The Mary Kay Foundation: Shelter Grant Applications Open!

The Mary Kay Foundation: Shelter Grant Applications Open!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:00am

CAMPAIGN: A Commitment to Ending Domestic Violence


Calling all domestic violence shelters! Now’s the time to have your agency considered for one of the $20,000 grants awarded each year by The Mary Kay Foundation℠.

Now through April 30, we’re accepting online applications. Winners will be announced in late September in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

If you are a board member, a volunteer or have received services from a great agency, let them know about this fantastic opportunity for funding.

Since 2000, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ has given over $32.6 million in shelter grants to 1,872 shelters across the United States. For 2014, 150 shelters nationwide are using The Mary Kay Foundation℠ grants to provide services to those in need.

The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury is one of these. Its Elizabeth House, a confidential safe house, has provided shelter to 24 families and 71 children in the past year. In 2014, nearly 26,000 clients used some type of service including emergency shelter, counseling, advocacy, crisis intervention or education. This year, the Women’s Center celebrates 40 years of providing services to families and the community.

The Hoosier Hills PACT Domestic Violence Shelter used its grant money to install energy efficient windows in its historic shelter. Residents now stay warmer during cold months and cooler during summer months. Utility bills have decreased too, which means more money for services. Shelter residents are now safer with more secure locks too.

Urban Resource Institute established the first program in New York City to allow victims of domestic violence to bring their pets with them to the shelter. Few shelters across the country allow survivors to bring pets even though the ASPCA tells us anywhere between 18 and 48 percent of domestic violence victims stay in abusive situations because they don’t want to leave a pet behind.

A big thank you to all the hard-working shelters, volunteers and donors! Conquering domestic violence is a team effort. We can’t do everything, but we can all do something.