Grant Making

Women's Fund of Rhode Island

Grant Making

Grant applications are generally accepted January through March 15th each year. Funding will not become available until October so please be sure your program/project timeline reflects this.

Women’s Fund of Rhode Island (WFRI) grant program recognizes that many of society’s problems have a greater impact on women and girls.  There is an undeniable correlation between poverty, low self-esteem, poor health and inadequate healthcare, job access and wages, domestic violence, sexual assault and being female.  We seek to fund projects and initiatives that use a “gender lens” to focus on the unique needs of women and girls and provide gender specific solutions to problems facing women and girls in Rhode Island.

In 2019, please note that in addition to our ongoing priorities, we will entertain proposals addressing our advocacy concerns and recent research. Policy priorities include Fair/Equal Pay, Access to Reproductive Health and Freedom, and Freedom from Sexual Harassment. Visit our Research section of the website to see our latest research on women of color.

Our Grant Program

  • Launched in 2001

  • Supporting programs that empower women and girls to address gender inequity

  • More than $600,000 has been distributed to gender lens programming to date

  • Made possible by donations to Women’s Fund of Rhode Island

WFRI Grant Priorities

  • Civic engagement and leadership

  • Economic self-sufficiency and justice, particularly fair/equal pay and increased/living wages

  • Women and girls health and well-being, particularly access to reproductive health and/or freedom from sexual harassment

  • Educational advancement


WFRI's grant making supports systemic change.  Proposals need to demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • A capacity to address root causes of problems, challenges and issues

  • Impact on societal attitudes or behaviors

  • Positive long-term change for women and girls

  • Expanded choice for women and girls

  • Empowerment of women and girls to challenge the status quo

  • Changes in policies and systems to provide full participation by women and girls

Application Only

Funding is made on a year-to-year basis. Multi-year commitments will not be considered. A new proposal must be submitted each time a grant is requested. Previous funding does not guarantee continued funding, either for an organization or a project. Application Only!

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Grant Application & Guidelines

Funding is made on a year-to-year basis. Multi-year commitments will not be considered. A new proposal must be submitted each time a grant is requested. Previous funding does not guarantee continued funding, either for an organization or a project. Please download the complete application guidelines below.

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WFRI will fund the following types of organizations:

  • Non-profit organizations and groups that demonstrate tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code 501 (c) 3
  • Groups or organizations that submit an application through a fiscal sponsor, e.g. a tax-exempt organization under IRS Code 501 (c) that agrees to accept funds on its behalf
  • Schools receiving funding from the government
  • Eligible Organizations or groups that serve women and girls in Rhode Island

Funding Restrictions

We will not fund the following:

  • Federal, state, county, and city government agencies
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes.  Although there is no restriction on funding faith-based organizations, all WFRI-funded projects /services must be secular
  • For-profit business ventures
  • Endowment or capital campaigns
  • Individuals or scholarships
  • Fund raising events or conferences
  • Debt reduction
  • Medical research
  • Campaigns to elect candidates to public office
  • Projects that discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any veteran's status.

We are pleased to announce the following projects were funded in 2018:

  • Cultivating Civic Engagement and Leadership for 8-11 Grade Girls through Blackstone Valley Prep, teaching young girls about how policy is made and identifying opportunities to make change
  • Spanish Language Entrepreneurship Training through the Center for Women and Enterprise
  • Supporting the work of the Coalition for Reproductive Freedom through Planned Parenthood
  • Addressing Sexual Harassment for 10th grade students in Providence Public Schools through Sojourner House
  • Train-the-Trainer programming for community leaders addressing reproductive health and freedom in immigrant settings for women and girls in displaced settings
  • Year two funding for #RaiseOurVoices teaching low income girls of color about policy making and advocacy and addressing self-identified issues within their school systems