Program Alignment & Core Objectives

  • Facilitate systemic change to improve the lives of underserved individuals, families, and communities of color
  • Apply creative solutions to critical needs
  • Produce measurable impact in the lives of individuals of color

Black Women Give encourages applicants to consider the following questions in reference to the program for which they are applying for funds. Does the program:

  • Increase options, resources and opportunities for communities and individuals of color?
  • Use evaluation tools (i.e. logic models, program planning models, etc.)  that include measurement for effectiveness with a clear definition of program success?
  • Promote coordination, cooperation, and partnering among other organizations?
  • Provide sustainable and effective solutions in one or more of  the identified funding areas highlighted by BWG:

In our grant making, we strive to:

  • Build the capacity of organizations dedicated to maximizing program outcomes
  • Support innovative strategies that impact change
  • Establish expectations for sustainability that create measurable and lasting value

Eligibility and Grant Limits:

To be eligible to receive a grant from the BWG Foundation, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Organizations must have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation from the Internal Revenue Service
  • Annual budget of $999,999 or less
  • Physically located in the Southeast Region of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Chester Counties)
  • Programs or projects must have at least 90% of its clients benefiting from grant funding represent underrepresented communities of color in the Southeast Region of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Chester Counties), and
  • Programs or projects must focus on our current area of interest

Additionally, the following grant limits apply to all applicants:

Grantees may only submit one application per year. This means that if an applicant is funded any amount in one cycle they cannot apply in the subsequent cycle. For applicants who are not funded, they may re-apply provided they meet our funding requirements during the next funding cycle.  Grant recipients from the 2017 Grant Cycle are not eligible to apply for the 2018 Grant Cycle.

Ineligible Requests:

The Black Women Give Foundation does not fund:

  • Individuals
  • For-Profit Businesses
  • Campaigns to elect public officials or for political or lobbying efforts
  • Programs that promote religious activities or require adherence to a particular religion
  • Projects which take place before the completion of the grant making process
  • Projects inconsistent with federal, state and local nondiscrimination ordinances regarding equal employment opportunity regulations
  • Grants that ultimately will go wholly to another agency, other than the applicant (pass through)
  • Organizations that have the ability to levy taxes
  • Individual scholarships for books and tuition.(BWG does, however, donate to scholarship programs that benefit individuals from underrepresented communities of color i.e., special programming that supports scholarship recipients).