Etsy, in partnership with the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, announced 2019’s Maker Cities grant recipients, the latest in Etsy’s continued efforts to foster a diverse and inclusive creative community and economic empowerment.
As part of the initiative, five cities across the US will receive funding for programs that help traditionally underrepresented groups participate in the creative economy, unlock the potential of creative entrepreneurship to revitalize cities, and invigorate communities.
These stand-out organizations will share $200,000 to support their work:
- Conexión Américas in Nashville, TN will support immigrant and refugee makers participate in and benefit from Nashville’s creative economy with a targeted program available in Spanish and English.
- Southern Colorado Economic Development District in Pueblo, CO will help people with diverse abilities and those from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds start and grow creative businesses.
- Main Street Eureka Springs in Eureka Springs, AR will be engaging with LGBTQ makers and older entrepreneurs in their region to build business acumen, market-test retail products and prepare for online and in-person selling.
- Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation in Phoenix, AZ will develop an artist-designed and -led program to connect, showcase and upskill diverse communities.
- Jabberwocky Studios in Columbia, MO will support women and makers of color with a one-stop-shop of resources for local makers and a year-long program of events.
Maker Cities is part of Etsy’s longstanding commitment to using the power of business to strengthen and empower communities.
Each grantee is receiving $40,000 in direct program support along with customized training and support by Recast City, and access to tools and resources from Etsy and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth to help them bring their project plans to life.
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