Foundation launches grant program

The Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation has launched a $10,000 funding grant program.

The new grant program encourages charitable, community and nonprofit organizations in the Cayman Islands to apply for the 2014 grant cycle, which runs from Feb. 1, 2014, to Jan. 31, 2015. The deadline to submit grant application forms is Dec. 31, 2013.

“While all relevant grant proposals are welcomed, the foundation prefers applications that are focused on the issue of child abuse for the 2014 grant cycle,” said chairman Rayle Roberts.

“Therefore, grant applications that address this issue through education, prevention, research, advocacy or training will be given priority.”

Mr. Roberts said that over the years, the foundation has been raising funds with the goal of establishing a grant program.

Following the success of the recent fundraiser, A Night Under the Stars, he was pleased that the foundation was now in a position to provide financial donations to assist organizations.

The Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation, a nonprofit organization established five years ago, addresses social issues that the late Ms Scott-Roberts passionately supported during her lifetime.

Ms Scott-Roberts, a staunch advocate of gender equality and the rights of women and children, was raped and murdered in October 2008.

Mr. Roberts said the foundation aims to support and provide grant funding to organizations that advocate for the equality of women and girls in all areas of life; carry out activities to empower men, women and children; promote gender equality and a life free of violence for all; or develop policies and research projects that further the aim of gender equality.

For information on the grant program, visit www.esrfoundation.org.ky.

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