Starting Online Businesses

Active
Yes
Status
Posted
Published Date
June 5th, 2024
Close Date
July 1st, 2024
Total Funding
$100,000.00
Award Ceiling
$100,000.00
Award Floor
$75,000.00
Expected No. Awards
10
Opportunity No.
DOS-BAGHDAD-PD-2024-003

Agency

U.S. Mission to Iraq (DOS-IRQ)

Eligible Applicants

Private Institutions of Higher Education

Funding Category

Other

Funding Instrument

Grant

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The U.S. Mission to Iraq, under the U.S. Department of State, is offering a grant opportunity titled "Starting Online Businesses". This grant aims to build capacity among visual artists and IT students and recent IT graduates in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) and Kirkuk governorate. The program seeks to diversify the economy of the IKR, which is currently overly dependent on petroleum export, by helping various demographics launch online businesses. The grant will support two separate programs. The first program targets IT students or recent graduates from specific universities in the IKR. It will provide mentorship and guidance to help participants conceive and develop a new app, with the goal of monetizing it online through existing app marketplaces. The expected outcome is the creation of one monetized app for each participant. The second program focuses on visual artists with an existing social media following of at least 5,000 individuals. It aims to assist them in creating an online sales platform or utilizing existing online sales platforms to monetize their work. The desired outcome is for each participant to successfully use an online sales platform to monetize their artwork. Both programs are designed to strengthen cultural ties between the United States and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, promoting shared values and bilateral cooperation. They must also include an American cultural element or connection with American experts, organizations, or institutions to enhance understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives. The grant has an award ceiling of $100,000 and an award floor of $75,000. The estimated total program funding is $100,000, with an expected number of 10 awards. Private Institutions of Higher Education are eligible to apply. The closing date for applications is July 1, 2024. For inquiries, interested parties can contact Rebeen K Wali, the Resource Coordination Specialist, at ErbilPDGrants@state.gov.

Description

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONThe U.S. Consulate General in Erbil of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to build capacity among visual artists and IT students and recent IT graduates in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) and Kirkuk governorate. Please follow all instructions below.Priority Region: Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR). Program Objectives: The IKR is overly dependent on petroleum export for economic purposes; helping various demographics launch online businesses will help diversify the economy, leading to greater economic stability and advancing overall climate goals. This program will train individuals from specific rural demographics on how to successfully monetize existing businesses or business ideas online. Participants and Audiences:This program envisions two separate programs: (1) one focused on IT students or recent (previous 2 years) graduates from any of the following seven universities: University of Zakho, University of Garmian, University of Halabja, University of Raparin, Soran University, Koya University, and Charmo University. This program would (a) help students conceive of a new app, (b) provide mentorship from experienced app designers to lead them through the process of app developments, and (c) mentor them as they launch their apps to be monetized online ideally through existing app marketplaces. Outcomes should include one monetized app for each participant. (2) The second program should focus on visual artists (sculptors, painters, digital artists, weavers, jewelry makers, crafters, ceramicists, etc) with an existing social media following of at least 5,000 individuals. This program would assist them with learning how to create an online sales platform or make use of existing online sales platforms through which they can monetize their work online. Outcomes should include each participant successfully using an online sales platform to monetize their work. All participants must be based in either the Iraqi Kurdistan Region or Kirkuk Governorate. Above-mentioned programs should be designed in a way that they strengthen cultural ties between the United States and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region through programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institutions in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives. Such inclusion may consist of U.S.-developed materials or resources, virtual speakers, or using key examples from the United States to advance outcomes.

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