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Grants to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia Nonprofits to Address the Legal Needs of Women and Girls

Women's Bar Association Foundation (WBAF) Grant


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Funding Source
Womens Bar Association Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: MarylandVirginiaWashington, DC

Important Dates
LOI Date: 08/31/23
Deadline: 11/17/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia nonprofit organizations in eligible regions to address the legal needs of women and girls. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to applying. In the past, eligible organizations addressed the areas of domestic violence, immigration, family law, employment, and assault. Priority will be given to young organizations and to new programs. Applicants must be located in the greater Metropolitan DC area.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- To be eligible for a WBA Foundation grant, an applicant must be a tax-exempt organization that qualifies under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code or an organization that is seeking tax-exempt status and is affiliated with, maintains a fiscal sponsor relationship with, or is participating in an incubator program with a qualified 501(c) organization.
- The program or organization for which an applicant seeks funding must serve the legal and related needs of women and/or girls. The applicant must demonstrate that the primary focus of the program or organization is to serve the legal and related needs of women and/or girls and/or the majority of the individuals who are or will be assisted under the program or organization are women and/or girls.
- The WBA Foundation prioritizes services that are provided to women and/or girls in Washington, DC. However, we will consider grant requests for programs that are DC-focused but also extend services to clients in the greater DC metropolitan area.
- The WBA Foundation is especially interested in providing seed funding to younger organizations or new programs where the impact of the WBA Foundation’s support is direct and measurable.

Additional Geographic Information:

Metropolitan DC Area

- Faith-based organizations are eligible for WBA Foundation grants, but funding may not be used in the provision of services that impose religious requirements as a condition of service or are limited to individuals of certain religious faiths.
- The WBA Foundation does not support university faculty chairs, endowments, capital campaigns or building funds, or other foundations.
- The WBA Foundation does not make loans, fund political campaigns or activities, support programs with a religious component or requirement, award tuition, reimbursements, provide sponsorships, fund IT/automation projects or buy tickets or tables for special events as part of its grantmaking program.

Pre-Application Information
- 8/1/2023: Grant Cycle Opened
- 8/31/2023: LOIs due by 5:00 pm
- 10/13/2023: Full proposals invited
- 11/17/2023: Full proposals due by 5:00 pm
- 1/19/2024: Grant announcements made
- 2/28/2024: Final reports due from 2023 grantees
- Early March: Grant Awards Ceremony

If you have questions, you are urged to contact the WBA Foundation office to discuss your project prior to submitting an LOI.

Estimated Size of Grant
Historically, the WBA Foundation has awarded grants ranging in size from $2,500 - $10,000.

Term of Contract
- Grant awards cover a twelve-month period with the grant term expected to commence in March 2024.
- The WBA Foundation does not consider requests for multi-year grants at this time.

Contact Information
Submit applications and direct questions to

Women's Bar Association and WBA Foundation
2020 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 446
Washington, DC 20006

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