FRWRC Dare to Dream Video – Inspiring future dreamers!
The Dare to Dream program was founded in 1999 by founder JoEllen McNeal. The purpose of the grant is to provide women living in Warren County, 18 years and older, opportunities to move forward with their lives whether it be to continue their education, start or expand their business, buy a computer or provide a specific service to the community, etc. The process involves putting out a call for grant applications throughout the community in the Fall for about a three month period.
Applications are then reviewed by committee members and a consensus regarding who the final applicants are to be interviewed. Applications are considered based upon the merit of the project; research and efforts made toward the dream and financial need. The committee then interviews the finalists and the awards are made. We present the grant recipients at our Dare to Dream breakfast in March. Grant amounts vary with maximum amount of $1,000 which goes directly to the school or vendor, etc.
Over the last two decades, FRWRC has provided networking opportunities, spotlighted women leaders in our community and awarded more than $114,000 in grants and scholarships to 158 Warren County women and girls to support education, and professional and personal enrichment opportunities. We empower women to change their world.
March 2019: The FRWRC awarded a total of $7,500 in grant and scholarship money to 9 local women, all with goals and dreams to better their lives, the lives of their families and the lives of other women in the community.
October 2019: The FRWRC awarded a $1,000 Kim South Girl Grant to the Reaching Out Now (RON) community organization supporting middle school girls.
See more about our past Dare To Dream recipients and the program.