Grants, Global Fund for Advancing Rights of Women & Girls

Information for Applicants


Requirements Overview

Global Fund for Women invests in women's groups that advance the human rights of women and girls. We strengthen women-led groups based outside the United States by providing grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 per year for operating and project expenses. First-time grant awards generally range from $5,000 to $13,000 per year. We value local expertise and believe that women themselves know best how to determine their needs and propose solutions for lasting change. To maximize our impact in defending and expanding hard won gains in women’s rights, Global Fund for Women's grantmaking will focus on three critical areas:

Application Criteria

Please note that your group MUST meet all the following criteria to be eligible for a grant:
  • It is based in a country outside the United States. We do not fund US-based organizations.
  • Its primary focus is advancing women's 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 to apply.
  • It is a group of women working together. We do not accept requests from individuals and we do not fund projects proposed by or for the benefit of individuals (this includes scholarships).
  • It is governed, directed, and led by women. Women 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).
The Global Fund for Women provides three types of grants.


Global Fund receives over 2,500 proposals each year and is able to award about 500 grants annually. Unfortunately we do not have the resources to provide funding to all the groups that meet our criteria. We do, however, give priority to women's groups that might particularly benefit from our support. Please review a full list of our priorities before applying for a grant.
NOTE: If you are located in a country that is not on this list, you are still welcome to submit an Organizational Profile through our online application site, however, please note that the likelihood of receiving funding is extremely low.

Grant Cycle

Global Fund for Women is currently accepting Organizational Profiles.

By submitting an Organizational Profile with Global Fund for Women through our secure online application site, applicants will be under consideration for our 2016 annual grantmaking cycle. If deemed qualified, these applicants will be contacted and invited to submit a full proposal for funding. In addition, we may contact applicants that have submitted an Organizational Profile with any additional relevant funding opportunities that may arise during the year.


September 1, 2015: Open for online Organizational Profile submission
January 31, 2016: Deadline for submitting an Organizational Profile for the 2016 grantmaking cycle
March 15, 2016: Groups that have submitted an Organizational Profile will be invited to submit a proposal or notified of decline
June 30, 2016: Applicants will be notified of award or decli



Impact Areas

We make the greatest impact for women’s rights when we focus on the issues that make a vital difference for women and girls. When women and girls are free from violence—when they are empowered—when they control decisions about their own bodies—they soar. We continue to defend and expand hard-won gains in women’s rights by focusing on three critical areas:

Zero Violence

We fund and advocate for women’s and girls’ participation, empowerment, and peace building while challenging laws, policies, cultures and behavior that perpetuates discrimination, violence and abuse.
Our goal: An end to gender based violence.

Economic & Political Empowerment

We support advocacy for economic and legal reform and women’s equal participation in local and national elections and economies. We support democracy movements and efforts to secure land, labor and property rights.
Our goal: All women are economically secure and independent and are supported by policies ensuring women’s and girls’ equal rights to resources and livelihoods.

Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights

We support campaigns, service delivery, advocacy and education to influence attitudes and achieve policy change that secures women’s and girls’ full access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Our goal: All women and girls are free to make their own reproductive and sexual choices. Sexual and reproductive health services and information are readily available.
While our focus is sharp, we continue to provide general support funding, which is critical to strengthen and sustain strong women’s rights movements.

Tools for Change

Our grant partners use three tools to achieve lasting change for women and girls:


Using technology to advocate, connect, and increase awareness of key issues to support global women’s right movements that are constantly learning, mobilizing and evolving. Critical issues include security, advocacy, and mapping.


Using a variety of educational approaches to build knowledge, skills, and self-confidence. This includes advocating for change through increasing public awareness and influencing attitudes in support of women’s and girls’ human rights.


To change attitudes and systems, women and girls must be leaders – in protest, advocacy, representation and mobilization. This includes providing young women with important leadership opportunities.

Sub-Regional Priorities

While we have funded in more than 170 countries, these are our current priority areas:

Asia and the Pacific

  • South Asia (India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)
  • Southeast Asia (Burma and Thai border areas, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia)
  • Pacific Island Countries (Fiji, Papua New Guinea)

Europe and Central Asia

  • The Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia)
  • Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan)
  • Eastern Europe (Russia - North Caucasus, Ukraine, Belarus)
  • South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia)

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Mexico and Central America (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador)
  • Caribbean (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica)
  • Andean Region (Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia)
  • Southern Cone (Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina)

Middle East and North Africa

  • North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia)
  • Middle East (Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, Yemen)
  • Cyprus
  • Areas with Syrian women refugees

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Central Africa: Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of the Congo
  • East Africa: Kenya, Malawi, Northern Uganda, Somaliland, South Sudan, Tanzania
  • West Africa: Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone

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