U.S Mission to India Public Diplomacy Grant- Traveling Women’s Film Festival

Organisation:  U.S Mission to India

Apply By:  07 Jul . 2017

U.S Mission to India Public Diplomacy Grant- Traveling Women’s Film Festival

The U.S. Consulate General, Public Affairs Section in Mumbai is soliciting proposals for a grant/cooperative agreement that meets the specifications stated in Section II from legally recognized non-profit, non-governmental organizations that meet U.S. and Indian technical and legal requirements to develop and implement public diplomacy programs as specified by Section II below. Information about the Public Affairs Section can be found at: https://in.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/mumbai/.


The U.S. Consulate General strongly supports initiatives that promote women’s social and economic development, integrate women into peace and security building, address and prevent gender-based violence, and ensure women’s full participation in civic and political life. Research shows that progress in women’s employment, health, and education can lead to greater economic growth and stronger communities. Integrating women in the corporate and government sectors is critical to good governance, economic growth, inclusive development, and regional security.

Program Goals:

The goals of this funding opportunity are to:

1. Raise awareness of and promote action on women’s safety and empowerment in small cities and rural areas of western India.

2. Strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and India through exchanges of information, experiences, and expertise.

Program Description


To implement a series of film festivals in western India to promote women’s safety and empowerment.

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai (PAS Mumbai) seeks proposals for a project entitled “Traveling Women’s Film Festival.” The project, a series of two-day film festivals in 10 small cities of western India, will utilize American and other films to raise awareness of gender issues and to promote women’s safety and empowerment in areas, especially more rural and semi-urban areas, not typically reached. PAS Mumbai promotes women’s safety and empowerment through a variety of programs, in particular through film and short-film contests.This program wouldleverage the success of these initiatives by bringing them to audiences in and surrounding the following 10 small cities:

  • Amravati and Kolhapur in Maharashtra state
  • Pernem and Quepem in Goa state
  • Morena and Betul in Madhya Pradesh state
  • Bilaspur and Bastar in Chhattisgarh state
  • Mehesana and Bharuch in Gujarat state

Proposals must detail:

The grantee will be responsible for all aspects of the program. Submitted proposals should include programmatic and financial details on the following:

1. Logistics for 10 two-day film festivals: This includes securing gratis or renting venues for film screenings, panel discussions, and networking events; providing audio-visual support and refreshments; identifying and obtaining screening rights for selected films; obtaining any necessary dubbing/subtitles; advertising and inviting audiences; organizing expert panel discussions and networking events; and providing program schedules for each festival.

2. Creation of online platform: A webpage will be created or added to the grantee’s existing webpage to highlight the program and provide a space for partners to network and stay connected after the conclusion of the festivals. Panel discussions at each festival will be video recorded and posted on the website.

3. Traditional and/or social media plan for amplification and advertisement of the program activities and outcomes: The grantee should submit a media plan amplifying the project. Appropriate press/social media activities should be recommended

4. Monitoring and evaluation plan: The grantee should submit a detailed monitoring and evaluation plan for all components of the project. Plans should include details on obtaining participant feedback and outcomes of the project.

Award Information

1. Funding Type and Amount: Grant/cooperative agreement

  • Minimum (“Floor”) Award Amount: $25,000
  • Maximum (“Ceiling”) Award Amount: $29,000

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 grant 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 may 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 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. Consulate General, Mumbaigrants/cooperative agreements may not 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.

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 http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms.html

Applicants submitting proposals over $100,000 must also submit Standard Form LLL (SF-LLL), Disclosure of Lobbying Activities. This form is available at: http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/forms/sample/SFLLL-V1.1.pdf

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