Where can I get funding?

Fundraising can be time consuming and challenging, especially if you are a small organisation. We have identified potential donors and opportunities to support your fundraising around child marriage.

Potential Donors

You will find below a list of donors, foundations and other organisations interested in supporting either civil society organisations of small and medium sizes or working on child marriage, women and girls and other related issues.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive. For more details on these potential donors, download our guide.

Girls First Fund

The Girls First Fund supports community-led efforts to prevent and respond to child marriage. It takes a broad approach to the issue, supporting a range of programmes including those that work directly with girls, engage families and communities, provide services, and advocate for laws and policies. Grant making will begin in 2019, with a focus on up to USD $50,000 one-year core or project grants in the Democratic Republic of the (Haut Katanga and/or Tanganyika provinces only), Dominican Republic, India (Jharkhand only), Nepal, Niger, and Uganda.

Donors to the Girls First Fund include the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Dutch Postcode Lottery, Ford Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, NoVo Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

Please visit the Girls First Fund website to find out more about the Fund’s eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Global Foundations

These grant-making organisations have broad global reach, and focus on a variety of issues related to child marriage and the empowerment of women and girls. As they vary in their requirements and application processes, read their guidelines carefully before applying.

Foundations with a regional or thematic focus


Crowdfunding allows you to raise small amounts of money from a large number of individuals online. It is an increasingly popular for charities to fund their projects.

United Nations agencies

Some United Nations agencies and departments offer funding directly to civil society organisations.

Government agencies

Government development agencies occasionally assist civil society with funding on a range of activities. Check which agencies have offices in their country, and what work they focus on. The following governments have on occasion assisted civil society working on child marriage:

For more details on leading government development agencies, visit fundsforNGOs.

Foreign embassies

Some countries’ foreign embassies provide small grants to organisations based in the host countries. This has been the case for Canada, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Sweden, among others. Research or contact embassies to explore opportunities for funding or other types of support.

For a comprehensive list of embassies, visit Embassy World

Online resources

There is a wealth of information, tips and resources online – particularly ones that specialise in funding on women’s and girls’ issues.

Funding opportunities

These funding opportunities may be relevant to civil society organisations working on child marriage and related issues.

2019 Young African Women Leaders Milead Fellows Program

Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa invites applications from exceptional emerging African women leaders. The MILEAD Fellows Program is a long-term leadership development program that targets dynamic young women between 19 – 25 years of age, living in Africa and the Diaspora, who are interested in developing transformational leadership skills that help them address issues facing women and girls across communities in Africa.

Apply here. Deadline: 22 February 2019

Rise Up’s Youth Champions Initiative

Rise Up is launching the third cohort of the Youth Champions Initiative, which invests in young champions who are leading the sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice movement now and for the next generation. This opportunity integrates intensive capacity building, leadership development, mentoring, project funding, and technical assistance.

Eligibility: open to young persons between the ages of 18-29 and who are residents of one of the following countries: India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, or the United States (Louisiana and Mississippi).

Apply here. Deadline: 28 February 2019

United Nations Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery (UNVFCFS)

Grants may be awarded to organisations that provide direct assistance to victims of modern forms of slavery and their family members. The Fund will prioritise project applications that provide specialised assistance to women and children, and projects operating in conflict and humanitarian crises scenarios.

Apply here. Deadline: 1 March 2019

Fondation Mérieux’s Small Grant Program

Applications are open for the Fondation Mérieux’s grants programme to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. Projects that include as beneficiaries mothers and children will be given priority.

Apply here. Deadline: 1 March 2019

Reaching All Children Challenge

Can you demonstrate how social protection supports HIVs testing, treatment and care for children in low and middle-income countries? If yes, then apply for the Reaching All Children Challenge! Winners will be awarded up to $5,000 USD to produce either a scientific article or a case study.

Apply here. Deadline: 5 March 2019

2019 International Children's Peace Prize to Improve Children's Rights Worldwide

The KidsRights Foundation is inviting applicants for its International Children’s Peace Prize 2019, awarded annually to a child who fights courageously for children’s rights. The prize aims to provide a platform for children to express their ideas and personal involvement in children’s rights.

