The L’Oréal Fund for Women is a charitable fund launched in 2020 to support frontline organizations in their efforts to:
- help women to get out of poverty;
- prevent domestic, sexual and gender-based violence against women.
The Fund focuses on supporting women and girls’ empowerment, particularly through projects in favor of social or professional integration and education. A specific attention is paid to refugee women and women with disabilities.
Applications to the L’Oréal Fund for Women will be held open until 2026. Local charities and frontline organizations working to support highly vulnerable women are eligible. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. Please note that the application platform will be closed during specific slots (indicated on the website).
Relevance of the organization:
1 Grassroot non-profit or non-for-profit organization, of general interest, with official accreditation and eligible to philanthropic funds.
2 Organization that cannot distribute any part of its revenues to its members, directly or indirectly.
3 Organization with more than two years of official existence (unless the organization has a strong documented innovative component responding to a specific need).
4 Organization with a minimum of 50 beneficiaries per year.
5 Organization operating directly (not providing only engineering or coordination of the project), without subcontracting to local/smaller organizations.
Nature of the activity/project for which the request is made:
6 The final beneficiaries must be highly vulnerable women or girls: In situation of poverty/underpriviliged (absence or lack of revenues, homelessness, single parent, Isolation In rural areas or In the suburbs, etc.), victims of violence, refugees or in situation of disability.
7 Beyond emergency relief, the activity focuses on women or girls’ empowerment, encouraging especially social and professional Integration, or access to education.
8 Activities can take the form of: a service, an instrument with a social purpose or a field operation.
9 The Fund is opened internationally and can support local or national projects/activities.
10 Projects can be in design/ideation phase, in implementation phase, or already in operation phase.
Nature of the activity/project for which the request is made: advocacy activities are not eligible.
Ethics/Human Rights/environmental responsibility:
Activities or organizations that are in breach with internationally recognized UN standards, including Human Rights, Health Safety & Security, Labor rights, Anti Bribery and Corruption, Environment & Climate change, etc., especially:
1 Organization with negative liabilities (controversies…).
2 Organizations or projects discriminating beneficiaries, based on gender, race, religions, beliefs (non-exhaustive list).
3 Activities with religious, political or military direct connection, content or goal.
4 Activities involving forced labour or child labour.
5 Activities having negative impact on the environment (carbon, biodiversity, water, etc.) or people’s welfare and livelihoods.
6 Activities having the potential to negatively affect Indigenous Peoples and minorities.
7 Activities or organizations that do not grant the right to self-expression, free association and collective negotiation to beneficiaries and employees.