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Congratulations, July Team Grant Winners!

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Each month as the 15th rolls around and we peek into the Grant application folder, we’re more and more impressed with the applications we’ve received.  For July 2008 Team Grants, it is our pleasure to announce the following receipients:

  • UPDATE 8/8/08: Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer a grant to the So-Cal Bench Project Team at this time.  The reality is that there are protocols we must follow. In this case, deadlines for submitting required materials were not met by the applying party and we were not able to process the payment.  We wish all involved the very best of luck with this event , and encourage any and all to reapply next month.

    Please go support this worthy cause on August 9, 2008, from 9:30am-3pm in Culver City, California. For more information, visit the SoCal Bench Project website

  • The {New New} York Etsy Team applied for a Teams Grant for help in putting together a holiday catalog of products found in their members’ shops. We were completely wowed by this creative idea, and can’t wait to see the handmade, finished product.

  • Check out the Vegan Etsy Team and their Team blog! This Virtual (based on interest, as opposed to location) Team applied for a Team Grant to place an ad in VegNews magazine to attract their target demographic to their Etsy shops.

  • In the October Issue of Weird NJ magazine, look for an advertisement for the Etsy NJ Team! This location based Team from the Garden State decided to pool together to place an ad in this state-wide publication.  

Does your Etsy Team have an event, advertisement or other marketing project in mind? Apply for a Team Grant! As usual, thanks for being so wonderful, Teams, and congratulations to these completely awesome Teams for taking the initiative to get these projects rolling!

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo says:

    WOOT! YEA CCCOE! I am getting ready for the Culver City Show now. (my shop is resting) TY ETSY!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • blackbird72

    blackbird72 says:

    GO CCCOE!

    6 years ago

  • CombustionGlassworks

    CombustionGlassworks says:

    NICE! Go CCCOE! The bench project is benefitiing such a great cause! And I used to vend at First Fridays in Phoenix, congrats to the Burritos!

    6 years ago

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi says:

    The {NewNew} York Street Team was thrilled to be approved for our grant!

    6 years ago

  • Shutterkate

    Shutterkate says:

    I for one gotta give it up to AbbieRoad and Hoolyghans (EtsyNJ's leaders) for doing an awesome job in getting us this grant and organizing our ad! They're doing outstanding work!

    6 years ago

  • NestaHome

    NestaHome says:

    Woohoo Burritos! Thanks Etsy :)

    6 years ago

  • LusciousNaturals

    LusciousNaturals says:

    The WeirdNJ ad is going to be fantastic! I echo fellow EtsyNJ member, ShutterKate, bravo to AbbieRoad and Hoolyghans and thanks to Etsy for the opportunity!

    6 years ago

  • jillhannah

    jillhannah says:

    Congrats!

    6 years ago

  • littletilegnome

    littletilegnome says:

    yay for The {NewNew} :)

    6 years ago

  • emmask9kitchen

    emmask9kitchen says:

    Yay for Vegan Etsy!!

    6 years ago

  • copabananas

    copabananas says:

    go jersey!

    6 years ago

  • NestaHome

    NestaHome says:

    another woohoo!!! I'm going to have a big burrito tonight to celebrate :)

    6 years ago

  • catrocks

    catrocks says:

    JERSEY ROCKS!! Thanks so much for the highlight Admin! xo

    6 years ago

  • Mwilson

    Mwilson says:

    Way to go creative team!

    6 years ago

  • ValerieTyler

    ValerieTyler says:

    Congrats---and pretty items!

    6 years ago

  • VeganEtsy

    VeganEtsy says:

    The Vegan Etsy team is super excited about this grant! Thanks so much, Etsy!!!

    6 years ago

  • TheCrayonBin

    TheCrayonBin says:

    Kudos to Abbie & Hooly for all their hard work and a special thanks to Etsy for the help and support. :)

    6 years ago

  • thisisit

    thisisit says:

    Yay for VeganEtsy! We're so excited about this grant - thanks so much to our founder: Molly of EmmasK9Kitchen for all of her hard work! And thanks so much for putting our journal in this article! :)

    6 years ago

  • katylua

    katylua says:

    Congrats to etsyNJ! The Garden State ROCKS!

