Funding Opportunities

WiDEF is committed to closing the gender digital divide by scaling evidence-based, proven solutions that improve women’s livelihoods, economic security and resilience.

We aspire to shifting the trajectory of digital ecosystems so that women and marginalized populations, including youth and young women; disabled, indigenous, LGBTQI+, and rural women, have equitable access to safe, affordable, and meaningful online participation.

For the first round, WiDEF invited local entities to submit applications for grants and technical support to scale existing solutions that have made measurable progress toward closing the gender digital divide in their contexts and contribute to transformative approaches to digital inclusion.

WiDEF seeks to support entities that are rooted in the communities in which they seek to affect change and have demonstrated successful approaches to advancing gender equality and/or digital inclusion for women, girls, and other marginalized populations.

This funding opportunity aimed to scale proven solutions that:

  • Drive digital inclusion for women through meaningful access to and use of digital technology
  • Significantly closes the gender digital divide in their context
  • Are economically sustainable and scalable.

Support from WiDEF can include funding ranging from $500,000 – $1,500,000.

Awardees will also receive dedicated technical assistance on program design, implementation and measurement.

The application is now closed. The deadline to apply for funding was May 6, 2024, at 11:59pm Eastern US Time.

Future funding

Two additional requests for applications will be announced later in 2024 – one offering technical support to large private sector actors, and a dedicated WiDEF India round.

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