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Young Pacific Leaders - Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

ID: PAS-NEWZEALAND-2024-09 • Type: Posted

Description

The U.S. Embassy New Zealand Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to implement the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) to promote women's social and economic empowerment, pending the availability of funds. The cohort should take place sometime between 2025-2026. Each AWE cohort should include about 30 women meeting either online or in person. AWE cohorts may take place in any, all, or the following select countries: New Zealand, Niue, the Cook Islands, Tokelau, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Federated States of Micronesia.

About the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

By ensuring that women have the skills, capabilities, and resources to fully participate in the economy, AWE directly supports the U.S. National Strategy on Gender, Equity, and Equality.

AWE was established in 2019 to provide women with the knowledge, networks and access to launch or scale successful businesses. Cohorts of approximately 30 women meet online and in-person to learn core business skills such as strategic planning, marketing and finance, then discuss the material with local facilitators, business leaders, and U.S. exchange alumni mentors. Through its partnership with Arizona State University's Thunderbird School for Global Management and the Freeport-McMoran Foundation, AWE utilizes a no-cost, online learning platform. Used by AWE since 2019, DreamBuilder teaches participants the fundamentals of starting or growing a small business from a U.S. perspective, offering modules on marketing, pricing, and bookkeeping, and includes a built-in business plan generator. It is available only in English and Spanish, though posts may conduct mentoring and facilitation in local languages.

This year, implementing partners may also use a new online curriculum, in whole or in part the Najafi 100 Million Learners Global Initiative - alongside or instead of DreamBuilder. 100 Million Learners' Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Bootcamp may be most suitable to implementing partners who are looking for a more challenging business curriculum, or who wish to provide complementary modules on key topics in entrepreneurship and innovation. 100 Million Learners is currently offered in 20 languages and will add up to 20 more in the future.

Proposals to establish new AWE cohorts must use either DreamBuilder or 100 Million Learners for their curriculum.

Background
The U.S. Embassy New Zealand Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Department of State is seeking applications to implement the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) to promote women’s social and economic empowerment. AWE directly supports the U.S. National Strategy on Gender, Equity, and Equality by providing women with the skills, capabilities, and resources to fully participate in the economy.

Grant Details
The AWE cohort should include about 30 women meeting either online or in person. Cohorts may take place in select countries including New Zealand, Niue, the Cook Islands, Tokelau, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Federated States of Micronesia. The program aims to provide women with knowledge and access to launch or scale successful businesses through core business skills training such as strategic planning, marketing and finance. The program utilizes a no-cost online learning platform such as DreamBuilder or Najafi 100 Million Learners Global Initiative.

Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations/non-government organizations (NGOs) and private, public, or state institutions of higher education. For-profit entities are not eligible to apply. Cost sharing is encouraged but not required.

Period of Performance
The length of performance period is up to 12 months with multiple awards anticipated. The project start date is anticipated to be October 2024.

Grant Value
$20,000 USD per country included with a total available funding of up to $250,000 USD.

Place of Performance
The AWE cohorts may take place in any of the following select countries: New Zealand, Niue, the Cook Islands, Tokelau, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands or the Federated States of Micronesia.

Overview

Category of Funding
Community Development
Funding Instruments
Cooperative Agreement
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 6/16/24 the Department of State posted grant opportunity PAS-NEWZEALAND-2024-09 for Young Pacific Leaders - Academy for Women Entrepreneurs with funding of $250,000. The grant will be issued under grant program 19.040 Public Diplomacy Programs. It is expected that one grant will be made worth between $20,000 and $20,000.

Timing

Posted Date
June 16, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT
Closing Date
July 31, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 14 Days
Last Updated
June 16, 2024, 10:56 p.m. EDT
Version
1
Archive Date
Aug. 30, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Individuals
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$20,000
Floor
$20,000
Estimated Program Funding
$250,000
Estimated Number of Grants
1

Contacts

Contact
Tracey Zemanek Grantor
Email Description
PD New Zealand
Contact Phone
(644) 462-6122

Documents

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