WFH Relief, Recovery, and Reimagining Grants

Women's Fund of Hawaii

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Deadline: Apr 30, 2021

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Women's Health Women's Rights & Equality Women & Girl Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, General Operating Expense, Capital Project

Location of project: Hawaii

Location of residency: United States

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WFH Relief, Recovery, and Reimagining: Creating a post-COVID Future Where Women Thrive

The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women and girls, particularly women and girls of color, has exacerbated existing inequities and has repercussions across all aspects of women’s lives.

The current economic crisis has been called the “shecession” because of its disparate impact on women. Industries that have been most affected during the pandemic are those with a majority of female employees, namely tourism and hospitality, retail, healthcare, and education, industries in which women’s work was already undervalued and underpaid. Thousands of Hawai‘i women have been forced out of the labor market due to job loss or caregiving responsibilities, while many women who have remained in it face unprecedented risk in the workplace.

Women’s health care is affected by the reallocation of resources and priorities to respond to the pandemic. Unpaid care work has increased, with women leaving the paid workforce in unprecedented numbers. Economic and social stress coupled with social isolation have led to an exponential increase in violence against women and mental health concerns.

Womenʻs Fund of Hawai‘i (WFH), thanks to the very generous support of the Aditi Foundation, is seeking innovative proposals for programs to create a post-COVID reality where women are thriving. A thriving post-COVID reality is one where women have the support, access, and resources to be engaged in meaningful work that provides for fiscal stability, safety, and wellbeing. Women have choices for how to spend their time and are able to act on those choices. Women, especially women of color, have access to high quality healthcare and family supports. Women are free to live without fear for their safety. The invisible workload of women is accounted for and valued. We are looking to fund and partner with organizations who have innovative proposals for how to achieve these goals.

Application requirements

  • Applications must explicitly speak to the goal of a post-COVID reality where women thrive, as described above.
  • Applications must be grounded in Hawaiʻi and incorporate input or feedback from proposed stakeholders.
  • Applications must speak to how impact will be sustained over time and beyond this investment.
  • Applications must include a detailed budget and budget narrative that details the use of funds and alignment to the intended outcomes.
  • Applications must include measures of success that speak to the degree to which the proposed work will radically improve outcomes for women.

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  • We fund nonprofit organizations, as well as programs that are sponsored projects of nonprofit organizations serving as fiscal agents.
    • We do not require those fiscal agents to have female Board leadership, but the program itself should have majority female leadership; also, we prefer that the fee for serving as fiscal agent be not more than 10% of the project budget.
  • We fund startup and existing organizations/projects.
  • We fund general operating costs, special projects, and small capital projects.
  • We fund organizations or programs designed exclusively for women or girls.
    • We do not fund general operating funds if it is unclear if those funds will specifically support women and girls’ programs.


  • Strong preference for applications with multiple organizational partners. This is complex work, and while individual organizations can be effective, we believe collective action has greater potential for impact.
  • Preference for applications that are considering diverse funding strategies and can speak to how they would leverage this investment to receive additional resources (if needed).
  • We prefer that a majority (51% or more) of Board members and program leadership are women, and that Board and staff reflect the population being served.
  • While we have a preference for funding smaller organizations, we will not exclude any organization from consideration because of size.


  • We do not fund:
    • Scholarships
    • Individuals
    • Organizations that aim to convert people to specific religious beliefs
    • Organizations not serving girls and/or women in Hawaii


This page was last reviewed March 17, 2021 and last updated March 17, 2021