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Frequently Asked Questions

HOW IS THE FUND STRUCTURED?

The Girls First Fund is a fund of Capital for Good USA, a U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity. Donations for the fund can be made to Capital for Good USA or the Girls First Fund. Capital for Good USA disburses grants on behalf of the Girls First Fund.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A GRANT?

Community-based organizations and locally-focused national or sub-national organizations (see definitions below) that work in the following locations are eligible to apply:

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo (Haut Katanga, and/or Tanganyika provinces)
  • Dominican Republic
  • India (Jharkhand state)
  • Nepal
  • Niger
  • Uganda

We make grants to a diverse range of organizations, implementing a variety of strategies, that work to end child marriage and early unions. We are most interested in organizations that support local solutions at the community level and that illustrate how girls, their families, and communities are involved in the design and implementation of their approach.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE A COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATION?

We define a community-based organization (CBO) as an organization that is engaged in the community, works from within the community, is accountable to the community, and is staffed by people from the community.
CBOs focus on issues and concerns directly affecting the local level (neighborhood, city, district). They include both formal and informal organizations. CBOs are sometimes referred to as grassroots organizations or locally-led organizations. CBOs include, but are not limited to:

  • Community groups
  • Self-help groups
  • Women’s groups
  • Girls’ groups
  • Youth groups
  • Indigenous groups
  • Associations
  • Networks, collectives, and coalitions
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Civil society organizations (CSOs)
  • Charitable organizations
  • Faith-based organizations (must have a no proselytizing policy)
  • Labor unions
HOW DO YOU DEFINE A LOCALLY-FOCUSED NATIONAL OR SUB-NATIONAL ORGANIZATION?

We define a locally-focused national and sub-national organization as an organization with an existing deep presence in, local connection to, and contextual knowledge of the communities where the proposed work will take place. They believe in participatory engagement and work with local information, local connections, and learnings to guide programming direction and strategies. They avoid a top-down program design. The head office and organizational leadership are based in the country; they are not an affiliate/branch of an international organization. They must be able to demonstrate previous experience of work in and with the communities where the proposed work will take place in order to be eligible.

WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A GRANT?

Organizations that are not eligible for a grant are:

  • Individuals
  • INGOs
  • NGOs that are an affiliate or branch of an INGO and/or where the head office or organizational leadership is located outside of the eligible country in which the work will take place (the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, India, Nepal, Niger, or Uganda)
  • Organizations with a known political affiliation, such as support from or to political groups
  • For-profit entities
  • Faith-based organizations that attempt to convert individuals or advocate for individuals to join or adopt a particular religious creed, ideology, belief, cause or view in connection with programming or activities
  • Research or educational institutions
CAN NEW ORGANIZATIONS APPLY?

Yes. Newly established organizations are welcome to apply. We are committed to supporting new and emerging organizations as well as organizations that have never received a grant from a large funder.

CAN TWO ORGANIZATIONS SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TOGETHER?

Multiple organizations can work together to complete one application for funding, if each of the applicant organizations fits the criteria and is eligible for funding. If awarded a grant, we will hold a grant agreement with one of the organizations in the group. The organization that holds the grant agreement will be responsible for the grant, reporting, etc. We also encourage organizations that apply together to have a Memorandum of Understanding between them that describes the roles and responsibilities of each organization.

WHEN WILL THE NEXT GRANT CYCLE BEGIN?

The plans for the next grantmaking cycle are not yet finalized. Join our mailing list to get an alert when it opens and for other updates on the fund.

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