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NNY Community Foundation grant aims to support women entrepreneurs

WATERTOWN – Professional women in the tri-county area are invited to apply for 2023 grant aid from the Maxine Quigg Women in Business Fund of the Northern New York Community Foundation.

The purpose of the fund is to perpetuate Mrs. Quigg’s life and legacy by empowering women entrepreneurs in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties to succeed in their pursuits and realize their full potential. Mrs. Quigg’s sister-in-law, Kimberley Horrill, established the fund in July 2021 with the goal of increasing local mentorship, volunteerism, community and civic engagement and investment in community foundations.

Mrs. Quigg was a successful real estate broker, community and business leader in Jefferson County who passed away unexpectedly in April 2021. She was serving on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation at the time of her passing.

Through access to education, training and grants for entrepreneurship, the Fund supports the advancement, growth and betterment of women who are growing or starting businesses in Northern New York. Support can help better conditions and help women realize their full potential for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Grants will be awarded to support the following focus areas and extend Mrs. Quigg’s legacy of giving back to a community once the business is well established and thriving:

■ Provide locally generated mentorship, volunteerism, and a strong path to increased civic and community engagement and investment.

■ Expand opportunities for women through education, training and entrepreneurship with the goal of financial independence.

■ Funding opportunities include, but are not limited to, financial literacy, workforce development, entrepreneurship, leadership skills, and formal education and training.

Grants awarded to individuals are held to a high degree of accountability and must comply with the same requirements as any other grant or scholarship to individuals. Grant awards must support the betterment of the recipient themselves and are not awarded as a direct endorsement of a specific business entity or interest.

Applicants may request any amount of grant aid, although awards may range between $500 and $1,000. The last date to apply is May 12.

An advisory committee of the Community Foundation will select the annual award winners through a defined process on an objective and non-discriminatory basis within the charitable purpose of the Fund. To obtain an application and learn more, contact Craig Everard, Community Foundation Director of Stewardship and Programs, [email protected], or 315-782-7110.

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