Donor base: United States
Application procedure: Full Proposal, Online Application
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Annual number of calls: More than 20

Financial details

Donor size: Large - more than $5,000,000
Funding instruments: Grants
Annual funding volume: More than $20,000,000
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Children & Youth
  • Climate Change
  • Covid-19
  • Disability
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Food Security
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • Social Inclusion
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Uruguay

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Vietnam

  4. Europe

      Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova

  5. Pacific

      Fiji, Papua New Guinea


1) About

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact on on gender equality and the empowerment of women. UN Women’s main roles include: (1) to support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms; (2) to help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society; (3) to lead and coordinate the UN system’s work on gender equality as well as promote accountability, including through regular monitoring of system-wide progress.

2) Thematic Interest

  • Leadership and political participation
  • Economic empowerment
  • Ending violence against women
  • Humanitarian action
  • Governance and national planning
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Peace and security
  • Sustainable development agenda

3) Focus Countries

They operate in Africa, Americas and the Caribbean, Arab states, Pacific and Europe.

4) Application Procedure

UN Women manages two Trust Funds: (1) Fund for Gender Equality: a grant-making mechanism dedicated exclusively to the economic and political empowerment of women worldwide. A call is launched bi-annually around March, funding ranges from $200,000-$500,000 for 2-3 year programmes. Applicants need to demonstrate that they are women-led (i.e. via the management structure). A concept note needs to be submitted via the online application system. Selected finalists are invited to submit a full proposal; and (2) UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women: a grant-making mechanism exclusively dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls in all its forms. A call is launched annually around December, funding ranges from $300,000-$1,000,000 for 2-3 year programmes. A concept note needs to be submitted via the online application system. Selected finalists are invited to submit a full proposal. Besides that, they are launching various calls for proposals during the year either on the main website or on the regional/country websites.

5) Contact

UN Women
405 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

T: +1 646 781 4400
F: +1 646 781 4444
E: please use the online form

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