Grantmaking

WomenStrong International supports women-driven organizations around the world that address one or more of the following issues: Girls’ Education and Empowerment, Women’s Health, Violence Against Women and Girls, and Economic Opportunity. Naomi Walston, our Director of Development (nwalston@womenstrong.org), works with WomenStrong’s trusted network of partners and advisors to identify potential grantees. Unsolicited proposals are not accepted.

TYPES OF SUPPORT

WomenStrong’s grantmaking focuses on three core areas: piloting new or adapted initiatives; replicating effective programs; and sharing knowledge of what works and what does not.

Piloting

WomenStrong is interested in funding innovative initiatives that test new program models in our thematic areas. We look for projects that aim to pilot a compelling new approach, service, or product.

Funding pilots can be considered a high-risk approach. That said, WomenStrong is investing in organizations with an entrepreneurial spirit that need support to validate or advance their early-stage, non-traditional ideas for tackling the greatest challenges facing women and girls in extreme urban poverty. We want to fund programs where a small investment will have a large impact.

Organizations seeking funding for their pilot ideas must provide documentation of their accomplishments to-date, as well as evidence regarding the potential impact of their intended pilot and how the pilot is appropriate and timely within their individual context.

Replication

WomenStrong will support solutions that show potential for replication, whether in other locales or with new partners or audiences. Our aim is to help position promising interventions well on the path towards achieving scale.

Organizations wishing for a replication grant must be able to provide substantial evidence of the effectiveness of their current programming and demonstrate the specific program’s potential for impact in the intended additional setting.

Knowledge-Sharing

WomenStrong understands that one of the greatest challenges faced by grassroots organizations is finding the opportunity to share their work with a wider audience. We therefore promote partnerships and collaborative efforts among our members through our own knowledge-sharing initiatives.

We provide financial support enabling members to present at our WomenStrong Learning Community convenings and to share their solutions and impact with wider audiences, whether by connecting to new partners or research institutions or participating in national or international events.

We also fund non-grantee participants in our Learning Community to share their expertise by speaking at Lab events and providing mentorship in their areas of expertise.

GEOGRAPHY

WomenStrong grantees are found across the globe.

About WomenStrong International

WomenStrong International is a global community of organizations working with women and girls to end extreme urban poverty. We start and end by listening to urban women and girls, who know best what they need, in order to thrive. WomenStrong finds, funds, nurtures, and shares women-driven solutions that can transform lives. Learn More