Global Fund for Women

Global Fund for Women invests in women’s groups that advance the human rights of women and girls. We strengthen women-led organizations based outside the United States by providing grants ranging from $500 to $30,000 for operating and program expenses. We value local expertise and believe that women know best how to determine their needs and propose solutions for lasting change.

The Global Fund for Women is committed to providing support to women’s groups throughout the world in a fair and just way. We have application forms available in five languages: Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish and have capacity to process applications in other languages. We award grants based on criteria and priorities determined in partnership with women’s rights activists working on the ground.

In accordance with U.S. law, the Global Fund for Women is required to comply with all U.S. regulations.

Global Fund for Women has refreshed its grantmaking model to ensure greater clarity and transparency in relation to its vision, approach and regional grantmaking priorities. These priorities are intended to align with women’s human rights trends and needs and to ensure that the grantmaking informs other programmatic initiatives and advocacy. We are committed to supporting collaboration and partnership by and between grantees in order to strengthen and sustain impact. Our grantmaking strategy reflects three tiers of grants that include:
  • Catalyzing new women-led organizations and initiatives
  • Strengthening the work of existing grantees
  • Assisting long-term grantees to consolidate, accelerate and extend their work, learning and impact

Who Global Fund supports

  • Groups of women working together.
  • Organizations that demonstrate a clear commitment to women’s equality and women’s human rights.
  • Organizations that are governed and directed by women.
  • Organizations based outside of the United States.

Who Global Fund does NOT support

  • Individuals and Scholarships
  • Organizations that do not have a women’s human rights focus.
  • Organizations headed or managed by men.
  • Organizations whose sole activities are income-generation and/or charity.
  • Organizations based or working primarily in the United States.
  • Organizations in the Global North proposing partnerships in the Global South.
  • Government entities, political parties or election campaigns.
The Global Fund for Women recently moved from accepting proposals on a rolling basis to accepting proposals twice a year with defined cycles. For your reference, the key dates for our two-cycle grant application process are listed below:
Cycle One:
  • Proposal Intake: beginning September 15 and closing December 15.
  • Application review and grant approval process completed by mid-May.
  • Applicants notified of award or decline by May 31st.
Cycle Two:
  • Proposal Intake: beginning March 15th and closing June 30th.
  • Application review and grant approval process completed by mid-November.
  • Applicants notified of award or decline by November 30th.

Types of Grants

General Support awards to grantee partners are classified as Innovation, Strengthening, and Sustaining Grants.

Innovation Grants

Women’s movements are stronger when they are diverse and dynamic. Innovation grants fund new/emerging approaches, issues, and voices. With these grants Global Fund aims to raise visibility and leverage resources for women’s movements and to connect emerging groups to a wider network of women’s organizations. They address women’s rights agendas in rural and excluded areas/communities, sustain new approaches, and nurture young feminists involved in building the women’s movement. These grants can also support creative approaches to challenging issues and pilot projects that require some calculated risk.

Strengthening Grants

Women’s movements are stronger when women’s organizations have the capacity and resources to be effective and strategic. Strengthening grants fund infrastructure, enhance grantee’s programmatic impact, and strengthen capacity and connections. These medium-sized grants aim to support the professionalism of women’s groups. Strengthening Grants offer reliable support to groups who have a track record of cumulative change and have infused voices and issues into mainstream agendas.

Sustaining Grants

Women’s movements are most successful when women’s organizations are well networked, led and supported and have the funds to seize opportunities when they arise. Therefore Sustaining Grants are larger, fund strong national, regional, and global women’s rights organizations to build collective power, take coordinated actions, grow feminist leadership, and sustain lasting systemic change for gender equality. Groups identified by Global Fund as strong candidates for Sustaining Grants will be invited to propose an initiative, then partner with Global Fund to set clearly-outlined goals and outcomes, and evaluation processes for the grant sought. This may be for an activity or program that may include convenings, capacity-building, or research. To be eligible, groups must have significant capacity for growth, a longer history with Global Fund, and exemplify movement building in their activities, programs and/or structures. Groups are also required to have a track record for impact on their communities, countries, and/or regions via policy change, advocacy and documentation.


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