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 Security and Opportunity.

Naomi Walston, our Director of Strategy and Development works with WomenStrong’s trusted network of partners and advisors to identify potential grantees.

Unsolicited proposals are not accepted at this time.

What We Look For

WomenStrong supports organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • Has women in the majority of its key management and governance positions 
  • Implements projects in urban or semi-urban areas
  • Implements projects that look for solutions to challenges faced by urban women and girls in one of our four focus areas:  Girls’ Education and Empowerment, Women’s Health, Violence Against Women and Girls, and Economic Security and Opportunity 
  • Has a local governing body
  • Has a diverse portfolio of funding
  • Is willing to actively participate in our Learning Lab and to share their solutions and challenges with our growing community of organizations working with urban women and girls to leave extreme poverty behind.
  • Has an annual budget of less than US$1 million.

Types of Support

WomenStrong currently provides unrestricted, two-year grants. 

We have no geographic limitations to where we fund. We fund domestic (US-based) as well as international organizations. 

We are particularly interested in funding initiatives that test new program models, approaches, services, or products. We are passionate about 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.

WomenStrong is also interested in supporting 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 toward achieving scale.

About WomenStrong International

WomenStrong International finds, funds, strengthens, and shares women-driven solutions that will transform lives in urban communities. Our partners start by listening to women, who know best what they need in order to thrive. Then we bring these organizations together into a Learning Lab, to develop, test, sharpen, and disseminate their solutions. Through our collective learning and sharing, WomenStrong is building a global community of organizations better equipped to advance the rights and wellbeing of women and girls. Learn More