VGIF's application process for project grants to be awarded in April 2018 is current closed. Please check back for updates on the next cycle.
VGIF envisions a world where gender equality prevails and where women and girls can access or create opportunities for themselves and the greater community. We believe that investing in women-led grassroots initiatives can have a life-affirming impact that changes lives and empowers women and girls. Each year, VGIF awards single-year grants (up to $7,500) through an open call for applications, as well as 3-year project grants by invitation only.
Project Spotlight: Uganda
WHO WE FUNDVGIF supports Community Based Organizatons (CBOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that are:
Governed and directed primarily by women
Grassroots and community-based. All project staff must be in-country.
VGIF does not fund individuals, religious organizations or political parties.
WHERE WE FUNDProjects located in all countries except the USA, Canada, and countries in Western Europe are eligible for funding.
WHAT WE FUNDVGIF supports projects that advance the rights of women and girls across a number of topic areas including, but not limited to:
Economic empowerment (i.e. income generating skills, revolving loans, financial literacy)
Health and wellness (i.e. nutrition, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, mental health)
Education (i.e. promoting STEM for girls, literacy, numeracy)
Leadership and building movements (i.e. developing and strengthening women's networks, leadership skills training, access to decision-making roles)
Environment, food and water security(i.e. sustainable agriculture for women farmers, access to safe water, women in natural resource management)
Women's legal rights (i.e. rights to land, inheritance, equal employment)
Participation of men and boys in projects is encouraged; however, VGIF funds projects that are designed to primarily benefit women and/or girls.
VGIF does NOT support any of the following:
Individual scholarships or tuition
The purchase of land or major construction projects
Organizations that discriminate against individuals or groups based on gender, age, race, caste, color, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation
The purchase of airline tickets and related expenses for international travel
Application Process for Single-Year Grants
The deadline to submit LOIs for the next grant cycle has closed. Current applicants will receive notifications following the timeline below.
VGIF's application process begins with an Eligibility Quiz and Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI helps us determine whether your organization and proposed project fit VGIF's criteria and mission. Applicants whose LOI is approved will be invited to submit a full application, also an online form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions about our grant process.
You can contact us with further questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure to read the information on our website first, as many answers to common questions are provided here.