Specific to this Grantmaking Process:

The Ujeni Foundation will use a gender lens when awarding grants.

Grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000:

  • General operational support of the organization
  • Programmatic support:

a. Expansion of an existing program

b. Designing a new program

  • Programs must focus on women with half the target population WOC.
  • Programs must work with women in lower socio-economic status.
  • Programs must be mission-driven for the organization.

Grants in the $10,000 and above range:

  • Working with organizations to support and educate women in the business field.
  • The focus is on women and building their net worth as providers and achievers in all levels of leadership.
  • Collaborations with other organizations to create success for women

Preference will be given to organizations in which women are the primary decision-makers, particularly women of color.  At least half of the top executives must be women.

Preference will be given to organizations that integrate gender equity into their personnel policies, have robust parental leave, and flexible work schedules to alleviate childcare concerns.

Preference will be given to organizations that make money and training available to enterprises owned by women, focus on employment and leadership opportunities for women, or provide products and services that help women achieve economic security.


  • All organizations must be 501 c 3 in good standing.
  • At least half the number of the organization’s board of directors are women.
  • The organization has aligned their policies to a set of guidelines called the women’s empowerment principles.  The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of Principles offering guidance to business on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace, and community. Established by UN Global Compact and UN Women, the WEPs are informed by international labor and human rights standards and grounded in the recognition that businesses have a stake in, and a responsibility for, gender equality and women’s empowerment.