How to apply for funding
For more information on our general grants and grantmaking process, please see below. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter or our social networks for latest updates on FRIDA's grant cycle!
Call for proposals
Applications are submitted by young feminist groups all around the globe
Applications are screened and processed by FRIDA staff ans advisers
Applicants vote for applications that should be supported in their region
FRIDA provides capacity straightening support and grantees carry out activities
FRIDA’s application process is currently closed. The last call for proposals was in early 2020. Look out for our new Grantee Partners, soon!
FRIDA receives applications online for general grantees every year for a period of 4 to 6 weeks. You can apply in any ONE of the following languages: Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese OR Mandarin, If you’ve applyed in previous years, you’re welcome to apply again!
You can apply for grant up to $6,000 USD. Grant money is flexible, it can be used over a period of 12 months for general support and/or projects, and are open to renewal
FRIDA grants are given to organizations and groups that are dedicated to:
- Improving the lives of young women/trans* and intersex youth at local, national, regional or international levels
- Inclusive organizing
- Collective action and feminist movement building
Grantee organizations that FRIDA supports are led by young women and/or trans* and intersex* youth, under the age of 30. At least 70% of your organization’s membership needs to be people under 30 and the leadership in the group needs to be young women and/or trans* and intersex youth under 30.
You do not need to be a legally registered organization to apply.
Priority will be given to:
- Small, emerging grassroots groups with little or no access to funding from larger donors
- Groups, networks, or collectives based in Sub Saharan Africa, South, Southeast, East Asia and the Pacific, The Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central, Southern, Eastern Europe and Central and North Asia)
- Groups located in remote, underserved areas
- Groups that are made up of and/or working with socially excluded and disadvantaged young women, trans* and intersex youth, especially: refugees, ethnic, national and caste minorities, rural women, urban disadvantaged, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, women and trans* living with HIV and AIDS, sex workers, women and trans* with disabilities, women and trans* living or working in armed conflicts and post conflict zones, women and trans lead unions, groups working on climate justice, land rights
- Groups using creative and innovative strategies to further their activism (including art, music, culture, poetry, social media, feminist activist driven research etc.)
FRIDA does not support
At the moment, FRIDA cannot provide support to the following:
- Groups with budgets over $50,000 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 only 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, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.
FRIDA uses the term ‘feminist’ broadly to refer to individuals and collectives working within women’s movements or in other social movements to promote and work towards the safety, equality, justice, rights and dignity of girls, women and other marginalized groups. Based on the understanding that fundamental discrimination occurs within patriarchal systems of domination in all societies, young feminists are determined to challenge, address and change the root causes of these existing inequalities, rights violations and injustice. We recognize that there are multiple feminisms and foster opportunities for expressing those principles in our work. FRIDA emphasizes feminist principles throughout all of its work. These principles include: non-hierarchy, collectivity, participation, diversity, and inclusion. We define young feminist activists as individuals from across the gender spectrum committed to advancing gender equality and women’s rights through explicitly feminist means. FRIDA focuses on activism led by feminists under 30 years of age.
Trans youth refers to any young individual who self-identify with a non-conforming gender identity. On the global level the term includes Transgender, Transsexual, Gender-Queer, and Transvestite individuals. In some regions and countries, the term may also include local terms that refer to those who are not distinctly man or woman, broadly referred to as third genders.
Intersex is a term used to describe a wide range of natural bodily variations. Intersex youth refers to young individuals born with sex characteristics (including genitals, gonads and chromosome patterns) that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies. In some cases, intersex traits are visible at birth while in others, they are not apparent until puberty. Some chromosomal intersex variations may not be physically apparent at all.
FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund grants are dedicated to organizations/groups that are led by girls, young women and/or trans and intersex youth, under the age of 30. FRIDA recognizes that there are limited funding opportunities so FRIDA seeks to fill the gap experienced by young feminist activists under the age of 30. If your group is led by young women or trans and intersex youth up to 35 years of age you can still apply if the majority of your organization’s members is under 30. However, priority will be given to groups led by girls, young women and/or trans and intersex youth under 30.
