From our first year of operations WGF not only raised funds to support our own programs and activism, we also raised additional funds to grant to the community. Our past successes demonstrate that our funding is most impactful when we focus our time and resources on grassroots advocacy efforts.

Therefore, grant requests should be 1) grassroots in nature; 2) focused on changing systems, policy, or community awareness; and 3) and located within the 10 county SWPA region. Most grants will be under $2500, but we will consider larger requests for very special projects or opportunities. At this time we are NOT considering event sponsorship requests.

WGF will consider requests for support for organizations and programs aimed at breaking down barriers to achieve equality for women and girls in the following areas:

  • Economic Justice
  • LGBTQIA+ Justice
  • Racial Justice
  • Reproductive Justice
  • Safety from Violence
  • STEM education for girls
  • Women in Leadership
  • Youth Advocacy

As you might expect, we receive more applications than we are able to fund, which means that even some proposals that fit within the description above may not be selected for funding.

WGF generally does not make grants in support of:

  • Organizations located outside of Southwest Pennsylvania
  • Organizations that do not have 501c3 status (or a fiscal agent with a 501c3)
  • Student aid, fellowships, or travel
  • Endowments
  • National organizations
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Annual appeals or membership drives
  • Individuals*

*Individuals seeking funding may wish to connect with the following organizations who do consider requests for individual support:
The Bartko Foundation
YWCA Liz Prine Fund
YWCA Women’s Empowerment Initiative