Black Breastfeeding Week Community Mini-grant Programs

Black Breastfeeding Week Community Mini-grant Programs

From Kiddada Green

BBW seeks to provide 20 mini-grants of $250 to local groups to support their efforts to host community-level BBW events/activities. Mini-grants will be used to support, amplify, increase, boost or enhance BBW events.

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Background:

Black Breastfeeding Week (BBW) was created by 3 national breastfeeding advocates/leaders in

response to 40+ years of a gaping racial disparity in breastfeeding rates. The most recent CDC data show that 84.3% of white babies have ever been breastfed versus 66.3% of black babies. In fact, the racial disparity is even bigger for duration rates. BBW, created in 2013 is an annual celebration of the black breastfeeding experience. Black Breastfeeding Week creates a new narrative about breastfeeding for black families by making important linkages to self-empowerment, economic and family strengthening and reversing racist systems and stereotypes. Co-creators Kiddada Green, Kimberly Seals Allers and Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka have worked collaboratively to lead the annual national celebration. Each person brings a distinct set of skills to the table. Kiddada leads the national efforts for community level involvement for BBW events. Anayah and Kimberly lead the communications strategy. Anayah leads the online celebration via various social media platforms. Kimberly leverages traditional media sources in celebration of BBW. Together the leadership team has led four successful annual celebrations of BBW, reaching communities at a grassroots level, trending annually on social media with more than 1M impressions, and featured in national media outlets including nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, Ebony magazine, and The Huffington Post, among others.

Mini grant description:

Each year, more and more local groups host events for Black Breastfeeding Week.  In fact, in 2017 there were more than 60+ registered events for the week. In 2018, we expect this number to continue to grow.  

The BBW leadership team respectfully requests your support to provide mini-grants to local groups to support their efforts to host community-level BBW events/activities. Mini-grants will be used to support, amplify, increase, boost or enhance BBW events.  For example, participating organizers may use funds for food, incentives, printing, venue rental, etc. Mini-grantees will be selected from a pool of registered participants. Selected grantees will receive up to $250 each.

BBW seeks to provide 20 mini-grants of $250 to local groups to support their efforts to host community-level BBW events/activities. Mini-grants will be used to support, amplify, increase, boost or enhance BBW events.  

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