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U.S. Mission to Afghanistan: Increase Girls’ Access to Athletics

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 11, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on May 30, 2021
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The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan is pleased to announce an open competition for eligible organizations to submit applications to carry out a project that will use sports as a platform to develop critical life and leadership skills and empower young women and girls to be a force for positive change.

This cooperative agreement seeks to increase girls’ and women’s equality and empowerment through participation in athletics.

The fundamental goals of the program are
• to inspire young women to engage in public life, learn civic leadership skills, and be active agents advocating for social change in their communities,
• promoting civic virtues such as tolerance and equality for all.

To reach these project goals, proposed projects should strive to:
a) Increase awareness and knowledge among participants about gender-based violence and prTraining, Events, Workshops and Conferencesion
b) Strengthen critical athletic skills (e.g. teamwork) and leadership skills (e.g. self confidence);
c) Promote concrete measures to widen participation for women and girls in public spaces within their communities and beyond;
d) Create and strengthen participants’ social networks within their communities and beyond.

This project will be funded by Economic Support Funds, authorized by Foreign Assistance Act, and is subject to the statutory limitations of such funding.

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Eligibility is open to all types of applicants except for individuals.

The recipient should partner with local communities and/or schools to create a safe outdoor space for over 600 girls ages 15-18 per year to engage in activities such as local sports groups, cross-country marathons, and inter-regional sports events to help women reclaim public space and develop the ability to work in a team and the confidence to lead.

Proposed projects must also include the following three components:
1) Inclusion of women and girls with disabilities,
2) Gender-based Violence (GBV) education and prevention, and
3) Ensuring sustainability of the program.

Competitive candidates will have a history of promoting girls’ access to athletics in countries in conflict and will describe how discussion of topics such as leadership, teamwork, and female role models in athletics will be woven into programming.

Organizations may sub-award / contract with other entities, but only one entity may be the prime recipient of the award.

When sub-awarding / contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal.

Grant Amount:
The floor for the base period is set at USD$600,000.
The ceiling for the base period is set at USD$900,000.

Anticipated Performance Period: 36 months.

Closing Date for Applications: May 31, 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 11
Apr 11

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2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
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Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Apr 12
Apr 12

Thanks, Ana.