The Terra Viva Grants Directory develops and manages information about grants for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world's developing countries.

Freqently Asked Questions

Financial Support

No, the Terra Viva Grants Directory is an information service. We do not offer grants, loans, equity investments, or other types of financial assistance.  We do not sponsor or announce lotteries, drawings, promotions, or other schemes that offer money in any form.  We do not offer courses, workshops, conferences, etc., that collect fees.

Note: We are aware of individuals and organizations that intend to extract money and/or banking information by using our name and/or logo. They are fraudulent. 

We focus on the green sector which includes opportunities within the areas agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources. Although we occasionally share contests, challenges, or funding opportunities for startups and entrepreneurs, we only include programs that are very specific (e.g., biotechnology for small-scale agriculture or sustainable energy solutions for the poor) and mostly international. Therefore, projects with a for-profit background will need to demonstrate a strong social component, in the proposed work, that aligns with one of our main areas of emphasis. Oftentimes, grants or mentorships identify calls for proposals for social enterprises ([eligibility tags]). If you are looking for seed money to start your own business, we recommend a microcredit lending platform instead.

Finding Grants

We understand that some deadlines do not allow some grantseekers enough time to prepare their proposals. Grantmakers vary in the time frames they offer, ranging from as short as two weeks to as much as six months. Others change their deadlines every year, making it a challenge to find their information. Deadlines are set by grant makers. Unfortunately, TVG does not have any influence on when deadlines are set. We will, on a consistent basis every ten days, update the database, as much as possible.

Tip: Lots of grantmakers have recurring annual or biannual deadlines. Some of them even offer fixed annual deadlines (e.g., always on the 1st of March). If you miss a deadline you can still use the application criteria and guidelines to prepare your application for the next year, thus get a headstart. This extra preparation might even be useful for other calls for proposals that you find in the future, because it helps you to better structure your projects.

We use “tags” in our Funding News (information on website). Tags are searchable and can be used like a filter for more relevant results on our website. We provide a standard set of tags that help you to classify funding news faster (what, when, where, etc.). The tags are a type of database,  using one variable at a time. Here is a quick overview of how tags work:

Use deadline tags to create a calendar view. You can get a calendar view by using  a monthly tag (may2017, december2018, march2019, etc.) in our Funding News. This will give you an  overview of past calls for proposals and current deadlines, filtered by month and year. The template for deadline tags is: monthYYYY (e.g., september2018 –> no space)

Search for subjects and categories. We offer tags for certain subjects and categories. The tags we offer are wide and more general on purpose, for that reason you can search for “wildlife” (many grants), but not for “spider monkeys” (too narrow). We use this approach because grant makers are sometimes vague in their descriptions, making it difficult to find specific  information. Use our subject and category tags for a better overview of your interests and needs, and then check the eligibility criteria on the grantmakers’ website. Here are the subject and category tags we currently offer: agriculture, biodiversity, biology, biotechnology, climate, conservation, energy, fisheries, forests, marine/coastal, natural disasters, pollution, water, wildlife

Search for type of support. We tag various types of activities supported by the grantmaker, if available. This can be quite helpful to identify, quickly, possible opportunities that fit your needs. For example, you can search for “research” if you need support for research projects, use “fellowships/scholarships” if you need financial support for your education, or search for “community projects” if you need potential donors for project implementation. Here are the support tags we currently offer: awards/prizes, community projects, fellowships/scholarships, research, social enterprise, training/education, travel/mobility, workshops/conferences, media/journalism, partnership/collaboration

Finding opportunities relevant for your location (broad scope). Our geographical orientation is the entire developing world, defined as the low-income and middle-income countries. Our location tags help you to classify calls for proposals faster. Please keep in mind that we are not able to offer country or even region specific filters because many  grantmakers do not provide sufficient detail. For example, if you are Togolese and you do not see Togo listed in a specific post or the database, you may conclude that a certain grant is not for you. But this might not be the case. A better approach would be to use location tags (e.g., Africa) to filter information and then check the eligibility criteria or supported countries on the grantmakers’ website. We also offer the tag “all regions” which is generally used if the grantmaker supports grant seekers from all around the world. Here are the support location tags we currently offer: all regions, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia/Central Asia, South Asia, LAC (for Latin American and the Caribbean), MENA (for Middle East and North Africa), Russia/Eastern Europe

