Women often remain in violent relationships because they don’t have the money to get out. The Avon Foundation is hoping to change this.
In 2004, the Avon Foundaiton launched their Speak Out Against Domestic Violence campaign. So far, they’ve donated over $12 million to more than 400 domestic violence organizations. That’s why they’re on my blogroll of donation recommendations.
Yesterday, they announced grant guidelines for 2010:
Domestic violence victims may be less likely to leave and stay away from abusers if they have limited hope of achieving economic stability on their own. Additionally, this lack of economic stability or programs may increase the likelihood of a return to the abuser or lead to homelessness. The creation and funding of the Avon Empowerment Self-Sufficiency Program will make an immediate, tangible difference for DV survivors by providing them with guidance and assistance to create independent, violence-free lives.
Up to 30 grants will be awarded totaling up to $1.5 million in 2010.
The application deadine is April 16, 2010. Funding is for October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011. I’m psyched about this round of grants because recipients will have measurable outcomes including proof of things like job placement. At a minimum, recipients will have to help people with:
- affordable housing and public aid
- job training, education, and employment agencies
- public-use of computers
- business clothing advice
Avon works primarily with the National Family Justice Center Alliance to deliver services to people who have experienced domestic violence.