Apply here. Deadline: 15 March 2019

Comic Relief’s Children Survive and Thrive: Rise and Shine

The aim of this programme is to support child-centred approaches, and to make progress in addressing the comprehensive development needs of children during their early years, up to and including their transition to primary school. Eligible countries are Kenya, Malawi and the United Kingdom. Funding is available for 3 to 5 years.

Apply here. Deadline: 22 March 2019.

Mama Cash Grants

Mama Cash funds organisations and initiatives working from a feminist or women’s rights perspective to empower women, girls, trans people and/or intersex people in the areas of Body, Money, and Voice. Mama Cash is inviting Letters of Interest from applicants who are not current grantee-partners from 1 February – 31 March 2019.

Apply here. Deadline: 31 March 2019

FineReads 2018 Grant Program

FineReads are awarding one $5K grant and ten $1K grants to select nonprofits and organizations, who have made impactful efforts towards increasing world literacy.

Apply here. Deadline: 31 March 2019

2019 World of Children Awards to Support Life-Changing Work for Children

World of Children has just opened nominations for their 2019 Awards, which provides funding and recognition to support life-changing work for children by discovering and elevating only the most effective changemakers for children worldwide. Awards will be given in five categories: Education, Health, Humanitarian, Protection and Youth.

Apply here. Deadline: 31 March 2019.


2019 WWSF Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life

Do you know a creative and courageous woman or women’s group working to empower rural communities? The Women’s World Summit Foundation is currently inviting applicants for its 26th annual prize to honour and award creative and courageous women around the world committed to the improvement of the quality of life in rural communities.

Apply here. Deadline: 30 April 2019

2019 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize

The Prize aims to reward outstanding civil society action in defending human rights in Europe and beyond. Candidates should have made a real difference to the human rights situation of a given group, been instrumental in uncovering large-scale systemic violations, or have successfully mobilised public opinion or the international community for a cause. Individuals or non-governmental institutions active in the defence of human rights can be nominated for the Prize. The Prize consists of a sum of €60 000, a trophy and a diploma.

Apply here. Deadline: 30 April 2019

Mundo Cooperante - The Right to be a Girl

Mundo Cooperante have just announced their second call (2018/19) for proposals for their funding stream called The Right to be a Girl. This funding scheme will offer small support grants to organisations working within their communities to end child marriage. Applications can be submitted in English, French and Spanish.

Apply here. Deadlines vary according to the type of application. The second phase of the call will be open for organisations that previously received funding from Mundo Cooperante. Applications will be open from 15 April 2019 to 30 May 2019.


2020 Zayed Sustainability Prize: Calling Global Sustainability Pioneers

UAE’s global award is calling on organisations and high schools to submit their sustainability solutions and projects. The Prize has five categories (health, food, energy, water, global high school) and aims to reward global organisations that empower and enhance disadvantaged communities, while also inspiring schools to nurture the next generation of sustainability leaders.

Apply here. Deadline: 30 May 2019

Child Health Foundation: 2019 Innovative Small Grants Program

The Child Health Foundation (CHF) is currently accepting proposals for its 2019 Innovative Small Grants Program to improve the health and well-being of new-born infants during their first month of life. The projects may address child health issues in a developing country or in the United States.

Apply here. Deadline: 31 May 2019

Embattled CSO Assistance Fund

The Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund is a consortium of seven international NGOs that provides assistance to civil society organizations (CSOs) under threat or attack through emergency assistance and rapid response advocacy grants and resiliency grants that address broad threats to civil society, particularly freedom of association and freedom of assembly.

For more information please visit: www.csolifeline.org or email info@csolifeline.org.

No deadline. Applications on a rolling basis.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation - India Open Grants Fund

This Fund seeks to enable vulnerable communities living in priority geographical areas in India to improve their lives. It aims to assist NGOs to consciously design and develop programmes which assist vulnerable communities to build on their strengths, ensure that their rights and entitlements are not usurped and help them deal with the critical factors that make them vulnerable.

More information here. No deadline. Applications on a rolling basis.

Kitchen Table Charities Trust

The Kitchen Table Charities Trust was created to help small charities, working mostly in Africa, which are using small amounts of money to transform peoples’ lives. The priorities of the Trust are: primary education, health, sanitation and clean drinking water; child and mother care, including street children and maternity services, and poverty alleviation, especially revenue generating projects.

More information here. No deadline. Applications on a rolling basis.

