27 April 2017
In its seventh year, YWCA Canberra and its partners have provided a record number of grants to women and girls in Canberra through the Great Ydeas Small Grants Program, with nine successful recipients announced today.
With the support of a number of business and philanthropic partnerships, this year’s grants program offered a pool of $20,000 in funding.
Grants of up to $2,000 were made available in the categories of small business, community development, the arts, diversity and inclusion, social enterprise, and professional development.
YWCA Canberra’s Executive Director, Frances Crimmins said she is thrilled that these new partnerships facilitated a range of bespoke grants this year, in addition to the $8,000 available through YWCA Canberra’s own funding.
“With the support of our partners, Microsoft, NAB, Australian Catholic Superannuation, EY, Soroptimist International ACT Monaro, and the CBR Innovation Network, we have demonstrated the collective social impact we can make when corporate, philanthropic and community organisations work together.
“It’s wonderful to see the growth of the Great Ydeas program over the last seven years, and the significant impact this program has made on Canberra women and our broader community,” Ms Crimmins said.
The program was launched in 2010 in celebration of YWCA Canberra’s 80th anniversary. Since then, more than 40 women have been awarded a grant, and received ongoing support in their pursuits.
“Our past recipients have gone on to achieve amazing things. One of our 2014 recipients, Hannah Wandel, has since been named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence for her project, Country to Canberra. And 2015 recipient, Chiara Grassia, has turned her Girls Rock! camps into a sold-out music program for young women, which is now nation-wide.”
Recipients of the 2017 YWCA Canberra Great Ydeas Small Grants were announced at the YWCA Canberra Great Ydeas Innovation Breakfast earlier today.
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Frances Crimmins is available for interview.
Media contact: Eliza Hughes 0429 210 881