Implementer-led Design, Evidence, Analysis and Learning (IDEAL): Inviting applications for ‘Small Grants Program’ to address knowledge and capacity gaps expressed by the food and nutrition security implementing community.

Funding brief: IDEAL is a five-year USAID FFP funded activity that aims to address knowledge and capacity gaps expressed by the food and nutrition security implementing community. The goal of IDEAL is to strengthen food and nutrition security among FFP-target populations through promotion of systems-level approaches to improve the design, implementation and overall effectiveness of emergency and development food and nutrition security activities. It seeks to achieve this through four pathways:
(A) capacity strengthening;
(B) peer-to-peer learning;
(C) small grants program (SGP); and
(D) stakeholder consultations.

The crucial strategic objectives of IDEAL are for:
(1) IPs/CoPs establish sustainable systems for strengthening their own capacity in essential elements of quality programming;
(2) IPs/CoPs consistently develop, share and apply meaningful analysis for adaptive management of food and nutrition security programs;
(3) IPs/CoPs foster sustainable linkages among key stakeholders to improve collaboration, coordination, and efficient action around common goals.

This Micro Grant RFA was crafted to identify and fund innovative approaches and practical solutions to close the knowledge and capacity gaps in priority focus areas. In alignment with IDEAL’s mission, each grant will be awarded with the intent to facilitate strategic learning and adaptive management across various organizations.

The objective of this RFA is:
To solicit applications from food and nutrition security practitioners to support the development of products and tools, conduct events, and implement practical activities to improve the quality of food and nutrition security programming among FFP-target populations. Successful Micro

Grant applications will align with IDEAL’s content focus areas, the FFP Learning Agenda and identified gaps and needs expressed by implementing partners.

This RFA is not intended to solicit applications for research work done by Development Food Security Activities (DFSAs) during the Refine and Implement (R&I) period.

Focus and Subject Areas
Over the past decade, FFP made significant investments in strengthening implementer capacity in a number of key technical areas central to food and nutrition security (e.g. Agriculture, WASH, Commodity Management, Nutrition Technology). Under IDEAL, the emphasis will shift to underlying content focus areas that have received less attention in recent years but remain central to protecting and enhancing lives and livelihoods while transforming communities and institutions. These focus areas represents areas of current practice for implementing partners working in food and nutrition security and offer clear opportunities for capacity strengthening and enhanced sharing across partners on best and promising practices.

Content Focus Areas for IDEAL:
Strengthening the quality and impact of emergency programming
Data collection and analysis for improved program design and impact
Adaptive management and application of learning
Integrated activity design and implementation
Sustainability and planning for exit
Social and behavior change
Equity, empowerment, social cohesion and social accountability

Donor Name: Implementer-led Design, Evidence, Analysis and Learning (IDEAL)
Funding name: The Implementer-Led Design, Evidence, Analysis and Learning (IDEAL) Activity Small Grants Program

Subject: Capacity strengthening and innovation to improve the design, implementation and effectiveness of emergency and development food and nutrition security activities

Round 1- 5PM ET August 30, 2019
Round 2- 5PM ET November 1, 2019

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: $50,000 per Micro Grant

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

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: The duration of an award under this RFA may be up to 12 months from the date of the award. IDEAL, Save the Children Federation, and/or USAID reserves the right to cancel this RFA at any time.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Prime applicants may be U.S. and non-U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), for-profit organizations, or institutions of higher education that can contribute to IDEAL’s strategic objective of promoting systems-level approaches to improving the design, implementation and overall effectiveness of emergency and development food and nutrition security activities. Experience with USAID or FFP funding is not required to apply. Applications by for-profit organizations cannot include profit in the proposed budget. IDEAL will not accept applications from individuals. All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law. Applicants must comply with all applicable Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM) requirements at Applicants are not required to have a DUNS number at the time of application but must have a DUNS number at the time of the award. Hence, applicants should be in the process of receiving a DUNS number to avoid any delays in the award process. Applicants must have completed all required steps (if any) with the host government to legally operate their program by the time of award. The following are not eligible to apply for grants under this RFA:
Government entities, including ministries
Multilateral organizations
Firms operating as commercial companies or other organizations (including nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations) that are wholly or partially owned by foreign governments or agencies

In their cost applications organizations should indicate whether they have a negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA) with any US Government Agency. See budget templates in attachments below for more details. Organizations or institutions that do not have a NICRA are eligible for grants under this RFA either by using a de-minimus indirect cost rate (if requirements of 2 CFR 200.414(f) are met) or by direct charging all costs using a documented cost allocation methodology. All proposed costs must be reasonable, allocable, and allowable in accordance with applicable cost principles.

Eligible Country: The authorized geographic code for procurement of goods and services under this RFA is 937. However, local procurement is authorized within the parameters specified in 22 CFR 228.40, “Local Procurement.” Code 937 countries include the United States, the recipient country, and developing countries other than advanced developing countries, but excluding any country that is a prohibited source listed in USAID’s ADS 310.

Submission mail:

Other important link:
● Guideline: Click to view
● About: Click to view

How to apply: Application packages (to include application, budget narrative and detailed budget) must be submitted electronically to: .

Attachment 1: Program Narrative Template
Attachment 2: Budget Template
Attachment 3: Budget Narrative Template
Attachment 4: USAID Standard Provisions for Fixed Amount Awards to Nongovernmental  Organizations

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