Hill-Snowdon Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Hill-Snowdon Foundation’s grants related to girls and women typically go to support community organizing and gender equality in the workplace.

IP TAKE: The majority of this funder’s grants go to support general operating costs.

PROFILE: Arthur B. Hill founded the Hill-Snowdon Foundation in 1959. In 1998, the foundation partnered with the Tides Foundation and developed more formal policies and grantmaking procedures and in 2004, it became a fully staffed foundation. Among these transformations was a new focus in grantmaking “[g]rounded in a philosophy of justice and fairness for some of the most vulnerable members of this society, low-income families—particularly low-income youth of color and low-wage workers.”

The foundation’s grantmaking programs include Economic Justice Organizing, Youth Organizing, and the Fund for D.C. The foundation does not have grantmaking programs specifically directed toward girls and women; however, it has a history of supporting related organizations. Additionally, one of the objectives of its Economic Justice program is to improve “[a]ccess for workers to jobs in their communities and prevent discrimination based on gender, race, age, immigration status or sexual orientation.”

Hill-Snowdon gives priority for its Economic Justice program grantmaking to organizations based in the South and Southwest regions of the United States. Grant amounts typically range from $15,000 to $40,000. Examples of past grantees include the 9 to 5 National Association of Working Women which received both project and general operating support; and the Global Fund For Women, which received a grant for general operating support. To learn more about the types of organizations Hill-Snowdon supports and at what level, explore its searchable grants database.

The foundation has two grantmaking cycles ending in May and November; however, it does not accept unsolicited grant applications or request for funding at this time.