Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund

VGIF provides small grants for grassroots projects that empower women and girls in developing countries. We support women’s organizations based outside of the United States by providing small grants for an array of community needs up to $7,500 USD.
What VGIF supports:

  • Community development
  • Health and nutritional support
  • Literacy and leadership training
  • Educational seminars and workshops
  • Women’s human rights
  • Organizations that are governed and directed by women.

VGIF does not consider requests for the following:

  • Individual scholarships and tuition
  • Political organizations
  • Religious groups unless the proposed project contributes to the general good of the community
  • The construction of permanent buildings or the purchase of land
  • Salaries for board members and permanent staff but may include stipends/honoraria for external resource people/trainers.

If your organization fulfills this profile, and you would like to apply for a grant for our 2013 funding cycle, here are the steps you will need to take once our process is open:
All interested applicants must complete a Letter of Intent (LOI). VGIF does not accept unsolicited LOIs or full proposals. The LOI process will open in May, 2012. At that time you will have access to our Letter Of Intent by creating an account, then completing and submitting your LOI to us electronically. After LOIs are reviewed, your organization may or may not be invited to move forward in our funding process, with the completion of our full application.
If you have any additional questions please contact:
The process will begin with the completion of VGIFs online Letter of Intent.
After your Letter of Intent has been read and evaluated by VGIF, you may or may not be invited to submit a full proposal.
Letters of Intent (LOI) will be accepted from May 15, 2012 to July 31, 2012.
For more information: