WHAT WE DO
The WHEAT Women’s Fund was founded on 9 August 1998, as Women’s Hope, Education and Training Trust. The fund was created to address human rights justice for women by providing grants to women-led organisations to capacitate them to create their own economic and social justice strategies that would elevate uniquely skilled women to become sustainable income earners. We believe in the power of women to change their lives and their immediate surroundings for the better.
A South Africa where all women live in safety, enjoy their human rights and have equal access to education, training and a sustainable adequate income.
Through supporting grassroots women to seek local solutions to local problems, WHEAT invests in education, training and capacity building to foster women’s leadership and to enable dialogue. To achieve this, WHEAT promotes a culture of giving and follows the principles of human rights for women.
Who can apply?
Applications are open to eligible women-led groups/organisations within South Africa regardless of geographical location as WHEAT is a national organisation.
We see philanthropy as a shared responsibility and an opportunity to be generous, a means to make a difference in the work by creating equal and respectful connections between those who give and those who receive.
Our grant making propels women-led organizations to seek local solutions to local problems. Wheat Trust invests in education and training for the empowerment of women and fosters leadership .
VUKUZENSELE EDUCARE – Baxolile
We received funding from WHEAT Trust for Montessori Training. It’s made a big difference to our children because they are more independent and self reliant. We are so thankful and look forward to their continued support.
FOREVER EDUCARE – Mavis
Wheat Trust gave us funding for gardening tools and resources for our ECD centre.
WOMEN’S HOLISTIC AND SUPPORT PROGRAMME (WHASP) – Taryn
The grant we received from The WHEAT Trust helped us to achieve our goal to grow the organisation.
LATHITHAA RESTAURANT/BAKERY – Thembisa
With the grant I received from The WHEAT Trust, I could buy equipment which enabled me to operate effectively
What we Fund
WHEAT’s grants can be accessed by marginalized women working in rural, urban areas and townships. WHEAT’s priority funding areas are informed by grassroots women, and women led organisations are the following:
- HIV and AIDS – prevention, treatment, care and support: The focus is on increasing access to HIV treatment, greater awareness of the epidemic and demystification of the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS.
- Sexual and reproductive health/rights for women: The focus is on enhancing access to information on women’s sexual and reproductive health rights; develop effective responses to community level health needs and integrated health promotion into local communities.
- Sustainable income for women: The focus is on community level responses that realistically aim to increase resources available through government and other agencies, income and job opportunities, including access to skills development and training.
- Gender-based violence: The focus is on projects that aim at reducing levels of domestic violence and generalised violence against women; increase women’s access to justice; campaign against hate-related crimes; provide safe spaces and support services for those affected by violence.
- Refugee women and migrant rights: The focus is on supporting and enhancing the human rights of refugees/migrants and advocacy on behalf of these groups.
What we do not fund
- Groups/organisations who are seeking funds to convert people to a religion or to evangelise
- Groups/organizations who are seeking funds to promote the work of political groups/organisations
- Government departments and agencies
- Groups/organisations that advocate and endorse the use of violence in South African society
- Academic organisations and/or institutions such as training providers
- Women’s organisations that are not led by women
- Groups which have not reported on previous grants received or misused the grant funds
- Groups based outside South Africa
- Businesses in the private sector
We invest in women’s rights by getting money and support to women –led organisations that are fighting for empowerment in their own communities. These women are uniquely qualified to tackle the issues because they are facing them every day.
Chairperson: Mpho MASHENGETE
Other Trustees: Denise GABRIELS; Loretta JOSEPH; Ferose OATEN
Theresa LAAKA-DANIELS – Executive Director
Edward DAVIDS – Financial Officer
Eugene HERMANUS – Administrator
Simamkela RUBA – Grants Liaison
Phumeza JODWANA – Fundraiser
WHAT OUR GRANTEES SAY
Tel: (021) 762-6214
Tel: (021) 762-6217
Tel: (021) 762-6214
Tel: (021) 762-6217
20 Devonshire Road
Unit 4 Devonshire Court