La Borinqueña Grants program

LA BORINQUEÑA AWARDS GRANTS TO NON-PROFITS IN PUERTO RICO

In 2017 as a response to Hurricane Maria, award-winning graphic novelist and creator of La Borinqueña Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, published the best-selling benefit anthology Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico. Sales from this benefit anthology went towards grants that were awarded to non-profit organizations based in Puerto Rico. One year after Hurricane Maria, Edgardo and his business partner and wife Kyung Jeon-Miranda would establish their La Borinqueña Grants Program to fund the rebuilding and revitalization of Puerto Rico through their support of local organizations and projects. These grants fund work in the areas of child development, the arts, women's health, agricultural and environmental justice and preservation of Afro-Puerto Rican heritage. La Borinqueña Grants Program, since its founding in 2018, brings awareness to community-led solutions through a range of fundraising initiatives and partnerships with international artists, brand collaborations, and exhibitions. Inspired by the original graphic novel superhero, La Borinqueña, the grants program envisions a Puerto Rico that is self-sufficient and thriving.

2020 LA BORINQUEÑA GRANT AWARDEES

September 6, 2020 was our La Borinqueña Grants Program 3rd Award Cycle. We hosted our ceremony virtually and have now awarded $165,000 in grants to non-profits in Puerto Rico. Our Keynote speaker was Iris Morales, a lifelong activist involved in grassroots organizing, and in movements for racial justice, woman’s rights, and the decolonization of Puerto Rico..
Please watch the video to see highlights from our 2020 La Borinqueña Grants Ceremony.

ARECMA Library

Asociación Recreativa y Educativa Comunal del Barrio Mariana (ARECMA)
- Awarded $10,000 grant in 2018
- Awarded $5000 microgrant in 2020

ARECMA is a community-based, non-profit organization created to work and ensure the well-being and integral development of the neighborhood and its people using the participation of its inhabitants as the main mechanism. Located in Mariana, ARECMA used their grant to build a community space with everything from a tool library, book exchange, small business incubator, kitchen and spaces for reading and books for children and young adults.
CONTACT: Susana Sanabria Cruz, Executive Director, arecma.organiza@gmail.com

Boys and Girls Club of PR

Boys and Girls Clubs of PR
- Awarded $10,000 grant in 2018
- Awarded $5000 microgrant in 2020
The Boys & Girls Clubs was established 50 years ago to fill the need to provide after school programs to participants ages 6 to 18 through educational programs, post-secondary support, entrepreneurship and career development. Our grant funded the arts program first in Loíza in 2018 and then in Las Margaritas in 2020. 
CONTACT:
 Aida Gisela Asencio, Manager of Annual Giving aida.asencio@bgcpr.org

Image of people dancing bomba in bright colors skirts

Corporación Piñones se Integra (COPI)
- Awarded $10,000 grant in 2018
- Awarded $5000 microgrant in 2020
COPI operates the Piñones Cultural and Ecotourism Center where they offer various services in the areas of: culture and ecological education: classes and workshops on Puerto Rican Bomba dance, bicycle and kayak rental, conferences; and other activities that contribute to transform for a good life in community.
CONTACT: Maricruz Rivera Clemente, Executive Director, copi1pr@gmail.com

Image of 2 young people in Culebra, Puerto Rico

CORALations
- Awarded $10,000 grant in 2018
- Awarded $5000 microgrant in 2020
CORALations trains and employs high school students, graduates and university undergraduates from the local community to become Reef Guardians. The goal of the Reef Guardians project is to enhance the management of the beaches of Culebra, through the creation of educational coastal zone management related jobs for local youth.
CONTACT: Mary Ann Lucking, Executive Director, coralations@gmail.com

Farmers from El Departamento de la Comida

El Departamento de la Comida
- Awarded $10,000 grant in 2019
- Awarded $5000 microgrant in 2020

El Departamento de la Comida is an alternative agency to government entities and big NGOs. They are connected to small, sustainable food projects around the island that do not receive the same support or carry the same privilege as other projects. Our grant supported their college student and volunteer brigades which provided physical support of tool lending, providing seeds, and labor to smaller farms on the island.
CONTACT: Tara Rodriguez Besosa, Kieran Murray, Co-founders/Co-directors, tara@eldepartamentodelacomida.org

Image of expecting mother from Mujeres Ayudando Madres (MAM)

Mujeres Ayudando Madres (MAM)
- Awarded $10,000 grant in 2018
- Awarded $10,000 grant in 2019
MAM is a non-profit organization with the objective of educating and supporting families during the pregnancy process. Founded in San Juan in 2007, MAM offers gynecological/ obstetric, midwifery, psychological, legal and educational services. 2018 grant funds went toward a project to provide women with a woman-centered, family focused, and Puerto Rican-specific teaching guides for community health education. 2019 grant funds supported the development of their vegan Café that provides education of healthy meals to new mothers.
CONTACT: Vanessa Caldari, Director mam@mujeresayudandomadres.com

Image of group at Corredor Afro

Creative Justice Initiative
- Awarded $10,000 grant in 2018

Creative Justice Initiative, non-profit organization founded by Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, looks to develop an economic framework of cultural arts for community development from an Afro-Scientific perspective in Loiza/Piñones, Puerto Rico. Corredor Afro in Loiza provides workshops for youth and adult focused on history, memory, and development of skills in tour preparedness, silkscreen production and handcrafted traditional art making. Our funds helped to provide workshops in music, dance, song, theater, storytelling, and writing and art exhibitions.
CONTACT: Executive Director: Dr. Marta Moreno Vega

Image of 2 young people in Culebra, Puerto Rico

Asociación Mayagüezana de Personas con Impedimentos (AMPI)
- Awarded $10,000 grant in 2019
AMPI has been working for the benefit of the community that represents adults with intellectual disabilities. La Casa de Junny, Inc., La Casa de AMPI, Inc. and La Casa de Doña Here , Inc. are three independent corporations that offer safe and permanent housing to a total of 18 people with intellectual disabilities and very low income. Our grant helped support AMPI to provide transportation to their residents.
CONTACT: Mary Ann Lucking, Executive Director, coralations@gmail.com