Notice of Funding Opportunity: Fashion Entrepreneurship Project


Notice of Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity Title:            Fashion Entrepreneurship Project

Funding Opportunity Number:      DOS-PAS-FY18-KAM01

Deadline for Applications:             November 3, 2017

CFDA Number:                                19.040 – Public Diplomacy Program

Total Amount Available:                 Up to $25,000

This notice is subject to availability of funding.


  1. The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Mission in Uganda announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for a small grant to manage and implement a fashion entrepreneurship project. The project is designed to train and mentor upcoming Ugandan fashion designers in order to support job creation and industry growth. The project will involve scouting for emerging talented Ugandan fashion designers countrywide, training and mentoring applicants, organizing successive competitions to reduce the number of participants to a final cohort, and having the final cohort participate in a fashion show/competition during Kampala Fashion Week at the end of the project.  This project supports one of our main Mission goals, to improve Uganda’s education, health and economic development systems.

Project Requirements

The project proposal must clearly state how the project beneficiaries (candidates) will be selected, the geographical scope of the project, how the project will train and mentor the candidates, the mechanism for reducing applicants to a final cohort, and a clear timeline for implementation.  The proposal must clearly indicate how the project will coordinate and collaborate with Kampala Fashion Week.  The performance period should fall between January 1 and October 30, 2018.  The selected implementer must be willing to work with Kampala Fashion Week, an Embassy sponsored partner, and alumni from our previous fashion projects.

Application Deadline

The application period for this project is October 18-November 3, 2017.  Applications must meet all the requirements outlined below and be submitted with all required attachments before 12:01 p.m. on November 3.


Please follow all instructions below carefully. Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.

  1. Proposal (10 pages maximum, excluding attachments): The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the project is about and how the project will be implemented. You may use your own proposal format, but it must include all the items below.
  • Proposal Summary: Short narrative that outlines the proposed project, including project objectives, goals, and outcomes.
  • Introduction to the Organization or Individual applying:  A very brief description of past and present operations that demonstrate the organization/individuals ability to implement the project, including information on all previous grants from the U.S. Mission and/or U.S. government agencies.
  • Problem Statement:  Clear, concise and well-supported statement of the problem to be addressed and why the proposed project is needed.
  • Project Goals and Objectives:  The “goals” describe what the project is intended to achieve.  The “objectives” refer to the intermediate accomplishments on the way to the goals.  These should be achievable and measurable.
  • Project Activities:  Describe the project activities and how they will help achieve the objectives.
  • Program Methods and Design: A description of how the project is expected to work to solve the stated problem and achieve the goal.  Include a logic model as appropriate.
  • Proposed Project Schedule and Timeline:  The proposed timeline for the project activities.  Include the dates, times, and locations of planned activities and events.
  • Key Personnel:  Names, titles, roles and experience/qualifications of key personnel involved in the project.  What proportion of their time will be used in support of this project?
  • Project Partners:  List the names and type of involvement of key partner organizations and sub-awardees.
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation Plan:  This is an important part of successful grants. Throughout the time-frame of the grant, how will the activities be monitored to ensure they are happening in a timely manner, and how will the program be evaluated to make sure it is meeting the goals of the grant?
  • Future Funding or Sustainability:  Applicant’s plan for continuing the program beyond the grant period, or the availability of other resources, if applicable.
  1. Budget in US dollars: Use budget categories listed below when drawing up the project budget, include a short narrative of the budget items.  All budget items must be itemized.

Guidelines for the Project Budget

  • Personnel and Fringe Benefits: Describe the wages, salaries, and benefits of temporary or permanent staff who will be working directly for the applicant on the project, and the percentage of their time that will be spent on the project.
  • Travel: Estimate the costs of travel and per diem for this project, for both program staff, consultants or speakers, and participants/beneficiaries.  If the project involves international travel, include a brief statement of justification for that travel.
  • Equipment: Describe any machinery, furniture, or other personal property that is required for the project, which has a useful life of more than one year (or a life longer than the duration of the project), and costs at least $5,000 per unit.
  • Supplies: List and describe all the items and materials, including any computer devices, that are needed for the project. If an item costs more than $5,000 per unit, then put it in the budget under Equipment.
  • Contractual: Describe goods and services that the applicant plans to acquire through a contract with a vendor.  Also describe any sub-awards to non-profit partners that will help carry out the project activities.
  • Other Direct Costs: Describe other costs directly associated with the project, which do not fit in the other categories. For example, shipping costs for materials and equipment or applicable taxes.  All “Other” or “Miscellaneous” expenses must be itemized and explained.
  • Indirect Costs: These are costs that cannot be linked directly to the project activities, such as overhead costs needed to help keep the organization operating.
  • “Cost Sharing” refers to contributions from the organization or other entities other than the U.S. Embassy. It also includes in-kind contributions such as volunteers’ time and donated venues.
  • Alcoholic Beverages:  Please note that award funds cannot be used for alcoholic beverages.
  1. Required Registrations:

All organizations applying for this grant must obtain these registrations.  All are free of charge:

  • Unique entity identifier from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number)
  • NCAGE/CAGE code
  • registration

Step 1:  Apply for a DUNS number and an NCAGE number (these can be completed simultaneously)

DUNS application: Organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet. If your organization does not have one already, you may obtain one by calling 1-866-705-5711 or visiting

NCAGE application: Application page here:

Instructions for the NCAGE application process:

For NCAGE help from outside the U.S., call 1-269-961-7766

Email for any problems in getting an NCAGE code.

Step 2: After receiving the NCAGE Code, proceed to register in by logging onto:  SAM registration must be renewed annually.

  1. Eligibility
    Any registered non-profit, non-governmental organization may submit a proposal. Cost-sharing or matching is encouraged but not required.
  2. Review and Selection Process

A Grants Review Committee comprised of the whole U.S. Mission will evaluate all eligible applications and contact the selected implementer.  Only organizations whose applications are being considered for funding will be contacted by the U.S. Mission.

All application materials must be submitted by email to