U.S. Embassy announces Skill-building Program for Indian Women
Deadline: 31 July 2019
The REPS Office of the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section has announced its grant program entitled “Hands on the Future: A Making and Computer Coding Skill-building Program for Women” to support the U.S. Embassy’s goal of promoting technology innovation and entrepreneurship for inclusive economic growth and development in India.
This is an initiative of the Regional Public Engagement Specialist (REPS) Office within the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS), seeks to fill this gap through participatory skill-building programs for young women from low/medium income communities.
The goals of this funding opportunity are to:
- Through needs assessments in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai, learn more about specific gap areas where American Center resources and services can best support young women’s development in STEM areas.
- Leverage the resources and contacts of our American Centers to help young women working in STEM increase their confidence, build networks, and enhance their skills.
The objectives of the program are to:
- produce needs assessments of the making and computer coding ecosystems in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai to aid the U.S. Embassy in designing and delivering appropriate programs that do not duplicate or overlap with other initiatives by NGOs, Indian and third-country government entities, or educational institutions.
- Implement making and courses at the American Centers in these cities to fill training gaps for the target audience.
The REPS Office of the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section seeks proposals for a program entitled “Hands on the Future: A Making and Computer Coding Skill-building Program for Women.” This program will consist of a needs assessment of the making and computer coding ecosystems of New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai and a series of no-cost training classes in those cities. Please note that we anticipate the completion of the needs assessments in those four cities as the grantee’s first step, with the information gleaned from the needs assessment helping to shape the design of the 4 classes in each city. For example, a documented need for coding courses in Chennai may not be as high a priority in Mumbai, where perhaps other organizations are offering free or low-cost coding courses to the same audience that “Hands on the Future” targets.
The grantee will:
- Produce a needs assessment report of the making/computer coding ecosystems in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai, determining where there are gap areas for free/low-cost making/computer coding skills development training for the target audience.
- Select approximately 30 participants in each city, as well as a minimum of one course facilitator per city, develop, and execute a series of 4 intensive classes at American Centers in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai.
- Informed by the needs assessment, create a written making/coding curriculum for each city that addresses the highest priority needs. We see these 4 initial courses in each city as a means of further honing in on the needs and behaviors our target audience of young women. We welcome existing curricula that to which applicants may have access, and we also can assist in connecting the grantee with existing course curricula that may be suitable for the classes.
- Estimated Total Program Funding: $36,000
- Award Ceiling: $36,000
- Award Floor: $25,000
Eligibility is open to all non-profit, non-governmental organizations. Individuals are not eligible for an award under this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). 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.
How to Apply
Applicants can apply online via given website.
For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=317586