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.

UNESCO Prize for Girls' and Women's Education

The UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education honours outstanding and innovative contributions made by individuals, institutions and organizations to advance girls’ and women’s education.

Apply here. Deadline: 28 May 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

Social Justice Fund

The A.J. Muste Memorial Institute is seeking applications for its Social Justice Fund to support grassroots activist projects in the US and around the world, giving priority to those with small budgets and little access to more mainstream funding sources.

Apply here. Deadline: 8 July 2019

Global Giving Accelerator Training

The GlobalGiving Accelerator is an opportunity for you and your organization to build skills, access tools, and grow your base of supporters to achieve crowdfunding success. When you graduate, your organization becomes a permanent member of GlobalGiving, and you’ll have access to all the tools, training, and one-on-one support available in the GlobalGiving community.

Applications on a rolling basis, with submission deadlines in April and July. Check their website for more information.

ProtectDefenders.eu emergency and temporary relocation grants

ProtectDefenders.eu offer emergency and temporary relocation grants to ensure that Human Rights Defenders can access and implement urgent security measures to protect themselves, their family and their work.

CIVICUS Crisis Response Fund

The CIVICUS Crisis Response Fund provides small grants of 10,000 USD maximum to primarily national civil society organisations in order to mobilise effective advocacy responses to events that threaten civil society.


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

World Organisation Against Torture's emergency support

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) in partnership with the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, provides financial support to local human rights organisations from any region of the world in order to enable them to consolidate their operational activities. It also provides emergency material support to human rights defenders who are at risk when working in the field.

No deadline. Applications on a rolling basis.

International Nonviolence Training Fund (INTF)

This fund makes grants of up to $4,000 for trainings that help people learn how to collectively use the theory and practice of nonviolent action as part of ongoing campaigns or programs for social justice. Projects must be located outside the United States, or within its Native nations.

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

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’s Rapid Response Grants

Urgent Action Fund’s Rapid Response Grants resource the resilience of human rights and gender justice movements by supporting the security and advocacy interventions of activists when a swift response is needed. Specifically, Rapid Response Grants offer quick, flexible funding to respond to security threats or unexpected advocacy opportunities experienced by women, transgender, or gender non-conforming, activists and human rights defenders.


Apply 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. No deadline. Applications on a rolling basis.

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