Keen Utility, the work boot division of Keen, launched the She Builds Grant Program to champion the next generation of tradeswomen.
The program pledges $1 million in product and financial support over the next 5 years to trailblazing nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada dedicated to the empowerment and education of women seeking a career in the skilled trades.
Keen Utility announced the 2022 She Builds grants, selected by KEEN Utility and their fans, will go to Black Women Build-Baltimore, Girl’s Garage, Vermont Works for Women, Oregon Tradeswomen, and British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Trades Discovery for Women.
Grants will help provide hundreds of thousands of hours in tradeskills education, expansion of workplace inclusivity training, as well as women’s specific safety footwear.
“Women are essential to the future of the skilled trades,” said Robin Skillings, vice president and general manager at Keen Utility. “Supporting organizations that are deeply dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of women in the trades is critical.
"Through the She Builds Grant Program, we are solidifying our commitment to their future, and the growth of the trades, one step at a time.”
The She Builds Grant is funded through The Keen Effect, part of Keen’s larger mission to make Outside and the Trades accessible to all. Keen has committed millions of dollars toward social and environmental justice since 2003.