Youth Leaders as Change Makers

Organisation:  U.S. Mission to India

Apply By:  11 Jun . 2018

Youth Leaders as Change Makers

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The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section in New Delhi is soliciting proposals for a grant 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: .

Background: U.S. Embassy New Delhi strongly supports initiatives that develop the skills of youth through exchange programs, leadership training and experiential learning, and that connect American and Indian youth through carefully designed linkages. The proposed project will equip youth leaders with skills and direct their initial efforts through workshops and follow-on mentoring. The project will serve to provide young leaders with the skills to promote change in their communities by sensitizing civil society, raising awareness, providing information and advocating for change needed to address issues linked both to India’s major social challenges and to the Embassy’s strategic goals in country. Furthermore, the American Center seeks to identify and engage with those Indian youth who demonstrate the potential to influence their peers. This program will enable the Center to establish a meaningful relationship with these future influencers during their formative stages and, through the creation of the project’s future-leaders network, maintain the relationship into the future.

Program Goals: The goals of this funding opportunity are to:

1. Strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and India through exchange of information, experiences, and expertise, including the showcasing of American best practices.

2. Enhance the capacity of local youth through training and mentorship programs to develop their leadership and problem-solving skills, preparing them to be fully engaged citizens and leaders.

3. Establish enduring relationships with India’s future influencers by engaging with them at an early stage, playing an important role in helping them develop their leadership skills, and assisting in the formation of a future-leaders network that facilitates their staying in contact and providing peer support.

Section II. Youth Leaders as Change Makers

Objective: To organize a series of workshops, follow-on activities, and networks for youth to engage on issues of concern to both India and the United States.

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi (PAS New Delhi) seeks proposals for a project entitled “Youth Leaders as Change Makers.” This project will consist of a series of workshops, follow-on activities and networking platform(s) for youth between the ages of 19-25 to engage with their peers on issues of concerns to both India and the United States.

The selected grantee will be responsible for organizing and implementing three two-day workshops, to be attended by 15-20 youth leaders (45-60 youth leaders in total) on the following three main themes:

  • Female Empowerment
  • Environment
  • Health (including mental health)

The workshops should be held at the American Center in New Delhi. The grantee will identify and invite at least one American-based youth activist who has implemented similar projects in the United States as an expert for each workshop. The activist must also have requisite experience to mentor the program participants throughout their follow-on project. The grantee will also identify and invite (in person or virtually, as appropriate), additional resource persons from India and the United States. Participants should be from Delhi and the NCR region, must demonstrate clear experience or interest in working for social issues and must be able to commit their time not only to participate in the workshop but also spend time in planning and implementing the follow-on activity.

At the end of each workshop, the youth leaders will execute three follow-on activities (one per workshop), which must be completed within six months of the workshop conclusion. The grantee will then submit a report detailing the follow-on projects undertaken (three in total), the audiences reached and the immediate impacts (if any) at the conclusion of each workshop. At the conclusion of the final follow-activity, the grantee will organize a session to bring all the student leaders together to share their experiences and what they have learned. Finally, the grantee will be responsible for creating and launching a networking platform that will enable future communication between the program participants and between the participants and the American Center.

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.

Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application. Registering with 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, 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 ; (2) register with System for Award Management (SAM); (3) register yourself as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR); and (4) be authorized as an AOR by your organization. For more information, go to Please note that your SAM registration must be annually renewed. Failure to renew your SAM registration may prohibit submission of a grant application through

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.

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