Find out if you can apply. Applicant tags can be used to filter calls by eligible type of applicant. Some grantmakers explain the types of organizations or applicants eligible to submit proposals in their eligibility criteria. Others do not. We try to narrow this down as much as possible so that you can use our tags to get a more useful overview. Some grants makers will only accept proposals from registered charities (e.g., nonprofit organizations). Others accept applications from companies (business/enterprise), nonprofit organizations, and individuals. Then, there are grantmakers who offer opportunities for specific groups, for example for women or early-career researchers. Use our tags to narrow down your search. Here are the eligibility tags we currently offer: business/enterprise, governments, nonprofit orgs, universities, social enterprise, individuals, early-career, women, youth

Our geographical orientation is the entire developing world, defined as low-income and middle-income countries. We look for funding opportunities from organizations around the world — international, government, and civil society — that contribute to this scope. We specialize in international grantmakers that focus on programs and projects in agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources. We also include other grantmakers which have smaller or limited programmatic areas in these sectors, and which operate internationally.

We do not offer country (e.g., India) or regional filters (e.g., Bomet Rift Valley), due to the lack of detail from grantmakers.  

Tip: To find more relevant opportunities during your search, filter by broad location first and then check the eligibility criteria of grantmakers that support your subject area or project type. You can use filters in our searchable database (paid subscription) or tags in our funding news (free) for better segmentation.

Also, see our discussion of [location tags] for finding opportunities relevant to your location.

We focus on the green sector which includes opportunities within the areas agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources. Although we occasionally share contests, challenges, or funding opportunities for startups and entrepreneurs, we only include programs that are very specific (e.g., biotechnology for small-scale agriculture or sustainable energy solutions for the poor) and mostly international. Therefore, projects with a for-profit background will need to demonstrate a strong social component, in the proposed work, that aligns with one of our main areas of emphasis. Oftentimes, grants or mentorships identify calls for proposals for social enterprises ([eligibility tags]). If you are looking for seed money to start your own business, we recommend a microcredit lending platform instead.

Our mission is to help grantseekers find resources to support their projects. This will remain our focus. The approx. 800 grantmakers in our database provide numerous opportunities for users to pursue, on their own, further partnerships, if they so choose.

Furthermore, we recently added a new tag to our Funding News. If you want to filter grants for potential partnership opportunities click on partnerships/collaboration.

We specialize in international grantmakers. However, we also include a few grantmakers which have small or limited programmatic areas on the local level, and which operate internationally. Our geographical orientation is the entire developing world, defined as the low-income and middle-income countries. Therefore, we do not include calls for proposals that focus on one country only.

For example, if you are from Borneo and only interested in finding grants specifically designed for your country, you cannot complete a country-specific search in the TVG Directory. You might, however, find grantmakers that accept proposals from the Asia-Pacific region, including the countries of Borneo – Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei.

We offer a searchable grants database. This allows you simultaneous segmentation by deadline months, subject areas, world regions, and grant types. This is the most precise way to locate information. The database is available for subscribers.

We tag our online Funding News, and you can search these tags. They work like filters.

Our search box is helpful for names and keywords. You can search it for country names (e.g., India, Uganda, etc.), or names of grant-making organizations (e.g., Toyota, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, etc.). You can also search by subjects (e.g., birds, biotechnology, etc.). Please take the time to practice until you find a search method that works best for you.

Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to implement an annual calendar for calls. The majority of funding opportunities have non-repeating deadlines.

Furthermore, we observe that programs are being delayed, funding levels are declining, and deadlines are moving around while grant makers struggle to confirm their budgets. There is too much instability for us to be able to produce an annual calendar that will be reliable.

To get a calendar view, please make use of the monthly tags in our Funding News. If you are a subscriber, you have access to the calendar organization of our database. Moreover, our Monthly Updates are by definition a calendar. We keep past Monthly Updates online for anyone wishing to consult them as a reference.

Grant Application

You don’t. We do not accept applications because we do not offer grants, fellowships, loans, donations, or other direct financial assistance. If you need support for your project or education we advice you to start looking for open opportunities in our funding news and browse through the grantmaker profiles on our website. You are welcome to explore this information for free.

Remember, the Terra Viva Grants Directory is an online information service only. If you have any questions concerning a specific call for proposals, please contact the grant making organization directly. We always provide a link to the grant program with additional information.

Unfortunately, we do not engage in consulting or grant writing. Moreover, we do not comment on grant proposals sent to us via email or postal mail. We are a small non-profit organization and we operate at low cost. We simply lack manpower to attend to this demand.

But we want to offer you support. For that reason, we identify information sources for grant seekers. Links and Resources provides a selection of useful references for grant searches and proposal writing. We favor primary resources – those which are comprehensive, authoritative, and readily available.

