Mass NOW’s Feminism in Action Grant Program

Our 2018 Feminism in Action Grant winners are Stacey Hamilton and Folake Olayinka. CLICK HERE to learn more about them and their projects.


The 2019 grant cycle will begin in the summer of 2019.

Feminism in Action Program: Goals

The Feminism in Action Program seeks to inspire young feminists to use $3,000 in grant funds to improve the lives of women and girls by creating an education-based project in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women (Mass NOW) is the largest multi-issue feminist organization in Massachusetts. We work every day on Mass NOW’s six priority issue areas: (1) constitutional and civil rights; (2) reproductive and health rights; (3) racial justice; (4) LGBTQ rights; (5) violence against women; and (6) economic equality.

Feminism in Action projects must relate to one or more of Mass NOW’s priority issue areas. Some examples include: creating a public education media campaign on transgender equal rights, starting a sexual health resource center at your school or in your community, or organizing a conference on domestic violence. The possibilities are endless!

Feminism in Action Program: Prizes

  • The winner receives Mass NOW support to implement the project, which includes:
    • Dedicated funds, up to $3,000
    • Professional mentorship
    • Volunteer support
    • Publicity throughout Mass NOW’s networks
  • The winner receives an award at Mass NOW’s 2018 Feminist Affair.
  • The winner will join the alumni of Feminism in Action Program winners and will be invited to work with Mass NOW’s board members following the project’s completion on a variety of issues (including joining event committees and testifying before the Massachusetts legislature – just to name a few!)

Feminism in Action Program: Application Requirements

  • Applicant(s) must be 14-30 years of age at the time of applying.
  • Applicant(s) must live in Massachusetts during the time of the project’s implementation.
  • Material must be the original work of the applicant(s).
  • Applicant(s) must agree to submit a written report at the conclusion of the project, along with providing informal quarterly updates.
  • Submissions must include the following:
  1. Executive Summary (1/2 page max):
    • Summarize your entire project, the problem it seeks to address and the proposed solution.
    • Be sure to highlight:
      • Originality of your ideas and how it aims to inspire
      • How your proposal relates to Mass NOW’s priority issue area(s).
      • Breadth of impact of your project on the identified social
      • Permanence of your work following the project’s
  2. Statement of Need (1/2 page max):
    • What issues does this project intend to address?
    • Why is this project necessary on a community-wide basis?
    • Why is this issue particularly important to you?
  1. Project Description (1 page max):
    • Describe the nuts and bolts of how the project will be implemented and
      • Provide an implementation plan, including a description of the types of materials and/or labor that will be needed to execute the
      • How should the success of the project be evaluated? (i.e. number of events, number of participants, )
    • What is the projected timeline?
    • Who is the intended audience?
  2. Budget and Calendar (2 pages max):
    • Provide a financial description of the project, with explanatory notes as
    • How will the program proceeds be used to implement the project? (Proposed budget must not exceed $3,000.)
    • Provide a month-by-month breakdown of the implementation of your project for 2017-18.
    • Sample budgets and calendars are provided at the end of this
  3. Mentorship (1 paragraph max):
    • Mass NOW has connections with feminists in nearly every profession. Tell us what kind of mentor support would be most helpful for you (lawyer, professor, policy expert, accountant, etc.).

Feminism in Action Program: Judging Criteria

  • Degree of relationship to Mass NOW’s priority issue area(s).
  • Originality of ideas and ability to inspire others.
  • Breadth of impact on the identified social problem.
  • Permanence of the work.
  • Effectiveness of implementation plan, including the feasibility of the project to be completed successfully within the budget and timeline.
  • Potential for success, as evaluated by the criteria proposed by the applicant.

Feminism in Action Program: How to Apply

The 2019 application period will open in the summer of 2019.