Principal Office: USA
Ecologia aims to build global connections that create civil society and support environmental, social, and economic sustainability.
In support of these objectives, Ecologia established The Virtual Foundation as a project to help grassroots initiatives obtain grants.
The Foundation is “virtual” because it does not directly provide funding. Rather, it raises financial contributions over the internet, and it steers this funding towards project implementers in the developing countries.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
The Virtual Foundation. The Virtual Foundation works with partner organizations (consortium members) in the Foundation’s network. Each local partner is a grant-making organization in its own country or region. These partners provide the on-the-ground link between the Foundation and the NGOs that implement the projects.
Grants range across the following thematic areas (among others):
- Environmental education;
- Habitat restoration and environmental clean-up;
- Environmental monitoring;
- Community building and public participation;
- Sustainable development and poverty alleviation (includes agriculture, energy, and natural resources).
Most grant recipients are NGOs and community-based organizations in the developing countries that are active in one or more areas of sustainable development. A few grant recipients are small charitable groups and individuals in the USA who are active internationally.
About the program
Grants are up to US$5 thousand, with preference for projects under US$2 thousand.
For applicants in countries where The Virtual Foundation does not have local partners, the Foundation works with two international networks. Applicants who are members of those international networks are able to apply through them.
About how to apply (see “Information for Grant Applicants”)
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
The Virtual Foundation has consortium members active in the following developing countries, using the geographical classification of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.
Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Indonesia
East Asia: China
South Asia: Nepal, Sri Lanka
Eurasia and Central Asia: Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgzstan, Tajikistan
Eastern Europe and Russia: Belarus, Russia
Sub-Saharan Africa: São Tome and Principe
Latin America and Caribbean: Argentina, Honduras, Nicaragua
The Virtual Foundation maintains a database of projects for which funding is being solicited, as well as projects that are funded or partially funded.
Ecologia provides contact information for its main office in the USA, and for its representatives in China and Russia.
Note: Much information on the website of The Virtual Foundation is outdated, and may no longer be accurate.
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