US Embassy announces Funding to carry out New Cohort of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs
The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe under the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a new cohort of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE).
The Public Diplomacy Section invites proposals from non-profit organizations, civil society organizations, and U.S. government alumni organizations to design and implement an entrepreneurship program that equips women entrepreneurs with skills and knowledge to grow their businesses and adapt to adverse economic situations while growing a local network of women-led businesses. The intended program should empower women entrepreneurs to realize their full economic potential.
The proposals should meet the following objectives:
Increase participants understanding of business planning, and scaling up operations,
Connect participants with U.S. based business experts and share U.S. models of running enterprises,
Build a network of female entrepreneurs that is committed to supporting and promoting relationships that help grow businesses and drive local partnerships, and
Equip participants with skills and knowledge to build sustainable businesses.
Length of performance period: 8-12 months from date of award.
Number of awards anticipated: One award
Total available funding: $10,000-30,000
Anticipated program start date: January 2023
Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months or less.
Participants and Audiences
The AWE program targets current or future women business owners in Zimbabwe. AWE participants should commit to complete the program, have proven computer skills, and have access to the Internet or a reliable data connection.
Applicants are encouraged to develop programs for underrepresented populations, niche business sectors, or areas of potential growth.
The following organizations are eligible to apply:
Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks, civil society, and non-governmental organizations
Business development organizations registered as non-profits
United States government alumni organizations
For more information, visit https://zw.usembassy.gov/embassy-grant-opportunities/