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

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.

Eu can aid!

Eu can aid! is an organisation that specialises in financing micro projects in the developing countries.

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

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.

The Points Guy airline miles

Are you in need of support to cover the cost of your travel? As part of the accelerator for the Goalkeepers event hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Points Guy commits to donating five million miles in the next year for local women’s organisations and movements. These miles will enable activists to have their voices heard by key decision-makers, inspire others, raise awareness for their campaigns, and galvanise action.

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

Kinderpostzegels

Kinderpostzegels offers grants for projects led by local, non-governmental organisations in the following countries: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and India. You can email your questions to inquiries@kinderpostzegels.nl.

Applications on a rolling basis.

Airlink

Airlink is a humanitarian relief organization that connects airlines with vetted NGOs to assist communities in crisis worldwide. Airlink works closely with more than 80 humanitarian organizations, both large and small to enable an efficient response in times of disaster through aviation resources. NGOs interested in partnering with Airlink should fill out a standard partnership application.

Apply here. Applications on a rolling basis.

The Anderson-Rogers Foundation

The Anderson-Rogers Foundation makes grants to organisations registered in the United States that run programmes on reproductive and abortion rights, access to contraception and sex education, particularly programs aimed at reducing teen pregnancy rates. Before submitting a complete proposal, applicants must send a brief letter of inquiry, not to exceed two pages, describing the organisation or project for which support is sought.

Apply here. Applications on a rolling basis.

Korea Hope Foundation (KHF)

Korea Hope Foundation (KHF) supports the poor and marginalised around the world based on the spirit of love and human dignity regardless of race, religion and ideology. KHF also contributes to building an egalitarian global society.

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

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.

MIVA

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

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