Feminist Innovation Fund

Urgent Action Fund has launched the Feminist Innovation Fund to amplify the transformative work of women, trans, and gender diverse activists working at the intersection of gender and climate justice.

In line with our deep commitment to centering the leadership of intersectional feminist activists, and recognizing the disproportionate impact the current climate crisis has on women and gender diverse people, this Feminist Innovation Fund seeks to support grassroots movements led by women, trans, and gender diverse people from underrepresented communities in implementing innovative, frontline actions to address the root causes of the climate crisis in their local or regional context.

This fund is a special grantmaking initiative separate from our core rapid response funding and has been designed to meet the growing needs of frontline defenders by strengthening and amplifying their bold, innovative actions that feed into broader movement resiliency.


The strategies and actions utilized will be determined by frontline defenders. However, the following are examples of  possible actions that this funding can support: 

    • Direct action – Community-led direct actions seeking systemic change
    • Political education – Popular education, communications, consciousness/awareness-raising activities, and knowledge dissemination work 
    • Movement resilience – Training, capacity building, holistic security (physical, psychological/mental health, digital, family support, etc) and peer learning activities that increase local groups’ ability to resist actors and factors that contribute to the climate crisis
    • Collective care – Transformational practices and approaches to self and collective care –and protection –among women, trans, and gender diverse activists, their organizations, and movements. 
    • Advocacy and alliance building -Efforts to mobilize and build alliances and to influence policy and practices at local, national, regional, or global levels
    • New grassroots frameworks – Raising the visibility and uptake of new or lesser-known environmental and climate (ECJ) frameworks and concepts that build on the intersections of gender, racial justice, and climate justice
    • Leadership – Leadership building focused on women, trans and gender diverse people,  youth, and/or those historically marginalized

If your innovative actions are not listed, we encourage you to contact proposals@urgentactionfund.org to confirm eligibility.


  1. Scope of work must center ECJ and Gender Justice
  2. Women/Trans-led collectives, groups, and organizations or collectives, groups, and organizations with majority women/trans/gender diverse  decision-makers (in the case of flat or horizontal structures)
  3. Collectives, groups, and organizations with an annual budget under $1 million USD

Priority will be given to work that centers on indigenous, underrepresented, and marginalized communities.


  • Canada
  • Central Asia
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • United States
  • Russia
  • South Caucasus
  • Turkey


Please take the time to review the funding criteria above to determine if you are eligible.

The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021. The maximum grant amount is $20,000. Select grantees will be notified by 31 August 2021. All grant activities must be completed by 31 July 2022.

 Click Here To Apply To The Feminist Innovation Fund!


  • UAF prioritizes funding for organizations that have an operating budget size of less than $1 Million.
  • Marginalized communities
  • Groups with limited access to resources and donor support


  • Individuals that are not activists
  • Cisgender (A cisgender person is someone who exclusively identifies as the sex that person was assigned at birth) men or male-led organizations or networks
  • Planned projects/activities/service delivery programs
  • Charity/humanitarian assistance/social services
  • Annual operating costs (rent, salary, overhead costs)
  • Bridge/gap funding
  • Scholarships
  • Organizations with a budget of over $1 million USD
  • Capital projects


UAF’s grantmaking is informed by our country and regional advisors on whom we rely on to assess applications. Final decisions are communicated to applicants after we have received endorsements from advisors, UAF peer networks, or references provided by the applicant.


The proposal will only be shared with regional and country advisors, or UAF’s trusted contacts as needed. We respect and value the privacy and confidentiality needs of our partners, particularly in contexts where security is a concern.