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Small Grants Program

  • abaECF Small Grants Program

    In 2006, the abaECF initiated a small grants pilot program to assist ABA sections, units and independent clubs to promote duplicate bridge awareness in the community.  Funds not to exceed $500 are to be provided to successful grant applicants as seed money to use toward obtaining teaching materials, bridge supplies, books, etc. The abaECF identified promoting bridge awareness as one of its goals.  Through this effort in fulfilling the mission of the organization, it is intended to increase the membership of the ABA with Funds not to exceed $500 are to be provided to successful grant applicants as seed money to use toward obtaining teaching materials, bridge supplies, books, etc the students that attend the bridge classes. 

    The following organizations have been recipients of the small grants program:

    2006
    MidAtlantic Section (MD, NC, SC, VA)
    Prarie View College (Houston, TX)

    2007
    Los Angeles Bridge Unit (CA)

    2008
    Vernon Williams Duplicate Bridge Club (Baton Rouge, LA)
    Washington Bridge Unit (DC)

    2009
    Metropolitan Bridge Unit (NY)
    Baltimore Congress of Bridge Clubs (MD)
    MidWest Bridge Unit (Chicago, IL)
    Vernon Williams Duplicate Bridge Club (Baton Rouge, LA)
    Prarie View Duplicate Bridge Club (Houston, TX)

    2014
    Great news! We participated in the recent ABA Membership Drive. And are happy to report that Seattle's Absolute Beginner's 2014 ABA Educational and Charitable Foundation grant has resulted in the recruitment of 8 new ABA members: Michelle Alston, Mattie Bailey, James Boyd, Allie Capers, Patricia Carriger, Doris Hickman, Brenda Stallings, and Eddie Make Tucker with 2 additional members (John People and Jill Salmi) joining before the drive began and 2 others have made a commitment to join in the Fall. Sylvester Hill, Immediate Past-President of the Seattle-Tacoma Unit, led the recruitment effort. What a great return for a class of 16! We are simply thrilled at the response and are hopeful that we can start a 4th club in January, 2015. Again, thank you and the Foundation for their support.

    We are continuing to play/instruct/mentor our initial class while planning to write another grant for the incoming Class of 2015.

    Fondly,
    Gloria Leonard and Phyllis Lowe, co-facilitators

    The on-line small grant application can be found by clicking here.
    The on-line final project report can be found by clicking here.