U.S. Mission to India Alumni Mentorship Program for Youth Leaders in Environment Conservation

Organisation:  U.S. Consulate General Mumbai

Apply By:  13 Jun . 2018


Funding Opportunity Title:  M-NOFO-18-103:  Alumni Mentorship Program for Youth Leaders in Environment Conservation

CFDA Number: 19.040 - Public Diplomacy Programs

Contact:  Grant Applications Manager, U.S. Consulate, Mumbai

Email:  MumbaiPublicAffairs@state.gov

Application Open Date:  4/13/2018


Application End Date:


11:59 pm midnight Washington, DC







For the purposes of determining if an award is submitted on time, we will utilize the time-stamp provided by Grants.gov. This deadline is firm and is not a rolling deadline. If organizations fail to meet the deadline noted above their application will be considered ineligible and will not be considered for funding.


Section I. Funding Opportunity Description


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/


Background:  U.S. Consulate Mumbai supports former U.S. State Department exchange program participants, known as “alumni,” to leverage their U.S. experience to advance bilateral goals.  With high levels of air, water, and other pollution, India needs innovative solutions to solve its environmental challenges in a manner that balances economic growth and job creation with a clean environment.  India’s youth – 65 percent of the population is under age 35 – are a motivated yet untapped resource to help advance this objective, but most lack the necessary skills and expertise in the field to have a meaningful impact in their own communities.   

U.S. exchange program alumni in western India (Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra) can help bridge this gap by using their public- and private-sector environmental expertise and experience to mentor youth interested in tackling local environmental challenges.  Over a period of nine months, this program will match experienced U.S. exchange alumni with youth leaders to help them develop and carry out effective solutions for environmental challenges through a series of three workshops, individual mentoring, and project implementation funds for three winning project proposals. 

Program Goals: 

  1. Strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and India through exchange of information, experiences and expertise.
  2. Strengthen India’s capacity to respond to environmental challenges with innovative sustainable solutions.
  3. Engage with U.S. alumni in western India to share their U.S. exchange experience and professional expertise with youth leaders.
    1. Increase the capacity of India to address its challenges and prepare it for the future by providing youth with entrepreneurial and problem-solving skills.


Section II.  Alumni Mentorship Program for Youth Leaders in Environment Conservation


Objectives: To implement a nine-month mentorship program for U.S. exchange alumni in western India.  


The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai (PAS Mumbai) seeks proposals for a project entitled “Alumni Mentorship Program for Youth Leaders in Environment Conservation.”  Under this project, the grantee will organize a six-month mentorship program in which 15 youth mentees will be matched with five U.S. exchange alumni from western India. The six-month program will comprise of three capacity-building workshops held in Mumbai, ongoing mentoring as participants develop environmental project proposals, a pitching session at which three winning proposals are selected for seed funding, followed by three months’ implementation of the winning community-level environmental projects. The winning projects may take place in any of the western Indian states of Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra. 


PAS Mumbai will work with the grantee to select five mentors from a list of available alumni with expertise and experience in environmental issues. The grantee will identify 15 qualified youth (aged 20-35) as mentees from Mumbai.  At a combined Workshop One/Launch Ceremony, each mentor will be matched with three youth mentees, and mentors will help youth to identify a local environmental challenge, select a project scope, and outline an achievable solution.  Mentors will engage with mentees at two additional workshops within three months participating in leadership building and skills development sessions conducted by other expert alumni.  During this entire period, mentors will be available to connect with their mentees in person, via phone, email, and virtual meetings.  Mentoring will include such themes as how to raise local awareness of the issue, how to gain local support, how to recruit volunteers, and how to educate the community to maintain the solutions being implemented.  At the Closing Ceremony, each mentee (individually or in a group) will present a project before a panel of judges, and the top three (individuals or groups) will be selected.  Each winning project will receive up to $3,000 for implementation, and the project youth will have three months to implement it under the continuing guidance of their exchange alumni mentors. 


