Dove offers $5,000 grants for dads without access to paid paternity leave

Dove offering $5,000 grants for dads who want to take paternity leave. (Photo: Pixabay)

(WTHR) – As the idea of paid paternity leave focuses the shift from maternity leave to benefits for both parents, one company is making sure dad's can have access to paid leave.

Dove started a Paternity Leave Fund that is trying to raise over $1 million for dads across America over the next two years, according to their website.

The fund will provide fathers who do not have access to paternity leave with $5,000 grants so they can be home to spend time with their new children.

According to Dove, only 15 percent of dads in the U.S. have paid leave.

"Working dads shouldn’t have to choose between their children and a paycheck—because when they take paternity leave, it benefits families, workplaces and communities," Dove states on their website.

They have also created a pledge for working men and fathers to sign to commit to helping companies provide paternity leave to new dads. Signing the pledge is a requirement for those who wish to receive the grant.

To apply for the Paternity Leave Fund, click here.