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Grant Recipient

May 5, 2022

April 2022 Sustainability Business Category Grant Awarded to Mother Compost

Mother Compost

Woman Entrepreneur:
Gwenn Nolan

Our fourth $10,000 grant winner for 2022 and the April Business-Specific Category Sustainability goes to Gwenn Nolan, founder and CEO of Mother Compost.

Gwen told us, “The idea that half of what we send to the landfills could be repurposed into something that benefits our soil grabbed me & just wouldn’t let go. So I knew I had to do something. I started this company with a truck & a focus group of 10. I went out in the early mornings before work, first one day, then two, then three days every other week. I should have been tired – and I’m sure I was – but all I remember looking back was the incredible lift that came from doing work infused with purpose.”

Gwenn already has the $10,000 grant money earmarked as a down payment on a new truck with a specialized dump for food hauling. That will happen in June. What perfect timing! And, of course, we’re thrilled to support Gwenn with this grant to help her along in her business.

Reminder that the category of the $10,000 Business Specific Grant in May is Mental & Emotional Support. If you applied for an Amber Grant in the past 11 months and your business is related to Mental & Emotional Support, you’re eligible to win the $10,000. If you’re going to apply in May, you’re eligible to win both the $10,000 Amber Grant as well as the $10,000 Business Specific Grant.

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