AWIU Grants

Amount Awarded in Grants
Between 1991 - 2023
IWOC Awarded Amount
Between 2008 - 2024
Countries Recognized
IWOC Awards & AWIU Grants

AWIU has two grant programs, global micro-grants and the International Women of Courage awards

grants used by women to support access of bikes - AWIU

Global Micro-Grants

Central to AWIU’s mission is its commitment to strengthening the work of women across the world through grants. At its inception, almost fifty years ago, AWIU issued grants to individual women to travel to the United States for study. Since 2008 AWIU’s grant program has focused on issuing micro-grants to women’s groups, or groups which enhance the wellbeing of women within a developing country. We focus on projects related to education, health, and entrepreneurial development.

International Women of Courage Grants

AWIU continues to provide individual grants to the women whom the State Department designates as International Women of Courage.

2024 IWOCs at Reception
Grants in action for women's access to sewing machines and materials - AWIU

Grant Application

AWIU provides grants to grassroots women’s groups in developing countries for short-term, concrete projects. These projects typically support advancement for women in the areas of education, skill training, health, and entrepreneurship.

Grant Criteria

Preference is given to projects that:

  1. Are women-led
  2. Are concrete in nature
  3. Are time-limited
  4. Are focused on education, health or
    entrepreneurial development
  5. Have a quantifiable outcome
  6. Have a potential multiplier effect
  7. Are not more than USD 3,000
  8. Have two verifiable references
Grant funds used to establish sorting systems - AWIU

2024 Grant Award Decision Timeline

We offer mini-grants for specific small projects to non-profit organizations around the world. Each application is carefully reviewed and considered within our budgetary limitations. The project should fit within one of three categories: Entrepreneurship, Education & Training, or Health & Welfare.

The 2024 Grant Cycle is now closed. Grantees will be notified of a decision in late June 2024.

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AWIU is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID # 23-7273487

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