How to write a Proposal for One Woman Initiative

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The “One Woman Initiative” is an international fund for NGOs focused upon empowering women in Muslim-majority countries by providing them training, technology, information and facilitating microlending and advocacy of their basic rights. The “One Woman Initiative” has been supported by the USAID and US State Department and it is managed by CAFAmerica. This Fund is open to NGOs to apply and receive support on the issues mentioned above, possibly in targeted countries only.

The One Woman Initiative has a grantmaking process for NGOs. Prior to submitting full proposals, NGOs have to first understand the concept of this initiative and ensure that it meets the set objectives of their organizations. The website of the One Woman Initiative provides complete information about its program priorities.

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Under its grant selection process, it has a step-by-step guide for applying for the grant. Initially, only concepts have to be proposed to this Fund. The basic eligibility criteria outlined for applications include “Proven organizational capacity, Local impact on significant number of beneficiaries Focus on justice, opportunity, and leadership themes, Results that can be connected to the efforts and spirit of “one woman,” Estimated budget of project and Project sustainability.”

If NGOs believe that they are eligible for applying for the grant, then they need to first send the project concept in a simple email. The project concept should be brief enough to explain the rationale/justification for the project, the goals, objectives and indicators set for the project, the project activities, sustainability and an idea of the expected budget. If this brief concept note is in line with the program priorities and other guidelines, the Fund would seek a full proposal from the NGO.

A full proposal would require the applicant organization to give full details about the problem analysis, project management, the monitoring and evaluation plan and a thorough budget. In addition to this supporting documents have to be submitted such as proof of the nonprofit status, organizational board members, organizational objective, programs and activities and other details.

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The compeleted applications have to be sent to CAFAmerica. They can be submitted online and by mail as well. There is no deadline, so grant applications are accepted round the year. However, it will take nearly 4-6 weeks for the Fund to review the proposal and make the decision. More information is at this link.