5 Necessary Resources More Women Need To Take Advantage Of

Women are strong individuals. They are mothers, caretakers, business owners, scholars and so much more. Every woman has a different story, background, and need. To cater to these different situations, the government and other private organizations have made available trusted resources to provide financial assistance. Below you will find grants and programs that could make your situation a little less stressful.

WIC

This program is also known as The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. The goal is to improve the health and nutrition of mothers and children. The program ensures their well-being by providing:

  • Breastfeeding counseling and support services
  • Breast pumps to mothers who need it
  • Nutritious foods
  • Other programs referrals for extra assistance

There are certain eligibility requirements individuals must meet in order to apply. They must be:

  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Postpartum
  • A child 5 years old or younger
  • Live in the state they apply in
  • Meet the income requirement (If you qualify for other programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, TANF, you automatically meet the income component)

If you are unsure if you meet the eligibility requirements, you can check here. If you are eligible for this program, you must apply within your state. To find your state’s WIC program click here. Unfortunately, most of these programs, if not all, do not accept online applications because they need participating individuals to go to their local WIC location for an assessment. To get started, call your local agency. During the phone call, you will set up a day and time to have your first appointment. On the day of your appointment, you will go to the agency and speak with a WIC representative. This representative will double-check you meet the criteria, conduct a health assessment, discuss your nutrition and health concerns, provide referrals to other programs you need, and tell you about monthly benefits for groceries. They will require you to bring your child, proof of identification, household income, proof of residency, and an immunization record for infants and children. If the representative determines you are eligible, you will receive monthly checks or vouchers to purchase specific foods to support your diet. Some agencies will provide you with an electronic benefits card instead of checks. This card works the same as a debit card. It’s important to note this program gives priority to pregnant women and infants. It is also a temporary program that lasts 6 months to a year. After completion of the program, you will have to reapply.

Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship

This program supports lesbian women to pursue their education. Once a year it provides a scholarship of  $1,500 or $3,000 to high school seniors or those already enrolled in college; this includes undergraduate and graduate programs. These funds will be distributed directly to the school. Submissions are due on Friday, June 11, 2021, and will be selected on the following criteria:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Outstanding community service and leadership
  • Commitment to impacting LGBTQ issues

To find the online application and apply for this opportunity click here. You will need to create an account if you do not have one already. Then you will be directed to the application. The application will ask you personal questions about yourself and have you compose short paragraphs on your financial situation, leadership skills, and community service. There is some documentation required. You will need:

  • Most recent transcript
  • Acceptance letter to the college you will be attending
  • One reference letter

After everything is answered and uploaded, you can submit the application. If you are selected for this opportunity you will be notified via email in July. The funds will be distributed to the chosen applicants' college by electronic bank transfer. If you have any other questions you can contact the organization directly here https://www.stonewallfoundation.org/contact or you can call 212-457-1341.

Jeannette Rankin Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is to provide low-income women across the United States financial support. Recipients of this award will receive $2,000. Each recipient has the chance to be eligible for five awards for a maximum total of $10,000. The application is open from November to the end of February. To be eligible for this opportunity you must:

  • Be a woman 35 or older
  • Have financial need due to low income
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Be pursuing technical or vocational education, an associate's degree, or a first bachelor's degree
  • Be enrolled in or accepted to a non-profit regionally accredited institution

If you are unsure if your school is accredited, talk to your college. They will let you know. To apply for this opportunity click here. You will need to sign up by providing your name and email address. If the site asks for an access code, it is not necessary. Skip to the next steps of the registration process. The application will require a few documents. You will need to provide proof of income which can be a tax return, your most recent transcript or letter of acceptance, and two recommendations from non-family members. It’s important to note you will send each person who will be writing you a recommendation a link from the application site. Each individual will upload their letter to the link. You will not be able to submit the application until other parties upload your recommendation letters. The application will ask you questions about your education, work, and volunteer experience. There is limited space so only include your most recent and important experiences. You must fill out every question. This application does not accept any extra documentation. If you upload it, the foundation will delete it. Only furnish them with what they ask for. Once the application is complete, click “submit”. Every recipient will receive an email in July stating if their application was selected or not. If you were chosen to receive the scholarship, the funding will be distributed to you personally in the Fall. If you have any other questions or concerns about the application process you may email the foundation at info@rankinfoundation.org or call 1-706-208-1211.

The Red Backpack Fund

This program is dedicated to helping female entrepreneurs. The grant is for $5,000. The application is open from April 6th to September 15th. You can access the application here. To be eligible for this grant you:

  • Must be majority female-owned business
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be located in the United States or its territories
  • Must have fewer than 50 employees
  • Must make an annual revenue that is less than $5 million
  • Must provide proof of Covid-19 related hardship

It’s important to note, sole proprietors are not eligible for this grant. This foundation only accepts one application per organization. The application will ask you questions personal to your organization. You will need to provide documentation that your company faced hardship due to Covid-19, evidence that your business is woman-owned and financial statements.  It’s important to answer all questions accurately and completely. After submitting, you will see a confirmation page. The finalist will be notified by email. Being a finalist does not mean you will receive the grant. It means you are still in the running and will need to provide further documentation. This documentation consists of your company’s EIN, W-9 form, and appropriate bank information. If you are selected for the grant you will be notified in October. The funding will be electronically wired to the bank information you provided. For any other questions about this opportunity email them at redbackpackfund@globalgiving.org.

Emam Johnson Single Mother Grant

If you are a single mother and need immediate financial assistance this is the application for you. For this grant, the only requirements are that you are a single mother and have an urgent financial need. This foundation understands that the pandemic has caused an extra financial burden specifically for single mothers. This opportunity provides $500 to allow for some relief. To apply, click here. The application is brief and to the point. It requires you to answer questions about your situation and why you need financial help. If you are selected you will be notified by email or phone. The money will be given to you by the Paypal email you provided in the application. This is a very competitive opportunity because there are many single mothers experiencing hardship. Because of this, make sure to express why this money is crucial to helping you and your family. If you have any questions, you can email the organization here.

Program For Continuing Education

This program provides a one-time grant to assist women in completing their degree or certification. The maximum amount awarded for this opportunity is $3,000. This funding can be used for education expenses such as tuition, books, transportation, child-care during study time, etc. To be considered for this grant you have to be:

  • A female
  • A citizen or legal resident of the United States or Canada
  • A non-adult student for at least 24 consecutive months
  • Enrolled in a certificate or degree program from an accredited institution

Women enrolled in a post-master’s certificate or doctoral program are not eligible. To apply for this opportunity, click here. The application will ask for general personal information as well as questions about why you want to continue your education at this time. Upon submitting your application, the foundation, if they find you eligible, will reach out to set up an interview and provide more information. If your interview and information check out, you will be sent an email to set up an online account that will allow you to upload income and expense statements. This must be completed within 30 days of receiving the email. If you are selected for this grant it will be given to you through direct deposit. The foundation will use the information you provided in your application. If you do not have a direct deposit, they will issue you a check.

These grants and programs are here to empower women and provide them with the financial assistance to pursue their dreams and take care of their families. Although these opportunities are not guaranteed, each application is a chance to better your situation.

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