1. WOMEN’S FUNDS
These funds are dedicated to gender equality or women-focused projects. Many of the funders listed here are members of the International Network of Women’s Funds (INWF). INWF is a network of funders in the North and the South committed to expanding the resources available to women’s rights work around the world. http://www.inwf.org/index.html
African Women's Development Fund
Web Address: http://www.awdf.org/awdf/?pid=2 (English & French)
Contact Details: 25 Yiyiwa St. Achimota Forest, Ablenkpe, Accra, Ghana
Tel:+233 21 780477
Fax:+233 21 782 502
Geographical Focus: Africa
Themes: Women's human rights; political participation; peace building; health,
reproductive rights and HIV/AIDS; economic empowerment.
Grants: ; Main Grants Programme (see themes above).
; Small Grants Programme for small women’s groups in Ghana.
; Solidarity Fund for sharing of experiences on a local, national and
international level. E.g. to participate in conferences, seminars,
Grant size: $1,000 - $25,000. Grants over $20,000 are only made to
organisations which operate on a regional basis.
Who can apply? Local, national, sub-regional or regional African women's
organisations, from any part of Africa.
Filia Women’s Foundation
Web Address: http://www.filia-frauenstiftung.de/index.php?id=49&L=1
(English & German)
Contact Details: Am Felde 2
Tel: +49 (0) 40 / 333 100 14
Fax: +49 (0) 40 /333 101 56
Geographical Focus: Germany, Global South and Eastern Europe
Themes: Filia supports projects that contribute to improved chances for women
and girls, allowing them to shape their own lives.
Filia is especially committed to women subjected to discrimination not
only because of their gender, but also due to the colour of their skin,
their origin or sexual orientation.
Grants: ; Germany
; Global South: to build on the synergy with women’s foundations
; Eastern Europe: We are engaged in research, reaching out to our
alllies and strengthening contacts with networks
Grant size: Total of grants made in 2004 : 48,000
Who can apply? Criteria unknown. Contact Filia for further information.
Fundación Colectivo Alquimia
Web Address: http://www.fondoalquimia.org/contactenos.htm
Contact Details: Av. Condell 1325
Tel/Fax (+56) 2 – 6657106
Geographical Focus: Chile
Themes: Women’s rights, especially but not exclusively in the areas of justice,
violence, health, employment, education, sexuality
Grants: ; Fondo Iniciativas: to support single initiatives of one year duration
which contribute to social and cultural change benefiting women
and the women’s movement. This fund can be granted to the
same initiative for a maximum of 3 consecutive years.
; Fondo Activistas: to support public actions in defence of women
at neighbourhood, local, regional, national or international levels.
Grant size: Up to a maximum of $500,000 USD (Fondo Iniciativas)
Up to a maximum of $50,000 USD (Fondo Activistas)
Who can apply? Women’s organisations and women’s grass-root groups from Chile.
Mixed organisations or income generating projects are not eligible.
Fundo Angela Borba, Recursos para Mulheres
Web Address: http://www.angelaborbafundo.org/ (Portuguese)
Contact Details: Rua Hans Staden, 21
Botafogo, Cep 22281-060
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Tel (+55) 21 2286-1046
Fax (+55) 21 2286-6712
Geographical Focus: Brazil
Themes: Women’s human rights, particularly in the following areas:
employment, education, violence, health, information and
communication technology, culture, diversity (i.e. sexual, age, ethnic),
environment, and legal rights.
Grants: Unknown. Contact the organisation direct.
Grant size: Grant focus, size and criteria may vary so it is crucial to consult the
grant criteria and application guidelines each year
Who can apply? Criteria unknown. Contact Fundo Angela Borba, Recursos para
Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres
Web Address: http://www.fcmujeres.org/index.php (Spanish)
Contact Details: Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres
Rotonda El Güegüense 4c. abajo, 1c. al lago
Tel: 505 - 2544982
Geographical Focus: Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador
Themes: Women’s human rights, including economic autonomy, gender based
violence, education, health, sexual rights, participation and leadership
(themes may change slightly from year to year).
