Flight Fund grant recipients cleared for takeoff

Latest round of grant recipients’ projects feature art, food, family and more onboard!

By Isolde Karro
Library Foundation volunteer

Pre-boarding info:

Established by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation in 2023, the Flight Fund awards Library staff with financial support up to $2,500 for creating and expanding community activities that align with Library programming and equity priorities.

Meet the flight crew:

Grants are evaluated by a selection committee of Library staff including Martha Yesowitch, Emily Nanny, Meryle Leonard and Reginald Villegas, and Foundation Board member Jennifer Bennett. The committee reviewed an impressive group of submissions by Library staff during the third giving cycle of the Fund.

And the boarding passes go to …

The Flight Fund Committee is pleased to announce the following projects are approved for funding:

Black Families Swimming Together
Alesha Lackey (Allegra Westbrooks Regional Library)

Black Owned Business Showcase: Local Author Edition
Ashley Evans (SouthPark Regional Library)

Charlotte Art League Presents
Randi Smith & Valerie Bright (South County Regional Library)

Free RPG Day
Annie Holleran (The Loft at ImaginOn)

In the Kitchen with Shef Shaun
Sally Deason (Mint Hill Library)

PuppetPalooza 2024
Becca Worthington (ImaginOn)

Ramadan Cultural Exploration
Abrar Alkusaimi (Mountain Island, Independence Regional, University City Regional and Steele Creek Libraries)

Teen Newsletter: The Queen’s Quill
Sabrina Robinson (West Boulevard Library)

WelcomeCLT Naturalization Ceremony & Initiative Support
Lonna Vines (WelcomeCLT)

Women’s Health in the Second Half of Life
Tiffany Boeglen (Founder’s Hall)

A word from the cockpit:

“It’s exciting to see the evolution of Flight Fund applications! Your ideas are getting bolder, your vision for the future … even more inspirational. Propelled by your passion and imagination, these small — and mighty — awards are growing engagement with our libraries’ diverse services, programming and support.” — Jennifer Bennett, Library Foundation Board member

Next boarding call:

Look for information about the next Flight Fund announcement, launching in April 2024.

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