Co-Impact Fund for the Promotion of Gender Equality and Women’s Leadership

Grants will be awarded to initiatives that:

  • Focus on systems change with the aim of improving gender equality and women’s leadership in the areas of health, education and economic opportunities, and / or institutional change advancing the ability of women to access, achieve and thrive in leadership positions in the academic and professional fields of law and / or economics.
  • Are deeply rooted in the countries of the South. 100% of the grants will go to countries in the South and to organizations established locally in the countries listed below:
    • Africa: Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa.
    • Asia: India, Indonesia, Philippines and Sri Lanka.
    • Latin America: Brazil, Mexico and Peru.
  • Are led by organizations that put feminist approaches at the heart of their initiatives. At least 75% of the grants will go to organizations led by women.

Co-Impact recognizes that there are multiple ways to advance gender equality. As part of the open call, Co-Impact invites applications from Southern and local organizations – civil society groups, think tanks and academic institutions, professional associations and networks, women’s rights groups and movements. feminists and allies, among others. Three types of grants will be awarded, ranging from US $ 1 million to US $ 20 million, spread over a period of 3 to 6 years.

Olivia Leland, Founder and CEO of Co-Impact, said: “We are truly excited about this open appeal and recognize the essential role that women’s rights organizations and feminist movements play in promoting gender equality. I believe that together we can move forward towards the common goal of creating just and inclusive systems for women and girls to achieve and thrive in leadership positions at all levels.

Full details of the criteria and process can be found in English here – (also available in six additional languages). Concept note submission will be accepted until 20 December 2021.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Co-Impact.

For more information:
For full guidelines, process, scheduled webinars, and frequently asked questions (FAQs), please visit the Co-Impact website:

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Devon Jaffe – Urell
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About Co-Impact:
Co-Impact is a global philanthropic collaboration for just and inclusive systems change. We help our partners transform health, education and economic systems for large-scale impact in the Global South. Our second fund – the Gender Fund, launched in early 2022, will focus on transformative systems change for gender equality, with a focus on elevating power, agency and leadership. women at all levels. This open call aims to seek the first round of grants from the Gender Fund.

Co-Impact’s first fund brought together over 40 donors from over 16 countries and pooled hundreds of millions of dollars. Major partners include Richard Chandler, ELMA Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates, IKEA Foundation, Rohini and Nandan Nilekani, Rockefeller Foundation, MacKenzie Scott and Jeff Skoll.

Philanthropists and foundations gather ahead of launch of Co-Impact’s second fund: Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, The Estée Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation, MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett, Melinda French Gates, The Rockefeller Foundation, Roshni Nadar Malhotra and Thankyou Charitable trust. We are also delighted to partner with Tsitsi Masiyiwa and the African Philanthropy Forum to bring together a group of philanthropists from across Africa and Vidya Shah and the EdelGive Foundation on a similar model to support this work in India. Co-Impact continues to invite and welcome other funders to join us as we head towards the official launch later in the year.

© Press release 2021

Mara R. Wilmoth