Grants: To support creative and innovative initiatives from young women
groups working to promote their economic, social, cultural and
political rights. They do not support income generating or production
Grant size: Up to a maximum of $5,000 USD
Who can apply? Any women’s groups or organisations in the region, but priority is
given to groups that meet the following criteria:
; are led by young women (16-30 yrs old)
; work on controversial or new themes
; have little access to other donors
; are located in non-urban or deprived areas
; support particularly marginalised young women (i.e. women with
special needs, indigenous and afro-caribbean women, lesbians
and bi-sexual women, sex workers, women with HIV-AIDS)
; support innovative and creative initiatives, which are replicable
and relevant to the Central American context
Global Fund for Women
Web Address: http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/3grant/criteria-guidelines.html
(English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Russian)
Contact Details: 1375 Sutter Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94109
Tel: +415 202-7640
Fax: +415 202-8604
Geographical Focus: Outside the United States
Themes: Women’s and girls’ human rights
Grants: ; Small, flexible and timely grants for operation and project
; Urgent requests for organizing or attending an event accepted.
Grant size: $500 to $20,000
Who can apply? Groups MUST fulfil the following criteria:
; Based in a country outside the United States
; Demonstrate a strong commitment to women's equality and
; A group of women working together. Requests are not accepted
; Governed, directed, and led by women. Women must fill all or
most of the leadership roles
Mama Cash Foundation
Web Address: http://www.mamacash.nl/site/en/funds/index.php
(English & Dutch)
Contact Details: Eerste Helmersstraat 17 III
P.O. Box 15686
1001 ND Amsterdam
Tel: (+31)20 - 689 36 34
Fax: (+31)20 - 683 46 47
Geographical Focus: Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the
Caribbean, Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Themes: Women’s rights. Priority themes: bodily integrity, economic justice,
peace and security, agency and participation, art, culture and media.
Grants: ; For a project or general support
; Travel grant.
Grant size: ?500 and ?20,000 per year per project
(Mama Cash occasionally gives multiple-year grants)
Who can apply? Organisations must meet the following criteria:
; be small, locally-based and relatively new
; be innovative, groundbreaking, taboo-breaking, and pioneering
; have limited access to larger funding sources
; primarily promote women’s rights awareness and positive change
for women in laws, policies and practices
; be a women’s organisation in which women are in leadership
roles and comprise the majority of staff members
(note: Mama Cash also funds non-women's groups that have a strong
gender focus and innovative programmes improving the position of
women in society)
; do not focus mainly or only on income generating activities, credit
programmes, welfare and traditional skill training projects.
NIRNAYA WOMEN’S FUND
Web Address: http://www.nirnaya.org/gettingfunds.htm
Contact Details: # 11, Deepti Apartments, S.P.Road,
Secunderbad- 26, A.P., India.
Fax : 91-40-27717305
E-mail : email@example.com
Geographical Focus: India
Themes: ; Improving the social, educational and economic situations of rural
and urban women
; Improving girls’ education and women’s literacy
; Motivating grassroots women to form self-help groups and access
bank/ government loans and schemes for their economic
; Raising awareness among grassroots women on collective work
and collective responsibility
; Helping grassroots women to become economically independent
; Helping women recognize their labour and their innate
intelligence as human resources
; Building women’s self confidence through personal development
and technical training
; Promoting legal education so that women become aware of their
Grants: For the above categories with special focus on women and girls
marginalised by gender, caste, religion, physical disability, HIV+,
commercial sex work, and tribal origin. Offers grants for collective
activity, legal aid and counselling for women.
Grant size: US$1,000 – 10,000
Who can apply? Groups should be:
; Made up of women who have completed high school, proficient in
the local language and be conversant with local issues
; Committed to grassroots women’s empowerment and social
justice for women
; Come from the same or similar marginalised community they
work in and be based in India
; Accepted by the community with whom they work
; Individuals / groups with three years experience working on
Web Address: http://www.semillas.org.mx/ (Spanish)
Contact Details: Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer, A.C.
