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Annual Grant Process

IWI is a nonprofit social association of women from around the world living in Istanbul. We are not a foundation or charitable organization. Social responsibility is important to our members and each year net proceeds from IWI activities go into the Social Responsibility Fund. With this fund we are able to support selected projects run by Turkish nonprofit organizations that fall within priority areas important to our members.

Every year in the Spring, IWI launches a Call for Applications. Prospective applicants for grant funding are required to fill out a project proposal. Proposals are reviewed by a committee and meetings are held to discuss the proposals. Recommendations are provided to the Board. Decisions are made by the Board in June.

The last Call for Applications was run from March 26 to April 27, 2018.

2018-2019 Priority Areas

  • Education
  • Domestic Violence
  • Childhood Development
  • Migrants and Refugees
  • Gender Equality

Other Criteria

Target audience: Economically disadvantaged populations in Turkey.

Geographic coverage: Istanbul and/or Turkey.

Project based giving: We offer grants for projects only and will not provide general operating support to an organization.

Organization size: We support organizations that are small to midsize, with an operating budget below 350.000 TL.

Financially stable organizations: We are looking for sustainable organizations that have many sources of financial support.

Multiplier effect: It is important that projects have as much impact as possible. We are interested in projects that impact large numbers of people and create more stable and healthy communities and/or can continue to deliver results over time.

Interest in engaging with IWI: We prefer organizations that are proactive in their engagement and communication with IWI, and interested in working with skill-based volunteers. We seek organizations that are interested in developing an ongoing relationship with IWI, such as attending IWI events, getting to know IWI members, and providing information about their work for use in IWI online channels and in Lale, our print magazine publication. 

Would you like more information?

For information about the organizations and projects currently supported, see Current Grantees 2018-2019

For information about past grantees, see:

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