U.S Mission to India Public Diplomacy Programs- Gender Mela

Organisation:  U.S Mission to India

Apply By:  07 Jul . 2017

U.S Mission to India Public Diplomacy Programs- Gender Mela

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 one-day “Gender Mela” in September 2017.

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai (PAS Mumbai) seeks proposals for a project entitled “Gender Mela.” Mumbai is home to numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working to advance women’s safety, empowerment, and equality. However, they often lack opportunities to network and engage with each other in order to partner and build on synergies. The proposed “Gender Mela” will close that gap through a one-day networking event for NGOs and others working on women’s issues. It will feature a big open space for people to gather and interact.

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 the “Gender Mela”: This includes securing an appropriate venue to include an exhibition space for NGOs to exhibit their information and adjoining space where film screenings, panel discussions, and networking events can take place. The grantee should consider spaces that attract foot traffic, such as universities. The grantee will provide all required logistical support to include audio-visual and refreshments/meals.

2. Securing NGO/CSO Participation: Using their networks and contacts, the grantee should secure participation in the exhibition space of up to 30 NGOs and other organizations working in the field of women’s issues. The grantee should make suitable arrangements for the provision of booths or display tables for exhibiting organizations to include set up and tear down. Exhibiting organizations should not be charged a fee to secure exhibit space but will be responsible for booth/table signage, décor, informational materials and staffing. Concurrent with the exhibition area, organize a series of parallel side events on gender topics important to the United States and India, such as film screenings, panel discussions, and networking events of 60-90 minutes each. Grantee will develop topics in consultation with the U.S. Consulate, identify U.S. and Indian speakers/films, and manage the sessions. Sessions should be on topics such as women’s safety, including on campus; gender equality in the workplace; the portrayal of women in the media and film; the role of men in supporting women’s equality; non-conforming gender roles; girls’ education, etc.

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, and advertising and attracting attendance by NGOs and the general public. Entry will be free of charge. The grantee should also propose online initiatives to document and amplify the “Gender Mela.” 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: $ 15,000
  • Maximum (“Ceiling”) Award Amount: $ 20,000

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 by 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 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. Embassy New Delhi grants/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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