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Naijean Bernard-Onwere
Our Story

Our Story

When I first moved to Austin back in 2006, I began to really miss the flavors of my birthplace, Grenada. I reminisced of my childhood summer visits with my grandma, whom we called Mama. Mama lived off her land and rarely purchased anything in the grocery store if she could make it herself. What I loved the most were her homemade baked breads and juices. I always stayed close by, observing her, so I could get the first taste. I started re-creating the recipes, from memory, and shared them with friends at our weekly potlucks. My friends loved them and...

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Naijean Bernard-Onwere
Tips for Grant Application Responses

Tips for Grant Application Responses

Like many of you, I have applied for numerous grants for our business, Jeany’s Caribbean Elixirs. Here are a few tips that I received, based on a grant reviewer’s feedback. Since I have implemented these tips, I have found that I have been able to obtain larger grants and/or exposure that have greatly impacted our reach: 1) Complete Every Question I know it sounds counter-intuitive. You are probably thinking, “I already do that, Jeany!” However, even if a question does not apply to you, it is important to give the grant reviewer more context into why that question may not...

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