Call for Proposals: Embassy Budapest, Public Affairs Office – Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Hungary 2021

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

The detailed NOFO can be downloaded in a .pdf format from here: Call for Proposals

The U.S. Embassy Budapest, Public Affairs Section (PAS Budapest) of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program for the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) 2021 program for participants from Hungary.

The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has established the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), as a program supporting women entrepreneurs around the world. AWE uses DreamBuilder, an online training program for women entrepreneurs that was developed through a partnership between Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Management and global copper mining company Freeport-McMoRan, which teaches women to create their own business plans, understand how to raise capital, and connect with networks of successful business owners.

Additional information about AWE is available at the following link:

Priority Region:
Project activities must take place in Hungary and be directed at Hungarian audiences/participants.

Program Objectives:
The goal of the project is to empower women in Hungary to fulfill their economic potential, and in doing so, create conditions for a more stable, secure, and prosperous society. The objective of the project is to engage a maximum of 30 Hungarian women entrepreneurs in an educational program designed to equip them with skills for successful development of their business ideas. The distribution of participants engaged should be a maximum of 5 from Pest county and 25 from the countryside.

Proposals will be considered in one funding cycle. The deadline to submit proposals is:
January 17, 2021 (11:59 p.m. CET)

Anticipated number of awards: 1

Total amount of award: up to $66,600.00 (Subject to funds availability)

PAS Budapest reserves the right to award less or more than the funds requested as it deems to be in the best interest of the U.S. Government.

How to Apply
Proposals should be submitted via email to In addition to the proposal, you must submit a budget (template can be found here), and budget narrative. You will receive an e-mail confirming that we have received your application.

Eligible applicants include Hungarian not-for-profit organizations registered in Hungary, including non-governmental organizations, educational/cultural institutions, and governmental organizations.

Organizations with extensive experience in business or entrepreneurship and with an established network, all preferably in Hungary, will have priority among applicants.

Only organizations having valid registration will be considered as eligible applicants.

Selection Process
Each application submitted under this announcement will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the evaluation criteria determined in the detailed NOFO.

Upon Selection of Your Proposal
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement

Cooperative agreements are different from grants in that bureau/embassy staff are more actively involved in the grant implementation.

PAS Budapest will exercise significant involvement in selecting participants, conducting classes and other learning activities, and determining appropriate follow-up engagements.

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months or less.

Reporting Requirements:
Recipients of the Embassy’s grants are required to submit Federal Financial Report(s) (SF-425) and Narrative Report(s) (SF-PPR) as delineated in the specific award.

Grantees will be informed of their reporting responsibilities when the grant is awarded.

Failure to comply with the reporting responsibilities may jeopardize eligibility for future awards or will result in suspension of any future payments under this award until this obligation has been met.

Interested applicants before submitting the application form can join an online Q&A, provided by PAS Budapest.

When: December 22, 2020 6:00 p.m. (CET) and January 5, 2021 6:00 p.m. (CET)

Please send an email to the to register in advance for this meeting. The meeting will be held via Zoom, event link will be provided upon registration.

Thank you for your interest in the Embassy’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs NOFO.

Important information regarding Federal Assistance Applications (SF-424)

Type of Application: New
Name of Federal Agency: U.S. Embassy Budapest, Department of State, Public Affairs Office
Catalog of Federal Assistance Number: 19.020, 19.040
Title: Public Diplomacy Programs
Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-BUD-FY21-NOFO-AWE
Title: Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Hungary 2021

Full documentation:

Call for Proposals

Proposal Form

Grant Proposal Budget Template

Explanation of Budget Lines