Grant Opportunities

U.S. Mission to India seeking Applications for COVID-19 Small Grants Program

U.S. Mission to India seeking Applications for COVID-19 Small Grants Program

Deadline: 30 September 2020

The Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Mission to India, comprising the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and the Consulates General in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and North India, is soliciting proposals for a cooperative agreement 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 support effective coalitions that will bolster and leverage U.S.-India collaboration across a range of fields to fight COVID-19, in India and globally. Potential grantees should be able to implement a small-grants program to promote innovation in addressing COVID-19, encourage partnerships between U.S. and Indian institutions and organizations in combating COVID-19, and facilitate joint action that makes a difference against the disease.

The grant will provide resources for a grantee to manage and administer small grants to stakeholders from government organizations, non-profits, think tanks, academic institutions, incubators and accelerators, in close coordination with the U.S. Mission to India. The grantee will be required to solicit proposals that contribute to and/or build upon initiatives that counter the impact of COVID-19 on Indian society, U.S.-India cooperation, and wider communities across the Indo-Pacific region.

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Projects may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Support accurate and authentic public messaging on COVID-19 topics to combat misinformation, such as official CDC/HHS information that can be shared by civil society/NGOs in English, Hindi, and other vernacular languages.
Help and build capacity of local NGOs to engage communities in virtual/online conversations, given current public gathering restrictions (e.g. virtual speaker program on how NGOs can support community resilience and recovery in the aftermath of a pandemic).
Encourage academic and R&D institutions, business associations, and NGOs to either forge new partnerships with U.S. institutions and organizations, or further strengthen and expand existing ones, for intensive collaboration in innovation, entrepreneurship, business development, and public-private partnership in order to advance new public health solutions.
Organize capacity-building workshops, mentoring programs, and webinars for startups and innovators working in the field of COVID-19 to maintain strong operations during this challenging time, enhance competitiveness, and better prepare the startup network in India to successfully engage with partners, investors and governments to develop effective public health solutions. Bring into the effort U.S. institutions, mentors and expertise, to help lead capacity-building exercises.
Other project ideas that promote U.S.-India cooperation in combatting COVID-19.
Goal: To strengthen and expand U.S.-India collaboration in fighting COVID-19, and on multiple fronts. Funded projects will illustrate how joint effort by U.S. and Indian leaders, innovators, institutions and businesses help to overcome the common challenge of COVID-19. Results will include new or expanded agreements among partnering institutions, delivery of goods and services that protect vulnerable communities in the fight against COVID-19, and institutional changes that better enable organizations to address COVID-19 challenges in India, the United States, and across the Indo-Pacific region. Results will further include increased U.S.-India partnership generally, across fields including education, entrepreneurship, and business development, for a future beyond the current COVID-19 challenge.

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Objectives: The grantee must first facilitate sub-grantee applications and, in consultation with the U.S. Mission to India, identify at least five specific and time-bound projects for support through small grants awards. These projects should both address the challenge of COVID-19 and strengthen U.S.-India ties through concrete collaboration/joint research between Indian and U.S. organizations. Project should bring together Indian participants for workshops, mentoring exercises and networking involving U.S. subject matter experts; and support Indian institutions serving as “talent aggregators” in bringing together startups and innovators working on solutions to COVID-19 related challenges.


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At least three to five sub-grantee projects that clearly demonstrate U.S.-India collaboration in direct response to COVID-19. Collaborations could address COVID-19 research, institutional capacity building, community empowerment, etc.; and/or
At least two sub-grantee projects that bring together new collaborators from the startup, entrepreneur and general business community, together with researchers, to advance innovation against COVID-19. Solutions developed in response to COVID-19 should include either medical-product concepts and feasible manufacturing plans, but also public awareness programs, or similar campaigns.
Funding Information

Maximum Award Amount: $100,000

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The primary beneficiaries of this project, which applicants should target in their proposal, comprise two groups: (1) vulnerable communities suffering from COVID-19 misinformation are a high priority of this project; (2) this project should also focus on Indian entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers, academicians, press/media representatives, and civil society activists located in either a particular region or across India. All or most of these participants should be involved in or have a stake in quickly developing solutions to the challenges presented by COVID-19, over the next 12 months. Beneficiaries may include individuals and organizations seeking to upgrade capabilities and skills and adopt best practices from U.S. institutions, organizations and experts, in “innovating against” COVID-19.

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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 notis not required for this funding opportunity.
Pre-award costs are not an allowable expense for this funding opportunity.
This award does not allow:
Programs relating to partisan political activity;
Charitable or development activities;
Construction programs;
Programs that support specific religious activities;
Fund-raising campaigns;
Lobbying for specific legislation or programs
Scientific research or surveys;
Commercial projects;
Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization;
Programs that duplicate existing programs; or
Illegal activities
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