International

Improving lives in farming communities around the world – as well as supporting the communities in which Monsanto employees live and work – is important to the Monsanto Fund.

The Monsanto Fund accepts grant proposals for programs outside of the U.S. in the following areas:

  • Providing basic education support designed to improve education in farming communities around the world, including supporting schools, libraries, science centers, farmer training programs and academic programs that enrich or supplement school programs
  • Meeting critical needs in communities by supporting nonprofit organizations that help with things such as food security, sanitation, access to clean water, public safety and various other local needs

To learn more about some examples of the impact Monsanto Fund is making worldwide and the projects we have supported in our international regions, please visit our Programs and Giving Section.

We accept international applications from organizations to fund projects located in eligible countries during two periods annually. The first period ranges from January 1 - February 28. The second period ranges from July 1 - August 31. Applications to the Monsanto Fund for international regions are by invitation only. If the project you are seeking support for is located in an eligible country please complete the Contact Us form and provide your organization profile and current/past project information. Your local Monsanto Fund representative will be notified and will contact you if they are interested in supporting your project.

Applications are now closed. Please check back with us when the application reopens on January 1, 2015. To preview a read-only version of the application or complete an Impact Report, select the appropriate link below:

Click here to complete an Impact Report.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Eligibility
  • Process & Timeline
  • Program Information
  • Reporting

What types of organizations are eligible to apply for international grants from the Monsanto Fund?

Eligible organizations include public charities incorporated in the U.S. and working in a foreign country, indigenous public charities, units of government, private schools primarily serving an economically disadvantaged population, and private hospitals primarily serving an economically disadvantaged population.



What kinds of programs will be considered for funding?

International giving for the Monsanto Fund focuses primarily on basic Education K-12 and Critical Needs.  Examples are teacher training, school renovation, school and community gardens, access to clean water, food distribution programs and farmer training.  For more information on the types of programs funded, view the Monsanto Fund report and archives.



What are the eligibility requirements in terms of tax exempt status?

All organizations must be incorporated as a charity and operating for a minimum of two years to be considered for funding.

The Monsanto Fund is a private foundation that operates under the rules of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). All applicants for grants must qualify as tax exempt public charities or its equivalent and provide proof of tax-exempt status as outlined by IRS rules. In the U.S., a 501 (C) 3 document is sufficient to meet this requirement. Outside the U.S. there is no such document, so Monsanto Fund must obtain sufficient documentation from the organization to establish equivalency.  Documents which need to be submitted to establish equivalency are outlined below:  All documents must be complete English. Documents that are currently in local languages must be translated into English.

  • Public charities incorporated in the US and doing work in foreign countries - must submit the US 501©3 IRS determination letter.
  • Governmental units including public schools, villages or municipalities will be considered for funding without providing proof of charitable status – no document is required.
  • Indigenous public charities – must complete the Public Charity Questionnaire and all related documentation as listed below:
    • Copy of your organization’s creating instrument; examples of creating instruments include:  Articles of Incorporation, Constitution, Articles of Association, Deed of Trust, Indenture, Organizational Charter.  If your organization does not have a creating instrument, its request to the Monsanto Fund for a grant will not be considered.
    • Copy of your organization’s rules governing operations.  Examples include your organization’s Bylaws, Statutes, or other rules governing operations.
  • Private schools – must complete the Private School Questionnaire and all related documentation as listed below:
    • Copy of your organization’s creating instrument; examples of creating instruments include:  Articles of Incorporation, Constitution, Articles of Association, Deed of Trust, Indenture, Organizational Charter.  If your organization does not have a creating instrument, its request to the Monsanto Fund for a grant will not be considered.
    • Copy of your organization’s rules governing operations.  Examples include your organization’s Bylaws, Statutes, or other rules governing operations.
  • Private hospitals – must complete the Private Hospital Questionnaire and all related documentation as listed below:
    • Copy of your organization’s creating instrument; examples of creating instruments include:  Articles of Incorporation, Constitution, Articles of Association, Deed of Trust, Indenture, Organizational Charter.  If your organization does not have a creating instrument, its request to the Monsanto Fund for a grant will not be considered.
    • Copy of your organization’s rules governing operations.  Examples include your organization’s Bylaws, Statutes, or other rules governing operations.

