Stewart R. Mott Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Stewart R. Mott Foundation awards grants to girls and women’s organizations with a national focus. It does not generally support regional and grassroots groups.

IP TAKE: This funder typically awards general operating supporting grants rather than project specific grants.

PROFILE: The Stewart R. Mott Foundation was founded in 1968, focusing mainly on “[c]hanging public policy to address the issues of nuclear armament and overpopulation.” The foundation has since expanded its funding interests to include peacebuilding and arms control, foreign policymaking, population issues and reproductive rights, government reform and public policy, and civil rights and civil liberties. While Mott does not have a program that specifically addresses girls and women, it awards grants to related causes across its other grantmaking programs.

The Mott Foundation awards grants of between $5,000 and $10,000 to U.S.-based organizations whose work has a national focus. In the past, the foundation has awarded grants related to girls and women’s causes to organizations such as the Global Fund for Women and Women’s Media Center. Those grants were awarded out of the foundation’s Civil Liberties grantmaking program. The foundation also awards girls and women’s grants out of its Population Issues program to organizations such as the Center for Reproductive Rights and the National Abortion Federation.To learn more about the types of organizations the Stewart R. Mott Foundation supports, explore its current grantees page.

The foundation accepts unsolicited proposals at, but it warns grantseekers that the number of new projects it supports each year is “extremely limited.”


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