Moving money—and power
When billionaires flourish, but our movements are starved for resources: We move.
What we fund
We are introducing a total of four grantmaking streams through 2024 to support such organizations, both emerging and well-established, working all around the world.
To provide direct support to women’s rights organizations
To support women’s and feminist funds
To support funding coalitions, consortia, and networks
Prepare and Respond
To provide flexible and urgent emergency funding in natural disasters and conflict zones.
How we fund
At the Equality Fund, we are building new and better philanthropic practices that are rooted in trust. In partnership with the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF) and Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), we have released Principles for Feminist Funding, a document that outlines our vision of feminist donor partners working to undo patriarchal and colonial structures and build new relationships and movements.
And we’re not alone. We gain inspiration from so many others in the feminist funding ecosystem who are building powerful new visions for philanthropy—from our sister women’s funds to the Astrea Lesbian Foundation for Justice to Gender Funders CoLab, and many more.
Finally, we recognize that moving money is just one of the ways that we can help to shift lasting power to our grantee partners. We also work together to strengthen shared capacity and knowledge, advance joint advocacy efforts, and build new relationships and alliances across our growing movements.
Where we fund
These and all other funding criteria are clearly outlined each time we release a call for proposals. Sign up for our mailing list to be notified of new funding opportunities in the future.
In the Caribbean, we fund women’s rights and LBTQI+ organizations through our Women’s Voice and Leadership – Caribbean program.
Across Africa, we work closely with the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), a member of the Equality Fund collective that supports women’s rights and feminist groups throughout the African continent. Organizations based in Africa should apply to AWDF directly. Please note that AWDF accepts grant applications year round, but only processes applications twice a year.
At present, we are not funding organizations in Canada. We work closely with two Canadian members of our collective, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Women’s Foundation, who have a long history of supporting women’s organizations across Canada.