VGIF provides small grants up to $7,500 USD to projects that are led by women and that help empower women and girls, in grassroots communities around the globe. Funding for our project grants come from our members’ donations and bequests, and from our investment income. Over the years, VGIF has set up several board-designated funds to address specific challenges faced by women and girls. For more details, see VGIF Funds.
Project Spotlight: Uganda
VGIF supports organizations in developing countries, including the emerging democracies in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, with projects addressing issues such as:
Health and nutritional support
Literacy and leadership training
Educational seminars and workshops Promoting education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for girls
Women's human rights
VGIF funds organizations that are governed and directed by women. A majority of the organization's leadership must be women, including the role of Project Director. Men and boys can participate in the project, however, women and girls should make up a majority of the project's participant/beneficiary group.
VGIF does NOT support any of the following:
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 The purchase of airline tickets and related expenses for international travel
Other Restrictions and Guidelines:
VGIF will consider funding organizations located outside of the country where the project will be implemented only when all of the project staff, including the project director, are locally based. Participation in the project by an out-of-country organization should be limited to fundraising or financial support roles.
VGIF will not fund the construction of permanent buildings for personal or commercial use. However, construction of permanent structures that are necessary for the successful implementation of a project may be considered.
VGIF funds cannot be used to replace existing salaries of paid staff and/or board. VGIF will not fund budget line items listed as “salary.” Applications with “salary” in the proposed budget are not eligible for funding.
Stipends, honoraria, and fees for consultants or trainers may be considered by VGIF, as long as they are:
Necessary for the successful implementation of the project
Directly related to the project VGIF is funding
Examples of acceptable budget line items: Stipend for workshop instructor, honoraria for monitoring and evaluations officer, fee for trainer, facilitator fee.
The VGIF application cycle for grants to be awarded in April 2017 opens June 6, 2016.
VGIF’s 2016 grantmaking schedule for one-year grants is:
Letters of Intent (LOIs) accepted between June 6, 2016 and July 22, 2016
The LOI will close at midnight (New York time) the evening of July 22, 2016. Late submissions not accepted.
VGIF Application opens. Approved LOIs are invited to submit full applications.
Applications are due and review process begins.
Application will close at midnight (New York time) the evening of Sept. 30, 2016. Late submissions not accepted.
Highest-ranked applications move to next round of review. All applicants receive notification on status of application.
Board votes and selects new 2017 grantees.
Please note that VGIF receives far more applications than we are able to support.
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.
The period to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to VGIF will open June 6, 2016.
The LOI is the first step in VGIF's application process. VGIF does not accept LOIs or applications by email or mail.
When the LOI opens, a link will be available here.