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Academy for Women Entrepreneurs 2024 - DRC

ID: AF-DRC-PDS-FY24-02 • Type: Posted

Description

With AWE, U.S. Embassy Kinshasa hopes to consolidate, professionalize, and existing entrepreneurial networks, leveraging alumni contacts in five provinces/cities (Tshopo - Kisangani, Kinshasa Kinshasa, Haut Katanga Lubumbashi, Sud-Kivu Bukavu and Nord-Kivu Goma) to train twenty women in each location for the second cohort of 100. Women business owners who are alumni of U.S. government-funded exchange programs alumni will serve as primary facilitators from our American Spaces network countrywide in partnership with local NGOs that focus on sustainable management solutions.

Background
The U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo/ Bureau of Public Diplomacy of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to an Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program to train and enhance the capacity of 100 women entrepreneurs across the DRC. The goal is to consolidate, professionalize, and existing entrepreneurial networks, leveraging alumni contacts in five provinces/cities to train twenty women in each location for the second cohort of 100.

Women business owners who are alumni of U.S. government-funded exchange programs alumni will serve as primary facilitators from our American Spaces network countrywide in partnership with local NGOs that focus on sustainable management solutions.

Grant Details
The program aims to equip participants with knowledge and skills from both U.S. and Congolese training materials to build and scale up sustainable businesses, expand participants’ understanding of social enterprise models, foster participants’ ability to promote economic opportunities for women, and facilitate the development of a network of female entrepreneurs and investors to grow women businesses and drive local and international partnerships.

The project activities include developing and recruiting participants, training the cohort through a 3-day AWE Bootcamp and online courses, organizing a milestone finale event on “Women’s Investment Network,” and considering costs for follow-on activities for previous AWE cohort 1.

The 2024 AWE participants will consist of 100 Congolese women entrepreneurs who reside in DR Congo, own social enterprises or businesses focused on professional development, business incubation, or startup support for women, have 2-5 years of business experience and demonstrate computer proficiency and internet access.

Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants include registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/nongovernmental organizations with programming experience, individuals, non-profit educational institutions, and governmental institutions. For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply. Cost sharing or matching is not required. All organizations must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number issued via www.SAM.gov as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov.

Period of Performance
The length of performance period is 6 months with an anticipated program start date in September 2024.

Grant Value
$68,166 is the total available funding with one award anticipated (dependent on amounts).

Place of Performance
The specific geographic locations where the grant will be performed include Tshopo - Kisangani, Kinshasa – Kinshasa, Haut Katanga – Lubumbashi, Sud-Kivu – Bukavu and Nord-Kivu – Goma.

Overview

Category of Funding
Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification)
Funding Instruments
Cooperative Agreement
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 2/22/24 the Department of State posted grant opportunity AF-DRC-PDS-FY24-02 for Academy for Women Entrepreneurs 2024 - DRC with funding of $68,166. The grant will be issued under grant program 19.022 Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs Appropriation Overseas Grants. It is expected that one grant will be made worth between $68,166 and $68,166.

Timing

Posted Date
Feb. 22, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EST
Closing Date
May 1, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 14 Days
Last Updated
Feb. 22, 2024, 6:23 a.m. EST
Version
1
Archive Date
May 31, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Info
The U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo/ Bureau of Public Diplomacy of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to an Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program to train and enhance the capacity of 100 women entrepreneurs across the DRC.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$68,166
Floor
$68,166
Estimated Program Funding
$68,166
Estimated Number of Grants
1

Contacts

Contact
Albertine N Diangana Grantor
Email Description
For Inquiries
Contact Phone
243-972616113

Documents

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