The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Visa Foundation, are seeking proposals that address this financing gap by testing models that catalyze investment into women-led Small and Growing Businesses through innovative approaches. Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) are defined by ANDE as commercially viable businesses with five to 250 employees that have significant potential, and ambition, for growth.

ANDE seeks proposals to pilot, test, or expand scalable solutions that tackle the financing gap for women-led SGBs in South and Southeast Asia to create learnings and insights for uptake by the broader SGB sector. ANDE intends to support a minimum of eight proposals for this round, from a total funding pool of $1.2 million. Submissions should be for activities of up to 12 months with a maximum total request of US $150,000.

ANDE will host two informational webinars to answer applicant questions. Please register and submit questions in advance.


Request for Proposals

Proposal Template

Frequently Asked Questions

Webinar 1: Thursday, December 5 at 11am ET 

Webinar 2: Wednesday, December 11 at 9:30am India/11am Bangkok

  • The Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund is open to ANDE member organizations and non member organizations.
  • The 2019 Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund is focused on South and Southeast Asia. Proposals targeting any of the following countries in South and Southeast Asia are eligible to apply: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. Proposals may include other countries as well but need to focus on at least one target country to qualify.
How to Apply

Please submit completed proposals via this link no later than 11:59pm ET on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. For questions, contact Carlson Giddings at