EMpower supports local organizations that work to improve access to and quality of education, promote better health and well-being, and enhance livelihoods for at-risk youth ages 10-24.
We look to fund organizations committed to youth leadership and gender equity.
EMpower funds local (or occasionally national) non-governmental organizations with a track record of effective work with youth, clear mission and vision, and strong commitment to, knowledge of, and respect in the communities in which they operate.
We fund local organizations that:
Ensure gender equality approaches in their programs
Have strong leadership and effective, dedicated staff
Employ approaches that address the needs of youth in their community
Commit to and implement good practices to meaningfully engage youth, including in decision-making
Have an appetite for learning, and to measure results and apply learnings
Have been in operation for at least 3 years
Have diversified funding and an organizational budget between US $70,000 and US $3M per year
Demonstrate potential for and interest in scale, partnerships and other ways to positively affect the environment for youth
A longer funding horizon:
Financial support in the form of grants is viewed within the context of a partnership. Initial grants are usually for 12 months. After several years, organizations may be invited to apply for multi-year funding if they demonstrate successful results, have solid organizational capacity and an effective partnership with EMpower. The maximum duration of EMpower funding is 10 years.
What we do not support:
Emergency or disaster relief alone
Land acquisition or construction of new buildings
Applicants for or programs focused on individual scholarships, stipends or conferences
Activities focused on students in university or other post-secondary education
Programs promoting religious beliefs
Lobbying: attempts to influence the outcome of political campaigns by candidates for public office
Research or treatment of specific diseases; programs focused on direct health care delivery in hospitals/clinics
Institutions that, in policy or in practice, discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, age, ability or sexual orientation
NOTE: Due to the high level of interest in EMpower funding and our own strategic prospecting approach, we do not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or proposals.
EMpower has grantee partners in 15 EM countries
Grantmaking by Portfolio
Grantmaking by Region
EMpower sparks change with Spark & Ignite Grants
These small grants, awarded to current EMpower grantee partners (usually twice a year), encourage innovation and new strategies that include and empower girls. Past prizes have awarded great ideas for projects involving girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).