About

Barbara Deming (1917-1984) was a feminist, lesbian, poet, writer and nonviolent activist in the civil rights, anti-war and women’s movements. She founded the Money for Women Fund in 1975 to give financial and moral support to creative women.

Money for Women is the oldest ongoing feminist granting agency. After Barbara’s Deming’s death in 1984, we became a memorial fund. While other grant sources have come and gone, our fund is in its third decade. We are still feminist and still willing to take risks. The fund gives encouragement and grants to individual feminists in the arts (writers, and visual artists). The Fund relies on a volunteer Board and judges to collaborate in making awards.

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The MFW grant is special in that it recognizes an aspect of my work that is at the core of who I am and what I am trying to accomplish—a grantee

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The Fund makes awards ($500-1,500) twice a year to individual feminist women in the arts whose work focuses upon women. The required application and guidelines are available on our website in PDF format or mail an SASE to us.

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Your gift of belief in the writing still to be done, the story yet to be told, is so valuable and I feel blessed by the generosity – financial and spiritual – of Barbara Deming’s legacy—a grantee

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