Grant Guidelines

Dining for Women  is an educational giving circle: Our members meet monthly, learn about our featured and sustained grantees, and donate to DFW, allowing us collectively to support grassroots international organizations empowering women and girls living in extreme poverty. We fund projects that foster good health, education, and economic self-sufficiency in developing countries. We are 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. Organizations must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for a grant from Dining for Women

  • Be a 501(c)3 US non profit organization.
  •  Focus on women and/or girls who live in extreme poverty in developing countries (defined as living on $1.25 a day or less).
  • Demonstrate capacity and on-the-ground operations in countries with target populations for a minimum of three years.
  • Promote self-sufficiency, economic independence and/or good health for women and girls being supported.
  • Have minimum operating revenues of $100,000 annually.
  • Tie funding to direct impact on individuals’ lives.
  • Operate independent of religious or political affiliation.
  • Provide informative organization web site in English.
  • Be able to provide educational materials, photographs and a video (at least five minutes long), that are relevant to the funded project/program.

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Dining for Women does not fund:

  • Group trusts, endowments, foundations or other consolidated funding activity
  • Governmental, political or religiously affiliated organization
  • Major building projects, large capital expenditures, US administrative fees or expenses and office costs.

Dining for Women prioritizes funding for organizations that:

  • Address the needs of women and girls from marginalized populations
  • Work in a region or country with both extreme need and limited funding resources
  • Are led and organized by women
  • Direct a minimum of 75 percent of expenses to programs.
  • Demonstrate the use of community-based participatory problem solving
  • Provide support material and information for education on critical issues, including personal stories, photos, program materials, online resources, regional and cultural information.

Grantees featured in 2015 are not eligible to apply for a grant at this time.