Funding Priorities

FRIDA is committed to funding organizations and initiatives that are unlikely to be funded by more traditional funding sources. This may mean that traditional funding sources are either not interested in the particular area of work or that it is too radical for most conventional funding sources. FRIDA supports initiatives and groups led by young feminist women and transgender youth as a means of ensuring that the views, voices, needs and priorities of these individuals are supported. We prioritize initiatives that are creative and innovative in their strategies and approaches.

We prioritize

  • Small, emerging grassroots groups, networks, or collectives with little or no access to funding from larger donors.
  • Groups, networks, or collectives that are working on emerging or issues that have not received prior funding.
  • Groups, networks, or collectives located in remote underserved areas.
  • Groups, networks, or collectives that are diverse in their membership and made up of and/or working with socially marginalized young women especially: refugees, ethnic, national and caste minorities, rural women, urban poor, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, women living with HIV/AIDS, sex workers, women with disabilities, women living in armed conflicts and post conflict zones.
  • Groups using creative and innovative strategies to further their activism (including art, music, culture, poetry, social media etc).

We support:

  • Innovative ideas for coalition and movement-building engaging a broad cross-section of young feminist activists.
  • Controversial issues which support feminist values. We will support work around core feminist concerns such as: sexual violence, safety and security, economic justice (including labor rights and employment), reproductive justice, political participation, among others.
  • Core funding to cover overhead and general operating costs.
  • Start-up initiatives meaning that we will provide funding to help start an activity in the hope that it will then become sustainable.
  • Efforts to mobilize and amplify young women’s voices to become more integrated in broader women’s movements.
  • Structured exchange of experiences, lessons and strategies towards sustaining vibrancy within young women’s movements locally and more broadly.
  • Local, regional or international advocacy efforts to promote women’s rights.


What FRIDA will NOT support

  • Groups or organizations that display an intolerant attitude towards others on the basis of age, religion, sex, race/ethnicity, disability, class or sexual orientation.
  • Organizations working with young women and trans youth but led by individuals over 30 years of age. We do not fund youth “programs” of existing organizations  — we fund youth-led groups.
  • Scholarships, internship or school fees (including Doctoral or other research)
  • Groups with budgets over $25,000 USD
  • Proposals submitted by individuals, government institutions, political organizations or religious groups.
  • Groups that focus only on the provision of direct services (e.g. community literacy, formal education, technical training, craft or health care etc).
  • Groups that focus on income generating activities.
  • Groups based in the following highly-industrialized countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.