This section contains Larger Project proposals (up to $150,000) of interest to foundations, organizations and individuals engaged in international philanthropy. Click on the title of any project, to read the full proposal. In addition to the proposal text available on the website, the Virtual Foundation staff can provide additional documentation, references, and explanations upon request.

Funded Larger Projects

Nomadicare Projects in Mongolia

Region: Mongolia, Central Asia
Author: Sas Carey, Nomadicare
Goal: (a) Documentary films - "Gobi Women's Song" and "In the Shadow of Shamans" - Reindeer Herders of Mongolia - Films document nomadic traditions still being practiced today, and show how climate change, globalization and national boundaries are changing the lives of nomads.
(b) Dukha Health Project - To create a strategic plan for reindeer herding Dukha nomads' health care to be shared with local and national health workers in Mongolia, create a Dukha Health Data Base, provide vitamins and research natural sustainable sources of vitamins, provide appropriate information and interventions to address hypertension and anemia among the population.
(c)Traditional Medical Training for Mongolian Doctors To enable doctors from rural regions of Mongolia to learn about and use traditional healing practices

Status: Funded and Ongoing; Total Budget (all projects, multi-year): $170,590; Collected: 95,806; Needs in 2008: $74,784
Donors: Anonymous, Vermont (6) [2005; 2006]; Vermont Arts Council [February 2005]; Anonymous, New York State [May 2005]; Mongolian American Cultural Foundation; National Council on the Arts, Vermont Community Foundation [March 2006]; Various donors, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York [2007]; The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, New York [May 2007]
Comment: NOMADICARE supports the sustainability and cultural survival of nomadic peoples, harmonizes traditional and modern medicine, and documents nomadic ways and heart songs for future generations. For more information, see

Problem Solving for Better Health in Lithuania

Goal: To train health professionals and NGO representatives to create lower-cost and more realistic, results-oriented projects.
Region: Lithuania, Baltics, Central Europe
Funded and Ongoing; Budget: $25,000 / year
Comment: Created and funded by the Dreyfus Health Foundation, this program provides direct aid of $8,000 per year to help people better themselves with local resources, and to be self-sustaining in their solutions. Annual training conferences provide opportunities for participants to construct low-cost projects and to apply for funding. This is one of the Virtual Foundation's Regional Grant-Making Programs.
Major Donor: The Dreyfus Health Foundation [2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007]

Baltic Mini-Grant Program

Region: Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)
Authors: ECOLOGIA USA & Baltic Ecological Programs Office, Lithuania
Funded and Ongoing: $20,000 - $35,000 per year, 1993 - 2003
Goal: To support community groups in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to organize and implement their own projects. The average grant size to date is $644. Since 1993, 215 projects have been funded. The long-term impact has been to build horizontal civil society linkages within Baltic communities, and across international borders.
Major Donor: The Moriah Fund Washington D.C. with numerous match-funders both in the Baltics and in the US [1993 - 2003].

Health Care Partnership for Nepali Village

Goal: Contributors from Japan are supporting efforts to improve the quality of life in this remote community in Nepal, by developing a sustainable health care partnership.
Region: Nepal, South and Southeast Asia
Funded and Ongoing; Budget: $14,800
Comment: The first phase of this project - installing an efficient, sustainable solar energy source in the village of Tangden - was a resounding success. This health care initiative demonstrates the donors' long-term planning and commitment.
Donors: Dr. Masato Akutsu; Yutaka Okamoto; Dr. Takemi Ichimura; Dr. Yayoi Takei; Tomohiro Kagamitani. (A grant of the remaining $1500 needed to fully fund this project was provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.)[September 1999]

Larger Projects - Seeking Donations

Business Leaders, Public Participation and Sustainable Development

Region: Lithuania, Baltics
Author: Eleonora Ogijenko, Visaginas Community Foundation
Needs Funding Budget: $14300 Collected: $0 Needs: $14300
Goal: Six business leaders from the Russian-speaking community of Visaginas, in Lithuania, will travel to Vermont to observe and discuss examples of sustainable development by local businesses.

Energy Conservation in Central European Schools

Author: EPCE Czech Republic (Brno)
Currently Unfunded; Budget: $33,000
Goal:To expand the "Energy Conservation in Schools" program in Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Funding is needed for regional coordination and for core operating expenses in each country.
Comment: This program has a proven record of success. Through citizens' energy audits and action plans, installation of energy-saving equipment and adoption of conservation measures, the program saves money, reduces pollution, and strengthens communities.

Mobilizing Volunteers to Conserve Bulgaria's Unique Biodiversity

Region: Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe
Author: Green Balkans Bulgaria (Plovdiv)
Currently Unfunded; Budget: $32,222
Goal: To establish a nation-wide system for volunteer recruiting, training, management and retention in our organization
Comment: Green Balkans has active projects and representatives at seven nature conservation sites throughout Bulgaria. All of our projects receive funding for materials but no funding for salaries. It is vital for us to use knowledgeable volunteers to complete the bulk of our project work.

School Sanitation and Hygiene Education in Tajikistan

Region: Central Asia, Tajikistan
Author: Ikram Davnorov, Project Manager, ECOLOGIA Dushanbe (Tajikistan)
Currently Unfunded; Budget: $33,000
Goal: to improve health and educational opportunities for children and communities in Tajikistan, through implementation of safe water use and sanitary human waste disposal practices
Comment: This project meets clear needs in this region. Funds for facility construction, and training in basic sanitation for teachers and students, will result in long-term gains in health, mental and physical energy, and children's ability to take advantage of educational opportunities.

Solar-Powered Internet Access to Support Thangka Painting Project

Region: Nepal, South and Southeast Asia
Author: Himalayan Light Foundation, Kathmandu, Nepal
Consortium Member: The Himalayan Light Foundation (HLF)
Currently Unfunded; Budget: $29,972
Goal: to establish sustainable income generating capacity, through production and sales of traditional Buddhist artwork;and through the installation and use of solar power, to provide long-term benefits for human health and the environment
Comment: This is a creative international partnership between the Nepalese village community, Himalayan Light Foundation which provides solar power, the Virtual Foundation - Japan, and the Virtual Foundation - USA.

"Train the Trainers": Developing Micro-Enterprise in Haiti, India, and Malawi

Regions: Africa, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia
Author: The Trickle Up Program, New York, USA
Currently Unfunded; Budget: $29,700
Goal: To increase the effectiveness of local business training for clients at the lowest levels of poverty, focusing on Haiti, Malawi, and India
Comment: This enhanced training will strengthen the business skills of Trickle Up entrepreneurs, enabling them to start more profitable and sustainable businesses and to take the first steps out of poverty.

Reducing Industrial Pollution in Belarus: Applying Environmental Management Systems

Region: Belarus, Central Europe
Author: Safari Environmental Society, Belarus
Consortium Member: Brest Environmental Information Center
Currently Unfunded; Budget: $24,200
Goal:To improve water quality, especially in western Belarus, Eastern Poland and the Baltic Sea region, by significntly reducing pollution from heavy industries
Comment: Through conscious application of environmental management practices, this project will reduce the toxicity of heavy metal discharges, and will cut the volume of clean water used for industrial purposes in half