AAUW New York City Metropolitan Area Fund

The New York City Metropolitan Area Fund was created to distribute funds from the dissolution of the AAUW New York City Branch. It supports AAUW projects to advance gender equity in the 11 counties making up the New York metropolitan area, including:

  • New York
  • Kings
  • Bronx
  • Queens
  • Richmond
  • Nassau
  • Suffolk
  • Westchester
  • Rockland
  • Orange
  • Putnam.

Funds may be available for designated AAUW National programs, pending funding availability and approval including:

Questions? Contact nyc-metro-fund@aauw.org.

Application Information


July 1–June 30
Grant year

May 15
Deadline for online submission of application (first round)

June 15
Notification of decisions from first round emailed to applicants

July 15
Funds disbursed to first round awardees

November 15
Deadline for online submission of application (second round)

December 15
Notification of decisions from second round emailed to applicants

January 15
Funds disbursed to second round awardees

Eligible AAUW branches/members with existing projects that meet the stipulated criteria may apply for funding. Limited annual funding may be allocated to provide seed funding for an especially promising new proposal with strong potential for impact and replicability.

Projects should:

  • benefit one of the designated New York City Metropolitan Area Fund counties.
  • adhere to the AAUW mission of advancing gender equity for women and girls.
  • demonstrate potential for significant community impact.
  • have a proven track record of project quality and effectiveness.
  • articulate the project design, implementation plan, and a detailed budget.
  • prove efficacy by independent measurement and evaluation.
  • demonstrate ability and commitment to secure additional project funds and/or resources to support the project.
  • have an appropriate scale for the investment.
  • maximize AAUW member volunteer involvement.
  • be a transparent, publicly accountable, and fiscally sound expenditure.
  • have strong sponsorship potential.

Preference will be given to qualified and validated projects/activities that demonstrate the potential for sustainability in the community.

The AAUW New York City Metropolitan Fund Selection Panel meets twice a year to review applications for grant funding. Awards are based on the criteria outlined below. Recommendations by the panel are subject to final approval of the AAUW board of directors.

The following criteria apply to the selection of AAUW New York City Metropolitan Area Fund grants:

  • Relevance of the proposed project to the mission of AAUW.
  • Strength of the project rationale — the project meets a demonstrable, documented local need.
  • Clarity and creativity of the project design — (1) the project has clear and specific outcomes and (2) is original and/or innovative in its approach to achieving those outcomes.
  • Sustainability/impact of the project — (1) the project reaches underserved audiences, (2) builds connections with diverse individuals and organizations, (3) has potential for AAUW branch or state involvement/visibility, (4) has potential for long-term impact, and (5) has potential for long-term sustainability beyond the grant period.
  • Feasibility of the project — (1) proposed activities will logically lead to desired outcomes/achievement of goals, (2) the project time frame is realistic, (3) the budget is adequate and expenses are justified in the budget narrative, (4) there is adequate support from collaborative organizations and community partners, and (5) the project director is qualified to direct the project.
  • Strength of the evaluation plan — (1) specific evaluation methods are proposed to measure short-term, medium-term and long-term results; (2) proposed evaluation methods are logical measures of projected outcomes; and (3) resources are adequate to support the proposed methods.
  • Strength of the dissemination plan — (1) specific dissemination methods are identified, (2) a realistic implementation plan is provided, and (3) resources are adequate to support the proposed dissemination.
  • Overall quality of the proposal — the proposal is clear and convincing.
  • Potential for and/or commitment of additional funds and involvement from community organizations and/or businesses.

Funds are available for, but not limited to, project-related expense categories, including:

  • Postage, mailing, shipping.
  • Photocopying, duplicating.
  • Office supplies.
  • Audiovisual materials.
  • Project-related telephone costs.
  • Professional fees or honoraria for speakers/special consultants.
  • Equipment purchases.
  • Meals, food, beverages, or lodging for camps or related activities.
  • Temporary, hourly clerical help.
  • Lease of facilities (does not include permanent office space).
  • Advertising, publicity, graphic design.
  • Transportation (should be no more than one-third of grant request; $.565 per mile for auto expenses).

Funds are NOT available for the following:

  • Salaries or stipends for project directors or permanent positions.
  • Tuition.
  • Higher education scholarships for students and participants.
  • Building funds or construction.
  • Travel expenses for activities not within the scope of the project.
  • Overhead or general operating expenses for any organization or nonprofit organization.
  • Personal expenses, shelter, or life, medical and health insurance.
  • Previous expenditures, deficits or loans.
  • Creating or providing grants to other organizations.
  • Copyright or attorney fees.

