Girls First Fund Grant Program

  • F Funding Initiative/Portfolio

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Key Information

Girls First Fund aims to bring unprecedented financial support and attention to girl- and women-centered grassroots, community-based organizations (CBOs) taking on this problem around the globe.

They are a donor collaborative supported by leading philanthropic organizations and individual philanthropists who have come together to champion community-led efforts so that all girls can live free from child marriage and create their own future. They focus on girls, families, and communities because we believe they are in the best position to create lasting, local change and to address the root causes of child marriage. The Girls First Fund is the first funding partnership of its size focused on ending child marriage with grantmaking directed to community-based and locally-focused national organizations. 

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Latin America & Caribbean, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, India, Nepal, Niger, Uganda

Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2019 -


Ford Foundation, Foundation for a Just Society, Kendeda Fund, Nationale Postcode Loterij, Capital for Good, VOW

Ministry Affiliation


COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Primary enrollment
  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Secondary completion

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Social and emotional learning


  • School quality
  • School-related gender-based violence

Cross-cutting areas

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Early/child marriage
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Other aspects of sexual and reproductive health
  • Other cultural practices
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Not applicable or unknown

School Level

Not applicable or unknown

Other populations reached

  • Other community members - female
  • Other community members - male
  • Other family members

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • Community mobilization
  • General awareness-raising/community engagement

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased grade attainment
  • Increased school completion (general)

Cross-cutting goals

  • Reduced child marriage