What is the process for applying to the Monsanto Fund?

All projects occurring outside the USA and USA territories are considered International. We accept applications from organizations to fund projects located in eligible countries. International grant applications are accepted on an invitation only basis. To request an invitation code, go to the “Contact Us” page and provide your name, email address, select the country in which the project will occur from the drop-down box, and a short description of your project, including project location, and amount requested and submit. The Monsanto Fund regional representative will contact you if they are interested in supporting your project.



What is the deadline for grant applications? 

Organizations can view and familiarize themselves with the grant application any time throughout the year. Annually there are two cycles to apply for the International program. The first cycle begins on January 1 and ends at 11:59:59pm CT on February 28. The second cycle begins on July 1 and ends at 11:59:59pm CT on August 31.



Can I apply for a grant to fund a program already started?  When must my program start and when is it expected to be completed?

All funding requests must be for program activities that start after funding decisions are made. Grant seekers applying for grants in the first cycle should have a project start date no earlier than June 1, and those applying during the second cycle should have a project start date no earlier than December 1.



Is there someone I can talk to about my proposal?

You should talk to the Monsanto Fund representative in your country. They are your point of contact if you have questions about your proposal.



When and how will we be notified if we will be receiving a grant?

Grant decisions will be communicated by email.  Notifications will be sent in June for the first cycle and in December for second cycle.  



If  we are not selected, will the Monsanto Fund provide feedback on our application?  

If your grant request is not selected for funding, you can request feedback from the Monsanto Fund after you receive notification. Requests should be sent to monsanto.fund@monsanto.com. Grantseekers who applied in the first cycle (January/February) can expect to receive feedback in August/September. Grantseekers who applied in the second cycle (July/August) can expect to receive feedback in February/March.



Why are audited financial statements required for grants?

Audited financial statements are the verification by an independent accounting firm that an organization’s financial statements are presented fairly, in all material respects, and provide reasonable assurance that the statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the US.

What additional information will I need to submit with my grant application?

All grant applications are expected to upload the following documents; All documents must be in English.

  • 501©3 Nonprofit Determination Letter –  only applies to public charities incorporated in the US and doing work in foreign countries
  • Public Charity Questionnaire and all related documentation as listed below – applies to indigenous public charities only.
  • Private School Questionnaire and all related documentation as listed below – applies to private schools only.
  • Private Hospital Questionnaire and all related documentation as listed below - applies to private hospitals only.
  • Organizations completing a Public Charity Questionnaire, Private School Questionnaire or Private Hospital Questionnaire must also submit:
    • Copy of your organization’s creating instrument; examples of creating instruments include:  Articles of Incorporation, Constitution, Articles of Association, Deed of Trust, Indenture, Organizational Charter.  If your organization does not have a creating instrument, its request to the Monsanto Fund for a grant will not be considered.
    • Copy of your organization’s rules governing operations.  Examples include your organization’s Bylaws, Statutes, or other rules governing operations.List of your Board of Directors
    • Most Recent Audited Financials  
    • Project Goals, Objectives and Outcomes Worksheet
    • Project Budget Worksheet for projects one year or less OR Project Budget Worksheet for projects greater than one year. Each worksheet requires a Program Revenue and Program Expenses tab be completed. The Program Revenue tab asks for the revenue sources that will fund the program and the Program Expenses tab asks for a full description of expenses associated with the project.
  • All nonprofits sharing responsibility for implementation of the project with another organization must upload a completed Partnership Agreement between the non-profit and the other implementing organization which outlines the roles and responsibilities of both parties for implementation and timeline.


What do reviewers look for in applications?

