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Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Mekong (East Asia): Call for Applications

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted May 12, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on June 14, 2021
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The Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) Office of Multilateral Affairs at the U.S. Department of State (DOS), announces this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Mekong (Burma, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam).

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP), Office of Multilateral Affairs (MLA), announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to support women’s economic empowerment in the Mekong through providing financial literacy training and support to women seeking micro insurance to support micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

This project should increase the access of women entrepreneurs and business owners to financing, market opportunities, and training to help establish and grow their businesses while providing health insurance protections to women owned MSMEs.

This project supports the Mekong-U.S. Partnership’s goals of increasing economic connectivity and growth by supporting MSMEs and human resource development by including support for human capital development and women’s empowerment in the Mekong.

It is expected that this project will benefit two or more Mekong countries.

Utilize This Offer

EAP welcomes applications from:
1. U.S. Non-profit / non-governmental organizations (NGOs) having a 501(c) (3) status with the IRS, or overseas-based non-profit / non-governmental organizations, and
2. U.S. and overseas private / state institutions of higher education.

For-profit and commercial firms are not eligible to apply in response to this NOFO.

The aim is to facilitate female-owned MSMEs access to micro-insurance products to help prioritize business and health needs for the entrepreneur and her family.
Objective 1:
Increase the access of women entrepreneurs and business owners to finance and market opportunities while also providing health benefits;
Objective 2:
Increase the financial literacy of women entrepreneurs and business owners.

EAP anticipates having approximately US$395,061 of FY20 Economic Support Funds (ESF) available to support one successful application submitted in response to this NOFO, subject to the ability of funding.

The period of performance should be 3 years.

Applicants should include an anticipated start date between August and September 2021.

Closing Date for Applications: June 15, 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
May 12
May 12

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you, in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
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;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start now!!!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resources section!
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
May 14
May 14

Thanks, Ana.