Open Meadows Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: Open Meadows supports women-led organizations and projects around the world in the fields of gender, racial and economic justice.

IP TAKE: Open Meadows prioritizes giving to small and startup organizations. It also pays special attention to first time applicants, making it a great resource for grassroots groups trying to locate funding. 

PROFILE: Open Meadows is a small, volunteer-based organization that supports gender, racial, and economic justice empowerment directed by, and benefiting women and girlsIn keeping with its commitment to small and grassroots organizations, Open Meadows funds projects that "reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization," promote building communities, and those that have limited financial access. 

While Open Meadows is not a strictly grassroots or local funder, its grant amounts are modest and fund projects up to $2,000. In addition, the foundation’s website notes that only applicant organizations with budgets up to $75,000 are eligible for grants. While Open Meadows may accept grant applications from mid-sized organizations, it prioritizes those with limited financial access.

In addition to its general grantmaking, the foundation also awards grants out of three special funds: Jeanne Meurer Indigenous Women’s Fund, Ellen Dougherty Activist Fund for Young Women, and Edie Windsor Fund for Old Lesbians.  

Open Meadows does not impose geographic restrictions on its grantmaking. Grantseekers are welcome to submit complete proposals at any time. However, complete proposals must be received by the foundation between January 1 and February 15 or August 15 be considered for the spring cycle, and between July 1 and August 15 for the fall cycle.

All grant applicants must be attentive to Open Meadows’ application checklist. Applications that do not include everything on the list will be considered incomplete and will not be forwarded to the proposal review stage.


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