Competitive awards to provide financial support for organizations working with women and girls globally

Thank you for applying for our 2022 Empowerment Seed Grants. Please visit this page in October 2022 to learn more about our 2023 Empowerment Grants..

WIL Grants

Empowerment Grants

In accordance with WIL of Greater Philadelphia’s mission of “empowering women as leaders globally,” WIL offers competitive empowerment grants to provide financial support for non-profits and NGOs. The empowerment grants target areas of WIL’s mission other than microfinance and village banks: education, health, training, social and political empowerment programs for women.

Grants of up to $1500 are awarded to provide seed money and/or help build capacity in programs. In 2020, 7 grants were awarded to organizations in 5 different countries. 


In 2018, WIL funded special, one-time Empowerment Grants of up to $5,000 to support the completion of a single major initiative or project for a small non-profit organization in a developing country. Four special grants were awarded to organizations in Peru, Tanzania, Sudan, and Sierra Leone for a total of $15,000.

Giving Circle Grants

Giving Circle grants have a similar scope as Empowerment Grants but are scaled to accommodate larger projects.

This is a new effort for WIL, with a goal of awarding $5000 in 2020 to an organization that is deeply committed to WIL's mission.


WIL members and non-members are invited to the WIL Giving Circle and take part in the decision making for the grant recipient.

2022 Grants

WIL is pleased to announce the 2022 Empowerment Grant Awards in honor of International Women’s Day

Special Grant

Alpha Women Empowerment Initiative
Installation of Cassava Milling Machine to Produce Cassava Flour
Kasese, Uganda.

Empowerment Grants Awarded in September 2021

Special Grants:

Hispañola Health Partners

Mezon Nesans Fanmi – Electrical and Plumbing Financing of Mother/Baby Birthing Center
Southeastern Department of Haiti


Building Primary School Roof for Two Classrooms
Antigua, Guatemala

Women Arises Association

Raising Education and Health Standards for Women/Girls Through Access to Clean Water
Wakiso District, Uganda

Buiga Sunrise Centre
CARE Program – Healthy Mother/Baby Home Visitation Program
Nakisunga Subcounty, Uganda


DreamCode Education Foundation
Literacy Program for Girls
Ogun State, Nigeria


Fred Kiserem Epileptic Foundation
Rise with our Tailoring Skills – Tailoring Skills Program for Women/Girls with Epilepsy
Nairobi, Kenya

Girls Leading Africa
Girls to Entrepreneurial Women Project – Expanded Program to Incorporate Financial Literacy and Life Skills
Cross River State, Nigeria


Okoa Maisha Ya Watoto
Piggery and Poultry Project for Grandmothers Caring for their Orphaned Grandchildren
Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania


With Women Kisoboka
Vertical Gardening and Water Harvesting for Uganda’s Urban Settlements: A Pilot Project
Kampala, Uganda

Contribute any amount. Every dollar donated empowers women to become independent contributors and community leaders.