Alwaleed Philanthropies: Grants for Girls & Women

OVERVIEW: The Alwaleed Philanthropies does not impose geographic restrictions on its women’s empowerment grantmaking; however, it appears to prioritize organizations working in the Middle East.

IP TAKE: To qualify for a grant from this funder, organizations must have received additional support from international sources within five year of their application date.

PROFILE: In 2015, after 30 years of philanthropic giving Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal joined his three philanthropic organizations under a single umbrella named the Alwaleed Philanthropies. The foundation “[s]upports and initiates projects that contribute to a more compassionate, tolerant and accepting world.” It’s work supports empowering women and youth, developing communities, creating cultural understanding and providing disaster relief.  

Alwaleed’s empowering women and youth program aims to “[s]upport women around the world to achieve equality and enable the youth of today to create a better tomorrow.” Specific areas of funding interest include women’s rights, helping women gain access to education and employment opportunities, and supporting women’s intellectual freedom.

Alwaleed’s grant amounts range widely from around $100,000USD to $1 million USD. Past grantees in the women’s empowerment space include the Wa’iyah Intiative, which received support for its work empowering Saudi women. It also funded the Mawaddah Foundation, which received funding for its work training Saudi female law graduates. To learn more about the philanthropies’ grantees, explore its empowering women and youth page.

The Alwaleed Philanthropies accepts unsolicited grant applications and letters of inquiry. It does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. The board invites approved applicants to submit full grant proposals.


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