Global Fund for Women's 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.
Our vision is a world in which every woman and girl is strong, safe, powerful, and heard. No exceptions.
Global Fund for Women provides small women-led organizations outside of the United States 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.
Global Fund for Women has three critical areas of funding:
Economic & Political Empowerment
Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights
It is based in a country outside the United States. It does 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. It does 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).
Global Fund receives over 2,500 proposals each year and is able to award about 500 grants annually. Unfortunately it does not have the resources to provide funding to all the groups that meet our criteria. It does, however, give priority to women's groups that might particularly benefit from our support.
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.
Our two-step process
Our application process has two steps:
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.