Women Rise Grant Program Now is Open

Together Women Rise is a powerful community of women and allies dedicated to achieving global gender equality. We have hundreds of local chapters across the U.S. where members learn about and advocate for gender equality issues, give grants to organizations that empower women and girls in low-income countries, and build a community to forge meaningful connections that increase our strength and collective impact.

Together Women Rise is an educational giving circle: Their members meet monthly, learn about their featured and sustained grantees, and donate to Together Women Rise, allowing them collectively to support grassroots international organizations empowering women and girls living in extreme poverty. They fund projects that foster good health, education, and economic self-sufficiency in developing countries. They are devoted to educating and inspiring individuals to make a difference and fight global poverty through the power of collective giving.

Together Women Rise selects a featured grantee each month and promotes it throughout the month at chapter meetings, through mailings, social media and online communications. Grantees are assigned to be featured in a specific month based on issue area and geography.

Focus Areas

Grantees must:

  • Support women and girls living in extreme poverty in developing countries
    • (defined as living on $1.90 a day or less)
  • Address one or more of the following issues/needs:
    • Education and vocational training
    • Improved women and girls’ health:
      • Physical health
      • Emotional /Psychological Health
      • Maternal Health
      • Sexual and Reproductive Rights
    • Economic empowerment
    • Clean water, sanitation, and a healthy environment
    • Improved food security, regenerative agriculture, and nutrition
    • Human trafficking: prevention, rescue, and reintegration
    • Leadership training
    • Advocacy for policies that promote gender equality, peace, and security.

Guiding Principles

  • To maximize the educational opportunities for their members, during the course of a year, Together Women Rise will strive to fund projects that address the varied issues, needs, and geography of women and girls
  • Projects funded will address one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Projects funded will create lasting change in the lives of the women and/or girls who are affected.
  • Projects provide solutions that have been identified by the women and/or girls being served and must actively include their perspectives.
  • The grantee must be able to demonstrate the direct impact of the project funded and demonstrate methods and ability to monitor and evaluate the project.
  • Grantees are sustainable organizations with multiple funding sources.

Funding Information

  • Together Women Rise makes grants of $35,000-50,000 that may be disbursed in one distribution or which may be taken in up to two equal distributions spanning a period of two years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Requirements for Grantees
    • A grantee must be a US 5.01(c)3 corporation or have a fiscal sponsor which is a US 5.01(c)3 corporation – A fiscal sponsor is a US non-profit organization that provides fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other administrative services to help build the capacity of charitable organizations that do not have a US 501c3 (non-profit) designation. An applicant that does not have a US 501c3 (non-profit) designation can submit an application to Together Women Rise with a fiscal sponsor if they have a verifiable present relationship with that fiscal sponsor that has been in existence for the past 12 months. The fiscal sponsor would need to satisfy all the Together Women Rise grant criteria.
    • They do not accept registration documents issued by any other country.
    • Grantee’s relationship with the fiscal sponsor must be of at least twelve months’ standing.
    • A grantee must demonstrate capacity and on the ground operations in countries with populations of greatest need for a minimum of three years.
    • Grantee and/or fiscal sponsor must provide Form 990 or Form 990 EZ for the two most recent consecutive years demonstrating $100,000 in annual expenses. They do not accept 990-Ns or 990-PFs.
    • A grantee must have minimum operating expenses of $100,000 annually for the most recent fiscal year unless using a fiscal sponsor.
    • At least half of the members of the board of directors of the grantee organization must be women at the time of application.
    • A grantee must demonstrate fiscally responsible practices
    • A grantee must provide data regarding the direct impact of the organization’s programs
    • A grantee must provide evidence of its monitoring and evaluation practices.
    • A grantee must have a website in English unless using a fiscal sponsor
    • Ae grantee must be able to provide a video clip at least 5 minutes in length about the organization and the funded project upon being selected for a grant.
    • A grantee must provide high-resolution photographs upon being selected for a grant.
  • Requirements for Fiscal Sponsors
    • The fiscal sponsor must be a US 5.01(C)3 corporation
    • The fiscal sponsor must provide evidence it has had oversight and supportive relationship with the grantee for at least 12 months
    • The fiscal sponsor must provide form 990 or form 990EZ for the two most recent consecutive years. They do not accept 990-Ns or 990-PFs.
    • The fiscal sponsor must have minimum operating expenses of $100,000 annually for the most recent fiscal year
    • At least half of the members of the board of directors of the fiscal sponsor organization must be women (at the time of application)
    • The fiscal sponsor must demonstrate fiscally responsible practices
    • The fiscal sponsor must have a website presence in English and the applicant must be represented on the fiscal sponsor’s website

Deadline: 24th October 2021

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