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Friday, February 17, 2006

Dream locally.

Want to make a difference in your community? Short on cash to do so? Then this may be just the opportunity for you. New American Dream is offering five $1000 mini-grants to promote the Buying Wisely Locally Project.
Buying wisely (which sometimes means not buying) particularly calls for a local fingerprint, so we decided to start there. In the coming year, our team of organizers will personalize the tools from New Dream’s Buy Wisely and Conscious Consumer websites to develop a pocket guide to help members of their communities:
Buy Less – remembering that the most economical and earth-friendly purchase is often the one never made;
Buy Local – choosing products and businesses that support your neighbors, your downtown, and all the best parts of your community;
Buy in Line (with your values) – choosing products that are good for people, the planet, and everything you hold dear.
There are two ways to participate:

--> If you have a great idea, and have at least two to five hours a week to make it reality, apply for a mini-grant.

--> If you don't have at least two to five hours a week to spare, but still want to participate, apply to become a local advisor.

Visit New American Dream to complete either application. Hurry, the deadline for submission is March 20th. If you have questions, write New American Dream at outreach@newdream.org . If you like, leave us a comment about your great idea. Maybe it will catch on! Even if you don't get a grant, you can still buy wisely locally, and encourage others to do the same.

"All that you touch you change. All the you change changes you." Octavia Butler, Parable of the Talents (1998)

1 comment:

Sean said...

I wonder if New Dream would accept the establishment of a locl lending library for resource sharing and therefore, substantial reductions in the need for individual possession buying & storage.

I know that local foundations often do offer grants for such things, just like what New Dream is doing. They are part of a growing initiative to increase 'Neighborhood Small Grants' for more grassroots community building. Here is some information: http://www.nsgn.org/resources/call_03_25_03.html
http://www.thecalgaryfoundation.org/pdf/GrantGuidelines.pdf (local to us here in Calgary)

Good luck!

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