Grants and Scholarships for Women

Grants for Women has put together a great list of scholarships specifically for women. If you are working with any female students that are looking for additional funding sources for their college education this is a great list of grants and scholarships that they can start with. Here is the complete list:

Altrusa International Foundation
The Altrusa International Foundation is a not-for-profit, philanthropic corporation established in 1962 by Altrusa International, Inc., a worldwide volunteer service organization devoted to contributing to human well-being through the development and implementation of effective local community service programs. Volunteers and beneficiaries include women and men.
Funding Amount: $250 – $1,000
More Info: www.altrusa.com

American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Features information on fellowships, grants, and awards for female students, presented by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in Washington, D.C. Discusses AAUW Educational Foundation fellowships and grants, AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund support for sex discrimination lawsuits, and the International Federation of University Women.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.aauw.org/fga/

Arcus Foundation
Provides grants through several funds, to include the Arcus Fund, Gay & Lesbian Fund, Great Apes Fund, and the National Fund. The Arcus Foundation envisions and contributes to a pluralistic world that celebrates diversity and dignity, invests in social justice, and promotes tolerance and compassion.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.arcusfoundation.org

Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation is committed to supporting programs and organizations that create opportunity, enhance self-esteem and increase awareness about cultural and community issues among young men and women.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.blankfoundation.org

Association For Women In Mathematics
The purpose of the Association for Women in Mathematics is to encourage women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.awm-math.org

Association for Women In Science Scholarships and Fellowships
Each year, the AWIS Educational Foundation offers predoctoral awards and college scholarships for high school seniors in the amount of $1,000. A new program, the Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award, is for college sophomores or juniors studying physics or geoscience.
Funding Amount: $1,000
More Info: www.awis.org

Avon Foundation
The Avon Foundation is committed to the mission to improve the lives of women and their families. Now past the half century milestone, the Avon Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that brings this mission to life through two key areas of focus: breast cancer and domestic violence.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.avonfoundation.org

Backstage Capital
Backstage invests in startup founders who identify as a Woman, Person of Color, and/or LGBTQ. They believe these founders are underestimated, and have the most potential for unlocking innovation and creating valuable businesses. To support more founders, they’re growing a global community of local accelerator programs.
Funding Amount: Varies.
More Info: www.backstagecapital.com

Barbara Lee Family Foundation
The Barbara Lee Family Foundation was founded by Barbara Lee to strategically advance two of her longstanding passions – women in politics and the contemporary arts. The Women in Politics Program Area is dedicated to engaging women in the American democratic process and promoting their participation at all levels of government.
Funding Amount: Not listed.
More Info: www.barbaraleefoundation.org

BBG Ventures
BBG Ventures invests in visionary entrepreneurs building the next generation of market-defining consumer products and services. Every company in their portfolio has at least one female founder. Why? Because they believe the greatest untapped opportunity for venture capital lies in backing women who are using technology to address common life-challenges and transform daily habits.
Funding Amount: Varies.
More Info: www.bbgventures.com

BELLE Capital USA
BELLE Capital USA, LP is an early stage angel fund focused on building great companies in underserved capital markets across the USA. Companies seeking their capital must have at least one female founder or C-level exec, and/or be willing to recruit top female talent to the C-suite and Board of Directors.
Funding Amount: Varies.
More Info: www.bellevc.com

Beyonce’s Beygood
A charity initiative funded by international superstar Beyonce that gives away scholarships to women, and financial assistance to families who have been affected by natural disasters. The foundation also helps with long-term revitalization and the purchase of essential goods such as cots, blankets, pillows, baby products, feminine products, wheelchairs, and more.
Funding Amount: Varies.
More Info: www.beyonce.com/beygood/

Black Girl Ventures
This organization creates place-based initiatives to provide access to capital for Black and Brown women entrepreneurs. Their mission is to use entrepreneurship support and training as a vehicle for poverty alleviation and wealth building. They wan to change the fact that Black and Brown women founders are underserved, unbanked and underfunded. They currently host pitch competitions in DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.blackgirlventures.org

Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF)
CWF is Canada’s first, and only, national public foundation designed to raise and grant funds to meet the needs of women and girls. Women across Canada tell us repeatedly that poverty and violence are the two major issues affecting self-reliance and independence for women.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.cdnwomen.org

Chicago Foundation for Women
One of the largest women’s funds in the world, Chicago Foundation for Women believes that all women and girls in the Chicago metropolitan area should have the opportunity to achieve their potential and to live in safe, just and healthy communities. We support the achievement of social justice through grant-making and advocacy. Their work is rooted in three principals of women’s human rights:
– Economic security
– Freedom from violence and
– Access to health services
Funding Amount: $5,000 to $50,000
More Info: www.cfw.org

Colin Higgins Foundation
Through its grantmaking activities, The Colin Higgins Foundation supports organizations that build the power and leadership of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered youth (age 13-24) through:
– Grassroots organizing and/or comprehensive leadership development
– Working with historically underprivileged constituencies: youth of color,
transgendered, immigrant,low income or rural youth/and or youth in reservation communities
– Striving to bring about institutional change in the legal, political economic or cultural structures that impact the LGBT youth, and;
– Working to link LGBT youth to other organization and social justice movements.
Funding Amount: $10,000 – $20,000
More Info: www.colinhiggins.org

Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting Scholarships
The Educational Foundation awards scholarships to women who are pursuing accounting degrees at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Funding Amount: $1,000 – $5,000
More Info: www.efwa.org

Federated Dept Store Foundation
Charitable giving through the Federated Foundation, from Federated’s divisions and corporate office and The May Department Stores Foundation totaled more than $33.5 million in fiscal 2005. Areas of strategic focus for the Federated Foundation continue to be education, arts/culture, minority issues, women’s issues and HIV/AIDS.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.federated-fds.com/community/

Female Founders Fund
Women experience greater successes – and fewer failures – than their male counterparts. Yet traditional venture capital does not reflect this. Female Founders Fund was founded to change that. Their portfolio companies all share something in common – each is led by talented female founders with disruptive and innovative ideas that better serve their consumer.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.femalefoundersfund.com/

Girls Global Education Fund (GGEF)
GGEF is unique in that they are the only organization whose sole mission is to send girls to schools. To address the gender gap that exists between girls’ and boys’ education wanted to give girls a program of their own.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.ggef.org

Girls Inc. Grants
Each year, Girls Inc. partners with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to offer the Family Strengthening Awards that recognize Girls Inc. affiliates for outstanding programs that make families stronger and thus, help girls reach their full potential.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.girlsinc.org

Golden Seeds
Golden Seeds is a discerning group of investors, seeking and funding high-potential, women-led businesses. By seeking companies where women hold leadership positions and own substantial equity, they are funding companies that are likely to have diverse perspectives that will contribute to ultimate success.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.goldenseeds.com

Google’s Women Techmakers Scholars Program
Through this program — formerly called the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Program — Google is furthering Dr. Anita Borg’s vision of creating gender equality in the field of computer science by offering an academic scholarship, awarded based on academic performance, leadership, and impact on the community of women in tech.
Funding Amount: $1,000 – $10,000
More Info: www.womentechmakers.com/scholars

Hopeline® From Verizon
Via this program, Verizon collects no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories and turns them into support for domestic violence organizations nationwide. The initiative aims to help the nearly one in four women, and more than 3 million children in the United States affected by domestic violence.
Funding Amount: VariesMore Info: www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline

HORIZONS Scholarship For Women
The scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to further educational objectives of women who are U.S. citizens either employed or planning careers in defense or national security areas.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: http://wid.ndia.org/horizon

Intel Capital Diversity Fund
The largest venture capital resource ever created to focus on women and other underrepresented tech entrepreneurs, their Diversity Initiative ensures that people from a wide variety of backgrounds can access the business development programs, global network, technology expertise and brand capital their talents deserve.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.intelcapital.com/advantage/diversity-fund.html

