Co-Impact: Global South Grants to Advance Gender Equality – Women’s Leadership in Health, Education, Economics, and Law

Proposals will be welcomed from Global South and locally rooted organizations — civil society groups, think tanks and academic institutions, professional associations and networks, women’s rights groups, and feminist and allied movements, among others — in support of initiatives designed to make systems just and inclusive and advance women’s leadership at all levels. The program will support and nurture promising initiatives that focus on systems change with the goal to improve gender-equitable outcomes and women’s leadership in the health, education, and economic opportunity sectors; and institutional change to advance women’s ability to enter, rise to, and thrive in leadership positions in the academic and professional domains of law and/or economics. Three grant types will be awarded:

Anchor Grants will support systems change initiatives that aim to improve gender-equitable outcomes and women’s leadership in the health, education, and/or economic opportunity sectors. Each grant will support proven ideas to be ‘adopted at scale’ and benefit at least one million people. The estimated range of Anchor Grants is between $5 million and $20 million over a period of five to six years.

Domain Grants will support initiatives focused on institutional change to advance women’s ability to enter, rise to, and thrive in leadership positions in the academic and professional domains of law and/or economics. The estimated range of Domain Grants is between $2 million and $4 million over a period of five to six years.

Catalytic Grants will nurture promising initiatives that are either in the Pre-Anchor stage (focused on health, education, and/or economic opportunity) or the Pre-Domain stage (focused on domains of law and/or economics). This grant type does not support new, experimental ideas; instead, it will support early-stage initiatives with a well-developed idea that has been tried in a specific context and would benefit from exploring pathways for sustained change at scale. A hundred percent of Catalytic grants will go to women-led organizations in the Global South. The estimated range of Catalytic Grants is between $1 million and $3 million over a period of three to four years.

Co-Impact invites initiatives that focus on the following regions: Africa (including Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa); Asia (including India, Indonesia, Philippines, and Sri Lanka); and Latin America (including Brazil, Mexico, and Peru).