Commitment to Women’s Sexual Health

Since 2006, the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health (“PBF”) has served and continues to serve to enhance women’s sexual health and well-being through funding research, providing educational programs, partnering with community organizations and connecting individuals to resources.

By focusing on the following four key areas that have a dramatic impact on women’s sexual health, PBF is able to provide support and fund research where it is needed most, to help improve the lives of the highest number of women:

  • Vulvovaginal Pain Disorders
  • Impact of Perimenopause and Menopause on Sexual Health
  • Intimacy-Related Sexual Dysfunction After Cancer Treatment
  • Libido and Sexual Desire

Application Process

The PBF grant application can be accessed online at Starting in 2019, all applications will be completed and submitted online.

All grant applicants must first take the Grant Eligibility Quiz to determine if your request aligns with PBF’s mission and funding guidelines.  If your request passes the Grant Eligibility Quiz, then you will be directed to the application form immediately.

All interested applicants must complete the Eligibility Quiz by February 22, 2019. If the project or program meets the Eligibility Quiz, you will be invited to complete the full application. Full applications are due Friday, March 8 by 9 pm (EST). Download the guidelines and important dates.

Once received through the online system, each grant application is reviewed, researched and assessed by PBF’s Board of Directors within the annual funding cycle.

Applicant and Project Criteria

To qualify for grant funding consideration, your organization must meet the following criteria:

  • Has current tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a governmental entity.
  • Does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, creed, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation or national origin.

Additionally, PBF is currently funding grants for research projects that align with one or more of PBF’s four key areas of focus.  If your research project does not fit squarely within one of PBF’s four key areas of focus but has a significant impact on women’s sexual health, PBF will consider such research projects.


PBF grant funding is not available for:

  • Churches or evangelical organizations
  • Organizations with a substantial purpose of influencing any political, legislative or regulatory cause
  • Fraternal, veteran or labor membership organizations serving only the members of that organization
  • Organizations offering or providing PBF or its directors, officers or employees any benefit from the grant.

Generally, PBF does not fund grants for research projects associated with, but not limited to, the following:

  • Individuals
  • Individual schools or organizations that operate within an individual school
  • Sports teams or events
  • Animal shelters
  • Religious programs, projects or activities
  • Fundraising events
  • General operating expenses


If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact PBF at [email protected].

The 2019 Patty Brisben Foundation grant cycle is now closed.

The eligibility period for 2019 has ended. Completed grant applications are due March 8.

Contact the Foundation at [email protected] for additional information.