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Ms. South – Request for Proposals

Applications open Dec. 2, 2022

Our Ms. South strategy supports the leadership of Women and Girls of Color (WGOC) and strengthens their ecosystem of leaders. We aim to do so via targeted funding in 14 key states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. This strategy is informed by our Pocket Change report and strategic plan.

We are excited to embark upon the third year of our multi-year program strategy with the goals of strengthening the organizational and financial sustainability of an ecosystem of WGOC-led organizations; increasing connectivity between WGOC-led organizations; and positioning WGOC leaders as key experts and decision-makers in shaping policy and culture change. We believe that using an intersectional framework will wield the full strength of WGOC’s knowledge, experience, and networks and lead to transformational change.

WGOC are pivotal frontline leaders and organizers in the powerful social change movements that have paved the way for a more equitable and just democracy. They have led nearly every impactful grassroots movement in United States history. They are the primary constituency most impacted by inequity and live at the intersection of multiple systems of oppression including white supremacy, patriarchy, colonization, and unbridled capitalism. And yet, their work is under-resourced.

In this round of grantmaking, we will invest over $1,500,000 in support of WGOC-led groups in the U.S. South across the spectrum of movement building and organizing, building on our investment of over $2.5M to date. (Current Ms. South grantees) Our Ms. South strategy also supports the leadership of Southern WGOC through capacity building, networking, communications to amplify the work of their organizations, and advocacy within the philanthropy community to increase giving to WGOC by a significant margin.

PhaseDeadlines/Timeframes
1Information SessionNovember 16, 2022  (3:30 PM ET)
2Application PhaseDue January 13, 2023 at 5:00 PM ET
3Notification of AwardsFinal award notifications will be sent by late March/early April

Ms. South Information Session Webinar Recording