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U.S. Mission to India: Road from the Indo-Pacific Business Forum Speakers Series

U.S. Mission to India: Road from the Indo-Pacific Business Forum Speakers Series

Deadline: 19 May 2020

The U.S. Consulate General, Public Affairs Section in Mumbai is soliciting proposals 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.

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This funding opportunity seeks to influence business leaders and policy makers toward more favorable regulatory policies by leveraging successful U.S. businesspeople, especially notable Indian-Americans, to engage senior business leaders and members of indigenous Chambers of Commerce. By facilitating the speaking engagements of business leaders, the program will offer key local audiences with credible third-party voices on how open market reforms can bring tremendous economic benefits to Indian stakeholders.

The proposed project aims to flood the information space with expert opinions targeting Mumbai’s most influential members of the business community. Free trade experts from the United States will engage these influencers in small forums at regular intervals, providing anecdotal, quantitative, and qualitative data that can be used to convince policymakers why the business community, banking and financial officials, and other advisers desire an opening up of both U.S. and Indian markets to two-way trade.

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Project Goal: Government and elected officials begin publicly pushing for and taking action toward economic regulatory reforms favorable to U.S. interests.

Project Objectives: Over the course of a year, bi-monthly (one every two months) expert speaker engagements reach 100 or more well-placed, highly-influential trade and industry insiders with compelling anecdotes and data. The target audience then shares these facts across the media landscape and engage in private conversations urging reforms with established policymakers, resulting in: reforms favorable to U.S. industry; publicly expressed openness to further negotiation on specific reforms; and a shift in tenor of media coverage toward the U.S.-India trade relationship, especially those media closely aligned with the ruling party.

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Project Deliverables

Six executive-level speakers from the United States engage with influential Indian audiences.
Speakers cumulatively engage over 1,000 influencers during their visits.
Funding Information

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Maximum Award Amount: $50,000
Minimum Award Amount: $10,000
Eligibility Criteria

The following organizations are eligible to apply:
Not-for-profit organizations
Civil society/non-governmental organizations
Think tanks
Public and private educational institutions
Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions
Please choose organization nationality and type: International Not-for-Profit Organization.
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 or matching is not required for this funding opportunity.
Pre-award costs are not an allowable expense for this funding opportunity.
Applicants must ensure:

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All documents are in English
All budgets are in U.S. dollars and calculated @ USD 1 = INR 68
All pages are numbered
All materials are submitted in .pdf format
Applicant has read the Standard Terms and Conditions applicable to all Grants and Cooperative agreements. Included in the package here.
Forms SF-424, SF-424A and SF-424B are completed and submitted with the application. These forms are included in the package.
Applicants submitting proposals over $100,000 must also submit Standard Form LLL (SF-LLL), Disclosure of Lobbying Activities.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325639

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