    6 years ago

  • Happiknits

    Happiknits says:

    congrats EtsyNJ you all ROCK!!!!

    6 years ago

  • PictureMerchants

    PictureMerchants says:

    Go Team!!

    6 years ago

  • dogties

    dogties says:

    How Awesome. Go Etsy!

    6 years ago

  • howlindoggie

    howlindoggie says:

    great thing this etsy grants!

    6 years ago

  • SandySimone

    SandySimone says:

    I am thrilled beyond words. Thank you Etsy!

    6 years ago

  • madebymelissa

    madebymelissa says:

    I'm so excited about the Weird NJ ad! Thanks Etsy and thanks to our great members for coming up with the idea and putting it all into motion.

    6 years ago

  • TheSpinningHand

    TheSpinningHand says:

    Many thanks to Etsy and to the fab EtsyNJ team. I know you are putting a lot of OT on this one! It will be worth it!

    6 years ago

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo says:

    um........ yea?

    6 years ago

  • QuirkynBerkeley

    QuirkynBerkeley says:

    it is most regrettable that etsy backed out of its commitment for a $200 grant for the socal bench projrct and by extension failed to provide promised support for american veterans. for shame!

    6 years ago

  • formfireglassworks

    formfireglassworks says:

    maybe....woo.

    6 years ago

  • peggradyart

    peggradyart says:

    What happened? Why did Etsy go back on its word? $200 is nothing to a corporation as large as Etsy but a great deal to a non-profit organization that benefits American veterans.

    6 years ago

  • designsbymariejulie

    designsbymariejulie says:

    Why promise something to the Bench Project and not give it??? People pay out of pocket figuring on the grant that was promised. Bad business.

    6 years ago

  • suchandsort

    suchandsort says:

    what happened to CCCOE's grant? This is not good for etsy or those who are promised a grant, do the work for it, pay their own $$ and get squat in return. not good, etsy.

    6 years ago

  • AlliesAdornments

    AlliesAdornments says:

    I second this! QuirkynBerkeley says: it is most regrettable that etsy backed out of its commitment for a $200 grant for the socal bench project and by extension failed to provide promised support for american veterans. for shame!

    6 years ago

  • ohmay

    ohmay says:

    I am not understanding why Etsy listed the So.Calif. Bench Project as a "winner" of a grant when in actuality, they are not getting it.

    6 years ago

  • TheChainmailleLady

    TheChainmailleLady says:

    And the $200 is even tax dedutable to ETSY since it was to benefit our veterans. Do you think Etsy would like to tell the veterans why they will not be receiving the money?

    6 years ago

  • yolandasclay

    yolandasclay says:

    What a shame that etsy choses to back out from such a wonderful cause. To let the team's hope up and them drop them like that is sad.

    6 years ago

  • HelloCrafty

    HelloCrafty says:

    Why would you bother to post anything about the So-Cal Project if you're retracting your grant money? Once again, Etsy puts itself in a position of seeming to have done NO WRONG when we all know that there are two sides to this story. I would encourage everyone to purchase Raffle Tickets to support our fellow Etsians and the CCOE team with this wonderful fund raising project since Etsy can't seem to do the right thing. Your mothers must be so proud of you.

    6 years ago

  • sarawearsskirts

    sarawearsskirts says:

    We love the opportunity to support Etsy Teams through the Team Grants program. Since we award several Grants each month, it is very important that Teams submit all the necessary information by the deadlines given when receiving a grant. Unfortunately, we did not receive the information we needed in time to fulfill this grant. This change has been reflected in the article above. If you have questions about this process or a grant, please contact me at teams@etsy.com.

    6 years ago

  • blackbird72

    blackbird72 says:

    buy raffles! buy raffles! the info is wrong!

    6 years ago

  • HelloCrafty

    HelloCrafty says:

    Here's the project's blog--you can get info on buying raffles! http://socalbenchproject.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • wendyvee

    wendyvee says:

    PROBABLY a dumb move to cancel the grant DEFINITELY a dumb move to publicly slap the hands that feed you and give you free advertising because you don't have a comprehensive marketing plan. WOW

    6 years ago

  • HeArtCollective

    HeArtCollective says:

    seriously, our CCCOE community is so supportive of each other and certainly of Etsy (since that's where our things are currently being offered) and i'm glad that we're making up for Etsy's ridiculous retraction through the purchase of raffle tickets so that we can help them support our troops, but i think Etsy has sort of shot itself in the foot here... just my 2 cents.

