Believe in a Black Girl Grantmaking guidelines

Black Women for Black Girls (BW4BG) is a giving circle composed of Black women from the greater New York area that support organizations, causes and initiatives that seek to enhance the lives of black girls throughout the five boroughs. BW4BG members pledge a financial contribution to create grant‐making opportunities. The Believe in a Black Girl  Grant will be issued to programs and organizations that have demonstrated both the ability and the capacity to improve the lives of black girls in the New York area.

Our funding philosophy:

Grant recipients must demonstrate that the programs for which they are being awarded funds make a tangible impact in supporting Black girls’ education, economic opportunity or esteem, as recommended by the study, Black Girls in New York City: Untold Strength & Resilience. Specifically, we wants grants to connect to at least one of the actions recommended in the report:< /p>

  • A:
    Develop affinity groups for Black girls to promote a strong sense of racial identity during critical developmental years.
  • B:
    Support the development of healthy parent‐child relationships.
  • C:
    Reach out to adolescent Black girls about their reproductive health, domestic violence and community safety.
  • D:
    Develop and expand one‐on‐one mentorship programs.
  • E:
    Create faith‐based and community‐based organizational alliances for Black girls
  • F:
    Increased policy action focused on poverty reduction, lifting up the voices of youth.


Awards include $1,000 and leadership volunteers or technical assistance to support projects to begin in 2017. Technical assistance can include: recruiting volunteers, PR and communications, policy and advocacy, community outreach, additional fundraising or other areas of support. We expect to make two awards during this cycle.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for consideration, applying organizations must:
  • Have 501(c)(3) tax‐exemption.
    If an applying organization is separately incorporated but tax‐exempt through a group ruling, the applicant should supply the 501(c)(3) letter of the parent organization and documentation that it is part of the group.
  • Have an operating budget between $10,000 and $1 million
  • Be a community‐based organization(CBO)that provides services to young people in any of the five boroughs of New York City.