The American Association of University Women strives to promote equity and education for women and girls. Since the organization’s founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental educational, social, economic, and political issues of the day.
AAUW currently is accepting applications for its Community Action Grants Program, an annual program that provides funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs and non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls.
The program offers one-year grants of up to $7,000 to support community-based projects and two-year grants of up to $10,000 to provide start-up funds for new projects that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls' sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. Project topic areas are unrestricted but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equity for women and girls. Special consideration will be given to projects focused on the achievements of K-12 girls and community college women in science, technology, engineering, or math.
To be eligible, individual applicants must be women who are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Nonprofit organizations must be based in the U.S. Grant projects must have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the U.S. or one of its territories.
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