United Way of Acadiana’s Women United Launches Microgrant Program

The United Way of Acadiana’s affinity group, Women United, announces the launch of their first microgrant application.

Posted: Nov 30, 2021 11:25 AM

LAFAYETTE, L. - The United Way of Acadiana’s affinity group, Women United, announces the launch of their first microgrant application. As an integral part of United Way, Women United focuses on the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. Women United seeks to empower women to make positive change within their community.

Applications open at this link Dec. 1, 2021. The applications remain open through Jan. 31, 2022, and grantees will be announced publicly in March 2022. The microgrants are made possible by the generosity of the George and Merilyn Crain Foundation and are intended to support women community leaders who are seeking funding for a business project.

“Empowering women has been at the heart of what Women United stands for and what we do, and we are so grateful to the George and Merilyn Crain Foundation for making this idea possible,” said Jan Risher, Chair of Women United. “Sometimes a little help makes a huge difference.”

To be considered for the microgrant, applicants must be residents in United Way of Acadiana’s service areas of Acadia, Lafayette, St. Martin, or Vermilion Parishes. Applicants are eligible for up to $1,000 in grant funding to support their new or existing business.

“We are thrilled to begin this program in partnership with Women United. We know there are talented women in our region who are just waiting for a little extra support to make their professional dreams come true. We look forward to learning more about the great initiatives happening in Acadiana and how a little extra support may help make the next great women business leader possible,” said Merilyn Crain.

If desired, applicants who receive funding will also be paired with a "mobility mentor" and Women United member who will assist in needed aspects of business development, and in addition, they will have access to financial education resources.

To apply, visit www.UnitedWayofAcadiana.org/WomenUnited.

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