In 1988, Womansong, under the leadership of founding director Linda Metzner, created the New Start Fund (NSF) to provide a hand up to women in Western North Carolina who are starting on a new path to self-sufficiency and a brighter future. The NSF is administered by Womansong volunteers committed to good stewardship. All scholarship decisions and grant applications are carefully considered. Every dollar designated for the NSF goes directly to women in need!
Applications for New Start Grants are completed by the case managers at government or private social service agencies on behalf of their clients. These grants are intended to fill in when other short-term funding options are not available. Applications are submitted to Womansong’s New Start committee for consideration. This one-time grant per individual is available for the amount of need up to $600.
Examples of grants that have been funded include:
The First New Start Scholarship was awarded in 2009 at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Since that time, we have extended our educational scholarships to include Blue Ridge Community College, Haywood Community College, and McDowell Tech Community College.
The New Start PIE (Parity in Education) Scholarship was initiated in 2020 to address inequities in education. These scholarships are reserved for African American and Latina women.
A Womansong GED Fund to cover testing fees is available at all four community colleges for women with financial need. Inquire at the financial aid office.
YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!
Contribute to the New Start Fund online by clicking the donate button below
Or by mailing a check to:
Womansong New Start Fund
P.O. Box 61
Asheville, NC 28802