Whether it be for the "greening of America," helping the poor abroad or assisting small business owners to realise their dreams, grant money is one way to add to the abundance and prosperity of a community. Grants are not loans, and are not usually expected to be paid back.
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Center for Working Families
Job growth through the greening of the economy is the focal point of a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to the Center for Working Families (CWF). This grant aims to expand the Green Jobs Green NY (GJGNY) concept throughout the United States. GJGNY is legislation authorising the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to create a Retrofit Investment Fund for energy-efficient retrofits. The fund pays building owners and homeowners money to retrofit their buildings, and they pay the money back via a monthly charge on their utility bill. The basic principle underlying GJGNY is that energy efficiency is directly related to the construction and operation of buildings. The expansion of this program is expected to create thousands of green jobs for low- and moderate-income American workers.
Center for Working Families 1133 Broadway, Suite #332 New York, NY 10010 212-206-9168 cwfny.org
Can Tho Association of People with Disabilities
The mission of the Can Tho Association of People with Disabilities is to increase the employment of disabled people in Vietnam and Thailand. With the help of a grant from the Ford Foundation, the association is working to enhance the making and selling of coconut handicrafts--one of the ways people can engage in entrepreneurial ventures using natural resources. Unfortunately, low productivity is an issue, and inadequate income is a result. Grants and innovative ways to improve production and marketing techniques help to increase income for those already employed and to provide jobs for the unemployed.
Ford Foundation 320 East 43rd St. New York, NY 10017 212-573-5000 fordfoundation.org
Entrepreneurs and small businesses may need "seed money" to initiate and expand their enterprises. The Leadership Grants Organization--funded by business leaders, sponsors and private corporations--provides grants to applicants who show a likelihood of success in their business endeavours. Those who qualify must want to establish or grow a business in the U.S. and be a U.S. citizen or a legal immigrant. The business for which a grant is requested must be ready to start within six months and to use the grant money within six months. Small businesses hire employees as they expand, and a grant to a small business enterprise is a way to increase the numbers of employed individuals.
Leadership Grants Organization of America 55 Madison Ave., 4th Floor Morristown, New Jersey 07960 973-285-3370 leadershipgrants.com
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