Applications invited for Hands on the Future: A Making and Computer Coding Skill-building Program for Women

Applications invited for Hands on the Future: A Making and Computer Coding Skill-building Program for Women

Organization: U.S. Mission to India

Apply By: 31 Jul 2019

Grant Amount: 36000 USD

About the organization

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi is one of the largest U.S. diplomatic missions in the world, a reflection of the importance the United States places on its relationship with India. The Embassy represents 17 U.S. federal government agencies, from the U.S. Department of State to the Federal Aviation Administration.  The Embassy coordinates the activities of four consulates — in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad – ensuring that the U.S.-India relationship is strong throughout the country

About the grant

The REPS Office of the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section seeks proposals for a program entitled “Hands on the Future: A Making and Computer Coding Skill-building Program for Women.”  This program will consist of a needs assessment of the making and computer coding ecosystems of New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai and a series of no-cost training classes in those cities.  Please note that they anticipate the completion of the needs assessments in those four cities as the grantee’s first step, with the information gleaned from the needs assessment helping to shape the design of the 4 classes in each city.  For example, a documented need for coding courses in Chennai may not be as high a priority in Mumbai, where perhaps other organizations are offering free or low-cost coding courses to the same audience that “Hands on the Future” targets.

About the Cause

The U.S. Embassy New Delhi supports the adage that “the future is female,” and they believe that putting tools and knowledge in the hands of capable young women can help to build a dynamic future for India, as well as supporting a generation of women leaders who will be strong forces for good in maintaining the U.S./India relationship.  They encourage women’s empowerment through skill-building in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and entrepreneurship, helping Indian women leverage socioeconomically and bringing them into the mainstream of society.  Indian young women have a disproportionately low level of participation in STEM fields, compared with young men, and this is particularly the case for young women who come from low-middle income economic backgrounds. 

About the Project

“Hands on the Future: A Making and Computer Coding Skill-building Program for Women,” an initiative of the Regional Public Engagement Specialist (REPS) Office within the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS), seeks to fill this gap through participatory skill-building programs for young women from low/medium income communities.  The program will engage target audiences of young women (18-23 years of age), primarily university students, who have a demonstrated prior interest in STEM fields and are seeking to build tangible skills to make them more competitive in the workforce, encouraging them to develop their innovative ideas into viable products/services. 

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

  • Through needs assessments in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai, learn more about specific gap areas where American Center resources and services can best support young women’s development in STEM areas.
  • Leverage the resources and contacts of our American Centers to help young women working in STEM increase their confidence, build networks, and enhance their skills.

The grantee will:

  • Produce a needs assessment report of the making/computer coding ecosystems in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai, determining where there are gap areas for free/low-cost making/computer coding skills development training for the target audience.
  • Select approximately 30 participants in each city, as well as a minimum of one course facilitator per city, develop, and execute a series of 4 intensive classes at American Centers in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai.
  • Informed by the needs assessment, create a written making/coding curriculum for each city that addresses the highest priority needs.  We see these 4 initial courses in each city as a means of further honing in on the needs and behaviors our target audience of young women.   We welcome existing curricula that to which applicants may have access, and we also can assist in connecting the grantee with existing course curricula that may be suitable for the classes

Funding Type and Amount:  Grant/cooperative agreement

  • Minimum (“Floor”) Award Amount:  $ 25,000
  • Maximum (“Ceiling”) Award Amount:  $ 36,000


  • 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.
  • Cost sharing is not required for this funding opportunity.
  • Pre-award costs are not an allowable expense for this funding opportunity. 
  • This award does not allow for construction activities or costs.
  • U.S. Embassy New Delhi 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

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