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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:

Global Fund for Women 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.

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How we measure progress

This short informational video explains how Global Fund for Women adapted the change matrix, a framework created by Gender at Work, to better capture and learn from the outcomes achieved by our grantee partners.


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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 do not fund projects proposed by or for the benefit of individuals (including 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 for Women provides three types of grants.

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

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

  • Government entities
  • International organizations proposing projects with local partners
  • 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 Global Fund for Women 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.


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:

Freedom from 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 Equality

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.

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.

Asia and the Pacific

  • East Asia (China/Hong Kong)
  • Mekong (Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand)
  • South Asia (India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)
  • Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Philippines)
  • Pacific Island Countries (Fiji, Papua New Guinea)

Europe and Central Asia

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

Latin America and the Caribbean

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

Middle East and North Africa

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

Sub-Saharan Africa

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


Grant Cycle

As the first step of the application process, we ask applicants to submit an Organizational Profile through our secure online application site. If deemed qualified, applicants are 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.

Please note that we are no longer accepting profile submissions for the 2016 grantmaking cycle. Submissions for the 2017 cycle will open in August 2016.

For groups that have already submitted an Organizational Profile for our 2016 cycle, please refer to the following dates:

  • 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 decline


In 2013, we conducted a review of our grantmaking process, which was informed by our fundraising context, our organizational values, and our desire to operate in an efficient and effective way. As a public grantmaking organization, we must fundraise for every dollar we are able to grant to women’s rights organizations, and we are committed to raising funds prior to our grantmaking cycles. We wanted to be more transparent about the amount and type of funds we have available for grantmaking. In addition, we wanted to acknowledge the time it takes to complete an application. We have designed a process that should enhance transparency, reduce applicant wait time, and share realistic expectations. We are requiring the submission of an Organizational Profile as a way of keeping groups from spending too much time completing a full application, if there is no match with our current priorities and available funding. We will also share the budget, priority issues and geographic focus for the current grantmaking cycle with groups that have submitted their Organizational Profile.

Please Note:

In addition to an annual grantmaking cycle, we will be instituting Requests For Proposals (RFPs) for particular issue-based initiatives as opportunities arise. We will post these RFPs on our website and we will contact groups with Organizational Profiles that appear to be a match to submit a full proposal. 

Travel and Event Organizing Grants

Travel and Event applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year

Currently, applications for Travel and Event Organizing grants are received via email. Please visit our Apply section to download these forms. These applications must be submitted 8 weeks prior to the event or travel according to the following regions:

Asia Pacific:
Europe and Central Asia:
Latin America and the Carribean:
Middle East and North Africa:
Sub-Saharan Africa:

Accessing Your Previous Online Grant Application

If you used our old online application system in the past and would like to view your previous applications, please login to the old system. Previously submitted applications will be available in read-only form and no new information can be submitted on that site.


General Support Grants

These are flexible grants to cover general operating expenses, such as rent, utilities, salaries, or equipment, as well as project expenses.

Eligibility and Awards

Your group must meet ALL the basic criteria to be eligible for a grant. Before proceeding, we ask that you carefully review our criteria to ensure that your group is eligible.

A group may only have one proposal of any type under consideration at a given time.

Amount granted may be less than the amount requested if and when an award is made.

How to Apply

All groups that wish to be considered for our annual grantmaking cycle must submit an Organizational Profile through our secure online system. If deemed qualified, these applicants are contacted and invited to submit a full proposal for funding. Please review our process for more details.

Please note that we are no longer accepting profile submissions for the 2016 grantmaking cycle. Submissions for the 2017 cycle will open in August 2016.

To access our Profile form, visit our Online Application Site.

Groups with existing Organizational Profiles may be invited for particular issue-based initiatives throughout the year as opportunities arise.

Important Note: Each organization must create ONLY ONE login account using an organizational email address. This login will be used to submit the Organizational Profile and to manage all the future grantmaking interaction with Global Fund for Women. We strongly suggest using an organizational email address that can be accessed by several persons.

Travel and Event Grants

In our effort to consolidate support for the participation, leadership, and voice of women’s organizations in key global spaces, we have prioritized support for travel and event funding requests for applicants wishing to attend two events in early 2016:

  • March 2016: United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
  • May 2016: Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) Forum “Feminist Futures: Building Collective Power for Rights and Justice”

Please note that we will not be able to consider travel and event proposals outside of these two events until May 2016. We expect that the demand will be overwhelming and therefore will prioritize applications from current or past grantee partners and for those applicants who are presenting on a panel.For the 2016 AWID Forum, we will also be prioritizing groups that promote the participation and leadership of young feminists. Please keep in mind our priorities for funding.

Please refer to the following deadlines to submit your proposal:

  • UN CSW: January 10, 2016
  • AWID: February 20, 2016

Download Travel Grant Application

Download Event Grant Application


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 in five languages: Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish. We award grants based on criteria and priorities determined in partnership with women’s rights activists working on the ground in the regions in which we fund. In accordance with U.S. law, Global Fund for Women is required to comply with all U.S. regulations.

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