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Dining for Women (DFW) Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Empower
Women and Girls Living in Extreme Poverty

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Dining for Women (DFW)

Deadline Date:

10/24/18 11:45 PM ET


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Grants ranging from $35,000 to $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations for grassroots projects that empower girls and women living in extreme poverty. Applications are invited for projects that promote good health, economic self-sufficiency, and education in developing countries.

Dining for Women is an educational giving circle: Members meet monthly, learn about the featured and sustained grantees, and donate to DFW in order to collectively to support grassroots international organizations empowering women and girls living in extreme poverty. DFW funds projects that foster good health, education, and economic self-sufficiency in developing countries. DFW is devoted to educating and inspiring individuals to make a difference and fight global poverty through the power of collective giving.

Dining for Women selects a featured grantee each month and promotes it throughout the month at chapter meetings, through mailings, social media and online communications. Grantees are assigned to be featured in a specific month based on issue area and geography.

Guiding Principles:
-To maximize the educational opportunities for DFW members, during the course of a year, DFW will strive to fund projects that address the varied issues, needs, and geography of women and girls
-Projects funded will address one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
-Projects funded will create lasting change in the lives of the women and/or girls who are affected.
-Projects provide solutions that have been identified by the women and/or girls being served and must actively include their perspectives.
-Grantee must be able to demonstrate the direct impact of the project funded and demonstrate methods and ability to monitor and evaluate the project.
-Grantees are sustainable organizations with multiple funding sources.

Grantees must:

1. Support women and girls living in extreme poverty in developing countries (defined as living on $1.90 a day or less)

2. Address one or more of the following issues / needs:
a. Education and vocational training
b. Improved women and girls’ health: physical health; emotional/psychological health; maternal health; sexual and reproductive rights
c. Economic empowerment
d. Clean water, sanitation and healthy environment
e. Improved food security, regenerative agriculture, and nutrition
f. Human trafficking: prevention, rescue and reintegration
g. Leadership training
h. Advocacy for policies that promote gender equality, peace and security

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183405

Estimated Size of Grant:

Dining for Women makes grants of $35,000 - $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Dining for Women makes grants that may be disbursed in one distribution or which may be taken in up to two equal distributions spanning a period of two years.

Funding will begin after January 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Requirements for Grantees:
1. A US 501(c)3 corporation or fiscal sponsor – A fiscal sponsor is a US nonprofit organization that provides fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other administrative services to help build the capacity of charitable organizations that do not have a US 501(c)3 (nonprofit) designation.  An applicant that does not have a US 501c3 (nonprofit) designation can submit an application to DFW with a fiscal sponsor if they have a verifiable present relationship with that fiscal sponsor that has been in existence for the past 12 months. The fiscal sponsor would need to satisfy all the DFW grant criteria. This program does not accept registration documents issued by any other country.
2. Demonstrate capacity and on the ground operations in countries with populations of greatest need for a minimum of 3 years.
3. Form 990-EZ or long form must be available for two consecutive years (Applicants with fiscal sponsors need to submit the Fiscal Sponsor’s 990s.)  This program does not accept 990-Ns or 990-PFs
4. Minimum operating revenues of $100,000 annually
5. At least half of the board members and management of the organization must be women
6. At least half of the project staff in the country served must be women
7. Demonstrate fiscally responsible practices that create the greatest impact for the mission of the organization
8. Provide data regarding the direct impact of the organization’s programs
9. Provide historical evidence for the ability to monitor and evaluate the organization’s programs
10. Website presence in English: dedicated website or fiscal sponsor website
11. Ability to provide a video clip at least 5 minutes in length about organization and funded project, if selected for Dining for Women funding
12. High resolution photographs

Dining for Women does not fund:
1. Organizations with political affiliations
2. Consolidated funding activities
3. Group trusts
4. Organizations with religious affiliations
5. Foundations
6. Endowments
7. Individuals
8. Membership Campaigns
9. Major building projects, large capital expenditures, US administrative fees or expenses and office costs
10. Organizations that received funding from DFW in the past 12 months. Previously funded organizations may reapply 12 months after DFW has received their final report.

Pre-Application Information:

For Grant Cycle 1, submit a Letter of Intent online by 11:45 pm ET, April 24, 2018.

Dining for Women has two annual grant cycles:

Grant Cycle 1:
-April 1 - April 24: Grant Cycle Opens for Acceptance of Letters of Intent (LOIs)
-May: Full Review of LOIs by Grant Selection Committee
-June: Top 15 of LOIs are invited to Submit a Full Grant Proposal
-July-August: Full Review of Applications by Grant Selection Committee
-September: Final Approval of Grantees by Board
-October: Announcement of Grantees

Grant Cycle 2:
-October 1 - October 24: Grant Cycle Opens for Acceptance of Letters of Intent (LOIs)
-November: Full Review of LOIs by Grant Selection Committee
-December: Top 15 of LOIs are invited to Submit a Full Grant Proposal
-January-February: Full Review of Applications by Grant Selection Committee
-March: Final Approval of Grantees by Board
-April: Announcement of Grantees

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

How to Apply:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Veena Khandke Ph.D., Director of Grants and Partnerships

Dining for Women
PO Box 25633
Greenville, SC 29616


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.