Grant Application Frequently Asked Questions

UNFCU Foundation is a New York-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to sustain the path out of poverty through healthcare, education, and livelihood training for women and youth.

What program areas does the UNFCU Foundation support?

We support programs that work specifically in at least one of the following areas: education, healthcare, or livelihood training.

The program should:

  • Work to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Empower women and youth by offering them opportunities for self-development and economic advancement
  • Promote well-being and provide access to healthcare for women and their families

Does your funding have geographic restrictions?

For this grant cycle, the Foundation will be prioritizing applications for organizations and programs in:

  • Africa: Kenya, Senegal, and Uganda
  • US: New York City and in the greater Washington, DC / Maryland / Virginia area

My program serves both women and men (or girls and boys). Does that disqualify it from being funded?

To qualify for UNFCU Foundation funding, over 50% of the program beneficiaries must be women or girls.

Do you support new programs and/or organizations?

We consider eligible organizations that have been in existence for 3 years or longer.

Do you support organizations outside the US?

We consider applications from organizations that are based in Kenya, Senegal, or Uganda that meet one of the following:

  • An international organization with US-based 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor
  • United Nations agency or affiliated organization

A UN-affiliated organization is an organization that is officially under the United Nations umbrella, not an organization with NGO status.

Note that while we prioritize the listed locations, we may occasionally review applications from organizations located in other geographic regions.

How will I know if my organization qualified to apply?

All grant applicants must visit our grant application portal to 1) create a new account and 2) complete the Eligibility Quiz to initiate the process. After creating the account, the primary contact for the organization can login thereafter to save, continue or submit the application.

New Grant Applicants

Once the eligibility form is completed, if the organizations meets the basic requirements, the applicant will be prompted to complete an online letter of inquiry (LOI) to be considered for an application. All requests will be reviewed thoroughly and applicants will be notified by email if the organization is qualified to apply. Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis by email by no later than 26 April.

Qualified applicants will receive an email confirmation with access to the online grant application, which must be submitted by 20 May.

Returning Grant Applicants

Once the eligibility form is completed, organizations will be immediately notified if they are eligible to apply. The full application must be submitted via the portal by 29 April.

What is your funding timeline?

New Applicants

April Application process opens
20 May Deadline for application submission
May–June First round review and virtual meetings
July Financial review
September Board decisions
December Funding for approved grantees

Returning Applicants

April Application process opens
29 April Deadline for application submission
May–June First round review and virtual meetings
July Financial review
September Board decisions
December Funding for approved grantees

What if I do not have access to the internet to apply for funding?

Unfortunately we are not able to receive any applications outside of our grants portal.

What if my organization uses a US-based 501(c)⁠(3) as a fiscal sponsor, should they apply on our behalf?

No. The applying organization should be the organization implementing the program. We have provided space in the application to provide the information for the fiscal sponsor. Note, the EIN number of the fiscal sponsor must be provided.

Do I need to complete the application all at once?

No. Application information is auto-saved within the system and the user can return to the application to finish and submit at another time. Applications can be submitted early but will not be accepted after the due dates stated above.

What if I have additional questions?

Due to the volume of processing applications, we are not able to address questions by phone. However, feel free to send clarifying questions regarding the application process to For technical problems with using the portal, you can also email

Additional Information for applicants (also available on the grants portal)

Applicant tutorials are available to help navigate the grant application system.

New Users: Please click on on “Create New Account” to complete the registration process and create your logon credentials.

Existing Users: Please enter your credentials and log in. If you forgot your password, please use the “Forgot your Password?” link to the left to reset your password.

Not Sure? If you think that you or someone at your organization has already registered in the system, do not create a new account. Please contact us at for assistance.