Boston Women's Fund is a role model in participatory and trust-based philanthropy. From our inception in 1984, we have relied on a diverse, all-volunteer Allocations Committee to review and assess grant funding proposals and influence our giving priorities. BWF has always trusted in, listened to, and been inspired by the work of our grantees.
We believe achieving racial, economic, social, and gender justice through philanthropy involves the following approach to support grassroots organizations at different stages of their work:
Community Impact Grants for organizations serving their communities through outstanding systems change work, leadership development and community organizing. These grants help organizations build their capacity and expand their networks, and offer beyond-the-grant support.
Movement Building Grants designed for grassroots organizations led by women, girls and gender expansive individuals that shift us towards community-driven solutions that promote systemic change. BWF is committed to investing in leaders, infrastructure, capacity building, and leadership development.
Youth-Centered Movement Building and Activism Grant supporting organizations and coalitions led by women, girls and gender expansive individuals that provide training, support and meaningful leadership opportunities for youth ages 24 and under to direct transformative social change.
Multi-year Grants that expand our Community Impact grants with a five-year commitment of support.
Seed Funding to support emerging organizations and help new, budding ideas take shape.
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GRANT MAKING STRATEGIES.
BWF grants amplify the voices of women, girls, and gender expansive individuals who work tirelessly for racial, economic, social, and gender justice. Change begins in the community, frequently led by efforts of inspirational women, girls, and gender expansive people who know the solutions to their problems yet lack the resources to solve them.
Youth-Centered Movement Building and Activism Grant
This grant supports organizations or coalitions led by women, girls and gender expansive individuals providing training, support and meaningful leadership opportunities for youth ages 24 and under to direct transformative social change! Our 2022 Youth in Transformative Philanthropy team accepted nominations from the public to determine which organizations in Greater Boston would be considered for this grant award. Details here.
Movement Building Grant Awards
The Boston Women's Fund uses a community-centered nominating structure to identify organizations providing solutions to issues affecting them and their communities. There is no application process for Movement Building grant awards.
We support community-led grassroots movements that build collective power to promote systemic change and advance racial, economic, and gender justice. Movement Building grants provide general operating support to grassroots organizations focused on leadership development, infrastructure, and capacity building.
With the leadership of the Allocation Committee, BWF provides Movement Building grants to grassroots organizations led by women, girls, and gender expansive individuals that integrate one or more of the following: community organizing, leadership development, and/or a clear vision toward stronger, more resilient, and transformative communities.
BWF continues to work with women, girls and gender expansive individuals in the following communities: elderly, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQIA+, low-income, people of color, people with disabilities working in their communities in the Greater Boston Area and beyond to bring about racial, economic, social, and gender justice.
Our 2022 Movement Building Grants have been awarded. View all of our grantees here.
Community Investment Grant Awards
The Boston Women’s Fund is currently reviewing and experimenting with more equitable grantmaking practices. This year, for our Community Investment Grant awards we did not send out an RFP. Instead, we sent out a Request for Conversations (RFC). We understand that barriers exist when it comes to funding opportunities, and BWF is taking a stand against traditional funding applications.
Our 2022 Community Investment grants have been awarded. View all of our grantees here.
Multi-Year Grant Awards
The Boston Women’s Fund is committed to providing multi-year funding to as many grantee partners as possible.
For more information on BWF’s grantmaking strategies, please email us.