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Around the world, millions of girls are married before the age of 18, putting their health and wellbeing at risk. We champion community-led efforts to ensure that girls and young women can create their own futures.

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We bring together donors to fund community-based organizations that are working on the front lines to stop the practice of child marriage and early unions. Join us. Together, we can ensure that all girls have the opportunity to realize their full rights and potential.

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What Is Child Marriage?

Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18. That’s 23 girls every minute. Learn more about why it happens, what the repercussions are, and how we can end this practice together and let young women decide if, when, and whom they marry.

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Our Application Process

The Girls First Fund is designed to support and advance girl-centered and gender-transformative work taking place at the community level, primarily through community-based organizations. Find out more about our process, funding criteria, and timing.

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By the Numbers

Since our inaugural grants were made in 2019, here's how we’ve supported efforts to ensure that all girls have a bright future.
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$3 MILLION COMMITTED TO GRANTEES
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150 GRANTS MADE
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90% OF GRANTS MADE TO YOUNG WOMEN- AND WOMEN-LED ORGANIZATIONS
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