Grant Program

  • F Funding Initiative/Portfolio

Key Information

We 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. We 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. As a fund, we provide an easy mechanism for other philanthropists to join us—to learn, to grant, and to raise the visibility of ending child marriage and early unions. Together, we can amplify the important work of our grantee-partners.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


2019 -


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


Not applicable or unknown

Capital for Good USA


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

COVID-19 Response


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Other

Cross-cutting areas

  • Early/child marriage
  • Empowerment

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school)


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