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The Patuxent River Branch of the American Association of University Women has announced that “Dare to Dream” program applications are being accepted Feb. 1 through April 15.

The grants are designed to enhance a woman’s personal growth, artistic skills, educational enrichment or community service.

The grants can be used for a large variety of creative ideas and projects.

Past grants include establishing a website for a nonprofit, paying for supplies for community projects and providing fees for further professional certifications.

The branch have given 28 Dare to Dream grants since 2007, totalling more than $6,000.

Women 18 and older who live in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties are eligible for grants.

They may request up to $300 to help them reach their goals.

After applications are reviewed, the recipients will be notified by early May and will be honored at the branch’s annual meeting in Solomons in May.

To apply, email or see the Dare to Dream information page and application

According to Barbara Fetterhoff, AAUW president, the group was founded in 1881, and the Patuxent River branch was formed with members of branches in all three counties in 2006 to “advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.”