Tamaulipas No. 66
Col. Condesa, C.P. 06140, Delegación Cuauhtémoc,
Tel: 5553 2900, 5553 0109
Geographical Focus: Mexico
Themes: Human rights; labour rights; sexual and reproductive rights and
health; gender-based violence; sexual diversity; economic autonomy
and sustainable development (themes may change slightly from year
Grants: ; Organisational Project Grant
; Youth Leadership Development Individual Grant
Grant size: Organisational Project Grant ($5,000-$10,000 USD)
Youth Leadership Development Individual Grant ($15,000 for 2005
but will change for the next generations).
Who can apply? Mexican organizations, based in Mexico, operating in Mexico having
the following characteristics:
; legal non-profit status (A.C., IAP, etc.), listed in the "Diario
; Ability to expedite tax deductible receipts (preferred)
; Working in a human rights framework (not service or charity
; Focusing on women and girls from one or more of the following
; poor (rural and urban)
; lesbians and other women who are not heterosexual
; domestic / informal economy workers
; sex workers
; youth (girls and boys, specifically in theme of sexual
and reproductive rights)
Details about Semillas' annual call for proposals can be found on their
website around July of each year.
Tewa for Women’s Empowerment
Web Address: http://www.tewa.org.np/details.asp?hid=2&m=4
Contact Details: P.O. Box 11
Tel: + 977.557.2645 / +977.557.2235
Geographical Focus: Nepal
Themes: Support to women’s groups to improve organisational capacity,
income generating activities for rural women, skill development
training, physical structures, human resource development and peace
Grants: ; 3 cycles annually (January, May and September).
; Discretionary grants for urgent needs
Grant size: Grants are a maximum of NRs 50,000 (approx US$ 680). On average,
grants range from NRs 30,000-40,000. Discretionary grants are a
maximum of NRs 100,000 annually (approx US$ 2,000).
Who can apply? Rural, grassroots women’s groups
UKRAINIAN WOMEN’S FUND
Web Address: http://www.uwf.kiev.ua/en_index.htm
(English and Ukrainian)
Contact Details: Address: 79 Artema str., office 38, Kiev 04050
Door code: 25
Tel.: (044) 568-53-89
Tel/fax: (044) 484-62-05
Geographical Focus: Ukraine , Moldova and Belarus
Themes: In 2005, the fund supported projects focussed on:
; Expanding economic opportunities for women
; Information exchange and networking between NGOs that work
on women’s issues and gender issues
; Developing women’s organizations in the regions
; Preparing future female leaders, and promoting the formation of
a women’s movement among the younger generation.
Grants: ; General grants as above
; Grants that ‘Bring Together’- offers the representatives of
women’s organizations in Ukraine a chance to participate in
international activities and key international events dealing with
women’s issues and gender issues and to present the interests of
Ukrainian women at the international level, to develop and
consolidate Ukrainian NGOs that are involved in women’s issues
or issues of gender.
Grant size: Total financing 2000- 2005: $724,869
Who can apply? Women’s organisations
Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights
Web Address: http://www.urgentactionfund.org/ (English, Arabic, Spanish, French,
Kiswahili, Russian, Nepali, Albanian, Serbo-Croatian, Indonesian)
Contact Details: USA Office: Kenya Office:
1123 Spruce Street Life Ministry Centre, 2nd Floor
Boulder, Colorado 80302. USA Jabavu Road, Kilimani
Tel: 303-442-2388 Nairobi, Kenya
Fax: 303-442-2370 tel: 254 20 2731095
Email: fax: 254 20 2731094
PO Box 1287 Mailing Address:
Boulder, CO 80306 USA PO Box 53841-00200
Geographical Focus: No specific geographic restrictions although the focus is on areas of
armed conflict, escalating violence and political volatility.
Themes: Provides funding for strategic interventions which take advantage of
unanticipated opportunities to advance women’s human rights or to
safeguard rights that have already been won. Such opportunities arise
when an unexpected event – positive or negative – creates a situation
in which an immediate response can have a significant impact.
Grants: ; Interventions in Situations of Armed Conflict
; Protection of Women Human Rights Defenders
; Precedent-Setting Legal or Legislative Action
Grant size: Unknown. Contact organisation direct.
Who can apply? Requests may come directly from groups, or individuals and
organizations already known to UAF staff or Board members. Every
request is reviewed and receives an initial response within 72 hours.
