The goal of the Mary Kay Foundation is to eliminate domestic violence. As a part of this effort, the foundation makes grants to organizations in the United States that operate emergency shelters for survivors of domestic violence.
Funds awarded by the foundation may be applied to 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 2017, the foundation awarded $3 million in grants to more than a hundred and fifty women's shelters.
Only applicants operating an emergency shelter (immediate overnight housing) for survivors of domestic violence are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) under the Internal Revenue Code.
Grant applications are available at the Mary Kay Foundation website from January 15 to April 30, 2018. Grant awards will be announced in October in conjunction with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
See the Mary Kay Foundation website for eligibility and application guidelines.