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Resources for Women Worldwide

Women's Grants

Africa

African Women’s Development Fund

http://www.awdf.org

AWDF’s grant-making ensures resources reach the hundreds of African women’s organisations that are working in diverse ways to improve the lives of women and African society at large. Our grant-making is innovative, flexible and creative.Through our main grants programme we support established women’s rights organisations, our small grants programme supports small, locally based organisations, and our solidarity fund enables us to facilitate learning and networking opportunities whilst our legacy fund celebrates the contributions and achievements of many un-sung African heroines

Fonds pour les femmes Congolaises

http://www.ffcrdc.org

FFC’s vision is to build a Democratic Republic of Congo where women have their rights to bodily integrity, economic justice and to participate at all levels in decisions that affect their lives and that of their communities. Programs include Grant-making, Capacity Building, women’s movement building. Main areas of work include Sexual violence against women and Gender based violence, women’s and girl’s empowerment, HIV/AIDS and reproductive Heath, women’s Leadership and participation in decision making instances, gender and development

Urgent Action Fund – Africa

http://urgentactionfund-africa.or.ke

UAF – Africa, is a consciously feminist and women’s human rights Pan-African Fund, established in 2001 in Nairobi, Kenya. As the first rapid response fund on the continent, UAF-Africa adds value to the work of activists and civil society organisations focusing on women’s active socio-political participation and visibility by leveraging resources and opportunities for critical engagements that advance women’s rights.

Women Fund Tanzania

http://www.wft.or.tz

Our Mission is to contribute to the building of a strong women’s movement(s) in Tanzania through making grants, strengthening women’s capacity, building strategic alliances and mobilizing resources. Our Vision is to see a Tanzanian society where women realize their full potential and engage fully in the transformation of their communities in order to achieve empowerment and social justice.

Asia

Her Fund

https://www.herfund.org.hk/

Her Fund grant priorities are Capacity building for rights-based grassroots’ / marginalized women-led groups / projects; Young women’s empowerment projects, and priority will be given to young women-led or capacity building lead to young women-led projects; Projects that advance women’s rights in emerging gender phenomenon / issue. Our grantees must support: Women's human rights. Encourage women's personal autonomy, work with women in marginalized sectors of the society, dare to take up new and difficult issues, and support women's efforts to make social change.

South Asia Women’s Fund

http://www.sawf.info

The South Asia Women’s Fund gives grants in the following areas; Small grants for women’s groups and women leaders to work on innovative, cutting-edge issues. General and seeding grants to strengthen women’s organizations, undertaking work to ensure realization of human rights of women. Grants to support work related to women’s right to safe and secure movement. Grants under SAWF’s legal fellowship programme to women lawyers working in small towns in the region.

Women's Fund in Georgia

http://www.womenfundgeorgia.org

The mission of Women's Fund in Georgia is empowering women in Georgia for protection of their rights, full self-realization and participation in society's life through providing financial and technical support, capacity building and development of feminist philanthropy. Priorities of the Women's Fund in Georgia: protecting women's rights, improving women's economic opportunities, assisting women living in conflict zones, promoting legislative initiatives, raising awareness of gender issues, increasing sensitivity of the community towards women's issues, and supporting women's movement building.

Europe

Mediterranean Women’s Fund

http://www.medwomensfund.org

To provide, or help to find, the financial or technical means which are needed to fund actions decided by those groups, associations, organizations or individuals who are working towards equality between women and men in the Mediterranean region.

North America

A Room of Her Own Foundation

http://www.aroomofherownfoundation.org

AROHO is the preeminent nonprofit institution working on behalf of women writers today. The $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award is the largest grant of its kind to women in the United States.

Money for Women-Barbra Deming Memorial Fund, Inc.

http://demingfund.org

Money for Women is the oldest ongoing feminist granting agency. The fund gives encouragement and grants to individual feminists in the arts (writers, and visual artists). The Fund relies on a volunteer Board and judges to collaborate in making awards.

Ms. Foundation for Women

http://forwomen.org

As a national grantmaker, we support organizations at all levels, from grassroots to state and national organizations. We believe that women most directly impacted by an issue are the real experts and we select groups that are of the community they work in.

