lesbian and Gay Health Resource Consortium
Bronx, New York - $1,000
The grant will go towards a stipend to a member of the old lesbian community to conduct outreach to other old lesbians in collaboration with an outreach worker from Senior Action in a Gay Environment.
The following organizations were grantees of the Fall 2001 cycle.
New York, New York - $350
Choreographer Alexander Beller will present "It's Not You, It's Me," an evening of dance using women with diverse body types, and of all ages and races. The project incorporates community involvement including residences at schools and movement/text workshops about body issues for young women.
Asociación Tepeyac de New York
New York, New York - $1,000
As part of its mission to promote the human and civil rights of Hispanic immigrants in New York, Asociación Tepeyac is helping families affected by the World Trade Center attack.
Economic Resource Council
Palm Beach, Florida - $1,000
The Women's Life Planning Institute is a program specifically for older women, primarily women of color, who are at risk for poverty because they do not have financial working knowledge. The volunteer program helps women become financially literate.
Florida A & M University
Tallahassee, Florida - $600
Funding will support self-esteem and cultural enrichment workshops for African American girls in grades 7-9.
"Inside Out: Stories of Bulimia” - Film Arts Foundation
San Francisco, CA - $500
Now in post-production, the film by San Franciscan Michelle Blair tells the story of 5 people struggling with the emotional and physical trauma of their secret disease.
La Lesbian at La Peňa
Berkeley, California - $700
The grant will help to support this ongoing film and performance series.
Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse
Park Ridge, Illinois - $550
This community center serves adults that have suffered some type of brain injury. Funding will be used to provide education seminars on dating and sexuality issues.
Pleiades Theatre Company
Louisville, Kentucky - $500
Pleiades produces theatre about women, by women, for everyone and provides opportunities for women and girls in theatre to practice their craft for compensation. The grant will go toward their program to train young women from local schools in technical theatre and design.
Public Policy and Education Fund
New York, NY - $750
The Women's Rights at Work is a sexual harassment and sex discrimination outreach and education project. They provide counseling, education, information and referrals for women struggling with the devastating impacts of workplace sexual harassment.
Red Hen Productions
Cleveland, Ohio - $500
The theatre is dedicated to producing plays with feminist ideals especially those that show that feminists do have a sense of humor.
The Queen's Company
Brooklyn, New York - $500
This all-female, multi-racial, classical theatre company is dedicated to telling great stories by classical and contemporary playwrights. The grant will go towards their Spring 2002 production of Aphra Behn's The Lucky Chancein repertory with a new play.
She Wants to Talk to You- Film Arts Foundation
San Francisco, CA - $750
Funding will support distribution of this film featuring three 13-year old Nepali girls who share their ideas on being girls in Nepal, marriage, friendship, love, loneliness, their dreams and God. The film continues with three Nepali women living in the U.S. reflecting on their own struggle, exile and quest for liberation.
Brooklyn, New York - $1000
Part of the Young Women’s Work Project, this group is run by women of color between the ages of 14 and 22 and works to reduce recidivism for incarcerated girls.
The Stockyards Theatre Project
Chicago, Illinois - $500
Stockyards is dedicated exclusively to producing feminist theatre that makes women theatre artists a viable force. The grant will go towards the Spring 2002 production of The Rape of Nanking…According to Winnieby Margaret G. Waterstreet.
Sugarland- Film Arts Foundation
San Francisco, California - $1,000
This documentary film is about the struggle of 90-year old Margaret Carranza and her daughter Juanita have waged for nearly a decade to get their family's land back. An official USDA investigation found that Carranza had been the victim of discrimination by her local Federal Farm Service Agency. Despite this finding, the Montana U.S. Attorney's office evicted her from her farm and sold it off.
The Women's Desk
Oakland, CA - $750
A dynamic production, editorial and training unit within the National Radio Project, Women's Desk will use their funding for training workshops for low-income activists and journalists. Their goal is to provide affordable and supportive training opportunities for women to learn to create media. The Women's Desk provides training for women who are dedicated to collaborating with women's groups and who are often themselves part of social change organizations.
The Women's Economic Development Fund (WEDF)
Washington, D.C. - $500
WEDF is an affiliated project of Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE). WEDFis a new D.C. based volunteer directed investment and service project dedicated to promoting battered women's economic security. The project includes economic empowerment, economic education and safety planning workshops, grants to match participants' savings, and small loans to support women survivors in achieving their economic goals.
Women's Project, Association for Union Democracy
Brooklyn, New York - $1,000
AUD is an advocate for women in trade unions. Their new initiative, Operation Punch List, has been designed to bring together experts, advocates and skilled blue-collar women to collectively implement strategies for securing equal opportunity for women. The grant will support publication of the coalition newsletter Punch List.
The Ellen Dougherty Activist Fund grantees:
She Rocks! Youth Leadership Program
Santa Cruz, CA - $500
Funding will be used for leadership development. The program will provide education and critical thinking skills, and raise awareness around health, violence prevention and human rights issues. Leadership and organizing opportunities will enable young women to become peer leaders and advocates for positive change.
Wingspan (details to follow)