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India: Technology Training to Aid Business Development & Economic Inclusion of Women Entrepreneurs

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 2, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on May 16, 2021
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The U.S. Mission to India is seeking applications for its Technology Training to Aid Business Development and Economic Inclusion of Women Entrepreneurs project to advance women’s empowerment by focusing on the skills gap among women founders of MSMEs from Tier II and III towns in western India.

By providing intensive, hybrid virtual and in-person training to community leaders on computer, digital, financial, and e-commerce literacy, as well as website design and development, the project will empower trusted local influencers to teach and mentor the women founders.

This Training of Trainers (ToT) program seeks to achieve this through two distinct phases.
> First, community leaders working with non-profits receive virtual trainings from American experts on computer, digital, financial and e-commerce literacy with knowledge and skills needed to design and develop a website for business purposes.
> Second, women founders acquire training and coaching from the participating community leaders on the same skills and use them to market their goods online.

Cost sharing or matching is not required for this funding opportunity.

Pre-award costs are not an allowable expense for this funding opportunity.

This award does not allow:
> Projects relating to partisan political activity;
> Charitable or development activities;
> Construction projects;
> Projects that support specific religious activities;
> Fund-raising campaigns;
> Lobbying for specific legislation or programs;
> Scientific research or surveys;
> Commercial projects;
> Projects intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization;
> Projects that duplicate existing projects.

Based on funding availability, this project, over a span of 18 to 20 months, will train community leaders working with non-profit organizations and women founders of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Tier II and III cities in western India (herein defined as comprising the states of Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra) in two phases through a series of webinars and in-person trainings.

In the first phase, the successful applicant will organize 20 to 25 webinars led by an American expert(s) for not fewer than 50 community leaders in basic skills related to e-commerce to promote business.

In the second phase, each community leader will impart those skills and knowledge to not fewer than five women founders through 30 to 40 in-person training sessions at a participating non-profit organization in western India and help them to create a website to showcase, promote, and sell their merchandise.

Utilize This Offer

The following organizations are eligible to apply:
1. Not-for-profit organizations;
2. Civil society / non-governmental organizations;
3. Think tanks;
4. Public and private educational institutions;
5. Individuals;
6. Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions.

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.

Project Objectives:
a) Train no fewer than 50 civil society community leaders in computer, digital, financial, ecommerce literacy and website design and development for business within 4 to 6 months.
b) Train no fewer than 250 micro and small women entrepreneurs in computer, digital, financial, ecommerce literacy and website design and development for business within 6 to 8 months.
c) Community leaders and women entrepreneurs work together to design and develop a basic website to showcase merchandise made by participants in 6 to 8 months.

Estimated Award Ceiling (Maximum): USD32,000.
Estimated Award Floor (Minimum): USD 24,000.

Length of Project Period: Preferably within 16-20 months, and not to exceed 24 months.

All applications must be received by April 30, 2021 at 11.59 pm midnight in Washington, DC (USA).

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 02
Apr 02

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Jill Langhus
Apr 03
Apr 03

Thanks, Ana.