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

The New York Women’s Foundation is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for our 2019 Girls IGNITE! Grantmaking (GIG) cycle. GIG is designed to empower girls, young women and gender-fluid youth to actively participate in philanthropic education and giving.

GIG is part of The Foundation’s seven year initiative, IGNITE! with Girls, Gender-Fluid and Young Women of Color (IGNITE!). The goal of IGNITE! is to support the full personal and leadership potential of girls, gender-fluid, and young women of color to accelerate a generational shift toward gender and racial equity in NYC.

Girl-led and/or girl informed (ages 18 and under) organizations are eligible to apply for a one-time project/program specific grant at the level of $5,000 or $7,500.

All current/ former grantees to The New York Women’s Foundation and The NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color are eligible to apply. New organizations are also eligible to apply.

Please refer to the attached Grant Guidelines for more information. All completed Applications must be received in Fluxx by Friday, June 14, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

For more details about the Grant Guidelines, please join a webinar on Thursday, June 6 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Beatrice Lors-Rousseau,, no later than Wednesday, June 5th at 12pm EST to receive the webinar log-in information.

Please also note the site visit dates and times that we ask you to hold, found in the attached guidelines.


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

Economic Justice

The Foundation supports organizations and programs that enable women, girls and gender non-binary people 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 and Safety

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

Health, Sexual Rights and 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 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor;
    • Located within and serve the five boroughs of New York City;
    • In existence for at least six months;

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 has The Foundation funded?

      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 with 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. Through our Fund to Support the Me Too Movement and Allies, The Foundation makes grants on a national level.

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