Your vision for IU could become reality

Each academic year, we award more than $150,000 to programs and initiatives across all Indiana University campuses.

Grants are not limited to women’s causes—we seek to fund critical needs, new ventures, and innovative solutions to social problems. Awards may range from $2,500 to $25,000.


Applying for a Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council (WPLC) Fund grant

Applications for WPLC grants should articulate the ways in which they will impact diverse constituents, particularly those with historic disadvantages, and the ways in which grant outcomes will contribute to building a more equitable and inclusive environment at Indiana University, and beyond.

All Indiana University community members—students, faculty, and staff—with the vision and capacity to manage and effectively utilize a grant are encouraged to apply.

We are looking for proposals that seek to better the IU community in any number of ways. While we consider all proposals, our current priorities are to:

  • Improve public health
  • Create service-learning experiences (global and/or domestic) for IU students
  • Support leadership initiatives
  • Promote and advance STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines
  • Provide educational and cultural enrichment to the greater IU community
  • Develop a culture of philanthropy

Application timeline

Applications for the 2022-2023 grant cycle will be accepted from Wednesday, December 1, 2021 through midnight on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. If you have questions about the grant process, please contact Women’s Philanthropy staff at

If your project specially supports the LGBTQ+ community at IU, we encourage you to also apply for a Queer Philanthropy Circle (QPC) grant.

Help for visually impaired preschoolers in Indiana

In 2012, we provided funding for a new partnership between the IU School of Optometry and Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) of Bloomington, which provides crucial at-home intervention for visually impaired infants and toddlers.

The grant money was used to allow IU School of Optometry students with an interest in pediatric visual impairment to participate in VIPS home visits.

The program was so successful that it has now gained state funding, enabling it to provide critical services on an ongoing basis throughout the area.