YWCA Grant Announcements
Bank of America awarded the YWCA Knoxville with a grant to support the Women’s Housing Program. This award will help support individualized employment counseling for the residents of our Housing Program.
The East Tennessee Foundation’s Mount Rest Fund awarded the YWCA with a grant for the Keys of Hope Women’s Housing Program to launch a brand new initiative. Club Tech is an innovative addition to our Housing Program. By providing funds for computers, social workers, and training materials this award makes it possible for the women living in the YWCA, as well as those who cannot be admitted due to limited space, to benefit from a newly developed technology curricula, resulting in preparation for employment. Over two years, Club Tech will help an estimated 240 women acquire essential computer skills.
The YWCA was awarded the Lottery for Education: Afterschool Programs (LEAPs) grant from the Tennessee Department of Education. This grant provides funding for our comprehensive education and youth program over three years.
The City of Knoxville awarded the YWCA with the Homeless Grant to support our Women’s Housing Program. This grant supports our in-house social worker who provides employment counseling to every resident in the Housing Program and over 650 hours of case management each year.
The Feeding the Hungry grant was awarded to the YWCA from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation. This grant provides much-needed food supplies and nutritional education to the women of the Women’s Housing Program.
The YWCA was awarded the Jane L. Pettway Foundation Grant from the Jane L. Pettway Foundation. This grant helps to provide social workers, weekly fee assistance, medication, emergency dental, eye exams, glasses, beds, and bus passes for the residents in the Women’s Housing Program.
Dow Chemical awarded the YWCA Knoxville with a grant to establish a community garden and food bank at the Phyllis Wheatley Center. This grant allows us to transform nearly 11,000 square feet of outdoor space into the only community garden and food bank in East Knoxville. Fresh produce will be provided to the students and families who access the Phyllis Wheatley Center’s programming.
The State of Tennessee’s Department of Minority Health and Disparities Elimination awarded the YWCA with a grant to provide healthy and affordable food options for low income residents who attend programming at the Phyllis Wheatley Center. Over 11 months, this grant will provide supplies and 22 cooking and nutrition classes for the youth we serve.
The Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) grant program through the Tennessee Bar Foundation awarded the YWCA Knoxville with a grant to support the Victim Advocacy Program. With help from this grant program, we were able to provide over 6,300 services to victim of domestic violence in 2014.
The Knox County Community Grants provide support for our Victim Advocacy Program ($7,980 per year) and our Women’s Housing Program over three years. With support from the Knox County Government, the YWCA is able to provide live saving services for victims of domestic violence and homeless prevention services for residents in our Women’s Housing Program.
The Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women awarded the YWCA Knoxville with a grant over three years. This grant has allowed us to create the GameChangers program, a violence prevention initiative for young men and boys.
The PeyBack Foundation awarded the YWCA with a grant to support our Summer Kids in Play Program (SKIP). This award provided 14 extremely low income youth with scholarships to SKIP. Additionally, all 52 of the students in our summer program learned how to swim and were provided travel to and from swimming lessons.
The State of Tennessee’s Department of Justice awarded the YWCA Knoxville with a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant over three years. This grant supports the Victim Advocacy Program and is used to assist victims of domestic violence in Knox County.
The Wal-Mart Foundation awarded the YWCA Knoxville with five Community Grants to help renovate the rooms and common areas of the Women’s Housing Program.
The Knoxville Bar Association awarded the YWCA Knoxville a grant to support the Victim Advocacy Program. This grant helps victims of domestic violence improve their experience with the criminal justice system and overcome a history with domestic violence.
United Way of Greater Knoxville’s competitive grant programs awarded three-year funding cycles to four YWCA Knoxville Programs. Club W offers lost cost fitness programming including health screenings and nutrition workshops to low income families in addition to free classes designed for clients in the Transitional Housing and After-School Enrichment programs. The Educating Youth Program provides comprehensive, evidence-based youth programming that targets K-12 students who are at risk through three overlapping components: Summer Kids in Play, After-School Enrichment, and Y-Teens. The Women’s Housing Program provides transitional housing to women who are homeless or in danger of homelessness as a result of trauma, divorce, the death of spouse, domestic violence, and many other problems. The Victim Advocacy Program provides crisis intervention, intake and needs assessment, assistance in completing court documents, preparation of victims for court appearances, accompaniment to court, referrals to other community agencies, and community education.