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Through its main grantmaking program Rural Women Creating Change, New Field Foundation supports African rural women, their organizations and networks in sub-Saharan Africa to increase their agency over resources, information and policy.

Rural Women Creating Change grants are intended to enable:
  • Local Organizing: to bring significant improvement to rural women's organizations, their families, communities and countries;
  • Movement Building: to contribute to a dynamic movement of rural women who are creating social change; and
  • Systemic Change: to promote African rural women's leadership that creates economic justice, gender equity and peace at local, provincial and national levels.

Focus Areas

New Field chooses to concentrate its support in regions that are going through transformation after years of conflict or other upheaval. At this time, we are focusing on:

  • Casamance, Senegal: Upper and Lower regions (with cross-border links to northern Guinea Bissau).
  • Mano River Union: Kissidougou and Guéckédou regions of Guinea; Kono districts of Sierra Leone.
  • Niger River Basin: Western regions of Burkina Faso and Southeast regions of Mali.
We are particularly interested at this time  in organizations that:
  • Are African-based, women-led and community-centered;
  • Increase the resources and agency of rural women's organizations and networks;
  • Can receive and manage international funds;
  • Are well-established in the communities in which they work;
  • Demonstrate well functioning management, finance and programmatic systems; and
  •  Are benefitting rural women and their organizations through systemic change.
Please note that New Field does not accept unsolicited inquiries for funding at this time.