Social Entrepreneurship Capacity Building


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 Social Entrepreneurship Capacity Building program. This program seeks to build the ability of NGOs and other social entrepreneurs in the countries of South and Central Asia to create sustainable business models for their organizations. 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. Once the award is made, the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs will coordinate with the implementing partner on the participating organizations to receive capacity building. For each organization receiving assistance under this grant, the implementing partner will be required to conduct an assessment of the organization’s current capacity and sustainability, develop an improvement plan with clear milestones, and guide the organization in the implementation of that improvement plan. Organizations receiving capacity building from the recipient under this grant may operate on a non-profit or for-profit basis. Areas which may require improvement include but are not limited to strategic planning, operational planning, marketing/fundraising, market analysis, and/or financial management.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 08/20/2015 (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 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 $175,000.00 to $200,000.00


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