Due to the large number of qualified proposals received over this last application cycle, Global Fund for Women will not be opening for applications for general support grants again until 2015. Please continue to check the website regarding the new dates. Thank you.


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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.
  • It is a group of women working together. We do not accept requests from individuals.
  • It is governed, directed, and led by women. Women must fill all or most of the leadership roles.

Groups do not need to be registered non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to qualify for funding.

In addition, please note that the Global Fund does NOT fund the following:

  • Individuals
  • Scholarships
  • Government entities
  • Groups without a strong women's rights focus
  • Groups based and working primarily or only in the US
  • International organizations proposing projects with local partners
  • Groups whose sole purpose is to generate income or to provide charity to individuals
  • Groups headed and managed by men, without women in the majority of leadership positions
  • Political parties or election campaigns
  • Women's branches/departments/projects of mixed gender organizations


Women-focused projects within mixed-gender organizations may occasionally receive support from the Global Fund if they work with particularly marginalized groups: for example, women within groups of people with disabilities or women within LGBTQI organizations.

Where We Fund

Review our current regional priorities. You can also search our grantmaking database to see where we’ve awarded all grants since 1988.