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Dining for Women (DFW) Grant

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Dining for Women (DFW)

Deadline Date:

10/24/19 11:45 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $35,000 to $50,000 to USA and International 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.

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

For more information about guidelines and guiding principles, see the URL for Full Text.

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.

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. Relationship with fiscal sponsor must be of at least twelve months’ standing.
3. Demonstrate capacity and on the ground operations in countries with populations of greatest need for a minimum of 3 years.
4. Must provide Form 990 or Form 990 EZ for the two most recent consecutive years demonstrating $100,000 in annual expenses. This program does not accept 990-Ns or 990-PFs
5. Minimum of operating expenses of $100,000 annually for the most recent fiscal year unless using a fiscal sponsor.
6. At least half of the members of board of directors of the grantee organization must be women at time of application.
7. Demonstrate fiscally responsible practices.
8. Provide data regarding the direct impact of the organization’s programs
9. Provide evidence of its monitoring and evaluation practices.
10. Website presence in English unless using a fiscal sponsor
11. Ability to provide a video clip at least 5 minutes in length about organization and the funded project upon being selected for a grant.
12. Provide high resolution photographs upon being selected for a grant.

For more information about eligibility, see the URL for Full Text.

Pre-Application Information:

For Grant Cycle 1, submit a Letter of Intent online by 11:45 pm EST, April 24.
For Grant Cycle 2, submit a Letter of Intent online by 11:45 pm EST, October 24.

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

See Online Application link in Contact Information for information about 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.

Online application (available April 1st):

Contact: Director of Grants and Partnerships, Dr. Veena Khandke at 864-335-8401 or

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.