Women Overcoming the World’s Climate Crisis with STEM (WOW CCs)

Funding Agency:
Department of State

The U.S. Department of State, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that build networks and/or civil society coalitions to strengthen women’s leadership in climate adaptation, mitigation, and resilience efforts focusing on the use of STEM-based solutions and opportunities in the green and blue economies. The project will support the goals of the U.S Interim National Security Strategic Guidance1 , National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality2 , Executive Order 140203 , and the Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.

Project activities should strengthen women’s economic security by supporting and building women-led or gender-responsive networks between civil society organizations working to adapt to or mitigate climate change with individuals or organizations working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), utilizing participatory approaches that prioritize local solutions and inclusion of historically marginalized or underrepresented groups.

S/GWI seeks proposals from qualified organizations with demonstrated in-country experience in developing partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including grassroots organizations and the public and/or private sector. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to design, implement, monitor, evaluate, adapt, and learn in programming that coordinates with existing efforts by U.S. government, other donors, the host country, and local actors.

Deadline: May 24, 2022

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Areas of Interest

Priority Region and Countries: Applicants must propose work equal to the planned funding amount in no fewer than two countries in the East Asia Pacific region5 . Final country selection will be confirmed in consultation between the successful applicant and S/GWI. Additional countries - including from other regions –may be selected during project implementation pending availability of additional funding. Country selections may be subject to additional approvals and/or vetting.


Eligibility Requirements

Organizations submitting applications must meet the following criteria: • Be a U.S.- or foreign-based non-profit/non-governmental organization (NGO); or • Be a private, public, or state institution of higher education; and • Have existing, or the capacity to develop, active and equitable partnerships with in-country partners, entities, and relevant stakeholders, including NGOs and private sector actors; and • Have demonstrable experience administering successful and preferably similar programs in size, scope, and focus. S/GWI reserves the right to request additional background information on organizations that do not have previous experience administering federal awards. These applicants may be subject to limited funding on a pilot basis.



Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

May 24, 2022