Together We Stand Regional Development Grant

The Drake Institute of Women’s Policy is cultivating a new wave of leadership among regional policymakers across the nation to address critical issues impacting women’s inclusion, security and justice.

The Drake Institute of Women’s Policy has officially launched its Together We Stand Regional Development Grant (TWS) initiative to award more than $10,000 in funding to policy leaders across the nation. Proposals are now being accepted for all seven regions and will focus on one of the Institute’s three priority areas: 1) Inclusion, 2) Justice, and 3) Security. See the Grant Overview section below for more details on application deadlines and eligibility.

Beginning on March 19th, the Founder and CEO, Destiny Drake West, will join TWS grant applicants in hearing public remarks on each proposal and to call a vote for the regional finalist.

Grant Overview

The $10,000 TWS Regional Development Grant will be awarded to one of seven finalists for the purposes of developing and implementing their proposed policy initiative nationwide.

Each Finalist will receive a $500 microgrant to begin test-piloting their policy initiative at the regional level. Finalists will participate in bi-weekly strategy calls with Drake Institute of Women’s Policy staff leading up to the Finals event to polish their proposals and prepare for oral presentations. Oral presentations will be made by each finalist to share the results of their test-pilot in hopes of being named the 2022 Together We Stand Regional Development Leader and recipient of the $10,000 grant award.

All Regional Finalists will also be featured in the Institute’s 2022 Women’s Policy Journal which is set to be published this summer. The journal currently features commentary from a diverse group of more than 30 state legislators from across the nation and amplifies the voices of regional thought leaders.


Proposals must be submitted by deadline and must include all required information and supporting documentation to be considered a complete application. Deadlines for each region are posted below:

Northeast – March 15, 2022, 11:59 PM EST

Southeast – March 22, 2022, 11:59 PM EST

Midwest – March 28, 2022, 11:59 PM EST

Southwest – April 11, 2022, 11:59 PM EST

West – April 25, 2022, 11:59 PM EST

Rocky Mountains – May 9, 2022, 11:59 EST

Pacific – May 16, 2022, 11:59 Pm EST


Applicants must 1) be a U.S. citizen, 2) identify as a woman, 3) be at least 21 years old by their region’s submission deadline, and 4) a current Drake Scholar. To apply for the Drake Scholars program, please send a cover letter and resume to There must be only one designated leader (applicant) for each proposal. However, up to 10 people may be named as co-applicants. Co-applicants are subject to the same eligibility requirements as the applicant but should also help demonstrate the leadership team’s diversity (sociopolitical perspectives, racial backgrounds, and lived experiences). The applicant must commit to completing the five-month regional development project, including all strategy calls and grant related activities, under the direction and supervision of the Drake Institute of Women’s Policy.

Applicants are encouraged to attend the listening session scheduled for their region to meet the Institute’s Founder and CEO, answer questions from the review panel and to hear comments from the public in response to the applicant’s policy proposal.

Proposal Ideas

The ideas listed below are meant to provide examples of the types of initiatives that will meet the objectives of the TWS Regional Development Grant. Applicants are in no way required to use one of these ideas for their proposal. The Drake Institute of Women’s Policy looks forward to funding fresh, innovative ideas that strengthen civic engagement and diplomacy among women and all members of society.

  1. Establishing a commission to study or monitor activities to improve outcomes for women and their families.
  2. Establishing a new policy that creates penalties or benefits for stakeholders to achieve favorable policy outcomes for women and their families.
  3. Improving or ending current policies to achieve favorable outcomes for women and their families.
  4. Formally recognizing a policy issue (i.e. drafting a resolution to raise awareness statewide and across the region; observing a day/month: Day of service, etc.)
  5. Creating or expanding access to resources to achieve favorable outcomes for women and their families.

Applicants authorize the Drake Institute of Women’s Policy to edit and publish proposal, project or venture information – including team member information (including names, majors and other affiliations), impact data, photos, videos, testimonials and success stories – in web and printed materials. Some proposals may be profiled on our website and may appear in the Drake Institute of Women’s Policy publications and other promotional materials.

Grant Application

Please set aside at least 30 minutes to complete this application.