Filia Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Filia Foundation awards grants to organizations combating discrimination against girls and women on multiple levels such as sexual orientation, ethnicity, and skin color.

IP TAKE: Filia grant recipients must begin their projects within three months of receiving funds.

PROFILE: In 2001, a group of nine women founded the German-based Filia Foundation to advocate for gender equality and the rights of women and girls. The foundation dedicates its grantmaking to organizations fighting for systemic change and against the exploitation, discrimination and oppression of women and girls.

Filia’s Worldwide Urgent Action Grant program supports “[p]olitical interventions that promote structural change for the benefit of women and girls” around the world. The foundation limits its Urgent Action Fund grants to €5000.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications, which applicants must submit in either German or English. Filia accepts full proposals by invitation only. Grantseekers should be aware that it dedicates 50 percent of its funding to organizations in Central and Eastern Europe and 20 percent to those located in its home country of Germany.


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