Empowering Women in IT


The Office of Press and Public Diplomacy of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA) of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to administer the Empowering Women in IT program. This program seeks to help young women in the countries of South and Central Asia to use their technical skills and abilities in the IT field to obtain employment or pursue entrepreneurial activities. The countries of South and Central Asia are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. This program reflects and supports the foreign policy goals of the United States. SCA seeks proposals from nonprofit organizations for the development and implementation of this program. Proposals can focus on helping young women gain employment at existing IT or technology firms, on helping young women establish their own IT or technology firms, or both of these areas. To this end, applicants are expected to help program participants gain soft or business skills, such as interviewing, networking, leadership, and/or business planning. This program is not intended to provide training in technical IT skills such as programming, coding, or network administration.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 08/19/2015 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of State
Office: Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreement
Number of Awards Available
Other Categories
Public Diplomacy
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
• Eligibility for U.S. institutions is limited to not-for-profit organizations subject to 501 (c) (3) of the tax code. • The lead institution must be registered in the System for Award Management SAM located at www.sam.gov prior to submitting an application or plan; and maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by an agency.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program does not have cost sharing or matching requirements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Headquarters Office
Ellen Delage, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
E-mail Address
Financial Information
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards range from $150,000.00 to $175,000.00


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