Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation seeks organizations that protect and expand access to reproductive health services and information for girls and women.

IP TAKE: This funder prefers to make general support grants rather than project specific grants, and encourages requests for funding to address multiple priority issues.

PROFILE: Charles Noyes founded the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation in 1947 as a memorial to his late wife. The foundation seeks to “support grassroots organizations and movements in the United States working to change environmental, social, economic and political conditions to bring about a more just, equitable and sustainable world.” The foundation’s funding priorities include environmental justice, sustainable agriculture and food systems, reproductive rights, and building a sustainable New York City.

The foundation’s work supports women’s and girls’ organizations that seek to protect and expand access to reproductive health services and information. Areas of interest include expanding state-level reproductive rights agendas to ensure that marginalized populations are engaged in the advocacy and protection of their reproductive rights, broadening the base of reproductive rights activists, and expanding the reproductive rights agenda to include a wider range of issues. Noyes’ beneficiary populations include, but are not limited to, young people, low-income populations, people of color and immigrant populations.

Grant awards typically range from about $20,000 to $50,000. While the foundation prioritizes reproductive rights, it also supports related matters, such as violence against women. Past grantees include Black Women for Wellness and National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. To learn more about the types of organizations supported by the Noyes Foundation, explore its current grants list.

The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry via its website or through the mail. The board makes final grant decisions three times a year in the spring, summer and fall. The foundation does not fund NARAL Pro-Choice America or Planned Parenthood affiliates.


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