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The New York Women’s Foundation funds organizations and programs within the five boroughs of New York City that have community-led solutions to propel women and girls living at/below the poverty level towards long-term economic security.

The Foundation considers requests from organizations and programs that impact women’s lives in one or more of the following focus areas:

Economic Security

The Foundation supports organizations and programs that enable women and girls living at or below the poverty level to achieve and sustain economic security and advance economic justice through: education, workforce development, work supports, business development/ entrepreneurship, and asset building.

Anti-violence + Safety

The Foundation supports organizations and programs that are working to eradicate gender–based violence and create safe communities.

Health, Sexual Rights + Reproductive Justice

The Foundation supports organizations and programs that recognize and promote health as a fundamental right and necessity for achieving and sustaining individuals’ complete mental, spiritual, political, economic, and social well–being.

The New York Women’s Foundation accepts applications at varying times in the year when grant guidelines have been released to the public. To receive notice of when grant guidelines are released, please provide your contact information here.

To see current and past grantee partner listings, click here.

  • FAQs

Grant Criteria

    • Are a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization or have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)3;
    • Are located within and serve the five boroughs of New York City;
    • Have been in existence for at least six months;
    • Are working towards gender, racial, economic and social justice;
    • Emphasize community organizing and/or advocacy strategies in order to create meaningful institutional change in their communities;
    • Are diverse and inclusive;
    • Foster women’s leadership, that is, women have the ability to influence decision-making by serving as Executive Director, on the organization’s or program’s leadership team, and/ or on the board of directors or an advisory committee;
    • Encourage the involvement of program participants and constituents in the decision-making process and in assuming leadership positions;
    • Encourage communication and shared understanding with men and/or boys as a way to further gender equity;
    • Are community-based, which may be defined by geography, shared interest and/or heritage;
    • Have limited access to ongoing traditional funding sources, i.e.government, foundations, and individual donors.

Funding Restrictions

  • The New York Women’s Foundation does not provide funds to:

    • Campaigns to elect candidates to public office
    • Capital fund projects
    • Endowments
    • Feasibility studies
    • Fundraising events
    • Individuals
    • Needs assessments
    • Programs located outside the five boroughs of New York City
    • Programs that do not comply with federal, state, or local equal employment statutes
    • Programs to promote religious activities
    • Public or private schools, colleges or universities
    • Real estate purchases
    • Summer-only programs


    • Which organizations does the Foundation fund?

      Please click here to view a list of our current grantee partners.

    • Do you provide loans to low-income women who want to start their own businesses?

      No, The Foundation can only award grants to nonprofit  organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation or a 501 (c)(3) fiscal sponsor.

    • Does The Foundation give grants or scholarships to individuals?

      No, The Foundation solely funds nonprofit organizations with a 501(C)(3) designation or organizations width a 501 (c)(3) fiscal sponsor.

    • Does The Foundation make grants to organizations based outside of New York City?

      No, The Foundation only funds organizations and programs that are located within the five boroughs of New York City.

    • Do you provide general operating support grants?

      Yes, we provide general operating support to organizations with budgets of $2 million and below.

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