Applications Open for Young Women Transform Prize!

Deadline: 30 April 2018

Applications are open for Young Women Transform Prize to enable youth-led economic empowerment.

USAID is committed to empowering young women and unlocking their potential to transform their communities and the world.  Through the Young Women Transform Prize, USAID will support youth in developing countries to develop their own solutions to advance the economic empowerment of young women in their communities.

Youth unemployment disproportionally affects young women. Globally, only 37 percent of young women participate in the labor force, compared to 54 percent of young men. When young women are excluded from economic opportunities, gender inequality is reinforced and they are less able to invest in their own health, education and safety – and that of their children. The factors contributing to this economic gender divide include limited opportunities for young women to access quality education and workforce skills training; gender-based violence while traveling to or while at work; and barriers to joining traditionally male-dominated, higher-paying professions.

Prizes

  • Prizes of $15,000 to $35,000 will be awarded to grassroots youth-led or youth-serving organizations in low- or middle-income countries to address long-standing barriers to young women’s employment.
  • Two types of prizes will be awarded:
    • Creation Prize of up to $35,000 each: to support the development and implementation of activities with the potential to broaden young women’s access to, and choice over, employment and economic security, with a focus on collecting and disseminating learning; and
    • Recognition Prize of $15,000 each: to recognize innovative strategies that have improved young women’s economic opportunities, and collect and share learning from that innovation.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This RFA is issued to ensure that all interested and qualified organizations have a fair opportunity to submit applications for funding. All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law.
  • Eligible Entities
    • Youth-serving or youth-led organizations working in a low-or middle-income country, except Egypt and Jordan.
  • Ineligible Entities
    • Government entities or officers.
    • Any entity that proposes a fee or profit on the proposed activity.
    • Private foundations established for estate-managing purposes.
    • YouthPower Learning subcontractors.
    • Political parties, groupings, or institutions or their subsidiaries and affiliates.
    • Organizations that advocate, espouse, or promote anti-democratic policies or illegal activities.
    • Faith-based organizations whose objectives are for discriminatory and religious purposes, and whose main objective of the grant is of a religious nature.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Young Women Transform Prize.

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