Breaking Barriers, Building Women: Economic Empowerment Program

Breaking Barriers, Building Women: Economic Empowerment Program focuses on higher education and asset building for low-income women in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties. Initial funding for the program allowed AWF to award a total of $1 million over two years to eight local nonprofit organizations.

AWF applies a Collective Impact Approach to its grantmaking. Program components include facilitated discussions to foster a safe environment for peer sharing; program evaluation technical assistance; individualized one-on-one consultation; workshops and trainings; and interactive convenings that allow nonprofits an opportunity to share their work and explore collaboration.

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, funding for year three of the program will shift to meet the developing needs of AWF grantees and their clients.


AWF is grateful to The Coca-Cola Foundation and the Truist Foundation for their funding in support of a third year of the Breaking Barriers, Building Women: Economic Empowerment Program.

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Economic Empowerment Anticipated Outcomes :

2,000 women living at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines will have access higher education and/or asset building opportunities.
90% of clients will begin enrollment in an undergraduate or technical school program within 4 months.
85% complete their coursework and graduate with a degree or certification.
75% will graduate and obtain full-time employment in their career fields and earning incomes 250% above poverty level.
65% of clients enrolled in microenterprise programs will receive microloans and will start and/or expand their own businesses.
75% of clients enrolled in homeownership programs will become homeowners.

2021 Grantees

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