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)