International Federation of University Women’s Fellowships and Grants (IFUW)
IFUW and its national affiliates help to build the future by offering fellowships and grants to enable women and girls to achieve their educational goals.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.ifuw.org/fellowships

Jeannette Rankin Foundation For Low Income Women
A non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for, and awarding grants to, low income women, ages 35 and older. Each grant recipient has a vision of how a college education will benefit herself, her family, and her community. Most recipients are in truly meager financial circumstances and may have other hardships or disabilities.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.rankinfoundation.org

Levi Strauss Foundation
The Levi Strauss Foundation (LSF) seeks to alleviate poverty on behalf of women and youth in communities around the world where our employees and our contractors’ employees live and work.
Focus areas include:
– Building assets
– Preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS
– Worker’s Rights
Funding Amount: $250 to $458,667
More Info: www.levistrauss.com/levi-strauss-foundation/

Limited Foundation
Limited Brands is committed to being a responsible member of the global community. They support the organizations that reflect the values and concerns of our associates and our customers. In specific, they’ve targeted programs that are responsive to the needs of women, children, education and our communities.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.lb.com/responsibility/

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Scholarship Program
Women are the overwhelming majority of professionals in the meeting industry, yet the overwhelming minority in leadership positions in their corporation/ organizations. In 2001, MPI launched a “Women’s Leadership Initiative” and has since worked to change this gender-related leadership statistic. Categories of scholarship funding include:
– College education funding
– General leadership education or academic funding
– MPI Programs- for leadership, career and education or academic funding specifically provided by MPI
Funding Amount: Not listed.
More Info: www.mpiweb.org/foundation

Mott Foundation
The Mott Foundation has three grantmaking objectives: To strengthen education for democratic participation, To support women’s participation in government and nongovernmental organizations, To strengthen the effectiveness of the nonprofit sector.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.mott.org/grantsandguidelines

Ms. Foundation For Women
The Ms. Foundation for Women has been creating opportunities for women and girls for 30 years. We know that when we invest in women and girls, helping them develop their voices and skills, everyone benefits—men, boys, families, and communities.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.forwomen.org

National Physical Science Consortium Fellowships For Women
NPSC offers a unique graduate fellowship in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. It is open to all U. S. Citizens, but with emphasis on recruitment of applications from historically underrepresented minorities and women.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.npsc.org

New Israel Fund (NIF)
NIF provides grants to a variety of organizations working to promote women’s rights and status. A special initiative, in partnership with the Nathan Cummings Foundation, aims to promote social change for Orthodox and Arab women. Other grantees are promoting a long school day to enable women to work, providing legal aid to disempowered women, developing micro-enterprises for immigrant women, and advocating for increased government funds to address the needs of poor women.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.nif.org

New Voices Fund
New Voices Fund is a $100 Million Fund created to empower women of color entrepreneurs to reach their full potential. This groundbreaking initiative, designed to level the playing field, provides women of color entrepreneurs with unprecedented access, capital, and expertise they need to excel.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.newvoicesfund.com

NOW Foundation
This foundation is a non-profit organization that is devoted to furthering women’s rights through education and litigation. They are affiliated with the National Organization for Women – the largest organization for women’s rights
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.nowfoundation.org

Open Society Institute Grants
The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grantmaking foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. Locally, OSI implements a range of initiative to support the rule of law, education, public health and independent media. Specifically for women, this organization promotes the advancement of women’s human rights, gender equality, and empowerment as an integral part of the process of democratization.
Funding amount (awarded to programs benefiting women): $340 to $550,000
More Info: www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants

Open Meadows Foundation
This foundation is a grant-making organization for projects that are led by and benefit women and girls. Open Meadows Foundation funds projects that do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age or ability.
Funding amount: Up to $2,000
More Info: www.openmeadows.org

Oprah’s Angel Network
Oprah’s Angel Network, a public charity formed in 1998, was established to encourage people around the world to make a difference in the lives of others. The charity initiates and supports charitable projects and provides grants to not-for-profit organizations around the globe that share in this vision.
Funding amount: Varies
More Info: www.oprah.com/pressroom/About-Oprahs-Angel-Network

