Dallas Women’s Foundation: Texas Grants

OVERVIEW: The Dallas Women’s Foundation is committed to philanthropy for women and girls, especially those living at risk and in poverty Dallas, Collin, and Denton counties. Economic security, women-led households, and education and medical care for women and girls at risk are at the heart of DWF grantmaking.

FUNDING AREAS: Women and girls, economic security, leadership and education, health and safety, legal and civil rights

IP TAKE: DWF operates on spring and fall grant cycles and is welcoming to new grantees.

PROFILE: Established in 1985, the Dallas Women’s Foundation is concerned with empowering women’s philanthropy and helping women and girls be strong, independent, and self-sufficient members of the community. A group of 19 women established DWF, and it is now the largest regional women’s fund in the world. The foundation “invests in women and girls and empowers women's philanthropy to build a better world.” Grantmaking interests include economic security, leadership and education, health and safety, and legal and civil rights.

DWF operates much like a community foundation—raising funds from donors, making grants from those funds, and managing donor-advised funds. The foundation strongly believes in the “ripple effect,” a phenomenon where investing in women results in better lives for her family, community, and world. Economic security is a significant program funding area at DWF, and the funder awards grants for basic skills and ESL, workforce development, aging in place, entrepreneurship, childcare, and traditional housing. Education grants focus on STEM education, self-esteem building, leadership, and after-school prevention and empowerment. Health and safety grants address reproductive health, mental and emotional care, dental care, access to care, human trafficking, and violence against women and girls.

This foundation typically grants more than $4.5 million per year. View a listing of past grantees on the funder’s website. To be eligible for a grant, organizations must ensure that at least 50 percent of their clients who benefit from funding are residents of Dallas, Denton, or Collin County in Texas. Also, at least 75 percent of clients who benefit from grant funding must be women or girls.

The foundation is open to new grantees and issues requests for proposals twice a year. Direct general inquiries to the foundation staff at 214-965-9977 or via email to the most relevant staff member.

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