Social Action Lab – Grants towards building a network of committed and passionate change makers in East India


Organisation: U.S. Mission to India

Apply By:  20/02/2018


Funding Opportunity Description

The U.S. Consulate General. Public Affairs Section in Kolkata is soliciting proposals for a grant/cooperative agreement that meets the specifications stated in Section II from legally-recognized non-profit, non-governmental organizations that meet U.S. and Indian technical and legal requirements to develop and implement public diplomacy programs

Background: The U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata is committed to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, which is essential to global peace, prosperity, and security. This project aims to equip emerging young female leaders from East India with skills to reduce the gender gap and advocate for gender equity in their communities.

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

  1. Promote the empowerment of women by providing access to leadership workshops and mentoring networks.
  2. Strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and India through exchange of information, experiences and expertise.
  3. Sustain and strengthen networks created through PAS Kolkata-sponsored programs by engaging alumni in mentorship roles.

Social Action Lab

Objectives: To implement a week-long workshop and follow-on action projects within East India for a select number of participant groups, each of which will be led by an USG program alumna/alumnus.

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata (PAS Kolkata) seeks proposals for a project entitled “Social Action Lab.” In order to build a network of committed and passionate change makers in East India, a group of promising young men and women leaders from previous PAS Kolkata programs will be selected through a competitive process to join alumni of USG exchange programs for a leadership workshop to equip them with skills to enact change. The week-long workshop, to be held at the American Center in Kolkata, should focus on leadership and team building, as well as thedesigning and implementation of effective programs that address gender equality. At the end of the workshop, the participants will pitch ideas for follow-on engagements, of which a total of 5-7 projects will be selected for implementation by PAS Kolkata in coordination with the grantee.

Key objectives include:

  • Empower the next generation of young people to assume leadership roles and work with their communities in East India to initiate change;
  • Sustain and strengthen networks created through former PAS Kolkata sponsored programs;
  • Engage alumni in mentorship roles;
  • Engage key contacts and communities across the consular district;
  • Provide key players with effective tools to address issues on gender inequality;
  • Reinforce the role of traditional media and digital media as a tool to advocate for gender parity; and
  • Partner with program participants to amplify social media campaigns.

Award Information

1. Funding Type and Amount: Grant/cooperative agreement

  • Minimum (“Floor”) Award Amount: $25,000
  • Maximum (“Ceiling”) Award Amount: $29,000

The Public Affairs Section reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described under circumstances deemed to be in the best interest of the U.S. government, pending the availability of funds and approval of the designated grants officer.

2. Project and Budget Periods: Grant projects generally should be completed in one year or less.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. 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.
  2. Cost sharing is not required for this funding opportunity.
  3. Pre-award costs are not an allowable expense for this funding opportunity.
  4. This award does not allow for construction activities or costs.
  5. U.S. Consulate General, Kolkata 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.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

Organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform and an active SAM registration (www.SAM.gov). The U.S. Department of State will not make an award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements by the time the Department is ready to make an award.

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. Registering with Grants.gov is a one-time process; however, it may take weeks to have the registration validated and confirmed

For Indian applicants, the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) of the Government of India applies.

Applicants must acquire all required registrations and rights in the United States and India. All intellectual property considerations and rights must be fully met in the United States and India.

Any sub-recipient organization must also meet all the U.S. and Indian requirements described above.

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