The grant scheme opens April 1 and closes on May 22. The foundation is accepting applications from charities, community organizations and other nonprofit groups for grants of between $500 and $10,000.
According to a statement issued by the foundation this week, the successful program or project selected should take place by the end of the 2015 calendar year.
Rayle Roberts, chairman of the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation, said a project or program could, for example, focus on empowerment through movement and sport, promote gender equality in the workplace, or increase awareness of the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.
“We are very happy to be able to continue to offer this opportunity for eligible applicants to receive funding which help move our community towards the foundation’s vision of gender equality and a life free of violence for all,” Mr. Roberts said.
He encouraged organizations that may need a financial boost to help achieve their dream project or to continue an ongoing program, to apply.
“When we think of the potential of our brothers, sisters, mothers, cousins and friends in our community that is limited by prejudice or unnecessary hatred and violence, we know that this mission is as important now as ever,” he said.
The foundation is named after Mr. Robert’s wife, who was an advocate for women’s and children’s rights in the Cayman Islands. She helped establish and manage the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, a 24-hour shelter for abused women and their children. Ms. Roberts was abducted, raped and murdered in October 2008.
Mr. Roberts described his wife’s life as a light that shone brilliantly, highlighting the many dark recesses of society.
“Hers was a light that expired too quickly, and rather than curse the darkness that Estella’s death brought to her loved ones, the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation was born to shine a light on the mission that motivated Estella throughout her bright life,” he said.
One of the grant recipients last year was the Cayman Islands Red Cross “Girls Will” conference in September. Focusing on the subject of child abuse prevention, the conference aimed to allow a space for discussions with teen girls and parents on a variety of subjects, including understanding gender roles, self-defense, healthy sexuality and child abuse.
The Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation has also made financial contributions to projects including those that support improved parenting skills for fathers, sexual harassment public awareness campaigns, and advocacy for sexual assault victims.
The application form for the 2015 grants can be found in the grants section of the foundation’s website at www.esrfoundation.org.ky, or by emailing [email protected]