The passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in 2009 made hundreds of billions of dollars available for economic stimulus for infrastructure investment, job training and creation, and funds for extending unemployment and emergency benefits, just to name a few. Since then, states and municipalities have exercised wide discretion in choosing which reforms to implement and which funds to accept, and a lack of transparency and accountability has prevented dollars from reaching communities most in need.
The Ms. Foundation’s priority is to ensure that women, particularly low-income women and women of color, who have been disproportionately impacted by the economic recession, benefit to the greatest degree possible from ARRA implementation.In this Request for Proposals, the Ms. Foundation seeks to complement our overall grantmaking for economic justice by supporting two specific areas of ARRA implementation, both with significant long-term impact on the meaningful participation of low-income women and women of color in the economy:
- Expanding the availability of affordable child care and improving the quality of child care jobs.
- Securing training and job set-asides for women in emerging green sectors.
The deadline for all applications is Monday 29 March 2010, 2:00 p.m. EDT.
More details and a full application packet.
See Sara Gould's recent post on ARRA, Child Care, Green Jobs and Grassroots Advocacy.