MATCH International Women’s Fund: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: MATCH International supports women, girls, and trans organizations around the world.

IP TAKE: This funder prioritizes grassroots organizations over larger international organizations.

PROFILE: In 1976, Norma Walmsley and Suzanne Johnson-Harvor created MATCH International, Canada’s first international nongovernmental organization focusing on the rights, empowerment and sustained development of women living in the Global South. In 2013, Walmsley and Johnson-Harvor founded the MATCH International Women’s Fund to “get money and resources in the hands of women’s rights organizations working at the grassroots level.” MATCH awards grants based on two major themes: Holding Ground and Breaking Ground.

Holding Ground grants support women’s organizations that promote and sustain women’s rights, justice and equality. This program provides core support to women’s organizations that are experiencing public backlash related to services and programs. MATCH also awards grants through this program supporting organizational capacity building efforts.

In contrast, Breaking Ground grants support women’s organizations that aim for systemic change through innovation and collaboration. The fund awards capacity-building grants through this program as well.

Grants range from $10,000 CAD to $20,000 CAD. Past grantees include Her Turn (Nepal) for its anti-child marriage advocacy and Advocacy for Women in Uganda to support its anti-female genital mutilation efforts. To learn more about the types of organizations supported by MATCH, explore its grantee partner listing.

The MATCH Fund announces open calls for proposals once per year.

PEOPLE: 

  • Jess Tomlin, President and CEO
  • Beatriz Gonzalez Manchon, Vice President, Global Programs
  • Wariri Muhungi, Manager, Global Programs
  • Naomi Seminega, Executive Coordinator

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