The Global Resilience Fund for Girls and Young Women: A collective response to the COVID-19 crisis

Deadline: On a rolling basis

About the Global Resilience Fund

The Global Resilience Fund is a partnership between social justice funders committed to resourcing girls’ and young women’s activism through the COVID-19 crisis.

The fund is housed at and facilitated by Purposeful, a feminist movement building hub for adolescent girls headquartered in Sierra Leone and working around the world. Purposeful is meeting the administrative costs of the fund from its own core resources as an act of solidarity with activist communities at this moment.

The fund was conceived in deep partnership with Women Win, who are co-leading outreach and fundraising. As wave after wave of the coronavirus infection spreads across the globe, communities already living and fighting on the frontlines of oppression will be the worst affected. As social justice funders, advocates, and activists we know all too painfully the ways in which crises compound the everyday experiences of violence, gendered poverty, and isolation for adolescent girls and young women. COVID-19, like any other crisis, is exposing and exacerbating all of the existing systemic oppression and violence that positions girls as particularly vulnerable – especially girls who face multiple forms of oppression.

The cruel irony is that despite this intense pressure that girls face, the response during a crisis at best ignores girls’ unique needs and at worst shuts them out. Inequalities in health and in the economy are products of a patriarchal system that devalues and exploits girls. We have an opportunity to ensure girls and young women are front and center in response and recovery efforts.

As in any crisis, we know many efforts to organize in the context of COVID-19 are being led by girls and young women, but as usual they will not be resourced or recognized for their work. The Global Resilience Fund will need the creativity, the spirit, the sheer resilience of girls and young women activists more and more as these days unfold.


The Global Resilience Fund supports girls, young women, and gender non-conforming, trans and intersex activists at this watershed moment, with fully flexible rapid response grants of up to $5,000. Applications for the fund are now open!

They are prioritizing applications from girls and young women with disabilities, girls and young women of color, LGBTQIA2S youth, afro-descendant, indigenous and immigrant girls and young women, as well as those living in urban slum areas, rural areas, refugee camps, occupied territories and in conflict-affected settings

They are accepting applications from:

  • Registered and unregistered community organizations led by girls, young women and/or trans and intersex youth with incomes of below $50,000 per year.
  • Informal collectives led by girls, young women and/or trans and intersex youth with incomes of below $50,000 per year
  • Applications from all regions and all countries.

*Read More about the eligibility criteria here.

Apply Here

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