The Making Opportunities for Success Project

Amount Awarded: $10,000
Organization: Redding Fashion Alliance

The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundationhas awarded the Redding Fashion Alliance, a fiscal project of the Shasta County Arts Council, a $10,000 grant for the Making Opportunities for Success Project. This project, a partnership between Redding Fashion Alliance, The Women’s Business Center at Jefferson Economic Development Institute (JEDI), and One SAFE Place Shasta, will provide women affected by domestic violence with training in sewing, financial literacy and entrepreneurship leading to economic self-sufficiency and living wage jobs. The Redding Fashion Alliance is honored to be one of the recipients selected to receive a grant from The Women’s Fund.

The Redding Fashion Alliance exists to foster and strengthen the local fashion community through education, economic development and collaboration. Its purpose is to support creatives in the local fashion industry. One goal of the Redding Fashion Alliance is to build a skilled work force for manufacturing businesses that require sewing. The overarching purpose of this project is to increase the self sufficiency of women who are current or former clients of One Safe Place by providing an avenue to gain financial independence for themselves and their families.

The funding for this one year project provides the foundation for ongoing training to women in Redding who want to increase their financial self sufficiency through creating or growing a business or finding living wage employment in the Redding area. It will have a direct, positive impact on the growth of the creative economy in the Redding community by giving participants the skills and the knowledge to produce goods that people want and the understanding of sound business decision making practices. This training model fills a gap in locally available education that can be continued and replicated in the future.