AAUW Community Action Grants

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Grant amount: US $2,000 - US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 15, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity College / University Individuals

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: United States, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico Expand all

Location of residency: United States, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico Expand all

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Community Action Grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls.

Community Action Grants provide funds that address issues related to the needs of women and girls or that provide information to educate and benefit the public on those issues.

There are both one-year and two-year community action grants available.

One-Year Grants

  • One-year grants provide funding for community-based projects.
  • Topic areas are  unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes  education and equality for women and girls.
  • $2,000-$7,000 over one year.

Two-Year Grants

  • Two-year grants provide startup funds for new projects that address the  particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities.
  • Topic areas are unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equality for women and girls.
  • $5,000-$10,000 over two years.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must be one of the following:
    • Individuals
    • AAUW branches
    • AAUW state organizations
    • Local community-based nonprofit organizations (including universities).
  • Project directors must be the applicant and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Nonprofit organizations and universities must be based in the United States or its territories.
  • Grant projects must have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories.
  • The proposed activity must take place within the United States or its territories.
  • Organizations (including universities) must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
  • The proposed activity must have direct community or public impact.
  • Proposals from AAUW branches or states must be approved and signed by the branch or state president.
  • Proposals from local community-based nonprofit organizations must be approved and signed by the organization’s executive director.
  • AAUW staff or volunteers with decision-making authority who wish to apply for an award must recuse themselves from the decision-making process.
  • Funds are available for, but not limited to, project-related expense categories, including:
    • Postage, mailing, shipping
    • Photocopying, duplicating
    • Office supplies
    • Audiovisual materials
    • Project-related telephone costs
    • Professional fees or honoraria for speakers or special consultants
    • Equipment purchases
    • Meals, food, beverages, or lodging for camps or related activities
    • Temporary, hourly clerical help
    • Lease of facilities (does not include permanent office space)
    • Advertising, publicity, graphic design
    • Transportation (should be no more than one-third of grant request; $.565 per mile for auto expenses)


  • Preference is given to projects:
    • Directed by or collaborating with AAUW branches and states
    • Focused on K–14 (including two-year colleges) women and girls’ achievement in math, science, and/or technology
    • That include community partners (Community partners might include local schools or school districts, businesses, and other community-based organizations.
  • AAUW encourages proposals for projects that:
    • Use innovative approaches to address local community needs or build links among community partners
    • Build partnerships between schools and community organizations


  • Grant projects must be nonsectarian and may not seek to promote a particular religion or denomination.
  • Community Action Grants are not available for the development of written work for academic credit or for research that will be used for a degree thesis or dissertation.
  • Members and officers of the AAUW Board of Directors are not eligible to apply for fellowships and grant awards. 
  • Funds are not available for the following:
    • Salaries or stipends for project directors or permanent positions
    • Tuition
    • Higher education scholarships for students and participants
    • Building funds, construction, or renovations
    • Travel expenses for activities not within the scope of the project
    • Overhead or general operating expenses for any organization or nonprofit organization
    • Personal expenses, shelter, or life, medical, and health insurance
    • Previous expenditures, deficits, or loans
    • Creating or providing grants to other organizations
    • Copyright or attorney fees
    • Fundraising activities

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