A social entrepreneurship grant program from Verizon is designed to help former inmates and victims of domestic violence to start their own businesses.
The $25,000 grant program is part of over $100,000 in grants that Verizon is dedicating to the fight against domestic violence. In many cases, domestic violence victims fear leaving an abusive partner because they don’t have the support to become independent. The grants are going toward counseling and rehab services for ex-inmates as well, who also face a difficult transition back into the civilian workforce.
Individuals can qualify for grants between $1,000 and $5,000 for office space, equipment and other business expenses in Virginia. The grants were announced in conjunction with legislation that extends counseling services for juvenile offenders following their release from jail, and also creates inmate trust accounts which save 10% of any income earned while in jail.