Civil Society and Media – Strengthened Together and Advancing in New Directions (CSM-STAND)

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Funding Opportunity ID: 332421
Opportunity Number: 7200AA21RFA00013
Opportunity Title: Civil Society and Media – Strengthened Together and Advancing in New Directions (CSM-STAND)
Opportunity Category: Other
Opportunity Category Explanation: CSM-STAND programming aims to foster independent civic forces, enhance civic engagement, and build vibrant, resilient, and self-reliant civil society and media sectors.
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Category Explanation: CSM-STAND programming aims to foster independent civic forces, enhance civic engagement, and build vibrant, resilient, and self-reliant civil society and media sectors.
CFDA Number(s): 98.001
Eligible Applicants: Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: USAID
Agency Name: Agency for International Development
Posted Date: Mar 26, 2021
Close Date: May 05, 2021
Last Updated Date: Mar 26, 2021
Award Ceiling: $2,500,000
Award Floor: $2,500,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $452,500,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a Leader With Associate Award (LWA) cooperative agreement from qualified entities to implement the Civil Society and Media – Strengthened Together and Advancing in New Directions (CSM-STAND) program.CSM-STAND programming aims to foster independent civic forces, enhance civic engagement, and build vibrant, resilient, and self-reliant civil society and media sectors. USAID will accomplish this by strengthening civil society advocacy, monitoring and service delivery, and preserving the space for citizen voice and participation through a variety of modalities tailored to meet context-specific needs and opportunities. Further recognizing the rise of virtual and global threats, CSM-STAND will focus on context specific responses, including transnational or regional programs as necessary. These efforts will contribute to the overall strengthening of democratic civic culture in USAID partner countries.The theory of approach for this activity is: IF civil society and independent media strengthening interventions are implemented and supported with state-of-the-art technical guidance and resources that take into account evolving trends, new lessons learned, and the latest programming innovations in the sector, AND these timely interventions are able to adapt based on shared cross-learning within this global civil society mechanism, THEN USAID will be able to employ more impactful, sustainable, and effective approaches to improve civil society capacity, elevate citizens’ voices, and promote self-reliance.CSM-STAND objectives are as follows: Objective 1: Build Civil Society and Independent Media Capacity and Leadership to Constructively Engage in Civic Space;Objective 2: Provide DRG Sector with Cutting-edge Technical Resources and Adaptable Program Options; andObjective 3: Operationalize and effectively manage a broad-based, diverse consortium for LWA implementation. The CSM-STAND activity will strengthen civil society and media’s capacities to represent citizen interests; hold governments accountable through advocacy, oversight, and outreach; prevent conflict; and promote resilience. The Leader award will advance U.S. leadership in support to civil society globally, including social movements, by identifying global best practices and lessons learned, and facilitating learning among civil society actors and Mission-funded efforts. To identify effective programmatic approaches, the Leader will also coordinate with USAID and the awardee to develop learning questions and compile evidence across associate awards. The Leader will use that learning to inform adaptations to existing awards or in the design of new Associate Awards, with one aim of these feedback loops to be ensuring approaches are grounded in evidence.
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