To learn more about how grant proposals are scored, and for tips on how to write a compelling application click here.  All proposals should include the following:

Project Description

  • Clear project goals
  • Clear project details, including the specific activities and timelines

Project Participants

  • Clear description of who will benefit from the proposed project, including numbers of participants
  • Clear description of why the target population is in need of the proposed project or services

Project Impact

  • Clear and realistic project goals
  • Clear description of how the project’s progress will be assessed, and what indicators will be used to determine impact
  • Clear description of how the project’s activities and impact may continue beyond the life of the grant

Project Budget

  • Clear description of how the grant will be used, including clear calculations and relevant cost explanations

What types of requests will the Monsanto Fund NOT fund?

  • Individual aid or personal support
  • Underwriting deficits
  • Fraternal, labor or veterans organizations, unless the project benefits the general public
  • Benefits, dinners, advertisements
  • Religious, politically partisan or similar groups
  • Endowments
  • Activities that directly support Monsanto Company marketing programs
  • Projects in which the Monsanto Company has a financial interest or could derive a financial benefit through cash or rights to intellectual property
  • Organizations that discriminate based on race, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, age or national origin


What is the minimum size grant we can apply for?

The smallest grant we will consider is US $25,000.



Can we apply for a multi-year grant?

Multi-year requests are not prohibited; however, they are a very small part of our portfolio. Usually funding for multi-year requests are no longer than three years in duration.

Must the program we are applying for be a new program or can it be an existing program?

You can apply for either a new program OR an existing program. If it is an existing program, please describe current successes as well as how you were able to fund the program in the past and why you need funding from the Monsanto Fund at this time.



Will Monsanto Fund grants cover overhead costs?

Yes. Up to 20% of the requested grant amount can be utilized for overhead costs.



Will Monsanto Fund grants cover program evaluation?

Yes, Up to 5 percent of the requested grant amount can be utilized for program evaluation. We support evidence-based programs.



Can funds be used for staff salaries?

Yes. The Monsanto Fund grant can be used to pay for staff salaries.



If we are awarded a grant, how will we receive payment?

All payments outside the U.S. are made via wire transfer. The grantee is notified via email when the transfer is made.

My application was returned, how do I resubmit?

  1. Login to your previously submitted application and make the requested changes.
  2. Within each section of the application click the “Save and Proceed” button at the bottom of each page until you are at the end of the application, or click the last link in the timeline at the top of the page.
  3. You are brought to the “Review Your Application” page. (You cannot proceed to this page until you have completed all required fields.)
  4. Click the "Submit" button. Once submitted you can no longer make any changes. If you have questions, you can click on the "Need Support" button at the bottom of each page.


Can I make changes to my project upon funding?

All changes to the project or budget must be submitted and approved by the Monsanto Fund in writing. Prospective changes should not alter the original intent of the grant funded by the Monsanto Fund.

What are the specific reporting requirements?

Grantees receiving awards will receive a Monsanto Fund Grant Agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of our grant, including the reporting requirements. Most grantees will be asked to report twice a year to the Monsanto Fund.

Upon our receipt of the signed grant agreement, the first payment will be issued, usually half of the grant request. Subsequent payments will be made contingent upon completion of online of impact reports on program goals and financial reports of program expenditures.. Grantees must expend at least 70% of the initial funds to receive subsequent payments.

Grantees awarded grants for capital projects will need to provide appropriate documentation to the Monsanto Fund from the project vendor or contractor to receive payment. For example, for purchases of equipment, grantee should provide a copy of an order of purchase from the vendor that lists the items to be purchased, the quantity of each item, and the cost amount.

For building construction projects, an executed copy of the construction contract between the contractor and the grantee that includes a detailed scope of work projected and timelines for completion of each phase of the project and cost associated with each phase must be submitted to Monsanto Fund before an initial payment will be made. In addition, the Monsanto Fund representative in your country is required to make a site visit to the construction project at various stages of completion for the grantee to receive subsequent payments.



My grant award is paid in two installments. What do I need to do for my second installment?

You must complete an interim impact report to receive the second installment of your grant award. You must have expended at least 70% of the portion of the Monsanto Fund grant funds you have RECEIVED before subsequent payments will be made.