Community Action Grants
Applications for AAUW Community Action Grants are open August 1–December 1Learn more
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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 equity 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 provide funding for community-based projects. Topic areas are unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equity for women and girls.
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 equity for women and girls.
About the Grant
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 equity 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.
PowerPlay NYC, Inc. (2011) uses physical activities and Olympic sports as a way to develop confidence, team building skills, and life skills in minority girls living Brooklyn. PowerPlay NYC connects girls with female role models in areas that focus on fitness, mentoring, and education.
WriteGirl (2009) is a leadership program that provides young and incarcerated women the opportunity to write, edit, and create blogs for WriteGirl.
ECO Girls (2012) seeks to foster environmental awareness, leadership, ecological literacy, cultural education, and self-confidence. The organization focuses specifically on reaching girls of color and girls in economically challenged areas of Southeast Michigan who have limited access to green spaces.
Hidden Herstory (2010) is a national educational networking tour that features a screening of the documentary Top-Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII. Targeting universities, museums, and archives, the tour seeks to connect women professionals working in math, science, and computer technology with high school girls and college women interested in pursuing careers in these fields.
Camp GirlForward (2012) is an innovative summer education program for refugee girls ages 14–19. With a social justice-based curriculum, Camp GirlForward empowers girls to understand who they are, where they are from, and how they can make a difference in the world around them. The program includes research projects, presentations, journal writing, and reading, and weekly field trips around Chicago.
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