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Women First International Fund

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

Principal Office: USA


Women First International Fund, formerly 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, the Fund has funded more than 600 projects in nearly 100 countries.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

Grants to organizations led by women. Women First supports small and emerging women-led organizations in themes that include economic empowerment and community development; and women’s 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: The Fund uses a a three-stage grant making process though an annual call for proposals. Applicants will have the opportunity to receive up to 6 years of funding totaling US$95 thousand. > About how to apply

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries

South Asia: India

Sub-Saharan Africa: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi

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