Empowering Saudi Women through Entrepreneurship in Western Saudi Arabia
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type:
Cooperative Agreement Grant
Category of Funding Activity:
Community Development Employment, Labor and Training
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Western Saudi-based civil-society organizations, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions or similar U.S.-based organizations with a partner organization based in Western Saudi Arabia.
Department of State U.S. Mission to Saudi Arabia
Feb 24, 2021
Apr 30, 2021
Last Updated Date:
Feb 24, 2021
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards:
The U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that limited funding is available through the Consulate’s Public Affairs grants program to support activities that promote U.S.-Saudi bilateral relations in the following priority area: Empowering women in Western Saudi Arabia through entrepreneurship.The U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah requests proposals for projects aimed at empowering women in Western Saudi Arabia through entrepreneurship. While a wide range of project proposals will be considered, successful projects will incorporate many of the following elements:A clearly defined project objective, with specific supporting goals and quantifiable project milestones.A focus on entrepreneurship/accelerator programming that complements, rather than competes with, programs already active in Western Saudi Arabia by reaching currently underserved populations, working in areas where little training is currently offered, or addressing important topics underrepresented in current programs. For example, priority will be given to proposals that include participants from outside of major cities like Jeddah, Medina, and Mecca and/or that focus on fields such as (but not limited to) logistics, construction and real estate, technology, the culinary arts, and entertainment, where Saudi women are traditionally underrepresented.The creation, strengthening, or expansion of a women’s entrepreneurship network that encourages and facilitates the transfer of skills and sharing of resources between members.A mentorship program that aims to accelerate initial success in women-owned Saudi businesses by pairing them with related, successful businesses in the United States in an organized and sustainable fashion.A sustainable strategic plan to provide program participants with knowledge or skills of lasting value and application beyond the term of the project.Use of traditional and innovative educational programs and networking tools in the pursuit of broader goals such as empowering women, economic development, job creation, understanding the value of diversity, business development, acquisition of leadership skills, etc.An integrated project messaging/media plan, designed to amplify the reach of key program messages to Saudi participants who do not participate in the program.An innovative approach that highlights American expertise or U.S.-Saudi partnerships and creates/strengthens networks between Americans and Saudis.
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