    6 years ago

  • CombustionGlassworks

    CombustionGlassworks says:

    Saddening, that yet again etsy has stooped to a level i cant even fathom. Taking money out of the mouths of our soldiers, that grant money should have came to us just because it was worthy cause, but ESPECIALLY because we did everything necessary to get it. So said the Storque article that was published saying we were granted it. Mindbogglingly, headdesking, plain ole cupcake sugar coma.

    6 years ago

  • QuirkynBerkeley

    QuirkynBerkeley says:

    the issue of meeting the deadlines is contended and apparently has to do with unpublished deadlines -- the timing of the close of business on the west coast vs. the east coast, and whether the grant paperwork was due by midnight or close of business. nitpicking over $200. etsy is always asking its sellers to be understanding of its glitches. you'd think there would be some mutuality.

    6 years ago

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt says:

    I have no doubt that the street team had their proofs in on time, especially one as organized as this team who was supporting veterans. Does not etsy bear any resposibilty for not communicating with the team and just summarily yanking a grant of this importance? Thank goodness the fellow artists will step in and help.

    6 years ago

  • KreatedbyKarina

    KreatedbyKarina says:

    I cannot believe that Admin would PUBLICALLY list the reason why a grant was not accepted--whether or not that reason was true or not. That is highly unprofessional, and discussing PERSONAL information that should be between Admin and the applicants *******ONLY*******

    6 years ago

  • KreatedbyKarina

    KreatedbyKarina says:

    I'm quite certain that the applicants can prove they handed in the appropriate info to you ontime by email time-stamps and the like....

    6 years ago

  • sococreative

    sococreative says:

    I'm with Sherry, I've looked at the event website, the prizes they've gathered, etc and they have got it TOGETHER. Super impressive. I doubt they would have been the ones to drop the ball concerning an important grant. And if Etsy got the grant materials in late, why wait so long (till literally days before the event), to yank the funds? And even more importantly- why announce it to everyone?

    6 years ago

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo says:

    I am also appalled at how this has and is being handled. We have worked sooo hard to bring sellers and customers to ETSY. I can't wait to brag at how well we will do tomorrow WITHOUT the help of the grant. A notification would have been nice. This is not a show just to make money and to promote sellers. This is for a charity. An important charity that is badly needed. I am once again appalled. I had higher hopes for this site.

    6 years ago

  • CraftDiner

    CraftDiner says:

    This is a very sad turn of events. I hope Etsy thinks this over and makes it right.

    6 years ago

  • Mireio

    Mireio says:

    Oh, etsy, etsy, etsy. When will you learn?? Blessings to the members of CCCOE... you all are making such a difference!! And everybody else, let's fix what etsy broke--in this case at least. Buy a raffle ticket or two. Did you see those prizes?? WOW!!

    6 years ago

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo says:

    Thank you everyone for all of this support! You are making such a positive out of this negative. I am truly touched and honored to be a member of CCCOE!!!!

    6 years ago

  • faro

    faro says:

    All I can think say is... ...Etsy, it's pretty unbelievable what you DID to the CCCOE team! Unbelievable!

    6 years ago

  • blackbird72

    blackbird72 says:

    thanks everyone!

    6 years ago

  • faro

    faro says:

    Oh- And I'm off to contribute. Gotta help make this wrong -- right!

    6 years ago

  • matt Admin

    matt says:

    In recognition of a worthy cause, Etsy today donated $250 directly to the New Directions charity (http://www.ndvets.com/ ). The SoCal Bench Project Etsy Team is holding an event this weekend to support veterans through this organization. Etsy previously announced that the SoCal Bench Project Etsy team would receive a $200 grant to help offset the printing costs associated with this event. The Grant was not ultimately funded because deadlines were missed. We apologize for the poor timing of these announcements. Etsy Grants is a new program designed to help Etsy Teams hold events and promote their shops and Etsy. It’s important that Etsy diligently adhere to the rules and deadlines associated with the Grants Program so that we can be responsible stewards of our funds and so that we can offer monies in a timely way. We understand that our communication around this specific Grant could have been better. And, while we remain committed to enforcing the rules and deadlines associated with the Grants Program, we don’t want the New Directions charity to miss out on this opportunity to positively interact with Etsy sellers and Etsy. To avoid this type of confusion in the future, Team Grant winners will now be announced after the Grant funds have been submitted to the Team. Thank you.

