VGIF envisions a world where gender equality prevails and where women and girls can access or create opportunities for themselves and the greater community. We believe that investing in women-led grassroots initiatives can have a life-affirming impact that changes lives and empowers women and girls. Each year, VGIF awards single-year grants (up to $7,500) through an open call for applications, as well as 3-year project grants by invitation only. To date, VGIF has funded over 600 projects in 94 countries.
VGIF supports Community Based Organizatons (CBOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that are:
Governed and directed primarily by women
Grassroots and community-based. All project staff must be in-country.
VGIF does not fund individuals, religious organizations or political parties.
VGIF supports projects that advance the rights of women and girls across a number of topic areas including, but not limited to:
Economic empowerment (i.e. income generating skills, revolving loans, financial literacy)
Health and wellness (i.e. nutrition, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, mental health)
Education (i.e. promoting STEM for girls, literacy, numeracy)
Leadership and building movements (i.e. developing and strengthening women's networks, leadership skills training, access to decision-making roles)
Environment, food and water security(i.e. sustainable agriculture for women farmers, access to safe water, women in natural resource management)
Women's legal rights (i.e. rights to land, inheritance, equal employment)
Participation of men and boys in projects is encouraged; however, VGIF funds projects that are designed to primarily benefit women and/or girls.
VGIF does NOT support any of the following:
Individual scholarships or tuition
The purchase of land or major construction projects
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
VGIF's application process begins with an Eligibility Quiz and Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI helps us determine whether your organization and proposed project fit VGIF's criteria and mission. Applicants whose LOI is approved will be invited to submit a full application, also an online form.