Women in the Digital Economy Fund (WiDEF) Grants Program 2024 (Up to $1,500,000 Funding)

The WiDEF program is encouraging local organizations in USAID-operated countries to apply for grants. These grants are aimed at scaling up existing solutions that have shown significant progress in addressing the gender digital divide and promoting digital inclusion.

Women in the Digital Economy Fund (WiDEF) Grants Program

Women in the Digital Economy Fund (WiDEF) Grants Program

WiDEF is specifically looking to support entities that are deeply engaged within their communities and have proven strategies for advancing gender equality and digital inclusion for women, girls, and marginalized populations, including individuals with disabilities and indigenous communities.

The funding’s goal is to scale solutions that have been proven effective and supported by credible evidence.  The solutions should promote:

  • Digital inclusion for women by providing meaningful access and utilization of accessible digital technologies, particularly smartphones and the Internet.
  • The focus is on significantly reducing the gender digital divide within their specific context.
  • Both are economically sustainable and have the potential for scalability.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility for support from WiDEF is open to both local nonprofit and for-profit entities.
  • The proposed solutions should contribute to advancing digital inclusion and address the barriers faced by women.
  • It is required to integrate at least two core priority areas and generate data and insights.
  • The scalability of the solutions across different contexts must be clearly explained.
  • Adoption of gender-based violence mitigation policies is mandatory for all digital inclusion activities.
  • The solutions must also fulfill the eligibility requirements set by USAID.

Preference given to:

USAID eligibility criteria

  • Funding is available for all countries except Afghanistan, Burma, China, Cuba, Haiti, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Venezuela, and India (for the first round of funding).
  • Organizations must meet the criteria set by USAID for being a local entity.
  • They should be legally established in a USAID-assisted country, with operations and majority ownership from that country.
  • It is necessary to have or be in the process of obtaining a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI).
  • Organizations must be familiar with and adhere to the applicable sections in the Mandatory and Required-as-Applicable Standard Provisions for Non-U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations.

How to Apply

To Apply for this opportunity, click here.

For additional information please visit the official website of Women in the Digital Economy Fund  Grants Program.

Application Deadline

May 6, 2024.

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