UAF will accept grant proposals in any language.
Women’s Hope and Education Trust
Web Address: http://www.wheattrust.org/
Contact Details: Unit 17G Waverley Business Park, Mowbray 7700, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 447 3366
Fax: +27 21 447 3720
Geographical Focus: South Africa
Themes: Education and training for women leaders.
Grants: Unknown. Contact organisation direct.
Grant size: Unknown. Contact Women’s Hope and Education Trust.
Who can apply? Women’s groups with the following criteria:-
• The group needs to have worked for not less than two years and
must have eight or more members.
• The group must have a constitution.
• The group must have shown a desire to learn.
• They must demonstrate leadership and be committed to giving back
to the community.
• They should identify and apply to attend a course at an education
and training institution.
• It should be at a general or further education level.
• They cannot afford the fees.
Women's Radio Fund
Web Address: http://www.womensradiofund.org/
Contact Details: Dorothy Abbott, Founder of Women's Radio Fund
P.O. Box 242048, Memphis, TN 38124
Phone/fax: (901) 685-6950
Geographical Focus: Unknown. Contact organisation direct.
Themes: The Women’s Radio Fund’s mission is to build a support network for
women radio producers and broadcasters worldwide.
Grants: For women's radio broadcasting, production and distribution projects.
Grant size: Unknown. Contact Women’s Radio Fund.
Who can apply? Criteria unknown. Contact organisation direct.
New Field Foundation
Web Address: http://www.newfieldfound.org
(English and French)
Contact Details: Email preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org
By air mail or fax:
New Field Foundation
1016 Lincoln Boulevard
Mailbox 14, 3rd Floor
San Francisco CA 94129, USA
By hand, local mail or fax:
National Accountability Group
Attention New Field Foundation
P.O. Box 1312
18 Dundas Street,
Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa
Tel: 232-22-240995 (Attn: New Field)
Fax: 232-22-241054 (Attn: New Field)
Geographical Focus: Sub-Saharan Africa
Themes: To enable women and their families in rural areas to re-establish and
transform their lives and their communities after years of devastating
conflict in Casamance and the Mano River region.
Grants: Grants can be made for institutional capacity building, program
activities, or administrative support, as defined by the organization or
group itself. Applications can be for a one year grant or a two year
grant. Longer periods will not be considered.
2006 funding to be announced. Last round of applications
closed in Sept 2005.
Grant size: US $7,500 - $15,000
Who can apply? Applications are welcomed from organisations and groups. They
; be focused on, and preferably based in, Casamance and the
border areas of the Mano River Region;
; be African-led, women-led and community-centered
; have well functioning management, finance and
programmatic structures and systems;
; have non-profit status, or the equivalent of non-profit status;
; EITHER have an annual income of at least US $35,000; OR
have been in existence for two years.
THE HESPERIAN FOUNDATION CREATIVE EDUCATION FUND
Web Address: http://www.hesperian.org/cef.htm
Contact Details: The Foundation does not accept applications by email attachment.
They must be sent by regular post or included in the body of an email
message. See website for application form.
Creative Education Fund
1919 Addison Street, Suite 304
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel: +(1-510) 845-1447
Fax: +(1-510) 845-9141
Geographical Focus: Developing countries
Themes: To develop original and creative health education activities that will
Grants: ; Small grants for community-based women's groups
; Rolling deadline
Grant size: The grants are given only once, and are usually for USD $1,000.
Under special circumstances, they may be for USD $3,000.
Who can apply? To receive a grant from the Creative Education Fund, the project
; Be developed and managed by women (including the finances)
; Benefit poor women and have clear goals with a clearly-defined
plan of action
; Educate the participants' community about women's health issues
United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
Web Address: http://www.unifem.org/gender_issues/violence_against_women/trust_
Contact Details: See regional offices.
Geographical Focus: Global
Themes: Violence against Women – UNIFEM funds projects that conduct public
education and awareness campaigns, build coalitions, involve law-
enforcement, judicial and government agencies, train educators,
healthcare personnel and police officials to respond to and prevent
violence. Many projects strive to alter community attitudes and involve