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.
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
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
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
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!
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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We will not fund the following:
We are pleased to announce the following projects were funded in 2018: