2020/21 Grant applications will be accepted January 17 through March 20. Funding will not become available until October so please be sure your program/project timeline reflects this.
This year, we are pleased to offer two-year grants without a reapplication process, provided that the funding is used for same/similar purposes as year one and that the organization has met reporting and outcome guidelines in year one. To account for possible downturns in the economy, year two funding is also contingent on budget availability at WFRI. As of 2020, we are increasing our total grant making to $60,000 annually.
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 addition, proposals that focus on systems change for broad impact, rather than change for the specific individuals going through a program, will be more likely to be funded. For example, advocacy initiatives that lead to law changes or train the trainer programs where the reach of the program goes beyond the participants, are more likely to get funded over a skills-building project for individuals.
Please note that in addition to our ongoing priorities, we will entertain proposals addressing our advocacy concerns and recent research. Policy priorities include women's economic security including 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.
Not sure if your idea is a fit for the Women's Fund of Rhode Island? Prospective grantees are invited to participate in a conference call to ask questions and learn more about our grant review process. These calls are scheduled for:
Calls may be accessed by dialing 1-712-451-0200 and PIN: 189687. You may also reach out to us via email at email@example.com or phone us at 401-262-5657 any time during the application period with your questions.
Our website content system does not allow us to post an editable .doc format of the grant application. Feel free to reach out if you would like to be emailed the application in .doc format. Alternatively, you may use the Google doc below to fill out an application online, although you will not be able to save the document prior to sending.
Launched in 2001
Supporting programs that empower women and girls to address gender inequity
More than $700,000 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
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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