As a brand founded by a female entrepreneur, Stacy's® believes in celebrating strong, hard-working women with entrepreneurial passions. For the past two years, Stacy's® mission to raise awareness for female empowerment and equality has been displayed front and center during Women's History Month through original artwork take-overs of Stacy's Pita Chip bags. This year, Stacy's® will continue to celebrate Women's History Month by releasing a third collection of its popular limited-edition bags – designed by all female artists – depicting six key stages of a female entrepreneur's journey: Inspiration, Courage, Grit, Nourishment, Success and Community.
Consumers can join Stacy's® in the goal to raise a total of $200,000 to support this critical work by visiting www.unitedway.org/riseproject2019 and donating $10 to receive one of the six limited-edition bags and a commemorative 8x10 print of the featured artwork. Donations will be distributed to United Way to fund eight $10,000 microgrants to support female entrepreneurs looking to open their own business or support those wishing to grow their existing business. Additional microgrants may be funded depending on total consumer donations.
Awards of Microgrants are limited to female entrepreneurs engaged in all types of women-owned businesses. Eligible applicants must be female, be residents of the United States of America, and must be 18 (19 in AL and NE) years or older at the time of entry/submission.
Our selection committee is comprised of personnel from United Way, Stacy's® as well as Women United Global Leadership Council members. The selection committee reviews all applications submitted within the application period and judges each submission based on the following criteria:
- Demonstrates creativity and innovation in their specific field (30%)
- Demonstrates business acumen and forward planning (30%)
- Demonstrates financial need (30%)
- Proposed timing, work plan, and budget are clear, detailed, and achievable within the next 12 months (10%)
- Applicants must be willing to participate in providing program feedback, quotes, video, social media support, etc.
- Applicants hereby certify that they have no current plans to be involved in another grant-driven program or accelerator program.
Incomplete applications may not be reviewed. All application questions must be answered in order to help United Way learn more about your idea, product and/or company and to gain a clear understanding of your idea, product and/or company.
Submission of this application does not constitute an offer, promise or guarantee of funding from United Way, Stacy’s® or any of their subsidiaries.
Application and Decision Timeline
Deadline to apply has been extended! The Microgrant Application opens on March 14, 2019 at 12:00 am PST and closes on May 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm PST. Microgrant recipients will be notified the week of June 16, 2019. United Way will announce the recipients on or around June 30, 2019.
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