The Women’s Foundation of California – Road to Equity Tour 2005

Application Part 1: Narrative

1. Brief description of your organization

_____________________ is located in __________________ on __________________ two miles west of the town of _________________. There are approximately 55 Tribal members; 250 residents and their families reside on the 200-acre Rancheria, most of Native American or other minority descent. The Tribe is federally recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior and is governed by a Tribal Executive Committee consisting of a Tribal Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary-Treasurer. The Executive Committee oversees the Tribal Council and the day-to-day administration of the Tribal Community Center office complex. The Tribe has successful programs in Environmental Protection, Housing, Tribal Police, and other areas, and uses modern management and productivity procedures to implement numerous successful federal and state-sponsored programs and grants.

2. Need Statement

What is the long-term social change that your would like to see for women and girls in your community?

Low self-esteem and a sense of isolation plague the women and girls of our community. Poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as teen pregnancy, are a part of everyday life. Many lack good role models, as well; they emulate television and the media – they have no heroes. Thus, our women often fail to see their potential and the many opportunities available to them. But women do have the potential to change lives.

By forming a sisterhood to share stories and create art from these stories (something this project can fulfill) the sense of aloneness and being misunderstood can fall away. By encouraging women of all ages to come together and learn a life skill – mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends – lives can become inspired and many of the addictions and harmful ways of living can be pushed aside.

3. Intervention

Describe the project for which you will use the Equity Tour grant. How are you taking into account the particular needs of women and girls? If you will use the grant for general operating support, please describe how the grant will support your organization in achieving its goals and long-term social change for women and girls.

The Tribe will hire a part-time Art Director to instruct and coordinate the project, as it pertains to producing a quilt or quilts. A part-time assistant can also be hired, if necessary, dependent upon the size of the group. First priority will be given to Tribal women and their daughters, but the group will be open to guests of Tribal women and Tribal administration staff, as well.

The group will meet weekly at the local quilting center where sewing equipment is available. Materials and tools will be purchased by the Art Director with grant funds; individual tools will become the property of each participant to take home. Two additional sewing machines will be purchased which will become the property of the ___________ Tribe and will reside at the ___________ Tribal Administration Building for future projects. Each meeting will be led by the __________ Tribe Project Director, who will keep the focus on discussion of women’s issues (e.g., domestic violence, self esteem, women’s health, job readiness.) Speakers (such as health professionals) can be invited to attend. The ____________ Little Theatre is available to record the group’s progress via their Digital Storytelling program; the resulting video can be shared with women outside the group, as the group desires. This project will address the need in our community for a safe place for women and girls to discuss issues that affect their everyday lives, as well as give a focus (the quilt itself) with a positive emphasis that can carry over into marketable life skills.

4. Outcomes

Given the social change described above, what are your anticipated outcomes/goals for this fiscal year in relation to the Equity Tour grant?

This project will address the need in our community for a safe place for women and girls to come together and feel supported by their peers. It will bring together women young and old, and encourage important dialogue, as well as create a lasting piece of art that can be enjoyed by the entire community for years to come.

Thank you for this opportunity.

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