Girls Rights Project: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: Girls Rights Project supports organizations that work in education, anti-trafficking, ending the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting and locating missing girls.

IP TAKE: This is an approachable funder that awards modest-sized grants. However, it appears selective regarding organizations it chooses to support and does not award many grants each year. Grantseekers should expect competition.

PROFILE: Since 2012the Girls Rights Project has awarded girl-centered grants to organizations working in education, anti-trafficking, ending the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting, and locating missing girls. According to the project, it is “especially concentrated on making sure that all girls go to school, have physical autonomy, are protected from a life of abuse, slavery or trafficking.”

Prior to the Girls Rights Project, Stacey Keare ran the Keare/Hodge Foundation, established in 2001, to support grants in health, education and human rights. As Keare grew interested in matters directly related to girls, she discovered that “a couple of really great organizations focused on education,” but she grew “extremely frustrated” with the discovery that many girls’ and women’s empowerment groups were working from an economic perspective rather than human rights one. 

Girls Rights Project does not geographically restrict its grantmaking, but instead, awards grants to organizations working in regions the world where girls’ rights violations are typically the most egregious or where girls’ rights are all but nonexistent.

Although most grants are awarded to community-based groups and projects, the project also supports larger international organizations advocating for girls’ rights on a global scale. Its grantmaking ranges from $1,000 to $10,000. To get a better idea of what kinds of organizations and projects it funds, browse its grantee list.

The project accepts unsolicited applications on a rolling basis. Interested grantseekers may contact the project about potential funding via its website or by emailing project president Stacey Keare directly at stacey@girlsrightsproject.com.

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