Our vision is a world in which every woman and girl is strong, safe, powerful, and heard. No exceptions.
Global Fund for Womens primary goal is to get resources to organizations led by women, girls, and trans people. We support organizations led by historically marginalized groups who are working to build strong, connected movements for gender equality and human rights. We trust women, girls, and trans people to know how best to solve the problems in their communities. As funders, our goal is to provide resources that strengthen the agency, participation, and power of local organizations working directly in their communities.
We provide flexible, core-support grants for operating and program expenses, give multi-year grants as often as possible, and offer travel and event organizing grants to support knowledge-exchanges and convenings. Global Fund for Women also provides immediate support to organizations who are first responders in times of natural and human-made crises.
If you are part of group led by women, girls, or trans people based outside of the United States and you are interested in receiving funding from us, please carefully review our application process, criteria, and priorities below.
Please click on the titles below to learn about our process and access our online application site.Application Process
Global Fund for Women provides three types of grants: general support grants, travel and event organizing grants, and crisis grants. Please read the Criteria section below carefully to make sure your organization is eligible before proceeding.
Please note that our application process is now online and we do not accept proposals sent by email. Our application forms are available on our site in five languages: Arabic, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.
Step 1:Register your organization by submitting an Organizational Profile.
Submit a proposal for a General Support or Crisis Grant when your organization is invited
Submit a proposal for a Travel or Event Organizing Grant if your organization meets the criteria below for Travel and Event Organizing grants
Both steps must be completed through our online system. Please see the grant descriptions below for instructions.
To be eligible for funding, all organizations must begin by submitting an organizational profile via ouronline application site.
Organizational Profiles allow us to learn about an organizations strategies, priorities, and programs in order to determine whether they align with current funding opportunities.
Please carefully review our criteria and priorities below before completing a profile.Our profile forms are open year-round in our online system. Groups can submit a profile at any time. Completed profiles are valid fortwo years, at which time the group can update the information in their profiles.
Please note that although submitting a profile is the first step in applying for funding, itdoes not guarantee an invitation to submit a grant proposal. Due to funding limitations, not all groups will be invited to submit a grant proposal.
APDFguide on how to create an online account and Organizational Profilecan be foundhere.
In order to submit a proposal, groups MUST have an active Organizational Profile. Proposal forms and requirements vary depending on the grant type and funding opportunity. Please review the instructions and requirements below as well as any instructions provided in the proposal forms.
Please note all proposals are submitted online, using the same account username and password created to submit the Organizational Profile.
The majority of our funding opportunities are for general support grants. General support grants can be used to fund an organizations projects and programs as well as operating and program expenses, such as rent, salaries, communications, and travel costs.
Global Fund for Women periodically invites organizations whose work aligns with our current funding opportunities to submit proposals for general support funding. We select these organizations from the Organizational Profiles in our system and through recommendations from our advisors. Please see the Priorities section below for more information about our current priorities.
Please note that due to limited funding and staff capacity, only organizations that have been invited to apply may submit a proposal for general support funding. If you wish to be considered for general support funding in the future, please register your organization by submitting an Organizational Profile via ouronline application site(see Step 1).
Travel grants are given to organizations led by women, girls, and trans people to attend national, regional, and international gatherings and events with the purpose of strengthening womens rights movements, influencing decisions, and mobilizing resources.
We support groups who are organizing their own time sensitive convenings and events with event organizing grants.
Please note that to be considered for a travel or event grant:
An organization must have received a grant from the Global Fund for Women within the past
before the start date of the event or travel.
Must align with the grantmaking priorities (see Priorities below) outlined under
An organization may only have ONE travel or event proposal open or under consideration at a given time.
An organization must have an active Organizational Profile.
Interested organizations that meet the above criteria can submit a proposal through their account on ouronline application site(see Step 1).
Due to limited funding, only those organizations that have received a grant from the Global Fund for Women in the past five years can apply for travel and event grants.
