Deadline: 31 December 2018

The Girls First Fund is requesting applications for grants to prevent and respond to child marriage and early unions. In 2019, we will make one-year (12-month), core support and project support grants of up to USD $50,000 in six pilot locations.

The Girls First Fund is committed to reaching new and emerging organizations, as well as organizations with little or no access to larger donors. Please share this opportunity far and wide!


The Girls First Fund will grant to a variety of strategies and types of organizations whose work is critical to ending child marriage and early unions. We are most interested in approaches that support local solutions within the local context and that illustrate how girls, their families, and communities are involved in the design and implementation of the approach.

The Girls First Fund is particularly interested in hearing from organizations that fulfill some or all of the following:

  • Are girl- and women-led
  • Meaningfully involve girls in decisions about program design, implementation, and monitoring (i.e. are girl-centered)
  • Are creating a society that allows girls to make their own choices about their futures and enables all people to have the same access to rights and opportunity, regardless of gender identity (i.e. are gender-transformative)
  • Support local solutions that address the unique religious, political, economic, social, and cultural norms and drivers that contribute to child marriage and early unions
  • Access the most vulnerable and excluded at-risk, married, and formerly married girls
  • Foster community buy-in to enable girls to participate in and be supported by their communities
  • Have a focus on one or more of the following:
    • Girls’ leadership
    • Changing social norms, attitudes, and behaviors that allow child marriage and early unions to continue
    • Improving girls’ access to and completion of 12 years of safe, free, and quality education
    • Improving girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health education, information, and services, including safe abortion (where legal) and post-abortion care


Community-based organizations and locally-focused national or subnational organizations that work in the following locations are eligible to apply:

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo (Haut-Katanga and/or Tanganyika provinces),
  • Dominican Republic,
  • India (Jharkhand state),
  • Nepal,
  • Niger,
  • Uganda

The Girls First Fund defines community-based organizations and locally-focused national and subnational organizations as follows:


Community-based organization (CBO): An organization that is engaged in the community, works from within the community, is accountable to the community, and is staffed by people from the community. A CBO focuses on issues and concerns directly affecting the local level (neighborhood, city, district). They include both formal and informal organizations. CBOs are sometimes referred to as grassroots organizations or locally-led organizations.

Locally-focused national or subnational organization: An organization with an existing deep presence in, local connection to, and contextual knowledge of the communities where the proposed work will take place. It believes in participatory engagement and working with local information, connections, and learnings to guide programming direction and strategies. It avoids a top-down program design. The head office and organizational leadership is based in-country; it is not an affiliate/branch of an international organization. It must be able to demonstrate experience of work in and with the communities where the proposed work will take place in order to be eligible.

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