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Grants to USA Nonprofits for Projects and Programs to Improve the Status of Women

Mary’s Pence Grant


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Marys Pence
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/15/23
Deadline: 08/01/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to USA grassroots nonprofit organizations for programs and projects to improve the status of women. Applicants must submit an initial funding inquiry prior to submitting a full application. The purpose of the program is to support projects that amplify women's voices and enhance the economic security of women.

Mary’s Pence funds projects in the US that increase the economic security of women and amplify women’s voices in their communities. Mary's Pence funds support efforts for systemic change that improves the status of women. 

Mary's Pence Funds Grassroots Organizations that are:

  • Women led — Centered on issues women face or on gender justice issues, benefitting and primarily led by cis women, trans women, or non-binary people.
  • Community centered — Emerging from a need identified within the impacted community, and collaboratively developed by and led by members of that community.
  • Working to enact long term sustainable change at the community level — Shifting public opinion about justice issues; forming alliances and collaborations across diverse populations; creating change in unjust structure or policies; or building capacity by building leadership, organizing or other social justice skills.
  • Focused on social justice actions — Human dignity, the common good, the right to economic security and dignified work, care for the earth, participation, subsidiarity (decisions are made at the most local level possible and involve those most impacted) and nonviolence.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Organizations must have a budget of under $200,000.
- The Foundation focuses on grassroots organizations. Organizations with large government grants or service contracts ordinarily are not eligible. If you have questions about your ability to qualify based on specific parts of your work please contact the Foundation.
- Organizations in the U.S. are eligible for funding.
- An applicant can receive a grant up to three times.

The Foundation does not fund businesses or LLCs.

Pre-Proposal Conference
If you are interested in applying for a grant, please sign up for the orientation to learn more about the application process. The Foundation holds the orientation twice a year per grant cycle on the dates as follows:

- December 2nd at noon CST for the February 1st deadline
- May 5th at noon CST for the August 1st deadline. Register:

Pre-Application Information
Organizations or groups interested in applying for a grant from Mary’s Pence will first need to submit an Initial Funding Inquiry (IFI). A representative from Mary’s Pence will respond within one week of submission of the IFI.

IFIs are due by June 15, for the fall funding cycle, and January 1, for the spring funding cycle. If invited to apply for a grant, applications are due February 1 or August 1 each year.

If you are a returning grantee or if you have already been accepted to our Initial Funding Inquiry process and need access to the application form, please email the email address listed below.

Grant Process:

Estimated Size of Grant
Annual awards are a maximum of $5,000.

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you are a returning grantee or if you have already been accepted to the Initial Funding Inquiry process and need access to the application form, please email Grace Gbolo at

Mary's Pence
275 4th Street East #642
Saint Paul, MN

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