Social Actions Initiative Awards

Social Actions Initiative Awards

Social Actions Initiative Awards Flyer

2017 Deadlines for Submission: April 1st and September 1st.

Click HERE to submit applications [through Google Forms]

Email SAC chair with any brief questions: Kristy Kelly ( with “Social Action Awards” as part of the subject line.

History and Overview

In 2016, SWS Council approved SAC’s proposal to support more direct social action of SWS members.  The Social Actions Initiative Awards is SAC’s efforts to directly support and encourage the social activism of SWS members.  Awards are given out twice per year on a competitive basis until funds are fully dispersed.  The social actions represented by this initiative are central to advancing the mission of SWS.

Nature of the Award

IMPORTANT: Please note that expenses will be reimbursed only when itemized receipts have been submitted to the SWS office. Awards will not be paid in advance, as SWS must remain in compliance with its 501(c) (6) status.

SWS recognizes that action “for women” does not mean that the work was done “with women” or even “by women.” Substantial need exists for social action working with working with men, boys, LGBTQ communities and other groups where change will benefit women and can be understood as feminist action. Therefore, SWS recognizes work done in this spirit regardless of applicant’s gender identity.

Current SWS members can apply for social action funds in the amount of $500 to $1000 to support efforts to undertake social action broadly defined (e.g., advocacy, public education, organizing, movement-building).  Funds can be used, for instance, to sponsor a teach-in on reproductive justice or pay the stipend of a campus speaker.  Be creative!

SAC’s Social Actions Initiative Awards is given out twice per year on a competitive basis.  Information about the awardee and related actions will appear in Network News and the SWS website. 

Eligibility and Criteria for Selection
Applicants must be current members of SWS.

Preference will be given to those actions that involve collaboration with students, directly-affected persons, area advocates and activists and to applications from members who work in environments where funds and other support for such effort are extremely limited or non-existent; where heavy workload limits the time to identify and complete more extensive applications; and in parts of the United States where feminist social action is particularly needed.

Proposed actions must advance the mission of SWS and be in compliance with the IRS regulations connected to the non-profit status of SWS. Please click the “IRS constraints on activity and spending” document to confirm compliance.

Review process

An evaluation committee of SAC members will review applications two times per calendar year. Please note that SAC’s goal is to inform applicants of their proposal status within two weeks past deadline.

Submission Procedure

Applicants are required to submit their proposals by completing a Google Form.  Click HERE to submit applications.

The application requests the following information about the proposed social action.

  1. Title of Proposed Action
  2. Describe Social Action (250-300 words)
  3. Describe How Action Corresponds to SWS’s Mission (250-300 words)
  4. Proposed Budget (up to $1000). Click HERE for a document of allowable and unallowable expenses.

Follow-Up and Documentation

Upon completing the social action, applicants will be required to submit the following information within 30 days of completed action:

  • All expense receipts associated with proposed action to the SWS office.
  • One paragraph summary of the action, including links to any related materials (e.g., photos, media coverage); this summary will be shared publicly on the SWS website or in Network News;
  • A 1-2 page report including a brief description of the action or activity, the outcome/result of the action, the lessons learned (“if I had to undertake this action again, here is what I would do differently…” i.e., not schedule my reproductive rights event at my Catholic college on Ash Wednesday), and any other related materials (e.g., photos, media coverage).

Previous Award Winners

2016 SWS Award Winners – Cycle 1

2016 SWS Award Winners – Cycle 2