The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is funding the YouthPower Learning Grants program, which is implemented by Making Cents International. The objective of this program is to assess, evaluation, document and disseminate innovative work in positive youth development and cross-sectoral youth programming.
Under this program, YouthPower has launched the Young Women Transform Prize: Enabling Youth-led Economic Empowerment for innovations that help to remove barriers to young women’s economic empowerment. The Volvo Group and StandardChartered are also the partners of this Prize.
The overall funding available for this Prize is US $210,000 and it is expected to give away around 10 individual grants. The final amount of each grant will be dependent upon grant activities and final negotiation.
The minimum grant to be provided will not be lower than US $15,000 and not higher than US $35,000. The total duration of the project will not be more than 12 months.
The deadline to submit the application is 30 April 2018.
A useful feature of this grant is that there are no cost-sharing requirements. This means that the grant will cover the full budget requested and you are not required to source any partial funding from another donor agency or yourself.
Eligible organizations can submit applications for this grant without completing the registration at the System for Award Management (SAM) but in order to receive the grant award, it is necessary to register yourself. For now, you can simply complete the application form and submit it. At a later time, you can complete the SAM registration as it is a bit complex process and the awarded organizations have to obtain the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number to register for it.
There are actually two types of prizes under this funding opportunity, although the overall objective of both the prizes is to collect and share learning and capturing new evidence and approaches to improve young women’s economic opportunities.
- Creation Prize of up to $35,000 each: to support the development and implementation of activities with the potential to broaden young women