The goal of the Mary Kay Foundation is to eliminate domestic violence. As part of this effort, the foundation makes grants to organizations in the United States that operate emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence. The grants are announced each October in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Funds awarded by the foundation may be used for the operating budget of the applicant, with the exception of staff travel. The foundation will award a grant to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state. Any remaining funds will be distributed based on state population.
In 2016, the foundation awarded grants of $20,000 to more than a hundred and fifty women's domestic violence shelters across the nation.
Only applicants operating an emergency shelter (immediate overnight housing) for victims of domestic violence are eligible for a grant. Applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
See the Mary Kay Foundation website for eligibility criteria and application guidelines.