AAUW Community Action Grants

Website: AAUW

Description

Community Action Grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls.

Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Nonprofit organizations must be based in the United States. Grant projects must have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories.

Special consideration is given to projects focused on K–12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math.

One-Year Grants

One-year grants provide funding for community-based projects. Topic areas are unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equality for women and girls.

Two-Year Grants

Two-year grants provide startup funds for new projects that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. Topic areas are unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equality for women and girls.

Eligibility

Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Nonprofit organizations must be based in the United States. Grant projects must have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories.

Special consideration is given to projects focused on K–12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math.

  • Applicants must be women with special consideration given to projects focused on K-12 and community college girls' and women's achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math.
  • Applicants must be individuals, AAUW branches, AAUW state organizations, or local community-based nonprofit organizations (including universities).
  • Project directors must be the applicant and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • The proposed activity must take place within the United States or its territories.
  • Nonprofit organizations and universities must be based in the United States or its territories.
  • Organizations (including universities) must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. AAUW branch and state applicants must have 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status.
  • The proposed activity must have direct community or public impact.
  • Proposals from AAUW branches or states must be approved and signed by the branch or state president.
  • Proposals from local community-based nonprofit organizations must be approved and signed by the organization’s executive director.
  • Community Action Grants are not available for the development of written work for academic credit or for research that will be used for a degree thesis or dissertation.
  • Members and officers of the AAUW Board of Directors are not eligible to apply for fellowships and grant awards. AAUW staff or volunteers with decision-making authority who wish to apply for an award must recuse themselves from the decision-making process.
Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • Us Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
Procedure
History

Since the inauguration of the Research and Projects Fund in 1972, AAUW has provided support to hundreds of communities around the United States to advance education and equality for women and girls. Early projects focused on public interest issues, including women’s struggles to balance home and work life, the establishment of women’s resource centers on college campuses, and the emergence of women’s political involvement in the antinuclear movement.

As the program evolved and grew, AAUW explored ways to strengthen support through community involvement. Projects have become increasingly collaborative and girl-focused, bringing together AAUW branches and local community groups.

Contact Information

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