The Carelle/WJA Member Grant in honor of Brooke Tivol McGrath

http://www.womensjewelryassociation.com/article.html?aid=110

Women’s Jewelry Association is proud to offer this Carelle Grant in honor of Brooke Tivol McGrath in order to help members in their first five years of business. This grant assists women in the jewelry industry by helping them achieve their aspirations and grow their fledgling businesses. The recipient is awarded a $5,000 merit-based grant to aid in business establishment and development. Eligible candidates must be current members of the WJA and in their first five years of business.

The Fledgling Fund

http://www.thefledglingfund.org/apply

The Fledgling Fund is a private foundation driven by the passionate belief that film can inspire a better world. They have an unwavering belief in the potential and strength of women and girls to change the world. Among the types of films they support are projects that demonstrate this capacity, highlight their unique challenges and inspire the world to cheer them on.

The Helen Trueheart Cox Art Scholarship for Native Americans

http://www.nlapw.org/competitions

Candidates must be female, ages 18 through 25, and a member of a Native American tribe.

The Leeway Foundation

http://www.leeway.org

The Leeway Foundation supports women and trans artists and cultural producers working in communities at the intersection of art, culture, and social change. Through our grantmaking and other programs we promote artistic expression that amplifies the voices of those on the margins, promotes sustainable and healthy communities, and works in the service of movements for economic and social justice.

The Shirley Holden Helberg Grants for the Mature Women, NLAPW Inc.

http://www.nlapw.org/competitions

Yearly grants given in Art, Letters or Music for women age 35 or older.

Turkey Land Cove Foundation

http://www.turkeylandcovefoundation.com

Turkey Land Cove Foundation offers a personal retreat for motivated women to pursue their professional, educational and artistic goals, away from the distractions of daily life. TLC Foundation provides a quiet space for women to progress toward a defined goal, complete a project, develop tools to propel their lives in a new direction. We are currently limiting grants to women who are residents of New England or New York State.

Women Sports Foundation

http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org

Founded in 1974 by tennis legend, Billie Jean King, the Women's Sports Foundation is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. Our GoGirlGo! grants award organizations who seek to enhance the lives of girls using sports, physical activity and life lessons taught through our GoGirlGo! curriculum.

Women’s Studio Workshop

http://www.wsworkshop.org

Women’s Studio Workshop has an artist-centered philosophy and a deep commitment to the individual’s creative process. We support this vision through providing time and space where artists can come to work with 24-hour access to the studios, onsite and adjacent housing and technical advice and support.

Zion Bank Smart Women Grants

https://www.zionsbank.com/learning-center/swsm-grant.jsp

Provides grants to promote the empowerment of women or directly benefit women or low-income and underserved populations in Utah and Idaho. One $3,000 grant will be awarded in each of the following six categories; Business Community development, Continuing education and teacher support, Child and elder care, Health and human services, Arts and culture.

South America

Central American Women's Fund / Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres

http://www.fcmujeres.org

FCAM supports innovative and creative initiatives of women’s groups and organizations – especially those led by young women – working to promote their rights in their countries. FCAM prioritizes initiatives presented by groups: Led or comprised of a majority of young women (between the ages of 16 and 30), located far from urban centers, in rural areas or in the Caribbean, that work with new or controversial issues with little access to other donors and/or Made up of marginalized groups of young women: indigenous and Afro-Caribbean women, women with disabilities, lesbians, bisexuals, trans, sex workers, HIV positive women, among others.

International

International Centre for Women Playwrights

http://www.womenplaywrights.org/ICWP-mission

ICWP offers grants to individual registered members for Professional Development opportunities to advance their playwriting career.

The Indigenous Women's Fund

http://www.fimi-iiwf.org/index-fondo.php

Based on the innovative philosophy of Intercultural Philanthropy, the mission of the Indigenous Women’s Fund is to mobilize resources (material, financial and human) to support capacity building of the indigenous women’s movement, develop leadership and strengthen the organizations that defend and promote the rights of indigenous women.

The Astraea National Lesbian Action Foundation

http://www.astraea.org

The Astraea National Lesbian Action Foundation
works for social, racial and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally. Our grant-making and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied communities challenge oppression and claim their human rights.


Global Fund for Women

http://www.globalfundforwomen.org

The Global Fund for Women supports women's groups that advance the human rights of women and girls. We strengthen women's right groups based outside the United States by providing small, flexible, and timely grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 for operating and program expenses.

Frida The Young Feminist Fund

http://youngfeministfund.org

Funds groups founded or led by young women or transgender youth (under 30 years) that are committed to advancing and defending women’s rights from a feminist perspective*;Improving the lives of young women/transgender youth at local, national, regional or international levels; Inclusive organizing, collective action and feminist movement building Groups, networks, or collectives based in the Global South (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, The Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central, Southern, Eastern Europe and Caucuses and Central Asia).

