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WNYDA Educational Grant Program - Ida Mizelle Fund

Effective: December 1, 2018

One of the original founders of WNYDA was Ida Mizelle, who generously donated monies at her death for use by WNYDA.  These monies were invested after a financial committee was formed to develop guidelines on its use. It is important to note, that these funds should proceed for specificed programs and activities, rather than be used to balance WNYDA's general checkbook or financials. The strategy for the Ida Mizelle fund is as follows:

  • To benefit the WNYDA members from projects undertaken as a result of the dividends of the investment funds

  • Conservation and growth of the principal

  • Over the long-term, WNYDA membership will sustain long term stability and income for projects that will grow according to the size of the invetsment principal

  • When possible, the amount of money available for programs will be the interest/dividends on the principal accrued in the preceding year

  • Monies may be withdrawn from the principal at no more than 7% of the total principal in any one year

The purpose of the WNYDA Educational Grant Program is to provide support for educational programs for WNYDA members in the Western New York area. Each membership year from December 1st to November 30, the WNYDA Board will grant funds for up to three educational programs in the Western New York area.  Grants may range from $100 - $1000 per event, depending on the funding required.  Grants will only be awarded via an application process, presentation and approval by the WNYDA Board and will only be awarded to WNYDA members.

Although not inclusive, preference will be given to the following types of Programs:

  • The educational opportunity should have wide appeal among our members

  • The Program yields a unique educational experience that would not be available otherise

  • The grant supports our youth interested in gaining more knowledge about dressage

  • The grant may be used by our members to promote derssage (education) or an aspect of dressage in the greater horse community in Western New York

  • The grant may be used by adult amateaurs or professionals seeking to further their dressage knowledge through attending a dressage clinic or attending a dressage related educational event.

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Effective December 1, 2018,
WNYDA will reinstute the Ida Mizelle Educational Fund Program

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