VGIF Small Grants of up to $7,500 to the Women-led Projects

Grant applications will open from 1 June 2015

Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (VGIF) provides small grants up to $7,500 USD to grassroots projects that are led by women and that help empower women and girls, in developing countries around the world. Over the years, VGIF has funded over 475 projects in 89 countries addressing specific challenges faced by women and girls.

VGIF grants are for one year. A limited number of grants are available for multi-year projects. VGIF may invite successful one year grantees to submit a proposal for a three-year grant. Multi-year applications follow a separate process, and are by invitation only. The budget amount requested from VGIF must not exceed $7,500 USD.

Focus Areas

  1. Economic empowerment
  2. Community development
  3. Health and nutritional support
  4. Literacy and leadership training
  5. Educational seminars and workshops Promoting education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for girls
  6. Women’s human rights

2015-16 Timeline

VGIF’s 2015 grantmaking schedule for one-year grants is:

  • June 1 – July 31, 2015- Letters of Intent (LOIs) accepted
  • 17, 2015- Approved LOIs are invited to submit full applications
  • 16, 2015- Applications are due and review process begins
  • April 2016- Board votes and selects top projects

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant can be from anywhere around the world and the project must be women led empowering women in developing countries.
  • VGIF will consider funding organizations located outside of the country where the project will be implemented only when most or all of the project leadership and staff are locally based.
  • GIF does not support:
    • Individual scholarships and tuition
    • The purchase of land
    • Political organizations, political campaigns, or projects that aim to influence specific legislation
    • Religious groups, unless the proposed project contributes to the general good of the community Organizations that discriminate against individuals or groups based on gender, age, race, caste, color, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.

How to Apply?

  • VGIF has a two-step process for grant applications. The first step is the Letter of Intent (LOI).
  • To submit an application, applicant must first submit an LOI online.
  • Selected LOIs will be invited to apply for funding.

For more information, please visit VFIF Grants.



  1. engole gabriel says:

    what form of sending application can i use because am in africa

    • Hi Engole,

      To get detailed information on application process, please visit the link in ‘For more information…’ line.

      Good luck!

  2. we are asmall organisation led by women seeking for funds. our main focus area is healing, rebuilding and empowering girls who have returned from the Lords Resistance Army(LRA)captivity through,psycho therapy support, education, advocacy and socio economic empowerment, our target group is the formerly abducted children, children born in captivity and children opharned by war.

  3. Salifu Andrews says:

    what if the Executive Director is a man but the organizations focus is on empowering women

    • Divya Sharma says:

      Hello Salifu,
      Applicant can be from anywhere around the world and the project must be women led empowering women in developing countries. For more information, please visit the link given in the last line.

      Thank you.

  4. community emargency relief action team (CERAT) says:

    CERAT is community based organization that started with the aim of reducing suffering among the community. Due to the suffering ie, hunger, diseases, accidents (roads) BRUDA has come up with a plan of having a granary (food stoor) by cultivating food in order to assist the communities worldwide, how ever sunshine has been our problem. Now in kasese where we are operating the is a regation scheme where by water in plenty but renting of the form is still also challenge.
    We came across your website that your calling for proposals in sectors of food etc.
    We would wish to be one of your beneficiaries, please advise.

    Bwambale Zakayo Syahungene

    • Rashmi Kanti says:

      This opportunity has been announced by VGIF. Please check the eligibility criteria and proceed with your application. If your project get selected, you will receive funding from VGIF.
      Good Luck!

  5. Md rafiqul Islam says:

    Dear all

    We are very interested for VGIF Funds.

    Please guide us!

    Best regards & Thanks

    Md Rafiqul Islam- Program Manager.
    National Development Society(NDS),Bangladesh.

    • Rashmi Kanti says:

      Hello Md Rafiqul,
      The application process for VGIF Grants has been open now. Please check your eligibility and proceed with your application.
      In the first instance, please send a LOI online through the website. If selected, you will be invited to send full proposal.
      Thank you!

  6. FRANCIS MGAYA says:

    In which Email we should send our proposal?

    • Rashmi Kanti says:

      Hello Francis,
      Please visit the official website of VGIF for the contact details. The link to the site is given in the line “For more information…”
      Thank You!

  7. please tell me mam,
    what is the procedure for application for VGIF GRANT

    • Rashmi Kanti says:

      Hello Nisha,
      VGIF has a two-step process for grant applications. In the first step, you are required to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) online. Before applying online, you need to create an account with VGIF. For more information on application procedure, visit the link on the line “For more information…..”
      Thank You!

  8. I have noted your response to Rince, please provide clarification on the statement that VGIF provides small grants up to
    $7,500 USD to grassroots projects that are led by women and that help
    empower women and girls, in developing countries. What should organizations do to benefit from the above funds?

    • Hi Hilda,

      The above grant opportunity is only for the organizations which are led by women and helps in empowering women and girls.

      Thank you!

  9. Hie

    how are you. can you fund a project that is led by women to empower women to look after their children with both physical and mental illness, Its for women empowerment but in the issues of children with disabilities. Im my country a lot of women aresuffrering because they have inadequate funds and information concerning children with challenges.

    Thank you for your response

  10. hi all

    We are very interested for ask your fund can fund us from east Timor/Timor Leste

    we are waiting for your respond

    best regards

    Rince Nipu

    • Hello Rince,

      We are not a funding organization and do not provide grants. We are a social enterprise that provides fundraising guides, resources, and the latest funding opportunities to help you fundraise better and secure grant funding.

      Please check out the many resources available on our site.

      Thank you!