AAUW regards the acceptance of a grant as a contract requiring fulfillment of the following terms:
1. All grant recipients are required to sign a contract accepting the award. Retain these instructions, as they will become part of the grant contract if the applicant is awarded a grant.
2. Grant awards are distributed in one payment at the beginning of the grant period.
3. The project director must be in an active leadership role, controlling programmatic, fiscal, and editorial responsibility for the project.
4. The project director cannot be paid with the AAUW New York City Metropolitan Area Fund grant for work on the project.
5. Applicants may submit for more than one branch project in a single cycle, but if awarded in more than one project, applicants may accept only one award.
6. Grant recipients must submit documentation of liability insurance and background checks, if required for the project.
7. Grant projects may not seek to influence new or pending legislation or favor a particular political candidate or party.
8. Grant projects must be nonsectarian and may not seek to promote a particular religion or denomination.

Please follow the directions carefully and complete all sections for successful submission of your application. Only completed online applications will be reviewed by the selection panel. Request an application by e-mailing nyc-metro-fund@aauw.org.

Online Application
1. Narratives
Responses must be in narrative form, include all elements of the Selection Criteria, and address the following:

  • Abstract
    • Briefly describe the proposed project. Identify the target audience, goal of the project, anticipated outcomes, and relevance of the project to the mission of AAUW. (600-character limit).
    • Project rationale (need statement).
    • Provide evidence of need for the project. Describe the community served by the project, the problem being addressed, and the reason for initiating the project. Emphasis should be on community needs, not a general research base for need. (1,200-character limit)
  • Project description (anticipated outcomes)
    • Identify the goal and anticipated outcomes of the projects. The outcomes should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Describe the methods you plan to use to achieve these outcomes. Explain how the proposed project will meet the needs of the target audience in an original and/or innovative way. (2,000-character limit)
  • Implementation plan
    • Outline the project time line and list planned activities or events according to the time line.
    • Explain how the implementation plan will lead to desired outcomes.
    • Explain how you plan to recruit participants (if applicable) and share information about the project with your community. (2,000-character limit).
  • AAUW involvement and collaborations
    • Based on the time line above, describe the AAUW coalition and collaborators that will support the implementation plan. Explain why the coalition is appropriate for the project and if organizations other than AAUW will be involved. (1,200-character limit)
  • Evaluation plan
    • Explain how you plan to evaluate the effectiveness of the project. Outline the specific strategies you have used and plan to use to determine if you have achieved the anticipated outcomes outlined in your proposal. Explain why the method of evaluation you plan to use is appropriate for the project. (2,000-character limit)
  • Dissemination plan
    • Describe how you plan to disseminate information about the results and impact of the project. Provide a detailed plan for how and when the dissemination will occur. (2,000-character limit)
  • Impact/outreach
    • Describe the anticipated long-term impact of the project. Explain how the project will reach underserved audiences and build connections with diverse individuals and organizations. Explain why the project has potential for sustainability after the grant period ends. (2,000-character limit)
  • Qualifications of the project director and staff
    • Identify the person responsible for the project and other relevant leadership staff. Briefly outline the experience, education, and skills that qualify them to direct the project. In addition, list other staff and individuals who will work on the project. Describe their roles and qualifications. (2,000-character limit)
  • Organizational capacity
  • Briefly describe the branch or individual’s capacity to carry out the project and how the project has been previously managed. What other projects has the branch/state/individual planned and implemented that have prepared them to carry out this project? How will the project promote AAUW branch/state growth? (2,000-character limit)
  • Project Budget
    • An itemized budget for the project must be included. Project budgets should reflect the costs that will be incurred during the grant period.
  • Budget Narrative
    • Applicants must justify, explain each listed expense item, and explain in-kind support and other sources of funding. Be sure to describe the relationship of the expense to the desired outcome of the project. Strong budget proposals will include in-kind contributions and funds from other sources.

1. Read and follow all guidelines.
Proposals may be disqualified if the applicant omits a key step in the Required Components or ignores instructions. If you are unsure whether you qualify to apply, e-mail nyc-metro-fund@aauw.org for assistance.

2. Proofread all work thoroughly.
Proposals that are unclear or contain numerous mistakes distract the reviewer from focusing on the content and reflect poorly on your ability to produce a high-quality product. Check to be sure that your sentences are complete, clear, and grammatically correct.

3. Have someone else read the completed proposal.
An objective reader can often identify areas that need more explanation and may find errors that you have overlooked.

4. Be concise.
Reviewers may read numerous proposals. Proposals that are clear and concise are more compelling.