Resource center seeks applicants for Dare to Dream grant

FRONT ROYAL – Since 1999 the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center has been granting dreams to women through its Dare to Dream Enrichment Grant.

Rebecca Vaughan, the Dare to Dream chairman, said she believes the only limit to inspiration is the imagination.

“A lot of these women are single parents,” Vaughan said. “It’s amazing how they’re working full time, raising children, involved in volunteer activities. But, even in the midst of all this, they’re still able to have a dream and want to manifest that dream into a reality.”

The Dare to Dream Enrichment Grant is an annual grant that provides Warren County women, 18 and older, an opportunity to take a courageous step forward in their lives or support a dream already in progress. Past recipients have used their grants to purchase computers, pursue degrees or certificates, open new businesses or create nonprofits.

Grants ranging from $100 to $1000 are awarded from funds gathered by membership dues, business and community sponsorships, donations and fundraising efforts thought the year.

We want women to apply for a grant that would help them move their lives forward,” Vaughan said. “Whether they want to start a new dream or continue a current one.”

Grant criteria may include but is not limited to prior education, work experience, letters of recommendation, additional biographical information, volunteer work, and financial need. The grant selection committee also may consider the applicant’s character, motivation, potential or ability.

“Past experience, foundation and research of the project, along with any kind of networking that applicant has done are just a few of the factors we consider,” Vaughan said. “In essence to show that they are connected and committed to the project.”

Vaughan said a few of the most memorable winners she’s encountered over the years have included a baker, a taxi driver and a social worker who pursued a three-course degree to broaden her knowledge of play therapy.

“We don’t hear about women like this every day,” Vaughan said. “But our goal at the center is to empower women to change the world.” 

Applications are being accepted through Jan. 12. Five to seven grants will be awarded in March.

Download an application: www.frwrc.org/apply or visit Samuels Public Library, 330 E Criser Road or Front Royal Women’s Resource Center, 27 Cloud St., Front Royal.