by Wilma Norton in Giving
Tiny house project wins $50,000 Big Idea: Nonprofit Social Enterprise grant
Pinellas Ex-Offender Re-entry Coaltion (PERC) won the $50,000 Big Idea: Nonprofit Social Enterprise grant for its Second Chance Tiny House Manufacturing Company. The endeavor will train people coming out of jail and prison for construction jobs by building tiny houses that can be sold to private individuals interested in the growing tiny house movement or to government and nonprofit entities looking for affordable housing options for the homeless or elderly.
A nonprofit social enterprise marries the social mission of a nonprofit with the market-driven approach of business. The goal is to build sustainable revenue streams for nonprofits through business activities that support the organization's mission.
The other finalists, chosen from among 31 applicants, were:
• Arriba Transportation by Enterprising Latinas, Inc.
• As Seen In Virtual Reality/Evergreen Virtual Village by Evergreen Life Services, Inc.
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