This year the Hilton Sisters Project is offering mini-grants for support up to $1,000 per proposal for National Catholic Sisters Week 2016. In this episode we introduce you to their reason and what you can do to propose an event for possible granting.
Our goal for National Catholic Sisters Week this year is to have celebrations across the country. We want folks in their neightborhoods, in their communities, in their dioceses, their parishes, their organizations to be able to celebrate the sisters who are around them and we also want to afford sisters the opportunities to open their doors to the community and invite them in.
If you read Christina's recent blog post on SisterStory you will know that for National Catholic Sisters Week 2016 we are offering mini-grants up to $1,000 to help you plan and host your own event during March 8-14.
My name is Molly Hazelton and I am one of the Co-Executive Directors of the Hilton Sisters Project. We're based at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN and we are responsible for both National Catholic Sisters Week and the SisterSTory project.
What we're trying experimentally, althought we're hoping that people will enjoy it and continue, is to seed events across the country with these mini-grants. So, if you're going to have an event and need to rent a space or get a speaker or you'd like to cater it or take out an ad in your local paper we can help you to do that with these mini-grants.
We have about $5,000 to give away in mini-grants of up to $1,000 per organization. So, if organizations can come up with an event and write a little bit of a description and tell us how that will benefit their community and how that might benefit their sisters, maybe perhaps both, we can help you to do those types of events because we want to celebrate. As a lay woman I want to celebrate the sisters who are around me and I want sisters to feel like they can reach out and connect with those around them.
This year we are partnering again with National Women's History Month and their theme is about honoring women who've worked in public service and government. So, we are encouraging grantees to consider using that theme as they plan their events and to think about how they might be able to honor sisters and the service to the public sisters have given on a local, national, and even global level. But, we are willing to take grant submissions for any theme type of events. We recognize that that may not be appropriate for your community or for your organization so we just encourage you to think about how you can connect with and celebrate the sisters around you.
Go to National Catholic Sisters Week and locate the "Get Involved" tab at the top of the page. Here you will find ideas for events and materials that help you plan and promote. Once you know what your event is going to be, download the application from the same page, fill it out, and send it to the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. Help us help you celebrate National Catholic Sisters Week 2016