Empowerment Grants

Competitive awards to provide financial support for organizations working with women and girls in developing countries.

10 Grants Awarded in 2019!

WIL 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 working in developing countries. 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 2018, 24 grants were awarded to organizations in 14 different countries for a total of $27,900. 

 

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

WIL is pleased to announce the 2019 Empowerment Grant Awards in honor of International Women’s Day

Etta Project

Bicycle Run Blenders and Business Training Project to empower Quechua Women, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
 

Kimbo Amazing Women YYC

Amplify our Voices Project to train women in their civic rights, Githurai, Kenya
 

Love Unveiled Ministries

Girls Start-Stay-Return to School Project Expansion to Kayunga District, Uganda
 

Mwangaza Education for Partnership

Extension of The Binti Mama (mother-daughter) Empowerment Education Project to new region, Arusha Tanzania

Nyakasanga Development Community Foundation

Women’s Piggery Rearing Income Development Project, Kasese District, Uganda
 

Voice for Women’s Development Association

Okunguro Village Women’s Vegetable Growing and Sales Training Project, Bukedea District, Uganda
 

Youth and Women Initiative for Sustainable Development

Organic Briquette Production and Entrepreneurial Training Project, Wakiso District, Uganda

Youth and Women for Opportunities

Girls’ Hygiene and Life Skills Development through Hand Made Re-Usable Sanitary Napkins Project, Serere and Soroti Districts, Uganda
 

Leah's Dream

Chromebooks for a girl’s Computer Literacy Project in Tamale, Ghana
 

Sueños’ Women in Action

Mother’s Empowerment Training Program in Antigua, Guatemala

Apply Now for a 2020 Empowerment Grant!

2020 Empowerment Grants are now available for non-profit organizations with a mission dedicated to empowering women.

 

Application closing date is 12/31/2019.

Click here to apply

Recent Grants

ACTION FOR RURAL WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (ARDWF)

KASESE, UGANDA

To train women in making and selling clean energy charcoal briquettes

AL SUDANIYA MENTORING (ASM)

KHARTOUM & GEZIRA, SUDAN

To build on a local and distance mentoring program by creating an online and print resource library, piloting a 2-day entrepreneur workshop and expanding the mentoring program into the Gezira state

ARTESANOS DON BOSCOS

JANGAS, PERU

To expand a community library and after school program WIL helped establish by introducing quilting workshops

ASSOCIACION SUENOS

ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA

To fund, a “mommy and me” program providing a support network for mothers while they play with their children and learn about child development

BICYCLES AGAINST POVERTY

LIRA DISTRICT, UGANDA

To expand a pilot program to distribute 18 bicycles to rural women who will pay for the bicycles using new income enabled by bicycles

CARIBBEAN MICROFINANCE ALLIANCE (CMFA)

KINGSTON & OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA

To pilot 2-day financial education workshops for female entrepreneurs, mostly heads-of-household

DELENE’S GIFT

CASAMANCE, SENEGAL

To support disabled women in making and selling keychains and to establish an online store for their products

ENVENTURE

NORTHERN UGANDA

To provide an interactive 6- day entrepreneur business camp for women that includes digital literacy, clean energy product sales, and training to use a bookkeeping mobile app developed for low-literate sales agents and micro-entrepreneurs

FISTULA FOUNDATION

AFRICA, SOUTHEAST ASIA

To provide a fistula surgery for one woman

FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE

GUATEMALA

To support the Artisan Market Access Program by providing 2 technical training sessions for women and by building one display case to showcase artisan products in the Solola branch

HISPANIOLA HEALTH PARTNERS

SOUTHEAST DEPARTMENT, HAITI

To educate 800 women about cervical cancer and to teach them how to perform self-testing

LOVE UNVEILED MINISTRIES

OYAM DISTRICT, NORTHERN UGANDA

To set up a training and educational center for girls in the Start, Stay, and Return to school program and for women whose children are being sponsored in programs

MEDIATORS BEYOND BORDERS INTERNATIONAL

LAGOS, NIGERIA

To support one of the 25 African women at the fifth International Training Institute which will train and strengthen women as peacebuilders in their communities and regions

NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION OF DOMINICA

DOMINICA

To re-start, after the devastating hurricane damage, the capacity building business and entrepreneurial training program for 25 rural women

NYAKASANGA DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (NYAKU)

KASESE, UGANDA

To train women farmers in the production and marketing of mushrooms and leafy vegetables

SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ACTION FOR LEBANON (SEAL)

LEBANON

To help establish a factory, cooperatively- owned by women, to produce syrups from fruits for food production and cosmetics

SOCIETY FOR NURTURE EDUCATION AND HEALTH ADVANCEMENT (SNEHA)

DEHRADUN, INDIA

To provide extra after school classes to help the adolescent girls from the slums succeed academically in high school

VOICES AWAKE GIRLS ORGANIZATION

SALIMA DISTRICT, MALAWI

To start a chicken farming project at the home and rescue center for homeless girls and women fleeing domestic abuse

ZAANHA FUND

KABUL & MAZAR E SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN

To purchase computers for the third Roya’s School, which educates high school girls in computer and English language skills without having to leave their villages

ACTION FOR GRASSROOTS WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT (AGWE)

BUKEDEA, UGANDA

To improve school attendance by providing information to women and girls about reproductive biology, health and hygiene. To increase income generating capacity by teaching them to make and sell re-usable sanitary pads.

Note: no website for AGWE

ARTESANOS DON BOSCOS

CARHUAZ, PERU

To create a school library and establish after school programs, companion teacher training programs and mothers’ workshops

2018 SPECIAL ONE-TIME GRANT

MEDIATORS BEYOND BORDERS INTERNATIONAL

SIERRA LEONE

To support the launch of a training and mentoring program for women who aspire to political office

2018 SPECIAL ONE-TIME GRANT

NURTURING MINDS

MOROGORO, TANZANIA

To complete construction of a new classroom building and dormitory at the SEGA Girls School for extremely poor, high-potential girls

2018 SPECIAL ONE-TIME GRANT

RU’YA (VISION) WOMEN’S ORGANIZATION

SOUTH KORDFAN (NUBA MOUNTAINS) SUDAN

To provide materials to repair the women’s war-zone meeting hall damaged by storms and government invasion

2018 SPECIAL ONE-TIME GRANT

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

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