When you become a member of the WELA Giving Circle, you’ll give $20 per week or $1000 a year. Then each year, we pool our money with 50% of the money we raise granted to women-led environmental and climate action and 50% supporting WELA’s groundbreaking leadership programs.
Once a year we’ll put a call out for grant proposals from organisations working on women’s environmental and climate action. A rotating Granting Committee of Giving Circle members will make a shortlist of projects.
Then this shortlist is voted on by the Giving Circle Members and the projects that receive the most votes will receive the grants.
Focus on impact
We’re backing campaigns that create powerful wins and impactful movements.
We want to make a difference at the community level and empower women and gender diverse people to lead from the margins. We open doors for women and gender diverse people from diverse backgrounds. Our community considers and addresses injustice.
We want to build relationships and support networks that enable learning and knowledge sharing across generations, sectors, communities and geographic constraints.
Centering First Nations women
We value and honour the leadership of First Nations women for country, community and culture over millennia. We support work that centres the knowledge and experience of First Nations women in efforts to protect nature and secure our future.
Applicants must be:
The use of the term “women’s environmental and climate action” refers to supporting a broad range of work at that nexus. This includes funding women-led actions to protect the environment, supporting the inclusion of diverse women’s voices and participation in environmental initiatives, and addressing the differential impacts of the environment and climate crisis on women due to their gender.
WELA actively seeks to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women of colour, gender diverse people and trans women, women from remote , rural and regional areas, working class women, and from other marginalised communities.