“Sport for Change: Empowering Youth Ambassadors to Action” Grant Program for Indian NGOs

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Deadline: 15 July 2019

The U.S. Consulate General. Public Affairs Section in Kolkata is seeking applications for its grant program entitled “Sport for Change: Empowering Youth Ambassadors to Action”.

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  • To organize week-long capacity-building camp for 30 young leaders from underserved or marginalized communities in the states of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Sikkim and the seven North-East states.
  • Provide participants with effective tools to enhance community engagement through the medium of sport;
  • Foster a sense of shared identity and dialogue among the participants; and
  • Empower youth to assume leadership roles to promote a spirit of tolerance and respect in their communities.

Based on funding availability,  PAS Kolkata will support “Sport for Change: Empowering Youth Ambassadors to Action.”  The project will consist of a week-long capacity-building camp for approximately 30 young leaders between the ages of 18-25 years from underserved or marginalized communities in the Kolkata Consular District (West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Sikkim and the seven North-East states).

The camp will be conducted by a minimum of three trainers, preferably from the U.S., who have experience working with marginalized communities and at-risk youth.  The sessions will use the medium of sport, along with “of the field” seminars and discussions, to impart American ideals of leadership, equality, volunteerism, respect, tolerance, and community engagement both on and off the field.  During the camp, the participants will identify topics/themes that they would like to address in their communities.

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Topics can include but not limited to women’s empowerment, promoting inclusion and gender equality, and countering violence..  For instance, there is an increased interest in women’s football due to the Women’s Football World Cup. To capitalize on this enthusiasm, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) signed a “Football for Schools” partnership with an aim of teaching not just football but also life skills to children globally.

The resource persons will serve as mentors and demonstrate how sport is an effective tool to enhance youth engagement in their communities and to address critical social issues.  As a follow-on to the camp, the participants will continue to engage with their mentors through a three-month virtual mentoring program.

By using the train-the-trainer module, the camp will motivate these young leaders to return to their communities and serve as youth ambassadors and engage with other at-risk youth. On completion of the virtual mentoring program, the participants will return for a final workshop to share best practices and lessons learned.

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Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $45,000
  • Award Ceiling: $45,000

Eligibility Criteria

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.

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How to Apply

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