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Afghan Women’s Empowerment Grant Program

October 20, 2011

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The Afghan Women’s Empowerment (AWE) Grants Program is a United States Government initiative, launched in 2009, designed to fund worthy projects that promote women’s advancement in Afghanistan.  AWE grants are intended for civil society organizations, including non-governmental organizations and universities.  Funding is available for Afghan-led projects that increase women’s participation in political life.  The guidebook you are now reading is intended to provide you and your organization with information on the following: the strategic planning process, including some exercises that will help you decide whether you should consider applying for an AWE grant; organizational development; financial management; and funding sources and financial sustainability.  The final section will provide you with guidance on applying for a grant.

Afghan Women’s Empowerment Grant Program

The Afghan Women’s Empowerment Grant Program currently is not accepting proposals. Please check our website after November 1, 2011 for information about future calls for proposals.

What is the Afghan Women’s Empowerment Grant Program?

The Afghan Women’s Empowerment (AWE) Grant Program is a U.S. Government initiative, launched in 2009 by the U.S. Embassy’s Political Section. The AWE program provides quick-impact grants to civil society organizations to undertake projects advancing women’s participation in the political sphere.

What kind of grant proposals can AWE support?

AWE supports grant proposals that fulfill one or more of the following objectives:

  1. Encouraging women’s participation in Afghanistan’s political realm
  2. Increasing women’s advocacy for legislative change
  3. Raising women’s awareness of their constitutional rights within Afghanistan’s complex legal traditions
  4. Developing women’s leadership, networking, and advocacy skills

Who can apply for an AWE grant?

AWE grants are intended for civil society organizations, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and universities, to undertake projects advancing women’s participation in political life. Organizations applying for an AWE grant should be Afghan-led. In addition, AWE will only accept applications from non-partisan organizations that are not working on behalf of a specific political party or lobbying for a particular political agenda.

What are the selection criteria for AWE applications?

Each application will be evaluated by a selection committee of U.S. Embassy Kabul employees. The selection criteria are as follows:

  • The project supports one or more of the AWE priorities outlined above
  • The award amount is $5,000-$50,000
  • The project has a clear plan with a tangible outcome.
  • The organization has demonstrated that they have the technical capacity, organizational capability, and leadership to carry out the project.
  • The costs are reasonable, allowable, and allocatable and the proposal is cost effective.
  • The project is scheduled to be completed in one year or less.

Source : http://kabul.usembassy.gov

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