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. Selection of Mentors/Mentees: In consultation with PAS Mumbai, the grantee will select five Mumbai-based alumni mentors with expertise and experience in environmental issues. The grantee will also recommend and/or select from their existing network 15 mentees who are youth leaders residing in Mumbai including those from NGOs or student groups working on the issue of environment. 
  2. Training and Mentorship Workshop: The grantee will organize an opening ceremony and implement three one-day workshops in Mumbai. The first workshop will be held in conjunction with the opening ceremony. The grantee will work with PAS Mumbai to identify two alumni to lead the first and second workshop, and the grantee will identify two non-alumni subject matter experts based in Mumbai to lead the third workshop. The grantee will be responsible for all elements of the mentors/mentees’ participation in the workshops including local travel as well as inter-city travel and accommodations for the outstation alumni. The grantee will be responsible for all elements of the workshops including drafting the workshop agendas, identifying and securing workshop venue(s) and arranging A/V equipment, food and beverage, and stationery materials for all mentors and mentees, as may be necessary. PAS Mumbai will provide approval of the final agenda. The grantee will also monitor the follow-on mentorship during the project proposal development phase. 
  3. Award/Closing Ceremony: The grantee will coordinate with PAS Mumbai to identify and secure a venue and arrange A/V support as well as food and beverage for the closing/award ceremony; arrange photography/videography for the event; organize a panel of Mumbai-based judges to select the three winning projects; and coordinate with the consulate for media coverage of the event.
  4. Oversight of Winning Projects: The grantee will be responsible for monitoring and reporting on the community-level environmental projects, and will manage the disbursal/procurement process for the selected projects on behalf of the participating mentees. 
  5. Traditional and/or social media plan for amplification and advertisement of the program activities and outcomes: The grantee should submit a media plan to amplify the project, including the USG role in supporting the project. Appropriate press/social media activities should be recommended in coordination with the program activities throughout the program. When appropriate, PAS Mumbai will amplify activities through PAS-sponsored social media platforms. 
  6. Monitoring and evaluation plan: The grantee will be responsible for submitting a detailed monitoring and evaluation plan for all components of the program. The grantee will brief PAS Mumbai periodically on the qualitative and quantitative progress of the project implementation. 


Section III. Award Information


1. Funding Type and Amount:  Grant/cooperative agreement

  • Minimum (“Floor”) Award Amount:  $16,000
  • 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 of the designated grants officer.


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


Section IV. 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.


  1. Cost sharing or matching is not required for this funding opportunity.


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


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


  1. U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai 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 http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform and an active SAM registration (www.SAM.gov). 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.


Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. Registering with Grants.gov is a one-time process; however, it may take weeks to have the registration validated and confirmed. Please begin the registration process immediately to ensure that the process is completed well in advance of the deadline for applications. Until that process is complete, you will not be issued a user password for Grants.gov, which is required for application submission.


There are four steps that you must complete before you are able to register:

(1) obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (if your organization does not have one already) by visiting http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform ;

(2) register with System for Award Management (SAM) www.SAM.gov;

(3) register yourself as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR); and

(4) be authorized as an AOR by your organization.


For more information, go to www.grants.gov. Please note that your SAM registration must be annually renewed. Failure to renew your SAM registration may prohibit submission of a grant application through Grants.gov.


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.


Section V. 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 https://statebuy.state.gov/fa/Pages/Forms.aspx.


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


We recommend that you submit your program proposal using “Suggested Application format” template (Attachment A) and detailed budget using “Suggested Budget Spreadsheet” template (Attachment B). Feel free to submit additional information as you deem necessary.


  • Budget Narrative: The budget narrative supplements the information provided in the budget spreadsheet and justifies how the budget cost elements are necessary to implement project objectives and accomplish the project goals. Together, the budget narrative and spreadsheets should provide a complete financial and qualitative description that supports the proposed project plan and should be directly relatable to the specific project components described in the applicant’s proposal.


  • Letters of Intent: If local partnerships are included as part of the proposal, applicants must include a letter of intent between all partners as part of their application. The letters must identify the type of relationship to be entered into (formal or informal), the roles and responsibilities of each partner in relation to the proposed project activities, and the expected result of the partnership.  The individual letters should not exceed 1 page in length.


  • Proof of Non-profit Status: Documentation to demonstrate the applicant’s non-profit status (e.g. U.S.-based organizations should submit a copy of their IRS determination letter, Indian organizations should provide a copy of their NGO status).


The U.S. Embassy reserves the right to request additional programmatic and financial information regarding the proposal.


Questions: For questions on this solicitation please contact Grants Applications Manager, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai, India, at:MumbaiPublicAffairs@state.gov


All application materials must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov. If you are unable to submit your proposal on grants.gov, you may submit via email at ND_GrantApplications@state.gov before the deadline.  The subject line should be as follows -- Applicant Organization name – MNOFO-18-103: Alumni Mentorship Program for Youth Leaders in Environment Conservation


For questions relating to grants.gov, please contact them at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov.


Section VI. Review and Selection Process


1.  Criteria.  Each application submitted under this announcement will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the criteria enumerated in Section VII below. The criteria are designed to assess the quality of the proposed project, and to determine the likelihood of its success.


2.  Acknowledgement of receipt.  Applicants will receive acknowledgment of receipt of their proposal.


3.  Review.  A technical review panel will review the proposal and based upon the criteria noted in Section VII.  A determination will be made regarding the program’s proposed area of activity and the Mission’s strategic goals, and those proposals that are the best fit will be given additional consideration.


4.  Follow up notification.  Applicants will generally be notified within 90 days after the NOFO deadline regarding the results of the review panel.