Grameen Foundation

http://www.grameenfoundation.org

The Grameen Foundation helps the world's poorest, especially women, improve their lives and escape poverty through access to microfinance and technology. With a footprint in 36 nations, Grameen Foundation is able to identify local needs and share best practices and lessons learned to enhance and expand local programs that move women from poverty to financial self–sufficiency.

Astia

http://astia.org

Astia is a curated, global community of experts committed to the success of world class women-led, high-growth startups. For over 14 years the 4000+ members of Astia’s connected community have provided startups with access to capital, business networks, and opportunities to become dominant market players. The organization is a non-profit with distinct focus and mission. Astia’s mission is to propel women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth.

Hivos People Unlimited

http://www.hivos.org/focal-area/women’s-empowerment

The Hivos Rights and Citizenship programme invests in innovative programmes and partners that promote women’s empowerment and advance women’s rights, including sexual and reproductive rights. We also back initiatives that enable women and girls to hold government and companies accountable for non-compliance with anti-discrimination policies. Both organisations and women’s rights activists receive our support.

Mama Cash

http://www.mamacash.org

Each year, Mama Cash supports about 100 courageous groups, organisations, networks and women’s funds that are led by women, girls and trans people. Our grantees are at the forefront of the fight for the rights of those who have most often been ignored or rejected not only by society but also by more mainstream funders.

Oak Foundation

http://www.oakfnd.org

The Issues Affecting Women Programme aims to build a strong and vibrant women’s movement comprising of women who are empowered individually and collectively to challenge patriarchal norms, tackle the root causes of inequality and demand the full spectrum of their rights. We also work to end existing patterns of violence that disrupt women’s lives – in the family, outside the home and in crisis – by ensuring that rights-based laws and policies guarantee an environment safe from violence. In addition, we support a broad range of comprehensive services that empower women to recover from the trauma of violence and to rebuild their lives.

Spark

http://www.sparksf.org

Spark invests small grants up to $5,000 USD in grassroots women’s organizations working internationally and in our U.S. chapter regions (New York and San Francisco-Bay Area). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Grant monies are dispersed in January. We commit to providing pro bono professional services for our grantee partners. Grant applicants identify their service needs. Typical requests include accounting, legal, marketing and web development support. Additionally, we have provided consultancy on crowd-sourcing, grassroots philanthropy, event-based fundraising and volunteer management. We source these services from our network of young professional members.

The Women's Peacepower Foundation, Inc.

http://www.womenspeacepower.org

The Women's Peacepower Foundation, Inc. gives Women of Peace Awards to women and girls involved in grassroots projects who are working to bring peace to the everyday lives of women and their families. The majority of our awards are for activities that fall into two broad categories: violence against women and waging peace.
 The Women of Peace Awards have been given to scores of ordinary/extraordinary women around the world who work without funding or recognition for the universal goal of peace, fairness and true justice within the lives of women and their families.

Zonta

http://www.zonta.org

Zonta International seeks to advance the status of women worldwide by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local levels through service and advocacy. With the generosity and collective action of Zontians and friends around the world, Zonta International has supported projects in 46 countries, provided scholarships and awards to women around the globe, and been a powerful advocate for change in our local and international communities, thereby transforming the world and women's place in it.

International Federation of University Women

http://www.graduatewomen.org

IFUW works to empower women and girls through lifelong education for leadership, decision-making and peace. Our members are committed to improving the status of women and girls, and to enabling women to effect positive change for a peaceful, sustainable future. Education is the key to gender equality. While progress is being made, access to education is still a distant dream for many women and girls. The fellowships and grants offered by IFUW and its national affiliates support the research, study and training needed to open doors to quality education for women and girls.

Grameen Foundation

http://www.grameenfoundation.org

The Grameen Foundation helps the world's poorest, especially women, improve their lives and escape poverty through access to microfinance and technology. With a footprint in 36 nations, Grameen Foundation is able to identify local needs and share best practices and lessons learned to enhance and expand local programs that move women from poverty to financial self–sufficiency.

Grants For Women

http://www.grantsforwomen.org

We are a premier resource for women and girls of all ages, and we have helped thousands of individuals find the right opportunity. We aim to be of assistance to women all over the world - but primarily in the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, and South Africa.