US Embassy, Bangladesh: Inviting applications for ‘Public Diplomacy grants program’ to promote U.S.-Bangladesh ties, strengthen democratic and inclusive societies, counter violent extremism, increase educational and economic opportunity for citizens, and amplify U.S. diplomacy activities and programs on social and traditional media platforms.

Funding brief: The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of U.S. Embassy Dhaka is Thorough instructions on the application process are available at: pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy grants program, and is seeking proposals for projects throughout the fiscal year that further public diplomacy goals to promote U.S.-Bangladesh ties, strengthen democratic and inclusive societies, counter violent extremism, increase educational and economic opportunity for citizens, and amplify U.S. diplomacy activities and programs on social and traditional media platforms.

This is an Annual Program Statement (APS), outlining our funding priorities, strategic themes, and procedures for submitting requests for funding.
Federal Assistance Awards, hereafter referred to as grants, under this notice are intended for local representatives of civil society, including U.S. or overseas-based non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private institutions of post-secondary and higher education.

Grant proposals submitted should meet one or more of the following U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Public Diplomacy priorities:
● Improve Capacity within Bangladesh to Counter Violent Extremism
● Promote Pluralism, Democratic Values, Good Governance, Tolerance and Non-Violent Public Discussions
● Increase Access to Quality Education and expand U.S.- Bangladesh Educational Linkages
● Promote Entrepreneurship and Activities that Lead to Economic Growth and Prosperity
● Pursue gender equality and women empowerment, and combat gender based violence

In addition to the specific requirements listed above by program area, ALL proposals must:
● Clearly indicate the primary activity area to which it is being submitted for consideration;
● Focus on the key public diplomacy audiences and activities specified in the areas, provide programs for underserved geographic regions of Country, as well as non-elite schools (if applicable);
● Clearly delineate how elements of their program will have a multiplier effect and be sustainable beyond the life of the grant;
● Identify specific outcomes to be achieved by the end of the grant period; and
● Provide a traditional and/or social media plan for marketing program activities and outcomes.
● Identify the cities/districts in which activities will take place, and addressing any security concerns or constraints as necessary.

Funding Opportunity Number: SCADHA-FY2018-APS-001
CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs

Donor Name: US Embassy, Bangladesh
Funding name: Public Diplomacy grants program

Deadline: Applications may be submitted for consideration at any time between: January, 01st, 2018 till the close of business on July, 31st, 2018.

Funding details link: https://bd.usembassy.gov/embassy/dhaka/grant-opportunities/

Funding limit: 4-10 awards (dependent on amounts) Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement or Standard Grant
● Individual Award Floor: $20,000
● Individual Award Ceiling: $50,000

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: September, 01st, 2018 or earlier

Project duration: Grant projects generally should be completed in one year or less. The U. S. Embassy may entertain applications for an extension of the grant period for grants funded under these awards subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the project activities, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the Department of State.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● The U.S. Embassy encourages applications from non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations, foundations, trusts, community-based organizations and educational institutions that have legal standing in Bangladesh and the appropriate registrations as per the local regulatory requirements. Commercial firms and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.
● The applicant may propose to share the cost of the project but these costs must reflect the realistic capacity of the applicant’s contribution. If the applicant proposes cost sharing in their proposal, the recipient must provide the minimum amount of cost sharing as stipulated in the recipient’s budget approved by the Grants Officer. Cost share is not mandatory and will not be considered as a factor during merit review of applications.
● Local organizations must submit a copy of their certificate of registration from the appropriate government organization. In addition, applicant organizations must have an organizational bank account for financial transactions and all transactions pertaining to an award granted will happen through Electronic Fund Transfer.

Eligible Country: Bangladesh

Submission mail: dhakagrants@state.gov

Other important link:
● 
Form (Proposal): https://bd.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/70/1.-A.-Grants-Application-Form_General.doc
● Form (Budget): https://bd.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/70/1.B.-Budget-Template-1.xls
● Organizational Information Form: https://bd.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/70/applicant-organizational-information_12132017.docx
● DUNS application: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform
● NCAGE application: Application page here: https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx
● Instructions for the NCAGE application process: https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/Docs/US%20Instructions%20for%20NSPA%20NCAGE.pdf
● SAM: https://www.sam.gov

How to apply:
● Proposals should only be submitted via email to the U.S. Embassy Dhaka at the following email address: dhakagrants@state.gov .
● Each application submitted under this announcement will be evaluated and rated on the basis of its coherence, clarity, attention to detail, and completeness. Please follow all instructions below carefully. Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.

Content and Form of Application Submission
Please ensure:
● The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity.
● All documents are in English
● All budgets are in U.S. dollars

When submitting a proposal, applicants are required to include the following documents and information, as applicable:
● Filled out Grants Application Form
● Filled out Organizational Information Form
● A copy of the organization’s registration should be provided.

Project Narrative: Applicants must submit a complete proposal. Applicants may use their own proposal format. The proposal shall not exceed 15 pages. All proposals should address the following areas:
● Project Justification/Needs Statement
● Project Goals, Objectives and Activities
● Implementation Timeline
● Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
● Strengths and Innovation
● Sustainability

● Proposal must also describe the outcome(s) sought and the benefits to society or to the participants that the proposal seeks to bring about/achieve.
● Project Budget: Applicants must submit a detailed budget and budget narrative justification utilizing the template (Microsoft Excel 45 KB) provided. Line item expenditures should be listed in the greatest possible detail. Personnel salaries should define the percentage of time each position will allocate to the project and the rate of pay. Budgets that are not in the provided format will not be considered. Budgets shall be submitted in U.S. dollars and final grant agreements will be conducted in U.S. dollars.

● Key Personnel and Project Partners
Key Personnel – A résumé, not to exceed 1 page in length, must be included for the proposed key staff persons, such as the Project Director and Finance Officer, as well as any speakers or trainers (if applicable). If an individual for this type of position has not been identified, the applicant may submit a 1-page position description, identifying the qualifications and skills required for that position, in lieu of a résumé.

● Project Partners – letters of support should be included for sub-awardees or other partners. The letters must identify the type of relationship to be entered into (formal or informal), the roles and responsibilities of each partner in relation to the proposed project activities, and the expected result of the partnership. The individual letters cannot exceed 1 page in length.

● Standard Forms 424 – Application for Federal Assistance, 424A- Budget Information – Non-Construction Programs and 424B – Assurances for Non-construction Programs (2 separate forms), which are available, along with guidance for completing these forms, at: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms.html  under the heading, “SF-424 Family.”

Please Note:Other items NOT required/requested for submission, but which may be requested if your application is approved for funding include:
● Copies of an organization or program audit within the last two (2) years
● Copies of relevant human resources, financial, or procurement policies
● Copies of other relevant organizational policies or documentation that would help the Department determine your organization’s capacity to manage a federal grant award overseas.

The Embassy reserves the right to request any additional programmatic and/or financial information regarding the proposal.

Regulatory Requirements: In order to receive a grant, the applicant is required to register and obtain the following:
● DUNS number
● NCAGE code
● SAM registration

Thorough instructions on the application process are available at: https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/Docs/US%20Instructions%20for%20NSPA%20NCAGE.pdf

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