C&A Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The C&A Foundation funds organizations that address systemic challenges within the apparel industry with a focus on girls and women.

IP TAKE: This funder only works with registered nonprofits and does not apply geographic restrictions to its grantmaking.

PROFILE: Established in 2011, the C&A Foundation is one of the philanthropic arms of the global fashion retail chain C&A. The foundation operates and exists separately from  its corporate sister company. Based in Zug, Switzerland, the C&A Foundation seeks to “[i]mprove lives wherever C&A operates through educational, health, and disaster relief initiatives” by addressing pervasive challenges in the global apparel industry as girls and women comprise the vast majority of apparel industry workers.

The foundation’s grantmaking priorities include improving sustainability in the cotton market, improving working conditions in the garment sector, eradicating forced labor in the apparel industry, and building resiliency in communities in which C&A operates. The foundation applies its gender justice theory of change across all of its grantmaking programs in order to achieve “[g]ender parity in leadership and decision-making in the apparel supply chain” and ensure that “[a]pparel workers are free from work place gender-based violence.” 

Grant amounts vary widely and can range from €10,000 to over €4 million. Examples of past grants include the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity, which received a €95,000 grant for its work empowering female workers; and Breakthrough, which received a €450,000 grant to address sexual harassment and gender based violence within the apparel supply chain. Explore C&A’s list of grants to get a broader sense of the types of organizations the foundation supports and at what level.

The C&A accepts unsolicited requests for funding, beginning with a four-page concept note. According to the foundation, the grant process can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months.