The Mississippi Women's Foundation has been providing grants to support initiatives that empower communities in the state. These grants are used to provide child care assistance to mothers enrolled in adult education, CTE or workforce programs at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC). The Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative (MLICCI) is one of the programs that has been supported by these grants. It focuses on helping single mothers gain employment and reduce the risk of maternal and infant mortality, improve access to care, and promote reproductive health and family planning services.
The Community Infrastructure Fund was created to focus on physical infrastructure projects that help build safer and more resilient communities in the Delta region. The Community Connect program helps finance the deployment of broadband in rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to provide services. Banks can use Community Reinvestment Act credit to financially support community digital inclusion programs that serve low- and moderate-income households (LMI) in their credit areas. The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) was able to improve its service program focused on improving postpartum outcomes for women in Mississippi thanks to grants from the Women's Foundation.
The annual Indigenous Connectivity Summit brings together administrators and operators of community networks, Indian-owned Internet service providers, community members, researchers, policy makers and leaders to address the need for affordable, high-quality, and sustainable Internet access for Alaskan Native, American Indian, Inuit, Native Hawaiians, First Nations and Mestiz44 communities. Individuals and organizations can access networks to support Mississippi community empowerment initiatives by taking advantage of grants from the Women's Foundation. These grants can be used to provide child care assistance, build physical infrastructure projects, finance broadband deployment in rural areas, support digital inclusion programs for low-income households, improve postpartum outcomes for women, and address the need for affordable Internet access for indigenous communities.