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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.
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.
Understand The Issue
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.
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.
See More of Our Impact
$3 MILLION COMMITTED TO GRANTEES
150 GRANTS MADE
90% OF GRANTS MADE TO YOUNG WOMEN- AND WOMEN-LED ORGANIZATIONS
We were selected in 2018 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a Goalkeepers Accelerator for our ability to bring together diverse partners to end child marriage and drive progress toward the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
The Fund Gives $3 million to Grantees
For our first granting cycle, we will disburse over $3 million to community-based organizations.
New Fund Director Appointed
Fanta Toure-Puri will lead the fund as we shape the agenda during our inaugural granting cycle.