USAID’s DAI/Promote: Women in the Economy Program for Afghanistan

Deadline: 12 October 2017

The United States Agency for international Development (USAID) is seeking applications for “DAI/Promote: Women in the Economy Program” with an aim to increase their participation in the economy by securing employment or advancing in their careers, and with women-owned businesses, or businesses that employ 10% or more women to grow their revenues.

Funding Information

  • Subject to the availability of funds, DAI anticipates awarding grants to one or more businesses, up to a value of AFN 400,000.00 per grant application.
  • The final award amount will be dependent on grant activities and cost discussions and, with Chief of Party approval, may be higher.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This RFA is issued as a public notice to ensure that all interested and qualified businesses have a fair opportunity to submit applications for funding. Eligibility requirements include the following:
    • Must be a registered business in the WIE Businesses Directory
    • Must be legally registered with the Government of Afghanistan.
  • WIE can support any private business that is woman-owned or has at least a 10% female workforce that meets the eligibility requirements outlined above, regardless of sector and size, and can demonstrates potential for growth and revenue increase resulting from WIE assistance.
  • WIE has no sector-specific requirements subject to the funding restrictions identified in Section IV(C). Businesses may receive up to three (3) grant awards resulting from this RFA for various services, which shall be implemented consecutively, upon approval of the COP.
  • Cost share is required under the Business Services Grants Program and grant applicants must demonstrate commitment toward the objectives of the proposed project through a cost contribution in their proposed grant activity.
  • The purpose of cost-sharing is to leverage additional resources towards achieving WIE’s objectives, to give grant recipients a stake in the outcome of the activity, and to promote sustainability. WIE intends to contribute 75% of the total cost of services, with 25% of the total cost to be contributed by applicant businesses.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted electronically via given website.

Eligibility Country: Afghanistan

For more information, please visit Women in the Economy Program.

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