Urgent Action Fund-Africa

Urgent Action Fund-Africa provides financial support for strategic interventions that take advantage of opportunities to advance women’s human rights. Such opportunities arise when an unexpected event – positive or negative – creates a situation in which rapid intervention can have a significant impact. Urgent Action Fund-Africa makes grants in five categories, which include supporting human rights defenders and protecting women’s individual dignity, safety and autonomy. Applications accepted in both English and French.

Apply here. No deadline. Applications on a rolling basis.

HER Voice Fund: Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Grant to Influence Policy

HER Voice Fund gives grants of up to USD 2,000 for activities that seek to influence policy processes. Eligible countries are: Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Applications accepted in both English and French.

Apply here. No deadline. Applications on a rolling basis.

Faith + Family Planning Fund: Advocacy Action Fund for Faith Organisations

Faith Plus Family Planning is a new initiative of Champions of Global Reproductive Rights (PAI). The $1 million fund provides faith-based organisations in the developing world with small grants and technical support to hold governments accountable for providing quality family planning and reproductive health services.

Apply here. Rolling deadline.

Medicor Foundation

Medicor Foundation focuses on development projects in the fields of education, health and social care in countries in Africa, Latin America and The Caribbean, as well as in Eastern Europe.

Apply here. No deadline. Applications on a rolling basis.

Fondation Pro Victimis (FPV)

Fondation Pro Victimis supports initiatives that aim at restoring or giving greater autonomy to the most vulnerable groups or segments of the population. Applications accepted in French, English and Spanish.

Apply here. No deadline. Applications on a rolling basis.

The Hilden Charitable Fund

The Hilden Charitable Fund is currently inviting applications to award grants to projects both in the UK and in developing countries with an aim to address disadvantages, notably by supporting causes which are less likely to raise funds from public subscriptions.

Apply here. No deadline. Applications on a rolling basis.

Abilis Foundation

Promoting the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Developing Countries.

Apply here. No deadline. Applications on a rolling basis.


Children’s rights and women’s rights projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Apply here. No deadline. Applications on a rolling basis.

ViiV Healthcare

Positive Action for Girls and Women (PAGW) is committed to tackling key behavioural and structural barriers that may increase adolescent girls’ and young women’s vulnerability to HIV. ViiV Healthcare has committed £2 million per year over five years (2015 – 2020) to encourage community-led interventions that target adolescent girls and young women worldwide. They seek to fund projects that address sexual violence, harmful practices, early marriage, and sexual and reproductive health and rights for underserved adolescent girls and young women.

Apply here. No deadline. Applications on a rolling basis.

Oak Foundation

Supports organisations working to end violence against women and girls, including by transforming harmful social norms.

Apply here. No deadline. Applications on a rolling basis.

Fondation SUEZ

The Fondation SUEZ supports activities that combat exclusion by favouring inclusion and consequently sustainably improving the living conditions and autonomy of persons via access to essential services, social insertion and social harmony.

Apply here. No deadline. Applications on a rolling basis.

Dubai Cares

Supporting education programmes in developing countries.

Apply here. No deadline. Applications on a rolling basis.

Anglo American Group Foundation

Supports registered charities working on community development, education and training, and HIV/AIDS and welfare. Focus on Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Peru, UK and Zimbabwe.

Apply here. No deadline. Applications on a rolling basis.

Cargill Grants

Grants for projects relating to food security, education and environmental stewardship.

Apply here. No deadline. Applications on a rolling basis.

Partner organisations

Girls Not Brides collaborates with donors and a range of organisations to connect members with funding opportunities and support.



Crowdfunding offers a unique opportunity to raise small amounts of money from a large number of individuals online. It is an increasingly popular way for charities to fund their projects.


GlobalGiving is one of the largest crowdfunding community connects donors with grassroots projects around the world.

Every three months, they run the GlobalGiving Accelerator, an opportunity for you and your organisation to build skills, access tools and grow your base of supporters to achieve crowdfunding success.

The next round of applications closes on 20 October.

Visit their website Apply to Accelerator

Strategic partners

Girls Not Brides partners with a range of organisations that offer funding opportunities to members.

Mundo Cooperante has launched “The right to be a girl”, a small grant scheme for community-based organisations working to end child marriage.

Mundo Cooperante is a member of Girls Not Brides and this funding opportunity is exclusively available to member organisations.

There are specific criteria, so visit their website to find out more.

Find out how to apply