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

Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund

virginiagildersleeverGrassroots grants to women for economic empowerment and community development, including for projects in small-scale agriculture and natural resources

Principal Office: USA


The Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (VGIF) makes grants to fund locally generated projects that advance the rights of women and girls.

Since its founding in 1969, VGIF has funded more than 500 projects in nearly 100 countries.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

Grants to organizations led by women. VGIF makes grants of up to US$7,500 for projects in developing countries that are led by women, and that help empower women and girls in grassroots communities.

Themes in VGIF include economic empowerment and community development; health and nutrition; literacy and education; science and technology for girls; and women’s human rights.

Past projects include several to improve local livelihoods through grants for fish ponds, bee keeping, fruit and vegetable production, community water supply, and other women’s activities related to agriculture and natural resources.

About the program

APPLICATION: VGIF publishes information about its criteria, grant-making process, and calendar deadlines.

The application process is managed in two phases. VGIF calls for Letters of Intent (LOI). For applicants with approved LOIs, VGIF will invite full applications.

Note: VGIF will consider requests for funding from 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.

About how to apply

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries



VGIF offers a map and brief profiles of past projects.

VGIF publishes its contact information.

Last Profile Review

June 2018