Grants For Scaling Up Women’s Entrepreneurship in India

Organisation:  U.S. Mission to India

Apply By:  30 Jun . 2017

Grants For Scaling Up Women’s Entrepreneurship in India


Women’s participation in the economy in India is low by global standards, even when compared to countries at similar stages of development, and is even lower in Tier II cities (significant cities outside Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad). Empowering aspiring women entrepreneurs in Tier II cities serves to not only stimulate local economies and enrich the US-India trade relationship but also empowers women and indirectly serves to encourage young women to continue at school and pursue further education, among many other side-benefits. Past U.S. Embassy projects have demonstrated how, by training and mentoring promising women entrepreneurs in Tier II cities, both economic and social objectives can be realized. This project also serves to connect U.S. and Indian entrepreneurs in a long term, mutually beneficial manner.

Program Goals:

The goals of this funding opportunity are to:

1. Promote economic growth and development by strengthening local capacity through skills development and mentoring activities for women entrepreneurs in India so they can break into markets or scale up businesses.

2. Strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and India by creating and supporting networking between women entrepreneurs in the United States and India.

3. Support the empowerment of women by providing entrepreneurial skills and mentoring opportunities and encouraging women to pursue further education and build communities that value gender equality and inclusion.

Program Description


To promote sustainable enterprises, small businesses and innovation in India by connecting women entrepreneurs in India with American and Indian mentors through a series of skill development workshops and mentoring networks.

Award Information

1. Funding Type and Amount: Cooperative Agreement

  • Minimum (“Floor”) Award Amount: $80,000
  • Maximum (“Ceiling”) Award Amount: $100,000

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.

2. Project and Budget Periods: Grant projects generally should be completed in one year or less.


Eligibility Criteria

1. 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.

2. Cost sharing or matching is not required but preferred for this funding opportunity.

3. Pre-award costs are not an allowable expense for this funding opportunity.

4. This award does not allow for construction activities or costs.

5. U.S. Embassy New Delhi grants/cooperative agreements cannot be used to fund religious or partisan political activity; fundraising campaigns; commercial projects; scientific research; projects whose primary aim is the institutional development of the organization, or illegal activities.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

Organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet and an active SAM registration ( The U.S. Department of State will not make an award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements by the time the Department is ready to make an award.

For Indian applicants, the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) of the Government of India applies.

Applicants must acquire all required registrations and rights in the United States and India. All intellectual property considerations and rights must be fully met in the United States and India.

Any sub-recipient organization must also meet all the U.S. and Indian requirements described above.

Application Submission:

Instructions: Please follow all instructions below carefully. Failure to furnish all information or comply with stated requirements may lead to the application’s disqualification for consideration. Applicants must set forth accurate and complete information as required by this NOFO.

Applicants must ensure:

  • All documents are in English
  • All budgets are in U.S. dollars
  • All pages are numbered
  • All materials are submitted in .pdf format

Forms SF-424, SF-424A and SF-424B are completed and submitted with the application. These forms are available at

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