The PepsiCo Foundation
The Foundation aims to:
– Advance the knowledge about how to encourage healthy lifestyles and effect positive behavior change
– Support education and community organizations which advance opportunities in undergraduate/graduate education, women and minority owned businesses and workplace equality- Advance the knowledge and methods of water resource management which are sustainable and impact quantity and quality of water supply in developing nations
– Support organizations and research initiatives which help to address issues critical to the betterment of society
Funding amount: under $10,000 to over $100,000
More Info: www.pepsico.com/Purpose/Global-Citizenship

Patrina Foundation
The Patrina Foundation is a family foundation, started in 1990 by Mrs. Lorinda de Roulet. From the beginning, this foundation has sought to promote educational opportunities and advance scholarship by and about women. Today, the Foundation had expanded its scope to include support of social programs to improve the lives of girls and women in New York.
Funding amount: $10,000 to $15,000
More Info: www.patrinafoundation.org

PeaChic Grants
peaChic was created by women in business, for women in business. Because of this we also focus significant effort on helping women, nationwide, achieve their dreams through owning businesses of their own. In addition to well balanced articles, peaChic also offers grants 4 times per year for the purpose of starting or expanding woman-owned/woman-focused businesses. These grants are corporate-sponsored and never require repayment.
Funding amount: Varies
More Info: www.peaChic.com

PEO International
True to the mission of promoting educational opportunities for women, education continues to be the primary philanthropy of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. In fact, the P.E.O. Sisterhood proudly sponsors no less than five international philanthropies, or projects, designed to assist women with their educational goals.
Funding amount: Varies
More Info: www.peointernational.org

Portfolia
Portfolia designed their funds with a special interest in appealing to women who own half of the wealth, buy the majority of products, but rarely invest in startup companies. One of their funds called the FemTech Fund is investing in 10 top performing women-owned health companies.
Funding amount: Varies
More Info: www.portfolia.co

Proctor and Gamble Corporate Giving
P&G is committed to social responsibility. They are always seeking ways to better integrate economic progress, social development and environmental concerns to ensure a better quality of life for future generations.
Funding amount: Not listed.
More Info: www.pg.com/en_US/sustainability/social_responsibility

Raise The Nation
The mission at Raise The Nation is to provide economic support to single parent women who want to continue with their education or repay student loans. We believe, through education, single parent women will be able to achieve independence for their families and will be successful in their goal of raising the nation – their children.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.rethinkimpact.com

Rethink Impact
Rethink Impact is the largest, US-based impact venture capital firm with a gender lens that invests in female leaders using technology to solve the world’s biggest problems. They believe that the next generation of extraordinary companies (in health, environmental sustainability, education, and economic empowerment) will find success through their relentless pursuit of mission, for the benefit of all communities.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.raisethenation.org

Roller Panhellenic Scholarship For Women
The Mary Louise Roller Panhellenic Scholarship is an annual award of $1,000 awarded to an undergraduate woman who plans to attend graduate school the following fall.
Funding Amount: $1,000
More Info: www.npcwomen.org/foundation/what-we-fund/scholarships-and-awards/

R.O.S.E. Fund
The R.O.S.E. (Regaining One’s Self-Esteem) Fund is a national non-profit organization committed to ending violence against women and their children by assisting women survivors of violence to regain their self-esteem. By helping women to achieve a positive self-esteem, The R.O.S.E. Fund hopes to empower individual women victims to achieve self-sufficiency, rebuild their lives, and ultimately help end violence within society.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.rosefund.org

Sisters of Charity Foundation
The mission of the Sisters of Charity Foundation and its Ministry Fund is to provide support for and financial assistance to community initiatives that will benefit the poor and underserved.
Funding Amount: Not listed.
More Info: www.sistersofcharityhealth.org/foundations/

The Sister Fund
The Sister Fund supports organizations whose work is explicitly:
– Relevant to both faith and feminism
– Focused on empowerment of women and girls
Funding Amount: $5,000 – $30,000
More Info: www.sisterfund.org

