USAID: Inviting Applications to select an organization for a Cooperative Agreement from qualified US and non-US organizations to fund an activity titled Feed the Future Bangladesh Nutrition Activity

Donor Name: The United States Agency for International Development in Bangladesh (USAID)
Fund name: Feed the Future Bangladesh Nutrition Activity
Funding Opportunity Number: SOL-388-17-000006
Funding brief: The United States Agency for International Development in Bangladesh (USAID) is seeking concept notes in the process for selecting an organization for a Cooperative Agreement from qualified US and non-US organizations to fund an activity titled, ‘Feed the Future Bangladesh Nutrition’ Activity.

The purpose of the Activity: USAID/Bangladesh intends to award a five year assistance activity under the U.S. Government Feed the Future (FTF) Initiative, through a competitive Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), not to exceed $24.5 million, subject to the availability of funding.

The Feed the Future Bangladesh Nutrition Activity will improve nutrition outcomes for children under five, pregnant and lactating women and adolescent girls in the south west region of Bangladesh. This will be achieved through increased consumption of nutritious, diverse and safe diets by rural households, increased social and economic empowerment of women and girls, and improved access to and adoption of improved water, sanitation and hygiene practices.

Activity Objective:
The Feed the Future Bangladesh Nutrition Activity will improve the nutrition and health of children under five years of age, pregnant and lactating women, and adolescents (10-18 years old) in the Zone of Influence. It will achieve this objective by means of three high level results:
Result 1 – Increased consumption of nutritious, diverse and safe diets by rural households.
Result 2 – Increased social and economic empowerment of women and adolescents (10-18 years).
Result 3 – Improved access to and adoption of improved water, sanitation and hygiene practices.

Geographic and Target Population:
The geographic focus, or zone of influence (the FTF Zone) for the Feed the Future Bangladesh Nutrition Activity includes twenty southwestern districts in the Barisal Division (Barisal, Bhola, Jhalokati, Pirojpur, Barguna, Atuakhali), Dhaka Division (Faridpur, Gopalganj, Madaripur, Rajbari, Shariatpur), and Khulna Division (Jessore, Jhenaidah, Magura, Narail, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira, Chuadanga, Meherpur). The FTF Zone is referred to simultaneously as the “targeted” area and “the Southern Delta of Bangladesh.”

Deadline: 21st, March, 2017
Funding details link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=291752
Budget limit: $24.5 million ($24,500,000)
Project start date: The period of performance anticipated herein is five (5) years. The estimated start date of the award is the first quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.
Project duration: 5 years
Eligible organization: Applicants must be non-governmental U.S. and non U.S. entities, otherwise there is no restriction. Entities such as non-profit organizations, profit making concerns, Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs), Public International Organizations (PIOs), faith-based and community organizations, educational institutions, etc., are eligible to submit concept notes.
Submission mail: Applications will be submitted with the name and address of the applicant and the NFO number (referenced above) inscribed thereon, to Abdullah Akbar and Florence Das, via e-mail to abakbar@usaid.gov and fdas@usaid.gov respectively.

Other important link:
Non-U.S. Organization Pre-award Survey Guidelines and Support is available in the following link: http://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/303sam.pdf
Copies of these forms may be found in the following website: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/FormsMenu?source=agency
Standard Foreign Assistance Indicators: http://www.state.gov/f/indicators/
Bangladesh Country Development Cooperation Strategy FY2011- FY2016: http://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1860/Bangladesh_CDCS.pdf
USAID Evaluation Policy: https://www.usaid.gov/evaluation/policy
Mandatory Standard Provisions for U.S., Nongovernmental Recipients:
http://www.usaid.gov/pubs/ads/300/303maa.pdf
4. Mandatory Standard Provisions for Non-U.S. Nongovernmental Recipients:
http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/300/303mab.pdf

How to apply:
Applicants will submit a Concept Note, not to exceed eight pages, and an Annex not to exceed ten pages. Concept notes must be organized following the format below:
● Summary: 1 page
● General Technical Approach: 4 pages
● Key Personnel and Management Plan: 2 pages
● Past Performance: 1 page
● Annex: Key Personnel CVs: 2 pages maximum per person

The information submitted should substantiate:
1. Bylaws, constitution, and articles of incorporation, if applicable.
2. Whether the organizational travel, procurement, financial management, accounting manual and personnel policies and procedures, especially regarding salary, promotion, leave, differentials, etc., submitted under this section have been reviewed and approved by any agency of the Federal Government, and if so, provide the name, address, and phone number of the cognizant reviewing official.

All applicants submitting Concept Notes in Phase I (unless the applicant is an individual or Federal awarding agency that is excepted from those requirements under 2 CFR 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR 25.110(d)) are required to:
i. Be registered in SAM before submitting its application;
ii. Provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and
iii. Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. It also must state that the Federal awarding agency may not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant.

Submission of Electronic Applications:
Applications will be submitted with the name and address of the applicant and the NFO number (referenced above) inscribed thereon, to Abdullah Akbar and Florence Das, via e-mail to abakbar@usaid.gov and fdas@usaid.gov respectively.
For electronic submissions, your organization must ensure that the applications are received at USAID/Bangladesh in its entirety. No addition or modifications will be accepted after the submission date. E-mail attachments should be formatted in Microsoft Word and/or Microsoft Excel format with 5 MB limit per e-mail. Please convert your documents into one of these formats before sending them to USAID/Bangladesh, or provide scanned copies of pages in .pdf format (Adobe PDF) if they include signatures or forms. USAID/Bangladesh cannot accept “.zip” files, as they will be blocked by USAID’s firewall.

 

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