Ukraine National Identity Through Youth (UNITY) Activity

Request for Applications (RFA)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Ukraine National Identity through Youth (UNITY) Activity implemented by IREX and its partner Making Cents International (Making Cents) is seeking grant applications from qualified entities to provide technical support as described in the Statement of Work in the documents below. 

Grants under these RFAs will be awarded and implemented in accordance with USAID and US Government regulations governing grants and Making Cents’ internal grant management policies. 

Issuance of this solicitation does not constitute an award commitment on the part of Making Cents, nor does it commit Making Cents to pay for any costs incurred in the preparation or submission of an application. Making Cents reserves the right to reject any and all applications, if such action is considered to be in the best interest of UNITY. 

Potential applicants should regularly check the website to ensure they have the latest information pertaining to the RFAs.

Any explanation desired by an applicant regarding the meaning or interpretation of the RFAs must be requested in writing, in English, via ybodashevska@makingcents.com and must be submitted no later than the date and time specified in the Questions Due line stated below. This will allow sufficient time for a reply/amendment to reach all applicants before they submit their responses. Answers to all questions will be posted to this web page using the timelines indicated under each RFA.

Any information that substantially changes the requirements of the RFA shall be released through the issuance of an amendment to the RFA. Making Cents may, at its own discretion, extend the deadline for the submission of applications. 

Making Cents employees and employees of UNITY implementing partners may not ask for, and applicants are prohibited from offering, any money, fee, commission, credit, gift, gratuity, thing of value, or compensation to obtain or reward improper favorable treatment regarding this solicitation. Any improper request from an employee of Making Cents or a UNITY implementing partner should be reported to businessconduct@makingcents.com.

 

Supporting Youth Entrepreneurs in the Light Industry

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Ukraine National Identity through Youth (UNITY) Activity implemented by IREX and its partner Making Cents International (Making Cents) is seeking grant applications from qualified entities to provide technical support as described in the Statement of Work in this document. Making Cents anticipates awarding one grant for the subject solicitation.   

The objective of this Request for Applications is to support aspiring youth entrepreneurs (18-25 year old) from smaller hromadas (rural communities and towns with a population of less than 100,000 people) across Ukraine to start businesses in the light industry. This support should result in at least 50 youth completing a business startup school and five participants receiving business launch support and a startup grant of USD 2,000 each.

Any explanation desired by an applicant regarding the meaning or interpretation of this RFA must be requested in writing, in English, via ybodashevska@makingcents.com and must be submitted no later than the date and time specified in the Questions Due line stated above. This will allow sufficient time for a reply/amendment to reach all applicants before they submit their responses. Answers to all questions will be posted to this web page using this timeline:

  • Questions Due Date/Time: March 6, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EET (Kyiv)
  • Answers Provided By: March 12, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EET (Kyiv)
  • Closing Date/Time: April 12, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EET (Kyiv)

Any information that substantially changes the requirements of this RFA shall be released through the issuance of an amendment to the RFA. Making Cents may, at its own discretion, extend the deadline for the submission of applications. 

Submission deadline: April 12, 2024, 5:00 p.m. EET (Eastern European Standard Time)

Business Support Program for Youth-Led Enterprises

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Ukraine National Identity through Youth (UNITY) Activity implemented by IREX and its partner Making Cents International (Making Cents) is seeking grant applications from qualified entities to provide technical support as described in the Statement of Work in this document. Making Cents anticipates awarding one grant for the subject solicitation.  

The objective of this Request for Applications is to support youth entrepreneurs (18-29 years old) from smaller hromadas (rural communities and towns with a population of less than 100,000 people) across Ukraine to adapt and expand their business activity within a war context. This support should result in 12 youth businesses being selected for a grant (which will be separately issued by UNITY directly to the youth businesses) and receiving targeted coaching and business consulting to advance their business ventures.

Any explanation desired by an applicant regarding the meaning or interpretation of this RFA must be requested in writing, in English, via ybodashevska@makingcents.com and must be submitted no later than the date and time specified in the Questions Due line stated above. This will allow sufficient time for a reply/amendment to reach all applicants before they submit their responses. Answers to all questions will be posted to this web page using this timeline:

  • Questions Due Date/Time: March 25, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EET (Kyiv)
  • Answers Provided By: March 29, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EET (Kyiv)
  • Closing Date/Time: April 19, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EET (Kyiv)

Any information that substantially changes the requirements of this RFA shall be released through the issuance of an amendment to the RFA. Making Cents may, at its own discretion, extend the deadline for the submission of applications. 

Submission deadline: April 19, 2024, 5:00 p.m. EET (Eastern European Standard Time)

Expanding Youth Entrepreneur’s Access to Financing

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Ukraine National Identity through Youth (UNITY) Activity implemented by IREX and its partner Making Cents International (Making Cents) is seeking grant applications from qualified entities to provide technical support as described in the Statement of Work in this document. Making Cents anticipates awarding one grant for the subject solicitation.  

This Request for Applications aims to help youth entrepreneurs (18-35 years old) across Ukraine link to additional financial opportunities and prepare to apply for finance. This support should result in (1) the regular online distribution of a newsletter providing information about current financing opportunities for youth entrepreneurs, and (2) at least 30 youth entrepreneurs selected and supported as they access finance to pivot or expand their enterprises.

Any explanation desired by an applicant regarding the meaning or interpretation of this RFA must be requested in writing, in English, via ybodashevska@makingcents.com and must be submitted no later than the date and time specified in the Questions Due line stated above. This will allow sufficient time for a reply/amendment to reach all applicants before they submit their responses. Answers to all questions will be posted to this web page using this timeline:

  • Questions Due Date/Time: April 19, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EET (Kyiv)
  • Answers Provided By: April 23, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EET (Kyiv)
  • Closing Date/Time: May 6, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EET (Kyiv)

Any information that substantially changes the requirements of this RFA shall be released through the issuance of an amendment to the RFA. Making Cents may, at its own discretion, extend the deadline for the submission of applications. 

Submission deadline: April 19, 2024, 5:00 p.m. EET (Eastern European Standard Time)

Downloads

Supporting Youth Entrepreneurs in the Light Industry RFA

Supporting Youth Entrepreneurs in the Light Industry Q&A

Business Support Program for Youth-Led Enterprises RFA

Business Support Program for Youth-Led Enterprises Q&A

Expanding Youth Entrepreneur’s Access to Financing RFA

Grant Budget Template