Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle awards $19,500 in grants

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ST. GEORGE — The Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle recently announced the 2016 recipients for grants totaling $19,500 and has announced the deadline for the next round of grant applications.

L to R: Kay Ackerman, Stephanie Martini, Martha Heuer, Gayle Bray, Deb Durban, Jill Lander, Lori Baum, members of the Three Corners Women's Giving Circle grant committee. Sunbrook Event Center, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo Courtesy of Three Corners Women's Giving Circle, St. George News
L to R: Kay Ackerman, Stephanie Martini, Martha Heuer, Gayle Bray, Deb Durban, Jill Lander, Lori Baum, members of the Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle grant committee. Sunbrook Event Center, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo Courtesy of Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle, St. George News

Formed in May 2013, the Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle is an active and fun community of local women, diverse in interests and backgrounds, who pool their friendship, intellect and resources to effect change for women and girls in the “three corners” region. The Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle is proud, according to its news release, to be a fund of The Community Foundation of Utah.

Since the Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle’s launch in 2014, it has awarded a total of $41,500 to nonprofits benefiting girls and women in the region, including St. George, Cedar City, Mesquite, Nevada, and the Arizona Strip located in northwest Arizona.

“I am continually inspired and thankful for the ongoing commitment of our members to support our local women and girls in need,” Stephanie Martini, founder of the Giving Circle, said. “Raising $41,500 in our first three years was beyond my wildest dreams.”

Grant requests must be geared toward the safety, health, education or economic advancement of women’s issues.

“This is the best news!” said LuAnn Lundquist, founder and executive director of Memory Matters, which received a $6,000 grant. “We are honored and very excited to receive this grant.”

2016 Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle grant recipients

  • Memory Matters Utah (formerly Alzheimer’s & Dementia Society): awarded $6,000 to provide education, cognitive training, wellness classes and a new Wellness Calling System
  • Cherish Families: awarded $6,000 to assist women leaving the community of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and help provide the skills, knowledge and self-esteem to successfully transition to modern society
  • Red Rock Center for Independence: awarded $3,750 to fund a new “Girls and Women Rising Beyond Empowerment” program to provide monthly peer-to-peer based education, empowerment and leadership training for women with disabilities
  • Dove Center: awarded $1,250 to purchase new equipment for the center’s personal safety course
  • Southwest Applied Technology College: awarded $1,250 for two scholarships of $625 each to be awarded to women for computer science programs
  • The Learning Center for Families: awarded $1,250 to provide partial funding for mental health support for prenatal and postnatal women in Washington County and the Arizona Strip

tcwgc_printlogoFuture grant proposals

For the fourth year of grant awards, the Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle will begin accepting grant proposals on Aug. 1. Nonprofits have until Sept. 30 to submit their grant proposals.

The reviewing of grant applications and member voting for the finalists takes place October 2016 through January 2017, and awards will be announced in early 2017.

The Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle is listed as a fund with the nonprofit Community Foundation of Utah in Salt Lake City, qualifying as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Membership is open to anyone interested in supporting local women and girls. The next quarterly meeting will be April 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sunbrook Event Center, 2240 W. Sunbrook Drive, St. George. For more information, email 3cornerswgc@gmail.com.

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3 Comments

  • karensg March 12, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Where does the money they award come from?

    • smartini March 12, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      We are a membership organization. All money comes from member contributions. Check out our website (see link above).

  • .... March 12, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    You !

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