Mary’s Pence: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: Mary’s Pence awards small grants to organizations that support women’s social, physical, and economic well-being in North America, Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean.         

IP TAKE: This foundation predominately gives small grants to small organizations. It is a productive resource for local and grassroots groups trying to establish themselves in the women’s empowerment space. It can also serve as a catalyst for bigger grants from other funders down the road.

PROFILE: More than two decades ago, Maureen Gallagher recognized that very few foundations were paying attention to women’s rights and needs. Gallagher gathered a small group of women who together formed Mary’s Pence. As a result, Pence “[e]nvisions a world where empowered women and their communities flourish in solidarity and justice.” The foundation awards grants to organizations that support women’s social, physical, and economic well-being.

Grants are geographically focused on groups working in North America, Central America, Latin America and the Caribbean. As mentioned previously, grants here are not large — the maximum award is $4,000 per year—but applicants are eligible to receive that max amount up to three times. To learn more about the types of groups Mary’s Pence supports, examine the Grantees page on the foundation’s website.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications. Deadlines to get those applications in are August 1 and February 1 of each year. The foundation warns that it could take up to two months for its board to make funding decisions, so this may not be a good source for emergency funding.

This funder is a strong supporter of local and grassroots organizations. Indeed, to be eligible for a grant, organizations must have an annual budget of less than $200,000.


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