Groundswell Fund: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Groundswell Fund supports grassroots groups fighting for the reproductive rights of women of color, low-income white women, and transgender people in the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder offers grants to projects, general operating support, and capacity building.

PROFILE: Founded by Vanessa Daniel, the Groundswell Fund “[s]upports a stronger, more effective U.S. movement for reproductive justice.” The fund achieves those ends by “[m]obilizing new funding and capacity building resources to grassroots organizing and policy changing efforts led by low-income women, women of color, and transgender people.”

Its Catalyst Fund supports grassroots organizations advancing progressive reproductive justice policies and advocating for systemic change. The fund seeks organizations led by women of color and supports work led by low-income white women, and transgender people. According to the fund, these groups are the ones who suffer from the largest reproductive health disparities in the United States. 

Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $150,000. Examples of past grantees are ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, Positive Women’s Network, and Young Women United. To learn more about Groundswell’s grantees, examine its current grantees list.

Groundswell’s Birth Justice Fund aims to “[e]liminate disparities in pregnancy and birth outcomes experienced by women of color, low-income women, young women, and transgender people.” Grants out of this program range from $5,000 to $40,000. Past grantees include Ancient Song Doula Services and Commonsense Childbirth. Click here to learn more about Groundswell’s Birth Justice grantees.

The fund’s Rapid Response Fund offers fast funding to groups experiencing unexpected expenses related to their work advancing reproductive and social justice for Groundswell’s beneficiary populations. Rapid response grants generally range from $5,000 to $30,000 and can go as high as $50,000. $30,000. Past grantees include the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Immigrant Youth Coalition. Click here to learn more about the fund’s Rapid Response grantees. Groundswell accepts unsolicited grant applications for this program.

Finally, the Liberation Fund is an initial $500,000 funding vehicle investing in grassroots groups led by people of color and transgender people “[a]cross all social sectors.”

With the exception of the Rapid Response Fund, Groundswell grants are made by invitation only and the fund does not accept unsolicited requests for funding. Grantseekers are however, encouraged to get in touch with the foundation via email at to discuss their work.


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