Yes, but 70% of membership needs to be people under 30 and the leadership in the group needs to be girls, young women and/or trans and intersex youth under 30. We accept that the age range covered includes young people who in many contexts are already social adults (mothers, married, income earners, voters, etc.) and that there is an inadvertent cultural and class bias in conceptions of what makes a “young” activist. However, FRIDA is committed to supporting groups that demonstrate a solid commitment to feminist activism and movement building doing our best not to reinforce an artificial concept of ‘youth’ as an identity. On that basis, FRIDA will not turn down an application solely on the basis of age.
Yes, we highly encourage you to apply! Since the very first grantmaking cycle, FRIDA has been funding and supporting young feminist groups led by teenage girls or centred on teenage girls. This includes cis girls, trans, intersex and gender non-conforming girls. Through the movement-driven participatory grantmaking process, overall we have supported about 95 girl-led and girl – centered groups in Asia & Pacific, Eastern, Western, Southern, Central Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, Central, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central and North Asia
At this moment FRIDA will not provide funding to initiatives led by young cis men even if they self-define as feminists because of our limited resources that are dedicated to address the fundamental inequality and discrimination faced by girls, young women and trans and intersex youth.
Yes, but 70% of the membership needs to be girls, young women and/or trans and intersex youth and the leadership in the group needs to be girls, young women and/or trans and intersex youth under 30.
FRIDA is a fund that is dedicated to support small, emerging grassroots groups, networks, or collectives with little or no access to funding from larger donors, so the priority will be given to groups that have an overall budget less than 50,000USD.
Yes! We strongly encourage you to apply again!
FRIDA only accepts application submitted by young feminist organizations or groups or collectives.
At this moment FRIDA does not fund individual/academic research, scholarships and travel grants. If your group wants to submit a proposal for research such as monitoring, analyzing and responding to issues in your community, and to use it directly for advocacy, or for sharing knowledge and recording/preserving lived stories, or other reasons that you identify as vital to your activism, you are eligible to apply. FRIDA will support activist driven research with a collective, independent process, not connected to institutions.
It is not necessary to have 5 years of experience in order to apply for a FRIDA grant. On the contrary, FRIDA supports newly formed organizations and groups founded in the period between 2013 and 2020.
FRIDA generally supports groups, networks, or collectives based in Eastern, Western, Southern, Central Africa; Asia and the Pacific; The Middle East and North Africa; Latin America and the Caribbean; Central, Southern, Eastern Europe and Caucasus and Central and North Asia.
We do not support groups based in the following highly-industrialized countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark,Estonia, Finland, France,Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.
Geographies such as Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion, French Polynesia, French Guyana, Mayotte, New Caledonia, Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Marina Islands are eligible to apply.
No. Young feminist group/organization doesn’t need to be legally registered in order to be eligible to apply. Many newly established young feminist groups struggle to become registered and for others it is a political decision not to register themselves. FRIDA is open and committed to supporting these groups, but also those that are legally registered as non-government organizations in their countries.
At this stage of the application process, it is not necessary to submit a detailed budget with your project proposal, just an overall amount in USD that you are asking to receive from FRIDA.
You can apply in one of the following languages: English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Portugues, Russian or Mandarin.
No. A group can apply only once, with only one grant proposal.
FRIDA offers grants of $6,000 USD. They are flexible grants that can be used for general support and/or projects to be used over a period of 12 months and are open to renewal.
FRIDA understands that funding with a feminist and care perspective is also to consider that, for a project to happen and for a group to exist, there are operational costs. FRIDA does not want these costs and activist’s work to be invisible. That is why you can apply for BOTH Project Support for different activities or specific projects your group is working on (workshops, meetings, protests, art, music, performances etc) and for General Support for operating costs of your organization (office space, administration, salaries).
We strongly recommend that you apply via the online form. If the online application does not open, it may be due to denied access and restrictions in your browser settings. You should check this, or try using another browser. If you are not able to use the electronic form, however, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIDA is committed to engaging young feminist-led groups in deciding what work or projects should FRIDA support in their context. All applicants that fit FRIDA criteria will get to read anonymized proposal summaries of the groups in their region. The voting will be done anonymously and share the reasons why they are voting for this application (groups are not permitted to vote for their own proposals). In voting, we ask groups to keep in mind the strength of the link between young women-led and young feminist work.
No, you can’t vote for your group. FRIDA voting is a transparent process and groups that vote for themselves will not be accepted.