Global Fund for Women invites womens rights groups to apply for crisis grants to respond to the following crisis situations:
In the past, Global Fund for Women has given grants to organizations providing crisis response to infectious disease outbreaks, large-scale floods, and sudden, massive displacement of people due to political violence.
Please note that groups must be invited by Global Fund for Women to submit a crisis grant application. Due to limited funding and staff capacity, only groups that have previously received a grant from Global Fund for Women will be invited to submit a crisis grant proposal.
We acknowledge receipt of all online proposal submissions within 24 hours by email. Please allow at least three months for a decision on a general support grant proposal and at least three weeks on a travel or event proposal. Please note that to award a grant, we require positive endorsements from our advisors.
Please note that your group MUST meet all the following criteria to be eligible for a grant:
Be based in a country outside the United States. We do not fund US-based organizations.
Have a primary focus on advancing womens equality and human rights, with these goals clearly reflected in its activities. Please note that groups whose sole purpose is to generate income or to provide charity to individuals are not eligible.
Be a group of women, girls, or trans people working together. We do not accept requests from individuals and do not fund projects proposed by or for the benefit of individuals (including scholarships).
Be governed, directed, and led by women, girls, or trans people, that is they must fill all or most of the leadership roles throughout the various decision-making levels of the group (including but not limited to the most senior decision-making levels).
Groups do not need to be registered non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to qualify for funding.
In addition, please note that Global Fund for Women does NOT fund the following:
International organizations proposing projects with local partners
Womens branches/departments/projects of mixed gender organizations
Women-focused projects within mixed-gender organizations may occasionally receive support from Global Fund for Women if they work with particularly marginalized groups: for example, women within groups of people with disabilities or women within LGBTQI organizations.
Please see thePrioritiesbelow for more information about who we fund.
We focus on issues that are of vital importance to women, girls, and trans people. In particular, we support organizations working as part of movements to prevent and address violence, advance economic and climate justice, and further sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Through an extensive process of interviews and conversations with grantees, advisors, and partners, we have refined our programmatic strategies to focus on areas where there is the greatest need and where our grantee partners can make the biggest difference. This process has been guided by our extensive network of in-country advisors who are grounded in the local context and come from the movements we support.
The issues outlined below represent our priorities for grantmaking until June 2020, based on our assessment and current funding opportunities. However, new opportunities often emerge, so you are still invited to submit a profile even if your organization works outside the current priorities and countries.
Through June 2020, we will focus on the following key priorities in our three issue areas:
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Marginalized Groups
Global Fund for Women is also a partner in theAmplifyChangeconsortium, along with MannionDaniels and African Womens Development Fund, to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights. Please visitthe AmplifyChange websiteto view eligibility criteria and grant opportunities.
Support women, girls, and trans people at risk of violence during and after conflict, including those who were forcefully displaced.
Support efforts to advance leadership and agency, self-organization and accountability.
Support initiatives to advance the safety and integrated security of women human rights activists and defenders, including defenders of land, territory, and the environment.
Support womens rights movements to challenge the influence of fundamentalismsespecially in justifying and condoning gender-based violenceby promoting a feminist understanding of religion; transforming social norms; and promoting inclusive societies.
Support workers rights including domestic, factory, and farm workers
Support womens engagement and leadership in agriculture with a particular focus on sustainable livelihoods and climate-resilient agricultural practices
Support emerging leaders of new organizations and movements
Strengthen models of young women and inter-generational leadership
Strengthen womens leadership at the organization and movement levels
Support innovative approaches to media and technology that are related to our funding priorities in the issue areas outlined above
Continue to partner with national, regional, and global womens funds. These funds make local grants to womens rights groups. Their work to expand the money and resources available for womens rights and builds a rich ecosystem of local partners and collaborators.
This short informational video explains how Global Fund for Women uses the change matrix created by Gender at Work to better capture and learn from the outcomes achieved by our grantee partners.
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