Academy for Women Entrepreneurs LESA

The summary for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs LESA grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the US Mission to South Africa, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
Academy for Women Entrepreneurs LESA: Academy for Women Entrepreneurs LESA (Lesotho, Eswatini and South Africa)The U.S. Mission to South Africa announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs, a 5-month program to train women entrepreneurs based in South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini. The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is a program of the U.S. Department of State and Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management. The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs LESA (Lesotho, Eswatini and South Africa) program is centered on the Francis and Dionne Najafi 100 Million Learners Global Initiative, an accredited online global management and entrepreneurship certificate consisting of five world-class courses and available to learners across the globe.Applicants for this notice of funding opportunity will support cohorts of women entrepreneurs in seven cities – five in South Africa and one each in Lesotho and Eswatini. The cohorts will attend virtual and in-person events at American Spaces in each location. For participation in the 100 Million Learners program, the applicant will work with the U.S. Embassy to identify an in-person alumni facilitator in each city to lead the participants. The AWE LESA program focuses on the 18-module foundation course which has particular focus on global entrepreneurship and innovation.Facilitators will also lead in-person discussions and serve as mentors for program participants. There are a total of 18 sessions taking place on a weekly basis. Facilitators may be alumni of related U.S. government programs and should be selected in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General. Facilitators will attend pre-program training and orientation. The eventual implementing partner will also need to run a program launch, graduation event as well as a pitch practice session in each city.Upon graduation, the implementing partner will work with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to administer the USADF (United States Africa Development Fund) funding competition to graduates of the program who wish to apply and support the application review process. This competition is run on an annual basis and is subject to the availability of funds.----------------------------------------Please read the full announcement-------------------------------------------
Federal Grant Title: Academy for Women Entrepreneurs LESA
Federal Agency Name: US Mission to South Africa (DOS-ZAF)
Grant Categories: Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification)
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: PDS-ZAF-FY24-04
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 19.022
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: April 26th, 2024
Original Application Deadline: April 26th, 2024
Posted Date: March 6th, 2024
Creation Date: March 6th, 2024
Archive Date: May 26th, 2024
Total Program Funding: $119,190
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $119,190
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $25,000
Expected Number of Awards: 2
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: March 6th, 2024
Category Explanation
Public Diplomacy program
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification.)
Additional Information on Eligibility
Only non-profit South African or U.S. organizations with proven on-the-ground implementation capability in South Africa are eligible to apply. This includes non-profit think tanks, civil society/non-governmental organizations, and public and private educational institutions.
Link to Full Grant Announcement
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