200 applicants and counting have applied to receive both first-time homeowner and business owner grants.
To date, 40 women have received or are committed to receiving a grant through the Shared Power Initiative.
Currently, over 60 women are in Shared Power’s first-time homeowner or business owner cohorts, or are being coached by our support network.
The Shared Power initiative supports women who are first-time homeowners and small business owners receive access to life-changing grants and a network of support. Our mission is clear—share the power!
As a response to the pandemic, Project I See You launched the Shared Power Initiative in 2021. With the pandemic disproportionately affecting women and women of color, we started with the goal of raising $10K for 10 women who would not otherwise be able to own their own home or keep their business open. We not only met our initial goal, but have continued to double it each year since!
Who is eligible to apply?
The Shared Power Initiative accepts grant applications from women in Colorado who are in the process of buying their first home on their own and are in need of support to complete their journey to homeownership.
View our Criteria.
How It Works
Shared Power homeowner applications are received throughout the year. If accepted, we invite applicants to an informational meeting to hear where you are in the homeowner process and give you more understanding about our program. View the Steps of the Program.
The program focuses on knowledge and education through a cohort group that meets on the Third Thursday of every month from 12 – 1 pm on Zoom. This includes a topic speaker and time for Q&A. We also ensure access to ongoing support from lenders, realtors, and others in our networks. View our Resource Guide.
Once you are under contract or get close to closing on your home, you will complete a Grant Request Form that allows our committee to determine what funds are available to be awarded. Shared Power volunteers will then welcome and move you into your new home!
Who is eligible to apply?
The Shared Power Initiative accepts grant applications from women-owned businesses in Denver who are registered as a business entity in the state of Colorado. These are small businesses who have gained clients and revenue and are now in a place of needing backup and support to continue to grow.
How It Works
Shared Power’s Business Owner Grants run on a Yearly Cycle, with an open application period in January of each year through the end of May. If an application is accepted, we then conduct an interview and corresponding needs-based analysis to determine each year’s grant recipients.
If you are selected for the grant, you’ll receive one-on-one mentoring and be surrounded by support in a monthly cohort! Within your cohort group, there will be access to business coaches, marketing professionals, financial advisors, and other women small business owners in the program.
Cohort gatherings are held for six months starting in August and end with a final meeting in January. Grant funds are awarded in three installments. Once you have graduated from the program, you can continue to receive ongoing support and business guidance by meeting with the cohort as an alumni.
This is Project I See You: a better life purpose for the community and our Dominican Republic.
It was a blessing to see so much love poured out on the sisters here in this house.
The connection that I feel to people in the community is unbelievable. Feels like family.
The impact the group has made on my life is immeasurable.
I received healthy support at a time when I had many struggles I was dealing with. It has been a long time since I have felt like I was a part of a community. Not that someone was taking pity on my life or situation, but rather that someone was empowering me to see my own light.
The Shared Power Initiative receives support from individuals and teams led by captains. Captains are passionate people dedicated to raising $10K to to see a woman become a first-time homeowner or receive much-needed support for their small business.
We have the process streamlined with a Resource Guide and a fundraising platform, Give Lively, for captains to create their own page and have their own link to receive donations. Apply to become a captain to empower a woman today!
Circles are volunteers and community members devoted to coming alongside women in all aspects of ownership, from helping new homeowners move in to using their expertise to mentor a small business owner.
Become a part of the ISY Circle, a community developed by women for women. Circles are small groups devoted to supporting the emotional needs of the women in the Shared Power Initiative. Nothing changes a life like knowing you’re not alone.