Grants and Scholarships



The TN Women’s Economic Council Foundation gives out three scholarships to graduating Tennessee high school girls and three scholarships to non-traditional women students each year (since 2007). In addition to academic achievement, the Foundation considers leadership and community activities in its selection process. Deadline Sept 30th. Apply here.

The Davidson County Democratic Women’s Scholarship for college bound, female, high school seniors in Davidson County.  In addition to receiving the scholarship, winners will have the opportunity to work as an intern for a week during the summer at the Tennessee Democratic Party Headquarters in Nashville.

Community Foundations in Tennessee – there are six including one in Middle Tennessee.

We Shall Overcome Fund (deadlines in January & June) For projects that use arts, culture and community activism to organize for social, economic, and political justice to the benefit of African American communities. Project funding not to exceed $2,000.

Baptist Healing Trust a private grant making foundation, works to foster healing and wholeness for vulnerable populations through strategic investing, philanthropy, and advocacy.

Clayton Foundation funding funding programs in the areas of Youth, Education, Arts and Human Services for the perpetual benefit of present and future generations of Tennesseans

Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund they specialize in education, low-income youth, and the protection of wildlife habitats

Business and Professional Women of TN (BPW/TN) provides one textbook scholarship award of $500 and a runner-up $300 each year. The program is open to any woman resident of Tennessee who is between 18-35, enrolled in a post-secondary institution of higher learning such as any accredited 4-year college, community college, technical school or in a recognized apprenticeship program.


Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) searchable database of grants

Helpful article from (July 2015) explaining recent changes to the Ford Foundation grant-making process – including their new focus on inequality – that will help feminist grant seekers.

Resource Generation links to multiple funders on their Funding Resources page.

Soul force LGBTQI Southerners

Third Wave Fund/Mobilize Power Fund a rapid response fund for direct action and community mobilizing. Available to coalitions, organizations, and non-501(c)(3) efforts. Open all year and accepts proposals in many formats: written narrative, a phone call, or a short video. Dedicated to work led by young women of color, queer, trans, and intersex youth of color and low-income youth.

The Match International Women’s Fund gives priority to the Global South but will fund groups in the Global North who are governed, directed, and led by women; have as their primary focus advancing women’s equality and human rights; and have a demonstrated track record and community support.

Astraea supports organizations that resist the criminalization of LGBTQI lives and fight for systemic change. They support lesbian, trans and LGBTQI groups that promote racial, economic and gender justice and mobilize communities to challenge oppression and claim rights. We fund groups in the United States, primarily led by LGBTQI people of color.

FRIDA – The Young Feminist Fund is the only youth-led fund focused exclusively on supporting global young feminist activism to advance social justice movements and agendas. FRIDA was created to bring new resources and new opportunities to young women and trans* youth (under 30) globally. They will not fund organizations working with young women and trans youth but led by individuals over 30 years of age.

Open Meadows Foundation offers grants up to $2000 to projects that are designed and implemented by women and girls; reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; promote building community power; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding.

Mama Cash supports ambitious feminist and women’s rights organisations and initiatives led by and for women, girls and trans people. Mama Cash also supports women’s funds.

Open Society Foundation (George Soros) funds women’s health, LGBTI health, disability rights, sex worker rights, discrimination, criminal justice reform, drug policy reform, and more. The Soros Justice Fellowships fund lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, researchers, etc to undertake full-time criminal justice reform projects at the local, state, and national levels. Advocacy Fellowships are 18 months in duration, may be undertaken in conjunction with a host organization, and can begin in the spring or fall.

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation offers 5 Education Support Awards of up to $5000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing post-secondary education.

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund provides scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older across the U.S. to build better lives through college completion.

60 College and Grad School Scholarships for Women of Color LIST from

A.J Muste foundation

The Roddenberry Fellowship $50,000 for a fellow to pursue advancements in civil rights, climate change and environmental justice, immigration and refugee rights, and LGBTQIA and Women’s Rights. Applications due annually in August.

Ben and Jerry’s Foundation make one-year grants for up to $25,000, to organizations with budgets under $500,000. Only organizations with 501(c)3 status, or who have a fiscal agent with this status are eligible to apply. While our broad goals are to further social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems, we focus on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change rather than on the specific issues the organization is addressing.

The AAUW International Fellowships provide funding ($18,000 for Master’s students, $20,000 for doctoral students for the 2017-18 academic year) to women pursuing full-time graduate study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Common Counsel Grassroots Funding Exchange

Craigslist Charitable Fund

Open Meadows Foundation

RESIST Foundation

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Elton John AIDS Foundation

AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Red Umbrella Fund

Donors Trust