Weissberg Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Weissberg Foundation supports girls’ and women’s organizations with annual budgets of $2.5 million or less.

IP TAKE: This funder restricts women’s and girls’ empowerment grants to organizations located in Maryland, New Mexico, New York and Washington, D.C.

PROFILE: Marvin Weissberg founded the Weissberg Foundation in 1988 in order to “[a]dvance organizations and efforts that give voice and opportunity to historically marginalized populations.” Major grantmaking programs include Diversity in Theater, Equitable Justice and Reframing Washington.

Weissberg’s Equitable Justice program, an inaugural criminal justice program, “[s]eeks to fund, amplify, build capacity and collaborate to advance organizations and efforts approaching justice reform with an intersectional lens.” The foundation’s work in this area benefits women, girls, transgender people of color and gender non-conforming people of color. It funds the “[l]eadership and advocacy capacity of system-impacted women, girls, and gender non-conforming individuals of color to advance equity and change the narrative about who they are.”

Although the foundation awards few substantial grants each year in amounts upwards of $1 million, the majority of grants range from $25,000 to $100,000. Past grantees in this space include New Endeavors by Women, which received funding to support its work with homeless women; and Girls Inc., Santa Fe, which received a grant for its work empowering girls. To learn more about select organizations supported by Weissberg Foundation, explore its brief grantees list.

The Weissberg Foundation accepts unsolicited grant proposals and requests for funding by announcing Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

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