Isabel Allende Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Isabel Allende Foundation seeks organizations that empower women, secure their reproductive rights, and protect them from violence.

IP TAKE: This funder does not award many grants each year.

PROFILE: Novelist Isabel Allende established the Isabel Allende Foundation in 1996 in honor of her daughter Paula Frias, who passed away in 1992. The foundation “[invests] in the power of women and girls to secure reproductive rights, economic independence, and freedom from violence.”

The foundation supports organizations that address reproductive rights, women’s empowerment, healthcare, education, and protecting women and children from violence. It offers two grants programs: the Esperanza grant, which ranges from $1,000 to $10,000 and the Espíritu Award, which ranges from $25,000 to $80,000. For a broader sense of the types of organizations the Allende Foundation supports, explore its past grant recipients listings.

Allende limits its national grant awards to California and Chilean organizations. On rare occasions, the foundation supports rights work conducted beyond its stated geographic priorities.

The Isabel Allende Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant requests or proposals. Instead, it seeks organizations whose work aligns with the foundation’s overall mission.




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