    6 years ago

  • elbowyoyo

    elbowyoyo says:

    That's better Matt!

    6 years ago

  • blackbird72

    blackbird72 says:

    THANK YOU MATT!!! as a member of CCCOE you have no idea what this means for us! THANK YOU!

    6 years ago

  • QuirkynBerkeley

    QuirkynBerkeley says:

    Thanks for stepping up to the plate, Matt.

    6 years ago

  • suchandsort

    suchandsort says:

    thanks, but.........this was not handled well in the past by etsy admin., and I'm thinkin' the 'donation' is a sign of that. thank you, anyway. marilyn g

    6 years ago

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo says:

    Thank you Matt. The veteran's will def benefit.

    6 years ago

  • 2QT4WORDS

    2QT4WORDS says:

    Thanx Matt!

    6 years ago

  • QuirkynBerkeley

    QuirkynBerkeley says:

    of course this still leaves the organizers with $200 unexpected out-of-pocket expense.

    6 years ago

  • RedBessBonney

    RedBessBonney says:

    Lovely gesture. Thank you.

    6 years ago

  • cocomo

    cocomo says:

    good. I am glad. cccoe - congrats. A lot of good has come out of this. You are a fantastic team of people!

    6 years ago

  • jenstitches

    jenstitches says:

    Good call, Matt. You are quite good at cleaning up messes around here - a definite asset to Etsy. In any case, I am happy this is working out better for the CCCOE.

    6 years ago

  • ElenaMary

    ElenaMary says:

    Bravo Matt! you made a very bad situation much better...iron out all those kinks..announcing after team receives $ is the solution!

    6 years ago

  • localcolorist

    localcolorist says:

    Bravo CCCOE ! Bench Project Treasury for veterans who benefit from the non-profit New Directions, http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=191

    6 years ago

  • faro

    faro says:

    Good to see etsy step up. With that and the raffle donations, Now CCCOE will be able help to feed many! Bravo CCCOE Team - BRAVO!!! And, that treasury should be on the frint page, ALL day!

    6 years ago

  • SandySimone

    SandySimone says:

    Thank you all for your support!

    6 years ago

  • CombustionGlassworks

    CombustionGlassworks says:

    Thank you MATT!!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • archaicdesign

    archaicdesign says:

    thank you Matt, a very generous, gracious thing to do.

    6 years ago

  • buttercupbloom

    buttercupbloom says:

    Thank you.

    6 years ago

  • peggradyart

    peggradyart says:

    Thank you Matt! Our veterans will be benefiting due to your generosity... thank you!

    6 years ago

  • bobnstitch

    bobnstitch says:

    Matt I am sure there is a lot of information that we don't know. But I did want to thank you for helping the Veterans which is the main focus.

    6 years ago

  • visionquest

    visionquest says:

    thank you Matt and Etsy for doing the Right Thing. a little love goes a long way.

    6 years ago

  • HeArtCollective

    HeArtCollective says:

    the momentum and energy really did motivate a positive end... unfortunately, this was a big misstep and one that will be remembered. hopefully, Etsy's young staff will learn a bit more professionalism. and teams will remember the power of working together. big love, jul

    6 years ago

  • AbeleesHandcrafted

    AbeleesHandcrafted says:

    Etsy "stepped up"? hmmm.. yeah, that's one way to put it. Avoiding further bad press due to a company screw-up might be another. In any case, glad it's all going to work out in the end. :-)

    6 years ago

  • AbeleesHandcrafted

    AbeleesHandcrafted says:

    I didn't double post, by the way. Etsy's servers apparently hiccuped when I was posting.

    6 years ago

  • PressaRussa

    PressaRussa says:

    What a foxy, nice guy...

    6 years ago

  • formfireglassworks

    formfireglassworks says:

    Thank you - a step in the right direction!

