Dining for Women (DFW) is an educational giving circle whose members meet monthly, learn about the group’s featured programs, and donate, allowing DFW to support grassroots international programs empowering women and girls living in extreme poverty.
To that end, DFW selects a featured grantee each month and promotes it at chapter meetings, through mailings, and through social media and online communications. Featured grantees are assigned to be featured in a specific month based on issue area and geography.
Dining for Women currently is accepting Letters of Intent through October 24 for projects that contribute to its goal of helping women and girls in the developing world realize their potential, gain equality, and overcome economic limitations and social biases.
Applicants may request between $35,000 and $50,000, to be distributed over a maximum of two years.
To be eligible, projects must address one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals; have real potential to create lasting change in the lives of the women and/or girls; and provide a solution that has been identified by the women and/or girls being served. Grantee must also be able to demonstrate the direct impact of the project funded, demonstrate their methods and ability to monitor and evaluate the project, and be sustainable and have multiple funding sources.
Applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or have a fiscal sponsor (i.e., a U.S. nonprofit organization that provides fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other administrative services to charitable organizations) with which it has had a verifiable relationship for at least the last twelve months.
DFW does not fund organizations with political affiliations; consolidated funding activities; group trusts; organizations with religious affiliations; foundations; endowments; individuals; membership campaigns; previously funded featured organizations in its Featured Grants Program; major building projects, land purchases, and large capital expenditures; or administrative or office expenses.
Organizations selected to submit a full grant application will be contacted in early December. Full grant proposals will be due by January 3, 2020. Six finalists will receive notification of their selection in April 2020.
For complete grant guidelines, including the online application form and tips for making a successful LOI submission, see the Dining for Women website.