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Grants to USA Nonprofits Led by Women of Color in Southern States for Operating Support

Ms. South Grant

GrantWatch ID# 193815
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Ms. Foundation for Women
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Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaArkansasFloridaGeorgiaKentuckyLouisianaMississippiNorth CarolinaOklahomaSouth CarolinaTennesseeTexasVirginiaWest Virginia

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/13/23 5:00 PM ET

Grant Description
Grants of up to $50,000 and in-kind support to USA nonprofit organizations in southern states led by women and girls of color for operating support. Eligible applicants are located in the following states: Florida, Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Ms. Foundation for Women envisions a world in which Women and Girls of Color (WGOC) leverage their voice, power, and expertise to transform systems to live full and healthy lives. With an unapologetic commitment to a racial and gender equity/justice lens, the Foundation has shifted its grantmaking focus to building power and leadership of WGOC – which include Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Middle Eastern, and Asian/Pacific Islander women, girls, and nonbinary folks, both transgender and cisgender.

The multi-year program strategy has the goals of strengthening the organizational and financial sustainability of an ecosystem of WGOC-led organizations; increasing connectivity between WGOC-led organizations; and positioning WGOC leaders as key experts and decision-makers in shaping policy and culture change. The Foundation believes that using an intersectional framework will wield the full strength of WGOC’s knowledge, experience, and networks and lead to transformational change.

In this round of grantmaking, the Foundation will invest funds in support of WGOC-led groups in the U.S. South across the spectrum of movement building and organizing. The Ms. South strategy also supports the leadership of Southern WGOC through capacity building, networking, communications to amplify the work of their organizations, and advocacy within the philanthropy community to increase giving to WGOC by a significant margin.

The Ms. Foundation for Women welcomes requests for general operating support from groups working in the U.S. South.

If selected, Ms. grantee partners may have the opportunity to participate in capacity building and learning activities that may include grantee trainings, convenings, strategy sessions, and webinars. These activities would not involve additional costs to the grantee, with the exception of grantee convening travel incidentals. The Ms. Foundation for Women may also request grantees’ participation in activities such as events, media outreach, and others to build national visibility around key issues and further support your advocacy.


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Additional Criteria for Eligibility
The Ms. Foundation for Women welcomes requests from groups working in the U.S. South. The Foundation is looking for 501c3 or fiscally sponsored groups. The Foundation supports organizations that are a variety of sizes and structures.

1. Applicant organizations should be led by Women and/or Girls of Color, i.e.
○ The Executive Director (or one co-director, if you use a co-director model) is a Woman and/or Girl of Color
○ 75-100% of the financial decision-makers for the organization must be Women and/or Girls of Color.
○ More than 50% of the people on your board (or the people who have fiduciary responsibility for your organization) must be Women and/or Girls of Color.
2. Applicant must be doing work focused in one or more of the 14 states listed above.
3. The Foundation seeks applicants that use movement building and organizing strategies.
4. Applicant must be a 501(c)(3) organization or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization.
5. Organizational budget must not exceed $10 million.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline for submission is Friday, January, 13 2023 at 5:00 PM ET.

1 Information Session: November 16, 2022 (3:30 PM ET)
2 Application Phase Due: January 13, 2023 at 5:00 PM ET
3 Notification of Awards: Final award notifications will be sent by late March/early April

View the Information Session Webinar Recording:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Grant Range: $20,000 - $50,000 per year

Term of Contract
Up to two years; The Foundation anticipates a May 2023 start. The Foundation aims to award two-year grants as a best practice. The Foundation cannot guarantee multiple years of funding.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Troubleshooting: For technical difficulties with your online application, please send an email to Grants Administrator Alaya Gaddy (

Questions on Proposal Narrative: For questions about your proposal narrative submission, please do not hesitate to contact program officers: Coya White Hat-Artichoker ( or Samantha Franklin (

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