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She Said She Would, So She Did - Grants to Fund Women’s Services

Fri, Aug 10, 2018 @ 11:08 AM / by Lauren Albright

With persistence, women have made great strides toward achieving equal opportunity, equal pay, and more, but there is still great need for improvement. Did you know 62 million girls worldwide are denied an education? Or that women with full-time jobs earn 77 cents for every dollar of their male counterpart’s earnings? Less than 30 percent of researchers are women, and by 2020 men will outnumber women in the field of computer science by 4:1 (statistics from

Is your organization doing something to change these discouraging numbers? If so, the following grant opportunities might be right for you.

For Women-Led Projects: Mary’s Pence

Mary’s Pence funds projects in the United States and Canada that are led by women and that improve the lives of women and their communities. Projects should:

  • embrace social justice values including human dignity, the common good, and nonviolence
  • emphasize collaboration, diversity, and/or leadership development.

To be eligible, organizations must have a budget under $200,000. Here are some details about applying:

  • The application is available online and can be submitted via email, fax or hard copy.
  • Applicants can request a maximum of $5,000.
  • Applicants can receive a grant up to three times.
  • There are two application deadlines each year, February 1 and August 1.
  • If you are interested in applying and want to learn more about the process, Mary’s Pence hosts two information sessions via teleconference each year.

Visit the Mary’s Pence website for more details and updates.

For Projects Promoting Gender, Racial or Economic Justice: Open Meadows Foundation

Open Meadows Foundation, like Mary’s Pence, wants to fund projects that are led by and that benefit women and girls. One-time grants are available up to $2,000 for projects that promote community development. Priority is given to small and start-up organizations; organization budget should not exceed $75,000 for any applicants.

To apply, complete the online application and submit via email to Applications are reviewed in two cycles:

  • Spring cycle: review proposals received January 1-February 15
  • Fall Cycle: review proposals received July 1-August 15

More information is available on the Open Meadows Foundation website. Also, be sure to check out their three special funds for projects concerning indigenous women, activists under the age of 19, and lesbians age 60 and older.

For Projects Promoting Education for Women and Girls: AAUW Community Action Grants

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers grants for non-profit organizations focused on the education of women and girls. Special consideration is given to projects focused on grades K-12, community colleges, and STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) topics, as well as projects that include community partners.  

  • One-year grants are available for community-based projects.
  • Two-year grants provide startup funds for new projects.

According to the AAUW website, eligible projects will “have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place in the United States or its territories.”

The online application is available August 1-January 15. Learn more here.


Proposals for each of these grant opportunities for funding women’s services should do more than simply state a need; applicants must paint a clear picture of how their project will improve the lives of women and/or girls in the community.

The Grant Helpers can help you develop a strong proposal and address any special considerations within your community or with relevant partners. Contact us today—you can even start with a free consultation.

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