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We believe that women and girls deserve equal opportunities and together we are committed to their justice and equality. We are outraged that most of the inequity in the world disproportionately affects women and girls and only 7% of grant dollars is committed to supporting them. We know that women of color receive even less support. We believe that leaders of color may have the best possible solutions but struggle to secure traditional grant dollars. We want to support those organizations and leaders for whom this grant will make the most difference. We want our support to signal to larger funders that  this is an organization deserving of support.


Please apply if you are a Bay Area 501(c)3 designed for, and providing direct service in the Bay Area to (75%) low income women or girls. We have quarterly grant cycles with an intentionally very simple grant application for general operating grant of $10,000. We want to know that our grant support and access to our network of leaders will make a difference in your organization. Show us some impact in your application in the following categories:


  • Leadership & Empowerment (Including Arts, Sports and Technology)   

  • Economic Security

  • Health & Reproductive Justice

  • Violence Prevention & Anti-Human Trafficking


We are a network of people who research, vote and give together. We have designed this process to be simple, lean and scalable therefore the voting is democratic and no one is available to answer questions beyond what is laid out in this website. We hope to scale to fund every organization we love who comes to our doors but alas, today we are still small and we won’t fund even the most beloved, exciting organizations due to the volume of requests. We will notify you as soon as we can if you are not funded, and ask that you please try again, as more funds may come available in the future.


Only 7% of charitable dollars go to women and girls globally.


All grant recipients must meet the following requirements:


  • Organization and clients served must be located in the Bay Area.

  • Organization must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

  • Organization's mission must promote and be designed for girls and women in one or more of the following areas: 

    • Leadership & Empowerment (Including Arts, Sports and Technology)

    • Economic Security

    • Health & Reproductive Justice

    • Violence Prevention & Anti-Human Trafficking

  • Organizations must provide direct services, at least 75% of which target low income women and girls.

  • Organizations have an an operating budget of less than $3 million.

  • A grant of $10,000 will make a significant difference to the organization.


Grant proposals that include any of the following will not be considered:

  • Debt reduction

  • Grants to individuals

  • Endowment or capital funding

  • Partisan, legislative, or political activity

  • Religious outreach or evangelical programs


Please do not send applications that do not meet these requirements.


  • Leadership & Empowerment - October 29th

  • Economic Security - January 25th

  • Health & Reproductive Justice - April 26th

  • Violence Prevention & Anti-Human Trafficking - August 23rd

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How Women Lead is a registered 501(c)3. Our EIN is 47-1938087.