Grant Making

Women's Fund of Rhode Island

Grant Making

We are no longer accepting grant proposals for the 2022-2023 grant cycle. Our next application window will open in January 2024.

The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island (WFRI) is excited to announce financial commitments totaling $120,000 in grant funding to seven organizations over the next two years for their innovative proposals to achieve gender equity and help level the playing field for women and girls in Rhode Island. $60,000 will be distributed in 2022 and the same amount in 2023. Several of the grants include 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:  

  • SISTA Fire ($20,000)- Support for reproductive justice work centered on the experience of working-class womxn of color and disrupting the norms of white supremacy culture, by building a network for doulas and birthworkers of color.
  • Sojourner House ($20,000)- Support for intimate partner violence prevention education for youth, teaching about the dynamics of healthy relationships, promoting self-respect within relationships and warning signs of abusive relationships at DelSesto Middle School, Nathanael Greene Middle School and Cranston High School West.
  • RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence ($20,000)- Support for Advocates of Color Leadership Development to Advance Economic Justice Initiative, providing strategies to enhance leadership skills and professional development opportunities delivered by and designed for women of color and to increase the number of advocates of color engaged in policy advocacy related to economic justice.
  • Center for Women & Enterprise ($20,000)- Support for Spanish language entrepreneurship and business planning training.
  • SEIU Education & Support Fund ($20,000)- Support for business courses for 30 family child care providers based on the model of All Our Kin, to increase understanding by family child care providers of best business practices, improving financial practices and enhancing the efficiency of their programs.
  • Rhode Island for Community & Justice ($10,906)- Support for Young Women's Equity Council to establish a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion training and mentoring program and ensure there is a cohort of women of color who are enthusiastic and qualified to fill open DEI roles right out of college.
  • Planned Parenthood of Southern New England ($9,094)- Support for the Coalition for Reproductive Freedom to focus on legislative activities related to reproductive justice, including the Equality in Abortion Coverage Act, Doula Reimbursement Act, No Co-pay for Birth Control and RI Parentage Equality Act. Note that PPSNE requested $20,000, but we did not have enough left in budget to fund their full request.

Our Grant Program

  • Launched in 2001

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

  • More than $810,000 has been distributed to gender lens programming to date

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

WFRI Grant Priorities

  • Systems change ideas that work to level the playing field for women and girls in 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


Current funding includes a two year commitment to funded organizations, provided they use funding for the same/similar purposes, provide WFRI with periodic updates on project progress, and with the understanding that we can only provide funds if they are available. Donations are key to our ability to grant funds. 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. Go to for the online portal or download a .pdf of the application below.

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This powerpoint gives an example of what it means to give "through a gender lens." WFRI volunteers are trained in gender lens giving concepts prior to embarking on the grant review process. The grant review team is made up of a diverse group of volunteers trained in gender lens giving. After a thorough review and discussion process, the grant review team recommends which proposals the WFRI Board should fund. The next grant review process will not begin until 2022. If you would like to be considered as a volunteer for the review process, please contact our Executive Director at

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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
  • Fundraising 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.