The Women Give San Diego Grants application process is now closed. Please check back in November, 2018 for our next grant cycle. To see if your organization is eligible to receive a grant, please see below.
Organizations We Are Looking to Fund Support Women and Girls Economic Security and Sustainability By:
  • Equipping women for sustainable self-employment and entrepreneurship
  • Preparing women for first time employment or to work in higher paying fields e.g. job skills development and training, career planning and development, exploration of living wage non-traditional or under represented career paths
  • Removing barriers to employment e.g. cultural and societal including those affecting LGBTQ persons
  • Support economic self-sufficiency and asset –building among women and their families e.g. financial literacy, poverty prevention
  • Utilize economic development strategies that demonstrate consideration of the intersection of race, gender, class, age and sexuality in program planning and implementation
  • Advocating at local and state levels for policy and systemic change that improve women’s financial success and stability and their ability to achieve immediate and long-term economic self-sufficiency e.g. pay equity, removing legal barriers to joining the workforce
Grant Eligibility Criteria:
  • Must be working for change in one or more of our Areas of Focus as outlined on our Home Page.
  • Geographic Range San Diego County
  • Programs eligible for funding must be predominantly female focused.
  • Priority will be given to organizations in which women are the primary decision makers.
  • Must demonstrate outcomes that contribute to women’s economic self-sufficiency and security.
  • Gives voice to female constituents at all levels, and be willing to implement their ideas for change within the organization’s structure and programs.
  • WGSD encourages collaborative efforts between non-profit organizations to leverage greater impact than would be accomplished individually.
  • Formal 501(c )(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, as well as informal groups of women or emerging groups of women or organizations that can secure the cooperation of a 501 ( c)(3) organization willing to serve as a fiscal sponsor, are eligible to apply for WGSD funding.
Grant Exclusions or Restrictions
  • Healthcare programs or concerns
  • Organizations or Activities, which use religion or religious teachings as integral part of programmatic materials or content, or as a means of determining eligibility for service.
  • Retro-active funding
  • Reduction of an operating deficit or to liquidate existing debt
  • Agencies of state of federal government
  • Organizations or groups that oppose a woman’s right to self-determination
  • Fundraising events
  • Individuals
  • Capital campaigns
  • Organizations outside of San Diego County
  • Women Give San Diego does not consider overhead/indirect costs ineligible, but does prioritize proposals in which our funds go to supporting the economic empowerment and self-sufficiency of women and girls. So, for organizations that serve only or primarily women/girls, overhead would be considered in line with our mission. For organizations that serve a broader constituency, requests to expend funds on projects that focus on women and girls would be more competitive, and the indirect costs should be proportional to the project.
  • After two continuous years of funding from Women Give San Diego, an organization is ineligible to apply again until one year from the last year of WG funding. These organizations will be eligible to re-apply for grant support after the off year has elapsed.
Size and Duration of Grants

Grants will range between $5,000 and $20,000 per year for two consecutive years.

Process and Timeline

Step 1: Letter of Interest
Organizations interested in a Women Give San Diego grant should submit a Letter of Interest by December 16th, 2017. This step is intended to be simple and offer Women Give San Diego a brief summary while not requiring a significant time commitment from agencies. Please consider this a chance to provide an “introduction” of your organization and basic information about how your work aligns with WGSD priorities. To submit a Letter of Interest, please click here.

Step 2: Full Proposal
The Women Give San Diego Grants Team will review Letters of Intent and invite select agencies to submit full proposals. Organizations will be notified in January of 2018 and must submit proposals in February of 2018 (exact dates to be announced). The full proposal is designed to provide detailed information about the agency and project, including a budget, information about the Board, and key goals/outcomes.

Step 3: Site Visit
The Women Give San Diego Grants Team will review proposals and ask select agencies for a site visits. Organizations will be notified in March of 2018 and site visits will take place in March/April 2018 (exact dates to be scheduled based on availability). The site visits are designed to offer Women Give San Diego and applicants the chance to meet in-person and engage in dialogue about the proposed project. We always welcome a conversation with program participants/clients.

Award Notification
Agencies will receive notification about final funding decisions in May, 2018.

Grants Celebration Event
Organizations receiving grants will be invited to our annual Women Give San Diego Grants Celebration in May, 2018.

WGSD anticipates inviting select organizations to submit full RFP’s in January, 2018.
For more information, please email

Thank you for your interest in building better lives for women and girls in San Diego County!