Textron Corporate Grants
Textron is committed to helping prepare both adults and young people to achieve gainful employment and ultimately, success in the workplace. They support all levels of education, from early childhood to higher education and a variety of innovative job training programs for people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.textron.com/about/commitment/corp-giving/

Third Wave Foundation Grants For Women
This foundation offers financial support in the form of grants, technical assistance in the form of trainings, workshops, and connections with experts, as well as networking opportunities for young leaders to meet and collaborate with one another to build a larger movement. Our two grant-making areas: Organizing and Advocacy Fund, and the Reproductive Health and Justice Initive, offer the above in varying forms.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.thirdwavefoundation.org

Three Guineas Fund For Women
The Fund is presently engaged in a process of reflection and reevaluation of its strategic focus and operating model. We expect to emerge from this period with renewed commitment to an effective philanthropic approach to social justice issues for women.
Funding Amount: Various
More Info: www.3gf.org

Tides Foundation
Tides Network actively promotes change toward a healthy and just society, one which is founded on the principles of social justice, broadly shared economic opportunity, a robust democratic process and a sustainable environment. Tides Network believes healthy societies rely fundamentally on respect for human rights, the vitality of communities, and a celebration of diversity
Funding Amount: $100- $674,150
More Info: www.tidesfoundation.org

Toptal Scholarships for Women
A scholarship program committed to empowering the next generation of female CEOs, founders, and world leaders who want to change the world. This program is open to women from all walks of life who are currently pursuing or aiming to pursue any type of education program. Winners get a scholarship award and a free year of mentorship.
Funding Amount: $10,000
More Info: www.toptal.com/scholarships-for-women

Travel Grants For Women through the National Science Foundation and the Association for Women in Mathematics
This program enables women to attend research conferences in their fields, thereby providing a valuable opportunity to advance their research activities and their visibility in the research community.
Funding Amount: Up to $2,000More Info: www.awm-math.org/travelgrants.html

United Nations Development Fund For Women (UNIFEM)
UNIFEM is the women’s fund at the United Nations. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programs and strategies to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.unifem.org

Verizon Foundation
This Foundation concentrates its funding in the areas of literacy, digital divide, women and economic development, people with disabilities, education/scholarships, and community development.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: http://foundation.verizon.com

Whirlpool Foundation
Quality family life, cultural diversity and lifelong learning are the focus areas for the Whirlpool Foundation’s grantmaking. Using these social issues as a framework for our strategic and citizenship grants, Whirlpool Foundation proactively identifies outstanding nonprofit organizations that are addressing these social issues in innovative, collaborative, self-sustaining ways.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.whirlpoolcorp.com/whirlpool-foundation/

Whitehead Foundation For Elderly Women
This foundation operates grants to a small number of institutions serving the needs of elderly women.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.lpwhitehead.org

Whitehead Scholarship Program For Women
While most of the Lettie Pate Whitehead scholarships go toward undergraduate higher education, the Foundation maintains a special interest in health education. A significant number of its scholarship grants support education in the medical, nursing and allied health care fields.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.lpwhitehead.org

WHO Foundation
Specific projects and programs addressing health, education and social service needs are our priority. The Foundation recognizes the value of new programs created to respond to changing needs and will consider funding projects of an original or pioneering nature within an existing organization.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.whofoundation.org

Women’s Funding Network
This fund transforms the traditional relationship between funds, donors, grassroots organizations, and the women and girls served by bringing all parties together.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.wfnet.org

Women’s PeacePower Foundation
Peacepower makes awards to grassroots projects that are working to impact issues of violence against women and their children.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.womenspeacepower.org

Women In Engineering Grants (WEPAN)
WEPAN Awards honor key individuals, programs, and corporations for accomplishments that underscore WEPAN’s mission. They are presented each year at the annual conference for extraordinary service, significant achievement, model programs, and work environments that support the career success of women engineers.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.wepan.org

Women’s Research and Education Institute Fellowship
This fellowship gives female students an experience in public policymaking in Congress.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.wrei.org

Zonta International
Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.
Funding Amount: Varies
More Info: www.zonta.org

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