Women's Funds

An important source of funding:
  • They give grants to many women's organisations that funders do not reach, such as grassroots or unregistered groups,  as well as organizations working on issues that are considered controversial – such as land and environmental rights. 
  • Many give priority to indigenous and economically disadvantaged women's groups. 
  • They tend to provide flexible funding over a number of years, and include running costs (core funding). 
  • They prioritise support for training and capacity building, and for advocacy, campaigning and lobbying. 
  • Because their focus is on women's empowerment, and the furtherance of women and girls' rights, in general they will only fund women's groups, and which are led by women.
Some women's funds:
Global

Two of the biggest women's funds  worldwide are Mama Cash and Global Fund for Women

Indigenous Women's Fund

In the case of an organization of indigenous or tribal peoples which includes both men and women, any funding request must be submitted by a section, a secretariat, or a group of indigenous women.   

Latin American

The Consortium of Latin American Women’s Funds (ConMujeres). Members include:

Fondo Alquimia (Chile),

Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres (FCAM, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala y Costa Rica),

Fondo Lunaria (Colombia),

Fondo de Mujeres del Sur (Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay),

Semillas (Mexico) and

Fondo Apthapi Jopueti, an initiative of the Coordinadora de la Mujer (Bolivia).

All funds have as a main mission to provide financial support through grants to women’s grassroots and community based organizations.

Urgent Action Fund-Latin America

The Rapid Response Grantmaking program supports women activists to seize unanticipated opportunities to make change and to protect themselves when in immediate danger. Activists may apply in any language, on any day of the year, and are guaranteed a response within 72 hours. The grants are up to  $5,000 USD. Areas covered include responses to increases in armed and social conflict; potentially precedent-setting legal or legislative actions; protection and security of women human rights defenders, and the women's rights to the protection and management of natural resources and the environment, as well as the promotion of public policies on this.