Lacewing Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Lacewing Foundation’s global development grants typically support smaller and grassroots organizations that work to improve health and education for women and children around the world.  

IP TAKE: While Lacewing tends to support its current grantees over multiple years, it also appears receptive to new projects and ideas as they relate to its grantmaking priorities. Grantseekers should contact the organization's representatives to establish a relationship.

PROFILE: Formerly known as the Mary J. Williams Foundation, Lacewing is a small organization based in Rockland, Delaware. Its name, derived from the lacewing insects, which improve their habitats, reflects the organization's desire to "improv[e] health for women and children" by giving them the tools necessary to create opportunities for empowerment through education and health. Lacewing awards modest-sized grants to global development groups that work to improve women and children's access to education and health around the world.

The majority of its global development grants support organizations that work in least-developed countries. While the foundation does not note geographic restrictions, it appears to prioritize groups that work in Africa or Latin and Central America.

Grants typically range from $5,000 to $15,000. Lacewing does not award many grants each year. For more information about the types of organizations receiving Lacewing support, browse its one-page website, which includes detailed information regarding current grantees.

The Lacewing Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Also, its recent years’ tax filings indicate that this funder tends to back grantees over multiple years. As a result, new grantseekers may have to do more legwork to secure funding. 

PEOPLE:

  • Mary Williams, Founder and Chairman
  • Deidra Wager, Director
  • Angela McManus, Director
  • Wanda Herndon, Director
  • Laura Rohl, Director

CONTACT:
The Lacewing Foundation
PO Box 263
Rockland, Delaware 19732
(302) 658-7796