Community Healer Program
The culturally responsive community healer program is a grant designed to address the unique cultural and social needs of a specific community. This type of program recognizes that traditional Western approaches to healing may not be effective for all communities and that cultural and historical factors can play a critical role in an individual's health and well-being.
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Black businesses are severely underfunded and lack adequate resources to grow and scale their operations when compared to non-white peers and colleagues. According to recent data, multicultural and women-owned businesses could account for $6.8 trillion in gross receipts if they matched their percentage of the labor force and business revenues were equal to traditional firms.
This would represent nearly 3X the current output, with a missed opportunity of $4.4 Trillion. What if under the economic development category some funds were set aside for a pitch competition?
Coaching would be provided to make sure applicants understood all aspects of preparing and winning.
6-8 winners would each be given $250,000. These funds could be used to secure up to 2m from SBIR/STTR funds and loans from financial institutions. Winners would be placed in a cohort class that met monthly for 4-6 months. Entire program would last at least 18 months.
The curriculum would be tailored to suit each respective cohort. General topics may include branding your startup, developing your investor pitch, refining your value proposition, devising effective finance, marketing, and sales strategies.
One on one mentoring would be provided. No cost-low cost consultation from industry experts in existing programs and organizations would be available. At least 1 subcategory would be for apps. Last month 69m was given away in Seattle from Venture Capital firms.
Community healers are needed throughout the state in areas hit by the war on drugs. Impact of its devastating effects continue to disproportionately harm black and brown individuals, families, and communities. One suggestion is to fund projects that use healers in their service offerings. Another suggestion is to offer classes so that people can train to become healers.