MNRPCV Grant Program
Each year MNRPCV receives grant requests from individuals and groups with Peace Corps connections. These requests are for support of a variety of projects both locally and internationally to help their communities.
The Board annually reviews these proposals, which are due by late spring each year. Funding takes place once a year. MNRPCV Regisered Members are an important part of this process as membership dues, fundraising efforts, and donations support these vital community projects around the globe!
Check out some of the great projects we’ve funded below:
2013 Grant Awards
By Anne Kanyusik Yoakum, President, MNRPCV (Bangladesh 1998-2000)
MNRPCV is thrilled to announce that as the result of our fundraising efforts during the past year, we have awarded $4317.00 in grant funds for 2013 to the following five exciting projects:
Jeff Hall, RPCV Sierra Leone, 1987-1989/One Village Partners – Empowering Marginalized Women through Self-Help Groups in Sierra Leone – $1000.00
Vaughn Kelly, PCV Cambodia – Cambodian Classroom Improvement Project - $930.00
Abigail Anderson, PCV Ukraine – Lubny Leadership Camp for Orphans! - $600.00
Brian Singer, RPCV Tanzania, 1993-1995/ Project Zawadi - Computer Projector for Zinduka Vocational Training Centre, $850.00
Kevin Werner, PCV Costa Rica – Three Multipurpose Recreational Courts -$937.00
The 2013 grants will go to three currently serving Peace Corps volunteers, as well as two local nonprofits in which RPCVs are in-volved. Thanks to everyone who helped to fundraise for our grants program this year, including all who cooked for and dined at the regional fundraiser dinners (and Elsa and Bernard for generously hosting!), bought or sold calendars, and attended, donated or bid on items at the slideshow and silent auction and those who paid annual membership dues. Also, a special thanks to all who responded to MNRPCV’s request for volunteer grants committee members and, especially to Nicole Menard, (Madagascar, 2000-02), Richard Rowan (Lesotho, 1979-83), Kate Lechner (Mali, 2007-09) and Lauris Grundmanis (The Gambia, 1986-88), who were randomly selected for the small grants committee. They did a wonderful job carefully reading applications, evaluating projects and recommending recipients.
For a list of the 2012 Grant Awards CLICK HERE
For a summary of the 2008-2011 Grant Awards CLICK HERE
Check out one of our 2012 Grantees below:
Girls’ Empowerment through Reproductive Health
Emily Kjesbo-Johnson, PCV Uganda 2011-2013This project helped educate Ugandan women and girls about women’s health issues through materials development and teacher education. Girls learned about the menstrual cycle and made reusable menstrual pads (RUMPs.) Watch Emily’s video to learn more about this great project!