Zonta Club of Hilo offers grants to women entrepreneurs

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June 12, 2022, 6:30 a.m. HST
*Updated June 12 at 7:11 a.m.

The Zonta Club of Hilo is accepting applications for micro-grants to fund women-owned small businesses on the island of Hawaii. Female entrepreneurs seeking financial support are encouraged to apply.

The goal of the Pay It Forward program is to help women in our community start or grow a business with a micro-grant to lend a helping hand. The grant will be up to $2,000. Winners are required to submit a written report after one year and will be asked to present the report to the club. Fellows are encouraged to “pay it forward” when they are financially able.

“Helping women succeed and improve our communities advances Zonta’s mission. Pay It Forward is one of many programs our club offers to empower women and girls through service and advocacy,” said Zonta Club of Hilo president Julie Engelhardt.

The Zonta Local Chapter Pay It Forward program was launched in 2014 with a generous first donation from Nancy Cabral, Zonta member and owner of Day-Lum Rentals & Management, Inc. Cabral’s desire was to encourage d other women achieve financial independence. and business success. Since its inception, many other generous donors have contributed to these microgrants for women entrepreneurs.

Applications are available online at https://zontahilo.org/pay-it-forward-microgrant/ and are accepted by email by midnight HST July 31, 2022 for [email protected] or by mail postmarked Friday, July 31, 2022 to Zonta Club of Hilo, Pay It Forward Program, PO Box 1915, Hilo, HI 96721-1915.

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