WestWind Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: This small, Virginia-based foundation predominately supports U.S.-based organizations that deliver reproductive services and advocate for reproductive health rights in the developing world. WestWind's focus abroad includes developing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

IP TAKE: WestWind prioritizes organizations with which it has worked in the past, and those it has invited to apply. Grantseekers should note that WestWind seeks projects that consist of both service delivery and national policy advocacy, not one or the other.

PROFILE: A relatively small foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia, the WestWind Foundation supports projects that address climate change and improve access to reproductive health care. Rather than investing in multiple areas of interests, WestWind restricts its development to climate change and reproductive rights in order to make its impact more deeply felt. 

WestWind's global health grants are made through its Reproductive Health & Rights Programs. Most of its grantmaking remains domestic, and funds large U.S. organizations that address abortion and reproductive health rights, such as Planned Parenthood (of America), NARAL, RH Reality Check, and the Feminist Majority Foundation, among others. However, WestWind also supports reproductive health projects in developing countries, specifically the Caribbean and Latin America. This program prioritizes projects that provide direct, on-the-ground services; advocate for better access to reproductive health services; and promote education and training and other proactive strategies to address reproductive health issues. In the past, WestWind has supported projects that address emergency contraception, adolescent sexuality education and empowerment, maternal mortality, and post-abortion care. Grantseekers, however, should check this program often as it is still under development.

However, a  WestWind grantee cannot simply be a service provider. The foundation prioritizes organizations that not only deliver crucial services, but also engage education, advocacy, or policy work. 

WestWind grants range from a few thousand dollars to more than $100,000. The foundation generally offers operating support,  but also funds specific projects. To get an idea of the types of organizations receiving support from WestWind, examine its Recent Grants page.  

Grantseekers should check with the foundation often, as it has temporarily suspended its letter of inquiry process. Until that changes, grantseekers must network with WestWind.

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