The New Start Program Providing grants & scholarships for women in Western North Carolina
New Start Story: Grants & Scholarships
In 1988, Womansong, under the leadership of founding director Linda Metzner, created the New Start Program -- a program designed to provide financial assistance to women in need in WNC.
New Start Grants The NSP grants typically provide needed support for a woman on her path toward greater self-sufficiency. These grants are intended to fill-in when other short-term funding options are not available. Candidates for a New Start Program grant are screened for eligibility by a case manager or social worker of licensed social service agencies who then makes the referral to Womansong's New Start program. This one-time grant per individual is available for the amount of need up to $500. (In the New Start Program menu above, click on Grants & Guidelines to apply.) Grant monies usages are varied. Examples of how grant monies have been used include:
professional licensing or certification exam fees
bus tickets for a woman and her child escaping domestic violence
rent or utility deposits
uniforms and clothing for employment requirements.
New Start Scholarships In 2009, New Start Program was expanded to include offering an educational scholarship to A-B Tech. Since that time, we have extended our scholarship to include Haywood Community College and Blue Ridge Community College. Criteria for scholarships focus on encouraging women in WNC to obtain educational training leading to employment and greater self-sufficiency.
In 2015, we are pleased to offer the following scholarships:
2 - $1200 scholarships to A-B Tech Community College
2 - $1200 scholarships to Haywood Community College
2 - $1200 scholarships to Blue Ridge Community College
a $500 fund to Blue Ridge Community College and a $500 fund to Haywood Community College to enable women to take GED exams.
For information regarding eligibility for an educational scholarship, please contact the appropriate community college and inquire about the Womansong scholarships.
Funding & You
The funding for the New Start Program comes partially from Womansong concerts, from Womansong fundraisers, and from the generosity of folks like you! 100% of each donation goes directly the New Start Program for women in need; there is no overhead or administrative cost. NSP contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable under the 501(c)3 tax designation. You may donate through this website or by mailing a check to: Womansong New Start Program P.O. Box 61 Asheville, NC 28802 You may designate your donation in memory, in friendship or in honor of the person or entity you desire.
New Start Donation
Give a hand up to women in our community by donating from $5.00 to $500.00, whatever you desire. It will be a boon to a woman in our community. Thank you!
In their Words
These excerpts from recipients' letters tell the story best:
"Your generosity and willingness to help out means a great deal to us and even more to Helpmate's clients. Sometimes there's nowhere else to turn for help and financial assistance. It's comforting to know you are there. Thanks." -Helpmate Shelter manager "It is impossible to be self-sufficient without stable housing; Womansong New Start Grants have assisted our customers with paying back balances to public housing which were preventing a family from being eligible to rent and helped numerous homeless families to get into standard housing by paying security deposits or first month rent, so that they were not living in a car or literally out in the cold." -- Community Action Staff Member
"Thank you so much for your contribution towards a car insurance payment for our client. Having this car insurance paid enables her to transport her kids to school, and has allowed her to start a new job. Perhaps most importantly it allows her a safe way to leave her house if she is attacked. Thanks again for taking down another obstacle." -Madison Helpmate staff member