Scaling women’s entrepreneurship in India

Deadline: June 30, 2017

Women’s participation in the economy in India is low by global standards, even when compared to countries at similar stages of development. Empowering aspiring women entrepreneurs in Tier II cities serves to not only stimulate local economies and enrich the US-India trade relationship but also empowers women and indirectly serves to encourage young women to continue at school and pursue further education, among many other side-benefits.

Program Goals: The goals of this funding opportunity are to:

  1. Promote economic growth and development by strengthening local capacity through skills development and mentoring activities for women entrepreneurs in India so they can break into markets or scale up businesses.
  2. Strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and India by creating and supporting networking between women entrepreneurs in the United States and India.
  3. Support the empowerment of women by providing entrepreneurial skills and mentoring opportunities and encouraging women to pursue further education and build communities that value gender equality and inclusion.

A partnership will be formed between one U.S. and one Indian NGO/civil society organization to organize and implement five separate 4-5 day skills development workshops for 150 early stage women entrepreneurs from at least 15 states across India.

Each workshop will be led by at least one well-established American woman entrepreneur and several Indian counterparts.

Proposals should include the following:

  • Selection of workshop locations and program partners
  • Selection and vetting process for workshop participants
  • Selection and logistical arrangements for five American women entrepreneurs to lead the workshops.
  • Design and implementation of workshops.
  • Provide a minimum of 6 months of mentoring for 25 selected women entrepreneurs, five from each of the five regional workshops:
  • Traditional and/or social media plan for amplification and advertisement of the program activities and outcomes.
  • Monitoring and evaluation plan.

Funding Type and Amount: Cooperative Agreement

  • Minimum (“Floor”) Award Amount: $80,000
  • Maximum (“Ceiling”) Award Amount: $100,000

Grant projects generally should be completed in one year or less.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility is open to all non-profit, non-governmental organizations. Individuals are not eligible for an award under this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Organizations may sub-contract with other entities, but only one, non-profit, non-governmental entity can be the prime recipient of the award. When sub-contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal.
  • Cost sharing or matching is not required but preferred for this funding opportunity.
  • Pre-award costs are not an allowable expense for this funding opportunity.
  • This award does not allow for construction activities or costs.
  • U.S. Embassy New Delhi grants/cooperative agreements cannot be used to fund religious or partisan political activity; fundraising campaigns; commercial projects; scientific research; projects whose primary aim is the institutional development of the organization, or illegal activities.

Application Submission:

  • All documents are in English
  • All budgets are in U.S. dollars
  • All pages are numbered
  • All materials are submitted in .pdf format
  • Forms SF-424, SF-424A and SF-424B are completed and submitted with the application. These forms are available at

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