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What is Project LOVEly?


Project LOVEly is a new grant-giving venture from This Star Won't Go Out. Project LOVEly seeks to inspire young people to actions that reflect the "Esther Effect," instilling hope, creating spaces of awesome, and demonstrating love in their communities.

Since 2011, TSWGO has worked passionately to reduce stress for families facing childhood cancer through giving financial grants. While we are proud to say we have given out over $450,000 in grants, what amazes us is that the majority of this sum has been raised by young people who have caught our vision, and who have said with Esther “we just want to make a difference in the world.”  We started calling this the Esther Effect and began to wonder how much more these friends could do given the opportunity.

Thanks to generous donors, Project LOVEly launched on Esther Day, August 3, 2017, turning dreams into reality.  Each year Project LOVEly will make it possible for two young people between the ages of 13-30 to turn their creative ideas into practical, hands-on actions that reflect advocacy and service, and make the world a better place.  Selected applicants will be matched with a skilled mentor, provided with a $5000 budget, and encouraged in their project throughout the grant year.

Applications for grants will be open for the 2019-20 year from September 30 through November 30, 2019.
Projects should have a clear focus and mission and be implemented between January-July 2020.


Project Lovely

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Ariana Chariton

Ariana had a goal to start a nonprofit business that created hospital gowns that look more like normal clothing for children 5-18. Current hospital gowns are not ideal, comfortable or modest. They can make people feel indecent and fatigued from the lack of stimulating color. After a lot of research Ariana was ready to make some big changes.

Stay tuned to learn how we helped Ariana build a better hospital gown

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Simon Eber

Simon had a dream of creating 50 birthdays in a box with everything at-need families would require to celebrate an awesome birthday: decorations, table settings, games, cake, goody bags, gifts, and more. Every one of them assembled and decorated by kids to make other kids feel awesome!

Learn how we helped Simons dream a reality…


Project Lovely






  • Grant applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 30, and reside in the USA or its territories for the duration of the project.

  • Application submissions are open 10 am October 1, 2019 until midnight EST on November 30, 2019.

  • Project proposals are intended to increase awesome in the world, and spread the “Esther Effect.”

  • Projects should be doable with a $5000 budget; those with a sustainability model built in are preferred. We encourage projects that will continue after their grant year!

  • Two winners will be notified on or before December 22, 2019.

  • Applicant agrees to have their work reviewed and publicized by TSWGO.

  • Minors must submit a release form signed by a legal guardian.



October 1, 2019 :: Applications for Project LOVEly OPEN!

November 30, 2019 :: Applications close at midnight.
Early December :: Applications Reviewed by Committee.
December 22, 2019 :: Notify 2020 Grant Winners.
January - July 2020 :: Project Lovely In Action.




The application is on a Google Form and must be completed in one sitting.  Your information will only be saved after you finish the form and click "submit." Be sure to save your work on a separate document in case you need to stop part way through; that will make redoing the application much easier.  We will confirm receipt of your application, along with a copy for your records.  For questions or to submit supplemental files, email us at


What is Project Lovely?
Project LOVEly is a grant-giving project that seeks to inspire young people to actions that reflect the "Esther Effect," instilling hope, creating spaces of awesome, and demonstrating love in their communities. The goal of Project LOVEly is assisting young people to actions that reflect advocacy and service by helping turn their ideas into practical, hands-on projects. Selected applicants will be matched with a skilled mentor, provided with a $5000 budget, and encouraged throughout the grant year.

Am I Eligible for a Project Lovely Grant? 
Young people with an idea that they are passionate about seeing become a reality to create awesome in the world can apply, as long as they are between the ages of 13-30 and reside in the United States or its territories.

When do I apply? What is the application deadline?
The application opens at 10 am EST October 1, 2019 and closes at midnight EST on November 30, 2019.

Can I submit a video as part of my application?
Yes! Any supporting material are welcome. Videos up to 5 minutes in length can be submitted in addition to the application. Videos and supporting material should be sent as an attachment to

When do I find out if my proposal has been accepted?
Grant winners will be notified on or before December 22, 2019 of their selection; a public announcement will follow.

What happens if my proposal is accepted?
If your proposal is selected as a grant winner, Project LOVEly will help by matching each grantee with a skilled business Mentor, providing you with a budget of up to $5000 to initiate your project, and walking with you throughout the year to see it successfully implemented. Those with a sustainability model built in are preferred. Projects should be developed and implemented between January to July 2020. Grant winners will be invited to present their projects at a celebration event in August 2019.

When do I receive the grant?
Allocation of monies, of grants up to $5000, will be given out as needed, based on the project’s goals, your individual plan, and project timeline. This will be determined as each winner works with their mentor.

How do I find a mentor?
Project LOVEly will match you with a professional mentor whose skills align with the project you are working on.

What if I already have a mentor?
If you have a mentor in mind that you would like to work with, they will need to complete a Mentor Application. Mentors must also submit to a background check.

What if I'm under 18 years old?
In addition to the application, you will need to submit the Consent Form for Minors in order for your application to be approved. Parents or guardians will be asked to mail this signed form to the following address: This Star Won’t Go Out, Attn: Project Lovely, 118 Billings Street, Quincy MA 02171.

Can a group apply for a grant? 
Applications can be submitted by either individuals or a group. If more than one person is involved in the project, one person should be designated as the group leader for the project. Additional applicants on the team should include their contact information along with any other supporting documents at

What types of projects qualify for a grant? 
The parameters are broad and open ended. Projects should reflect advocacy and service by helping turn proposals into practical, hands-on projects, by instilling hope, creating spaces of awesome, and demonstrating love in your community.

Can I get a grant for an existing project? 
The focus of Project LOVEly is the implementation of new projects—or ideas unique to you that you have just not been able to get off the ground due to lack of help and finances. Our goal is to help you bring your dreams to life!

How long do I have to complete the project?
Grant winners will develop their projects from January to July, 2020. This is for the purpose of awarding a Project LOVEly Grant, but projects that continue on after this deadline are encouraged and recommended! We hope to see projects that take on lives of their own, continuing to spread the Esther Effect.

How do I show my work?
We look forward to following your progress through regular updates, and a kickoff event that highlights your project. We welcome photos and videos of your project’s development and implementation, to share both on our social media and on This Star Won’t Go Out’s website.

Do I need to submit a budget with my application? 
Yes! Describe how much funding you anticipate needing to complete this project. Please provide specific dollar amounts and detail how you would use this grant money. You will also be expected to submit a record of how your monies were used at the completion of the grant period.

What is meant by "sustainability model"? 
By sustainability we’re referring to projects that have a long term impact. This could happen one of two ways: (1) the proposed project might intend to continue, with the grant being the "kick starter" for the project; or (2) the project might be intended as a model that can be duplicated--either by the creator, or by others.

What happens when I've completed the project?
Our hope is that Project LOVEly will have helped you launch a project that keeps on giving. Our hope is that you will have the opportunity to share about your work with Project Lovely. We hope that you will have learned skills and had experiences that will change your life!