SALT LAKE CITY -- The Zions Bank Women's Financial Group announces the availability of applications for a series of micro-grants for women. The Smart Women Grants are available up to $3,000 to candidates who excel in a variety of fields. One grant will be offered in each of the following six categories:
* Small business start-up and expansion
* Community development
* Continuing education and teacher support
* Child and elder care
* Health and human services
* Arts and culture
Open to residents of Utah and Idaho, applications are available online at www.smartwomen.zionsbank.com or by calling 1-800-737-6586. Applications are due July 8, 2011. Community peer review panels will select the grant recipients, to be announced at the Zions Bank Smart Women Smart Money Conference on September 28 in Salt Lake City.
Last year's grant winners included a Family Support Center; a fruit gleaning project that minimizes waste at local orchards; a local chapter of a national initiative to promote math and science among young women and minorities; a water safety video; and jewelry company that supports the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline. Over the last six years, Zions Bank has awarded more than $130,000 though the Smart Women Grants.
"We developed the Smart Women Grants to help bolster the efforts of everyday heroines who strengthen our communities in so many ways through their various talents," said Diana George, manager of Zions Bank's Women's Financial Group. "As the Intermountain West's premiere financial center for women, the Zions Bank Women's Financial Group created the grants as an extension of our ongoing commitment to empower women in achieving financial independence."
Priority consideration for funding will be given to proposals that: promote the empowerment of women; emphasize collaboration between women entrepreneurs or non-profit entities supporting women; directly benefit women or low-income and underserved populations; support endeavors that immediately benefit communities in which Zions Bank has a presence; and for proposals that provide a sound plan for measuring performance and results.