Donor Name: The United States Government (USG), as represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM)
Funding name: FY 2017 Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation Programs and Activities (Global Reconciliation Fund)
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-OAA-17-000011
Funding brief: The United States Government (USG), as represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM), invites applications for funding from qualified entities to carry out activities that mitigate conflict and promote reconciliation by bringing together individuals of different ethnic, religious, or political backgrounds from areas of civil conflict and war in the following countries: Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Central African Republic, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Liberia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Peru, South Africa and Thailand.
Objective: The principal purpose of the relationship with the Recipient and under the subject program is to transfer funds to accomplish a public purpose of support or stimulation of the Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation Programs and Activities (Global Reconciliation Fund) as authorized by Federal statute.
The successful Recipient will be responsible for ensuring the achievement of the program objectives and the efficient and effective administration of the award through the application of sound management practices. The Recipient will assume responsibility for administering Federal funds in a manner consistent with underlying agreements, program objectives, and the terms and conditions of the Federal award. The Recipient using its own unique combination of staff, facilities, and experience, has the primary responsibility for employing whatever form of sound organization and management techniques may be necessary in order to assure proper and efficient administration of the resulting award.
Deadline: June 2, 2017 – Applications must be submitted electronically directly to the relevant USAID Mission Point of Contact and received by 5:00PM local USAID Mission time on the closing date.
Funding details link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=292970
● Estimated Total Program Funding: $16,000,000
● Award Ceiling: $1,500,000
● Award Floor: $100,000
Project start date: For design and planning purposes, applicants may assume a project start date in calendar year 2018. Any award(s) made as a result of this RFA will be issued no later than September 30, 2018.
Project duration: The period of performance anticipated herein will be for a minimum period of one (1) year (three (3) years for Georgia and Thailand) and a maximum period of four (4) years from the date of award.
● USAID encourages applications from potential new partners.
● USAID welcomes applications from entities that have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.
Eligibility: To qualify as a local entity for the purpose of this RFA, the entity must:
● be legally organized under the laws of the country receiving assistance;
● have its principal place of business or operations in the country receiving assistance;
● be majority owned by individuals who are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the country receiving assistance; and
● be managed by a governing body, the majority of who are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the country receiving assistance.
● The following types of entities (both local4 and non-local) are eligible to apply for funding under this RFA, subject to the restrictions described below (e.g., only local entities may submit applications in Colombia and Indonesia and in the lower funding category globally):
● U.S. and Non-U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
● U.S. and Non-U.S. Non-Profit NGOs Qualified U.S. and non-U.S. private non-profit NGOs may apply for funding under this RFA.
● U.S. and Non-U.S. For-Profit NGOs: Qualified U.S. and non-U.S. private for-profit NGOs may apply for funding under this RFA. Potential for-profit applicants should note that, in accordance with 2 CFR 200.400(g), profit, which is any amount in excess of allowable direct and indirect costs, is not an allowable cost for recipients of USAID assistance awards, and cannot be part of the project budget. However, the prohibition against profit does not apply to procurement contracts made under the assistance instrument when the recipient procures goods and services in accordance with the Procurement Standards found in 2 CFR 200.317 to 326.
● U.S. and Non-U.S. Colleges and Universities: Qualified U.S. and non-U.S. colleges and universities may apply for funding under this RFA. USAID generally treats colleges and universities as NGOs, rather than governmental organizations; hence, both public and private colleges and universities are eligible, except public colleges and universities in countries that are ineligible for assistance under the FAA or related appropriations acts. Please note, however, that this RFA is focused on people-to-people programming that addresses divisions within a community and is not intended to fund academic research.
● Public International Organizations (PIOs): PIOs may apply for funding under this RFA. Please see ADS 308 for USAID policy on defining PIOs: http://www.usaid.gov/ads/policy/300/308
● Partial Restriction of Eligibility to Local Entities
● Funding Categories: Only local entities may apply for funding in the lower funding category as described in Section B.2 of this RFA. Both local and non-local entities may apply for funding in the higher funding category.
● Country-Specific Restrictions: Colombia and Indonesia: For programming in Colombia and Indonesia, only local entities as defined in Section B.2 of this RFA may apply as the principal Applicant.
Submission mail: FY17CMMP2P@usaid.gov
Other important link:
● USAID’s “People-to-People Peacebuilding: A Program Guide”: http://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1866/CMMP2PGuidelines2010-01-19.pdf
● CMM’s “Theories and Indicators of Change (THINC) Briefing Paper: https://dec.usaid.gov/dec/content/GetDoc.axd?ctID=ODVhZjk4NWQtM2YyMi00YjRmLTkxNjktZTcxMjM2NDBmY2Uy&rID=MzMzNDI4&pID=NTYw&attchmnt=VHJ1ZQ==&rdp=ZmFsc2U=
● ADS Chapter 205 “Integrating Gender Equality and Female Empowerment in USAID’s Program Cycle”: https://www.usaid.gov/ads/policy/200/205)
● The USAID Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy: http://www.usaid.gov/policy/gender-equality
● UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security: http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/RES/1325(2000)
● USAID’s policy concerning Fixed Amount Awards : http://www.usaid.gov/ads/policy/300/303
● Theories of Change and Indicator Development in Conflict Management and Mitigation: https://www.usaid.gov/what-we-do/working-crises-and-conflict/technical-publications
● Reflective Peace building: A Planning, Monitoring, and Learning Toolkit: http://kroc.nd.edu/sites/default/files/reflective_peacebuilding.pdf
● The Beyond Intractability website: http://www.beyondintractability.org/essay/theories_of_change/?nid=1256
● “People-to-People Peace building: A Program Guide” on CMM’s publication page: http://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1866/CMMP2PGuidelines2010-01-19.pdf
● USAID Climate Change Risk Profiles: https://www.climatelinks.org/integration/climate-risk-management/resources
● The World Bank Climate Knowledge Portal: http://sdwebx.worldbank.org/climateportal/
● The World www.usaid.gov/branding
How to apply:
● Each Applicant must furnish the information required by this RFA. A complete application consists of two parts: (1) Technical Application and (2) Cost/Business Application. The Technical Application and the Cost/Business Application should be separate from each other (i.e., separate documents/files).
● Applications must be submitted electronically directly to the relevant USAID Mission Point of Contact (POC) [Ms. Rachel Baltes, Acquisition and Assistance Specialist, FY17CMMP2P@usaid.gov) and received by 5:00PM local USAID Mission time on June 2, 2017. Refer to the Country-Specific Program Information in Annex 1 for identification of the Mission POCs.
● Applications should be submitted in compatible MS Word (or PDF with Optical Character Recognition) format and budgets as text accessible, Excel spreadsheets. Documents containing handwritten signatures may be scanned and submitted as PDF or other compatible format.
● Do not submit electronic copies in .zip format. Applications should be submitted in ONE e-mail message inclusive of attachments. The maximum size for one email inclusive of all attachments is 25MB.
● If an applicant’s full application exceeds this size limit, the applicant may submit the application in multiple emails; however, such emails should be clearly labeled to ensure that the relevant USAID Mission Point of Contact receives the full application. The ONE e-mail inclusive of attachments should be labeled as follows: “Country Name – Entity Name – Program Name.” For example, “Burundi – NGO X – Conflict Mitigation Program.” If the application is sent in multiple emails, the emails should be labeled as “Country Name – Entity Name – Program Name –Email [insert #] of [insert #].” Printed hard copies will not be accepted. The body of the e-mail submission should contain specific reference to country name, entity name, title of the application, contact information for the applicant and a designation of whether the entity is applying for the local or non-local funding category.
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