Section VII. Application Evaluation Criteria


1. Completeness of Proposal.  The proposal meets all of the outstanding technical and logistical criteria required in this cooperative agreement, addressing the objectives as noted in Section II above.  (20 points)


2. Innovation.  Applicant clearly describes how its proposal will address the requested program within the proposed time frame and articulates an innovative strategy or plan. (10 points)


3. Institutional and organizational capacity.  The organization and any partners demonstrate subject matter expertise in the form and content of the proposal, and in organizing and managing the project.  (20 points)


4. Budget and narrative justification.  The budget and narrative justification are complete and reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results. The cost estimates are realistic. (20 points)


5. Monitoring and evaluation.  The proposal outlines in detail how program success and impact will be determined, and may include pre and post program analysis.  (15 points)


6.  Sustainability.  The project demonstrates sustainable capacity and relationship building between the Indian and American organizations, as appropriate. The proposal describes how activities will be carried on after the program ends and may include (but not be limited to) continued involvement of stakeholders; future commitment of funding; on-going training; planned meetings of program participants.  (15 points)


Section VIII. Award Administration


1.  Award notices: The grant or cooperative agreement award shall be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the Grants Officer, who is the U.S. government official delegated the authority by the U.S. Department of State Procurement Executive to write, award, and administer grants and cooperative agreements. The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document and will be provided to the recipient. The awardee will interact with a designated Grants Officer Representative (GOR).


2.   Reporting requirements:  All awards issued under this announcement require both program and financial reports on a frequency specified in the award agreement. The disbursement of funds will be tied to the timely submission of these reports. All details related to award administration will be specified in the award agreement. The point of contact for questions or issues related to the administration of the grant/cooperative agreement will be specified in the award agreement.




Attachment A




1.1 Applicant Name

a. Legal Name (as in Bank Account):

b. Address:

c. City/Town:

d. District:

e. State:

f. Zip/Pin Code:

g. Website:

h. Other Info. (if any):



1.2 Point of Contact

a. Last Name:

b. First Name:

c. Tel:

d. Cell:

E. E-mail

d. Fax




2.1 Description



2.2 Key Personnel



2.3 Project Partner(s)



2.4 Past Grants (U.S. Embassy, Department of State, Other)



2.5 Strengths and Capacity of Organization




3.1 Project Information

a. Project Name:

b. Duration (months):

c. Start Date: Click here to enter a date.

d. End Date: Click here to enter a date.


3.2 Executive Summary



3.3 Project Justification



3.4 Project Goal and Objectives



3.5 Project Innovation



3.6 Project Activities



3.7 Project Accomplishments (Milestones)



3.8 Monitoring and Evaluation Plan



3.9 Sustainability




 4.1 (See Attachment B:  Suggested Grant Proposal Budget Worksheet to submit your Detailed Budget submission)

  • Total Funding applied for: $____________________  (must match with Attachment B)
  • Total Recipient share (if any)$ __________________ (must match with Attachment B)


4.2 Budget Narratives and other Remarks (if any)





Key Personnel:  Name of the organization, address, phone/fax number/e-mail address, name and title of director (or person who is to sign the grant/cooperative agreement) and other significant staff members, particularly those who will be involved in the project and budget specifics. Provide an executive summary of the project description (no more than one page) with reference to the amount and duration of the funding request.


Description of Organization:  Applicants must submit a full description of the organization and its expertise to organize and manage all aspects of this particular project. This applies to all proposed project partner as well.


Justification:  This is a very important aspect of the proposal and applicants should pay particular attention to it. Define what the project will accomplish, and how will it benefit stakeholders. Please do not exceed one page.


Activities:  Outline a plan of action that describes the scope and detail of how the proposed work will be accomplished. Provide an overview of the full sequence of proposed project activities, including beginning and end dates and locations of events. Account for all functions or activities identified in the application. 


Accomplishments, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Sustainability:  Provide quantitative monthly or quarterly projections of the accomplishments to be achieved for each function or activity. When accomplishments cannot be quantified by activity or function, list them in chronological order to show the schedule of accomplishments and their target dates. Describe how you plan to monitor progress, and determine overall success and impact of the program. Note how you expect the impact of the project will be sustained over time, and by whom.


Budget:  Please refer to Attachment B “Suggested Grant Proposal Budget Worksheet.” Provide a detailed budget of every cost associated with the project. The more information and detail that you provide about the proposed budget, with a budget narrative, the better we can determine the viability and completeness of your proposal. For the budget line item “indirect costs” or “administrative overhead,” any figure you provide without a specific breakout will be returned for additional information or rejected. If your organization has an approved “Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement” or NICRA, please note that on your application and provide supporting documentation. Please also include the types and amounts of funding your organization has already received for the current project. Budgets must be calculated in U.S. dollars. Please note that the Fly America Act requires that anyone whose air travel is financed by U.S. Government funds to utilize the economy class services of a U.S. flag carrier.




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