Scope & Topics

We include in our TVG database grantmakers who focus on: 

(1) Agriculture/Fisheries/Forestry;

(2) Biodiversity/Conservation/Wildlife;

(3) Energy/Climate Change;

(4) Water Resources;

(5) Cross-Cutting Subjects.

It might be helpful to think of these categories as as colors – green (sustainable agriculture, sustainable energy, conservation), blue (water, sanitation, coastal, fisheries), or grey (pollution, waste management, climate).

A brief word about Cross-Cutting Subjects: The category Cross-Cutting Subjects – the largest group of funding opportunities and grantmakers in the TVG database – can be very useful for your search; yet, often underestimated. We highly recommend that grant seekers always consult “cross-cutting” calls for proposals. Opportunities that fall into this category seek proposals from two or more of our main categories. For example, the grantmaker invites one proposal for small-scale agriculture, one for community wells for water supply, and a third one for sustainable energy access. You might only want to apply for agriculture and that is okay. It does not mean that your project needs to fall into all three subject areas! It simply means that the grantmaker will consider proposals for one or more of the subject areas.

We include general themes like STEM (which might be relevant for biology and biodiversity conservation) or biotechnology (often relevant for agriculture). We share funding opportunities for travel grants or workshops, if they fall into one of our main categories. We also include a very limited number of grants that fund attendance at events and conferences, but only if they offer bursaries, waivers or scholarships for those who cannot afford to attend otherwise. Unfortunately, there are very few such possibilities.

The opportunities we curate and post reflect a naturally limited focus compared to other information services. We do not include grantmakers that are closed to competition. Furthermore, we only share opportunities with a wide geographical scope. This means that we do not include calls for proposals that are country-specific. For example, we don’t post a call for proposals for Nigerians only; yet, we do post grantmakers inviting applications from at least two or three countries on the African continent. Nor, for example, do we share calls for proposals for Indians only. Instead, we post research cooperations between India and at least one other country.

Health: We do not share opportunities or calls that focus solely on human health or medicine. However, we do share opportunities that focus on cross-cutting issues, e.g. the impacts of climate change to human health or improving agricultural systems through livestock resistance.

Humanitarian relief: While we do not post specific opportunities that aim to end poverty or support the lives of children, women and orphans, for example, through donations, we do, share calls for proposals that focus on improving livelihoods (e.g. agricultural education and community farming to strengthen gender equality).

Human nutrition and emergency food supply: Even though they are indirectly related to agriculture, we omit these opportunities because they are too numerous to manage and are generally available through many other platforms. Similarly, we do not include grants which support emergency food supply. Emergency feeding falls under humanitarian relief.

Victims of natural disasters: These are grants for development aid and emergency relief. They are delivered mainly through organizations focused on humanitarian and social objectives. However, we include grantmakers who fund activities to prevent and mitigate natural disasters through resource and agriculture management.

Refugee crisis: We do not include support for projects related to refugees which fall within the category of humanitarian relief. But, we do share a very few, specific opportunities related to resource management, such as  water or sanitation projects for slums or refugee camps.

Religious projects: We do not share funding opportunities for specific religions. A limited number of grantmakers with some religious affiliation (e.g., Catholic Relief Services) might support projects with a focus  on agriculture and livelihoods or cross-cutting subject areas.

We specialize in international grantmakers. However, we also include a few grantmakers which have small or limited programmatic areas on the local level, and which operate internationally. Our geographical orientation is the entire developing world, defined as the low-income and middle-income countries. Therefore, we do not include calls for proposals that focus on one country only.

For example, if you are from Borneo and only interested in finding grants specifically designed for your country, you cannot complete a country-specific search in the TVG Directory. You might, however, find grantmakers that accept proposals from the Asia-Pacific region, including the countries of Borneo – Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei.

Yes, we have every reason to be fair in our treatment of organizations profiled in this website. We are independent of all of them. Moreover, we have no political, religious, or philosophical agendas to promote.

We select grant makers on the basis of their relevance. We do not make judgments regarding their motivations, program effectiveness, and other aspects of their organizational behavior and performance.

Subscription

While we understand that many of you would like us to go back to offer all services at no cost, this won’t be possible. But we would like to assure you that you still have access to all calls for proposals and the complete collection of grantmaker profiles. All of this information is available for free. We publish new calls for proposals about every 10 days.

For those of you who are looking for extra features and want to save time, we offer subscriptions. Subscriptions include funding alerts by email (newsletters), a monthly grants overview, and a searchable database. This is the paid segment of our service.

We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we need the subscription fee to cover our basic expenses in order to keep going. We made the subscription rate as low as possible. We are a nonprofit NGO, not a business. And please be reminded again that everyone, with or without a subscription, has online access to all the information items we offer.

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