Coalition Receives Economic Empowerment Grant
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The Allstate Foundation has awarded the Coalition $40,000 for The Allstate Foundation Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant Program, a unique, competitive grant program focused on the development and implementation of financial empowerment services for survivors.
Five member programs pursued this opportunity and have since been awarded $7,000 each. Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention (MCVP), the Support Center at Birch House (SCBH), Turning Points Network (TPN), WISE, and the YWCA will deliver financial education to survivors, utilizing the Moving Ahead through Financial Management curriculum. This will be offered to survivors through one-to-one sessions and in groups facilitated by trained advocates and/or trained volunteers. Programs will offer support in resume building and interview skills, financial planning and credit rebuilding. Programs will also work collaboratively to connect survivors with community partners who offer programs like micro-credit loans, IDA accounts, job training and access to reliable vehicles.
Seven additional member programs have been awarded $500 each for stipends for survivors which will be used to support costs like child care, transportation and uniforms so that they can take advantage of local job training and financial education opportunities. The Coalition will provide "train the trainer" education, grant administration, and technical assistance to the member programs to support this initiative.