Community Action Grant


AAUW advances equality for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance. AAUW is a nationwide network of more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 local branches, and 800 college and university partners.
AAUW is one of the nation’s largest sources of private funding exclusively for educational programs that directly benefit women and girls. Every year AAUW awards fellowships and grants to more than 200 women. In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.

Program Purpose

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.

AAUW encourages proposals for projects that:

  • Use innovative approaches to address local community needs or build linkages among community partners.
  • Build partnerships between schools and community organizations.
Special consideration is given to

  1. Projects focused on K-14 (including 2-year colleges) girls’ achievement in math, science and/or technology.
  2. Projects that seek community partners. Community partners might include local schools or school districts, businesses and other community-based organizations.

One-Year Grant: $2,000 - $7,000 over one year

One-year grants provide funding for community-based projects. Topic areas are unrestricted but should include a clearly defined activity that advances equity for women and girls.

Two-Year Grant: $5,000 - $10,000 over two years

Two-year grants provide start-up funds for new projects that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership, advocacy, or training opportunities. Funds support planning activities, coalition building, implementation and evaluation. The application is for one grant that covers a two-year period. AAUW expects that the project may evolve and change somewhat over the course of the grant period, however, second year funding is contingent upon the successful completion of the first year of the grant. Two-year grants are not for existing projects.


January 15, 2015
Deadline for online submission of application and supporting documents.
April 15, 2015
Notification of awards mailed to all applicants. Fellows and Grantees posted on AAUW’s website at AAUW is not able to honor requests for earlier notification.
July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016
One-year grant period

July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017
Two-year grant period