OVERVIEW: FRIDA backs young women and trans-led organizations combatting oppression, violence, and inequality.
IP TAKE: This funder seeks out young female and trans leaders who are “not afraid of disrupting the status quo.”
PROFILE: FRIDA: The Young Feminist Fund began as an idea in 2008 at a meeting coordinated by the Association of Women’s Rights in Development and the Global Fund for Women. In 2010, a group of young feminist and their allies met up to build the framework of what would become FRIDA.
FRIDA “provides young leaders with the resources they need to amplify their voices and bring attention to their work, and the support, flexibility and network to keep their vision and influence alive.” The fund backs organizations led by women, girls, and trans youth who are working as change agents against inequality and oppression.
The fund awards grants to organizations improving the lives of young women and trans youth at local and international levels, those that employ inclusive organizing tactics, and those fostering collective action in the feminist movement. Eligible organizations must be led by women and/or trans youth under 30 and at least 70 percent of the organization's membership must be people under 30.
The fund prioritizes grassroots and overlooked groups, those based in the Global South, located in remote areas, those made up of marginalized women, and those that are using innovative strategies to build and grow their activism. Click here to learn more about FRIDA’s funding priorities.
The fund limits its grants to $5,000 USD and to organizations with budgets of less than $25,000. Only groups based in the Global South are eligible to apply for a FRIDA grant. Past grantees include Bnt Al Masarwa, which received a grant for its anti-sexual and gender based violence programs, and MAD (Making A Difference) Sisters, which received a grant from FRIDA's leadership building projects. To learn more about FRIDA grantees, explore its grantee partner list.
The fund accepts unsolicited grant applications during its general grant round, which typically lasts around eight weeks between November and December.
- Amina Doherty, Founding Advisor and Coordinator
- Ruby Johnson, Co-Director
- Ana Criquillion, Special Advisor to the Board and Foundation Advisor
- Jovana Djordjevic, Grantmaking and Operations Officer
- Perla Vazquez Diaz, Secretary of the Board and Founding Member