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Women's Network P.E.I. struggling to obtain funding

A not-for-profit organization that works to strengthen and support the efforts of P.E.I. women has about 80 per cent less staff than it did a year ago at this time.

The organization's executive director says more groups seeking funds from shrinking pot of money

A not-for-profit organization that works to strengthen and support the efforts of P.E.I. women has about 80 per cent less staff than it did a year ago at this time.

Sara Roach-Lewis is the executive director of Women's Network P.E.I. (www.coady.stfx.ca)

Women's Network P.E.I. is down to two part-time staffers because of layoffs, down from nine full-time and two part-time staff.

The executive director of the organization says most of the money it receives is for specific projects.

Sara Roach-Lewis is not sure why the organization's most recent proposals have been rejected by federal and provincial governments, as well as other funding partners.

"My colleague and I were just sort of tallying up today what we've written and we've written a couple of million dollars in grant proposals in the last year or so and we haven't been successful," said Roach-Lewis.

However, Roach-Lewis said one possible reason is a greater number of groups are applying for a shrinking pool of money. 

Funding for project-based not-for-profits such as the Women's Network does sometimes ebb and flow, said Roach-Lewis, adding the group was in a similar situation back in 2006.

Women's Network P.E.I. has designed a number of successful projects in the past, including Trade HERizons, a project designed to increase the number of women in non-traditional trades and technology occupations on the Island.

Roach-Lewis says the remaining part-time staff will continue to create proposals and apply for funding. 

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