Women History Month Grant Pitch Competition

Announcement Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Title: Innovative Women: Promoting Resilience and Development (#InnovativeWomenJA)
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Program Authorization: “Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961” (P.L. 87-256 Sec 102(b) (5), as amended)
Expected number of awards: Five (5)
CFDA Number: 19.040 Public Diplomacy Programs
Date Opened: February 11, 2019
Cost sharing or matching Requirements: None
Project abstract submission date and time deadline (Round one): Wednesday, March 6, 2019 (11:59 p.m. EST)
Full proposal submission date and time deadline (Round two):  Wednesday, March 20, 2019

(Upon favorable review of the project abstracts, applicants will be invited to Roundtable breakfast on Thursday, March 14, participate in a Pitch Competition and submit full project proposals on March 27, 2019)
Full implementation of the 2019AFCP program is pending the availability of FY2019 funds and a congressionally approved financial plan.

 Eligibility Category:        The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from – (a) Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with project management experience (b) U.S. Exchange alumni and (c) Non-profit or educational institutions.  NB: For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.

Total estimated funding: U.S. $100,000.00
Award Floor: U.S. $20,000.00 per awardee
Award Ceiling: U.S. $20,000.00 per awardee
Federal Agency Contact: Grants Officer, Public Affairs Section – U.S. Embassy, Kingston
Email: kingstongrants@state.gov

Program Description

The U.S. Embassy, Kingston Public Affairs Section announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications for its Women History Month Grants Pitch Competition.  Applicants are to design and implement a program which seeks to empower the voices of and address issues that affect girls and women in the following priority program areas of:

Priority Program Areas

  1. Education
  2. Health
  3. Security
  4. Civic & Political engagement
  5. Business
  6. Agriculture

Program Objectives

The project implementers will identify project opportunities in education, health, security, civil and political engagement, business or agriculture and facilitate through their proposed activities the following:

The objectives should include, but are not limited to:

  1. Build alliances and networks among girls/women and boys/men to support the inclusion of women in the program area of choice.
  2. Provide training to strengthen communication and leadership skills of participants
  3. Identify opportunities to raise awareness of the importance of gender balance in the program area of choice.
  4. Convene fora on strengthening girls and women voices as influencers in the particular areas

Award Information

Funding Type and Amount: Grant
Minimum (“Floor”) Award Amount:  $20,000.00
Maximum (“Ceiling”) Award Amount: $20,000.00

Eligible organizations interested in submitting an application are encouraged to read this request for application thoroughly to understand the type of projects sought and the application submission requirements.

The Public Affairs Section reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described under circumstances deemed to be in the best interest of the U.S. government, pending the availability of funds and approval of the designated Grants Officer.

All projects must begin before or by September 30, 2019.  This does not mean that the activity for funding is completed before September 30, 2019, but that preparation for the activity must begin before that date.

The period of performance for project activities begins upon the Grants Officer’s signature and the grantee’s countersignature of a Department Standard Notice of Award. A complete Notice of Award consists of:

  1. DS-1909 Award Cover Sheet;
  2. Award Provisions;
  3. Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions.

The three combined constitute the legal document issued to notify an award recipient that an award has been made and funds are available for use during the specified award period. Failure to produce a complete DOS Notice of Award may result in the nullification of the award.

Application Guidelines


How to Apply:

See “Grants” – https://jm.usembassy.gov/grants/  on the U.S. Embassy, Kingston website for complete details on requirements, and note the following highlights:

Registration required:

  1. Applicants must have a Dun & Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number – http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform
  2. a NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) code – https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx, and be registered in the
  3. System for Award Management (SAM) – https://www.sam.gov

Note well that applicants may acquire DUNs number, NCAGE code and SAM registration at no cost.

Submission of project abstracts and full proposals:

Email abstracts (round one) and full proposals (round two) to kingstongrants@state.gov. The subject line of your email should be as follows: ‘Organization name of Applicant – U.S. Embassy Women’s History Month Grants Pitch Competition’.

Applications are to be in English only, and final grant agreements will be in English. Applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail from the Embassy to indicate receipt of abstracts and full proposals respectively.

Requirements and Documents

Round One: Project abstracts must include the following items:

Project basics:

  • Title
  • Project dates
  • Priority program area
  • Proposed project location and participants

Applicant information: contact details, DUNS number and SAM registration status

Total grant request

Round Two: Pitch Competition / Submission of full proposals

Upon favorable review of the project abstracts, applicants will be invited to:

  1. Launch event on March 7, 2019
  2. Submit full project proposals on March 20, 2019
  3. Participate in a Pitch Competition on March 27, 2019

For the full project proposals, the following supporting items / documents will be required:

  1. Full and complete Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424), including Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A), Assurances for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424B).
  2. Project Activities description that presents the project tasks in chronological order.
  3. Project Time Frame or Schedule that lists the major project phases and milestones with target dates for achieving these.
  4. Project participant information, including resumes or CVs of the proposed project director and key project participants.
  5. Detailed project budget
  6. Budget narrative giving explanation on how costs are estimated

Technical Format Requirements (for full proposals): All pages must be numbered, including budgets and attachments. All documents formatted to 8.5 x 11 paper and all Microsoft Word documents double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins. Full proposals must be kept to a maximum of 12 pages.