U.S. Mission to India: Seeking Proposals for Green Hackathon Project


Organisation:  U.S. Mission to India

Apply By:  07 Jul . 2017


U.S. Mission to India: Seeking Proposals for Green Hackathon Project
 

Background:

Achieving high economic growth along with environmental sustainability is a key challenge for all developing and developed economies, including India. In western India, environmental challenges include deteriorating air and water quality, land erosion, inadequate water reserves, waste disposal, and limited clean energy options. Developing indigenous innovative solutions backed by technology can alleviate some of these challenges.

Program Goals:

The goals of this funding opportunity are to:

1. Promote innovative initiatives to address environmental challenges facing western India.

2. Build India’s capacity to advance economic development in an environmentally sustainable way.

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

Program Description

Objective:

To implement a two-day “green hackathon” in Mumbai to develop innovative sustainable technological solutions to environmental challenges common to western India.

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai (PAS Mumbai) seeks proposals for a project entitled “Green Hackathon.” Through this project, a grantee will implement a two-day green hackathon in Mumbai in which up to 40 entrepreneurs, developers, researchers, environmental practitioners, and students will be invited to be mentored by an expert and to work in teams on a proposed technological or other project that addresses an environmental issue. Two proposed projects will be awarded small seed grants for implementation of their winning proposals.

Proposals must detail:

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

1. Logistics for Green Hackathon: The grantee will identify and engage knowledgeable resource persons to serve as mentors to the participants of the two-day hackathon; solicit, review, and select up to 40 hackathon participants representing a range of sectors, such as business people, entrepreneurs, environmental practitioners, researchers, developers, and students; secure an appropriate venue in Mumbai that offers the necessary infrastructural setup, equipment and supplies (such as computers, 3-D printers, laser cutters, CNC router, etc.) for the hackathon activities; arrange meals for all participants during the two-day event; arrange travel and accommodation for participants coming from places outside of greater Mumbai; and arrange for certificates for all participants.

2. Support for Seed Grants and Follow-on Activities: The grantee will work in coordination with U.S. Consulate Mumbai representatives to evaluation the final submissions and select the top two highest ranked projects to receive seed grants of up to $1,000 each. The grantee will award and monitor the seed grants for a period of up to six months by which time project implementation must be complete.

3. Partners: Prospective grantees are encouraged to seek out partners such as businesses, corporate social responsibility programs, and angel investors who will provide additional mentoring and/or additional seed grant funds.

4. 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.

5. 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: $23,000
  • Maximum (“Ceiling”) Award Amount: $25,000

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 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. Consulate General, Mumbai 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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