Global Fund for Women: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Global Fund for Women focuses all of its grantmaking on fighting for women’s economic and political rights, as well as freedom from violence.

IP TAKE: This is strictly a grassroots funder. Organizations with strong local and community-based programs should not hesitate to reach out to this funder.

PROFILE: The Global Fund for Women was founded in 1987. The founding group of women was “frustrated by the lack of interest in funding women’s rights,” and from the beginning, it has supported organizations fighting for women's rights around the world. Its funding focuses on grassroots rights work with the aim of strengthening organizations to help build a stronger, more effective global women’s rights movement.  

The Global Fund for Women awards core and operating support grants through its Freedom from Violence and Economic Political and Equality programs. Both programs cover a range of critical women’s rights issues such as access to education, fair and equal wages, and ending all violence against women. The fund also supports women’s sexual and reproductive health rights through its Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights program. 

The grants typically range from $5,000 to $50,000 and are awarded to nonprofits based outside of the United States. To learn more about the types of organizations supported by the Global Fund for Women, explore its informative grants database.

The fund accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry. Grantseekers should keep in mind that it does apply geographic restrictions on its grantmaking and supports groups working in specific countries in Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa.