Foundation Grants

Grant Period Closed

Thank you to all the organizations who submitted a grant application.

All applicants will be notified by 30 August 2019 whether they qualified for the second phase of the grant evaluation process. Those who qualified will be required to provide additional supporting documentation, such as:

  • Organization chart(s)
  • Recent accomplishments
  • Financial statements and audit reports for the last three fiscal years
  • Operating expense budgets for the last three fiscal years
  • List of donors, board of directors, income sources, and other details

We will email all organizations approved for grant funding by 30 October 2019.

The grant period will re-open in June 2020

UNFCU Foundation accepts grant applications between 1 June and 30 June each year for funding requests of $50,000 or less.

Before submitting your proposal, please ensure that your organization or project meet our selection criteria and grant application guidelines.

Selection Criteria

Our criteria for selecting grant recipients are:

  • Alignment with the mission of the UNFCU Foundation
  • Strong track record over at least a three‑year period or an extended pilot period
  • Sustainability with access to additional support
  • Ability to track the impact of the project or organization through reporting of results
  • Direct impact to marginalized women and children in need, with long-term benefits

For organizations that have not received funding from us in the past, we will only evaluate grant requests for projects that will benefit women and youth in impoverished communities of:

  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • United States locations: New York City; Washington, DC; Virginia; Maryland

The organizations we already support can continue to submit grant requests for projects globally.

Grant Application Guidelines

UNFCU Foundation accepts grant applications only from non-profit organizations that have one of the following tax-exempt statuses:

  • 501(c)(3) — applicable only for US‑based non-profit organizations
  • United Nations, its funds, programs, and specialized agencies

The UNFCU Foundation does not provide grants for the following:

  • Private individuals
  • Projects without measurable goals and impacts
  • Political campaigns or candidates
  • Religious, fraternal, or professional sports organizations
  • Documentaries, performing arts groups, or productions
  • Organizations without the tax-exempt status stated in the grant application guidelines and form
  • Undergraduate scholarships, personal needs, or operational expenses/existing deficits