Embrey Family Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Embrey Family Foundation supports organizations bringing gender rights and equality to the center of the human rights landscape.

IP TAKE: This funder awards very few grants for general operating support. Most awards support specific projects.

PROFILE: The late J. Lindsay Embrey established Embrey Family Foundation (EFF) in 2004. Today, Lauren and Gail Embrey, along with a board of directors, guide the foundation’s giving. EFF’s grantmaking programs—referred to as “passion points” by the foundation—are arts for social change, advocacy, gender equity, racial equality, social justice, human rights and collaborative connections.

EFF operates two grantmaking programs focused on supporting its local community of Dallas, Texas. In 2009, the foundation expanded its Community Grants program to include the state of Colorado. The foundation awards grants to other states through its Mission Without Borders and Discretionary Grants performs.

The Mission Without Borders (MWB) program supports organizations advocating for systemic change in human rights, domestic human trafficking, women and girls leadership, racial and gender equity, arts for social change, and women’s media. While this grantmaking program includes multiple areas of grantmaking interest at EFF, “[t]he plight and potential of women and girls is at the core of MWB’s design,” and grants support projects both big and small that “[m]ove the gender lens into the center of human rights, human trafficking, and media.”

EFF’s Discretionary Grants program supports newer organizations raising awareness in the foundation’s areas of grantmaking interest.

Embrey grant amounts range from $10,000 to $50,000. To learn more about the types of organizations Embrey supports and at what level, explore its individual grantees page.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications through its website. EFF accepts full proposals by invitation only. Applicants should tour Embry’s complex website often for evolving details.


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