    6 years ago

  • whitefluffydogs

    whitefluffydogs says:

    What a cock-up. I hope that Etsy is able to communicate with CCCOE and get this straightened out, last minute donation or not.

    6 years ago

  • SoCalBenchProject

    SoCalBenchProject says:

    Thank you for all the support we have received with regards to this issue. There were obviously miscommunications from BOTH sides of this issue; human or technical is irrelevant at this point, and there is no one specific party to blame. We are very pleased to see Etsy Inc. donating $250 to New Directions Inc. which is a fantastic non-profit organization that allows our homeless veterans to get a new chance at life. It is our hope that more specific guidelines/deadlines are addressed so that what happened here doesn't happen again. These new deadlines should reflect various time zones around the world so that all teams have the opportunity to participate in the new grant program Etsy is working hard to establish. Thank you again for all your support.

    6 years ago

  • AmandaKLockrowJewels

    AmandaKLockrowJewels says:

    Thank you for all the support! And thank you Matt for the donation. New directions is a wonderful charity and we are so glad to be able to help out this charity. Tomorrow will be the first of many events we organize as a team and I can't wait!

    6 years ago

  • catiesblue

    catiesblue says:

    I think it's kind of tacky to have posted the reason why a grant wasn't given. Was that really necessary? I'm glad it was worked out, and a donation given, because it looks like a wonderful, deserving cause. But the damage is done, Etsy. Congrats on that.

    6 years ago

  • operatic

    operatic says:

    Once again Etsy makes the wrong decision based on poorly communicated rules, publicly humiliates a group of sellers, then, belatedly, does sort of the right thing. It's a pattern of behaviour, and not a good one, guys. We remember this stuff, you know.

    6 years ago

  • thegypsyjewels

    thegypsyjewels says:

    UPDATE 8/8/08: Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer a grant to the So-Cal Bench Project Team at this time. The reality is that there are protocols we must follow. In this case, deadlines for submitting required materials were not met by the applying party and we were not able to process the payment. We wish all involved the very best of luck with this event , and encourage any and all to reapply next month. ---------------------------------------- IF any of etsys users had posted the above it would have been "calling out" .. SHAME on etsys Administration for NOT handling this in a private and professional manner.

    6 years ago

  • handcranked

    handcranked says:

    It's lovely of Etsy to finally decide to give a donation to the charity, but that still doesn't remedy the fact that the organizers of this event are personally out the money they were promised. They have put so much of their own time and money into this event and they deserve this money. I'm not really sure how you can hold people to an unpublished deadline. If you're not clear about your exact deadline and someone misses it because of your lack of clarity, it's your job to pay them anyway. Obviously you have the money. It seems the only reason you didn't give it to the team was to make an example of them. And for what? Not being psychic and knowing what you meant by your vague deadlines? Oh, shame on them! Really, what difference is there to you whether it's end of day NY or SF or midnight NY or SF? Either way, the work day is complete and you'd get them all at the same time the next morning.

    6 years ago

  • HelloCrafty

    HelloCrafty says:

    marymary says: Discussing a specific member, shop or item (either by name or with identifiable hints) in a negative way is not allowed. This is referred to as "calling out." ********* I'm assuming this applies to teams as well?

    6 years ago

  • crinolinestash

    crinolinestash says:

    apparently admin are free to call out all they want. nice. this whole thing is shameful.

    6 years ago

  • bruce822

    bruce822 says:

    Will we see proof that this donation was actually made? You can say anything to try and settle the masses, but the proof is in the pudding. We;ve cut you a lot of slack with this site as it is, making excuses that you are a young site, growing pains, yadda yadda yadda, but you can't cut some slack for a new program that you instituted for the first recipients of this grant? That's a bit two-faced as far as I am concerned. Then to publicly chastise them was just in bad taste and poor customer service. You people really need to get a clue.

    6 years ago

  • SoCalBenchProject

    SoCalBenchProject says:

    We were just notified by the non-profit that Etsy made a donation of $250. Thank you Etsy for supporting our veterans through a wonderful organization. We have posted the press release/article from the event on our website and Etsy page as well as sent a copy to Etsy Teams. http://www.socalbenchproject.com

    6 years ago