WFRI will be accepting grant applications between January 9 and March 15, 2024. Our grant cycle runs every other year, so if you miss this cycle, our next application period will open sometime in early 2026. To apply for this grant cycle, fill out our 2024 grant application.
During our 2022-23 cycle Women’s Fund of Rhode Island (WFRI) made grants totaling $130,000 for innovative proposals to achieve gender equity and help level the playing field for women and girls in Rhode Island. Several of the grants included a racial justice component and all are relevant to concurrent health and racial disparities.
WFRI uses social change grantmaking to achieve gender equity and social justice, focus on systemic solutions, and address the unique needs of women and girls. Since its launch in 2001, the WFRI Grant Program has awarded more than $900,000 to organizations and programs in Rhode Island that empower women and girls. These grants are made possible through the generosity of donors of the WFRI.
To give you a sense of what we mean by funding gender equity through systemic change, our most recent grant recipients and awarded programs include:
Launched in 2001
Supporting programs that empower women and girls to address gender inequity
More than $900,000 has been distributed to gender lens programming to date
Made possible by donations to Women’s Fund of Rhode Island
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 freedom and access to reproductive health and/or freedom from sexual harassment
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
We will not fund the following: