Julia Taft Refugee Fund for FY 2021


Funding Opportunity ID: 330297
Opportunity Number: DOS-CNK-FY-20-03
Opportunity Title: Julia Taft Refugee Fund for FY 2021
Opportunity Category: Mandatory
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Category Explanation: Refugee Assistance. The funds are meant to support projects that assist refugees or refugee returnees
CFDA Number(s): 19.517
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: DOS-GIN
Agency Name: Department of State
U.S. Mission to Guinea
Posted Date: Dec 11, 2020
Close Date: Jan 20, 2021
Last Updated Date: Dec 10, 2020
Award Ceiling: $25,000
Award Floor: $5,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $25,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIEDU.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE CALL FOR PROPOSALSFunding Opportunity: Julia Taft Refugee Fund for FY 2021 Funding Opportunity Number: DOS-CNK-FY-20-03 Date Open: December 11, 2020 Date Closed: January 20, 2020CFDA: 19.517 – Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for Africa Funding Instrument: Grant Minimum Award Amount: $5,000 Ceiling Award Amount: $25,000Background and funding opportunity descriptionU.S. Embassy Conakry, in collaboration with the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), is pleased to welcome proposals via the Julia Taft Refugee Fund from potential partners in Guinea working in the field of refugee protection. The fund is meant to close low-cost gaps in refugee protection and assistance. Similarly, the intent of this initiative is to provide U.S. Ambassadors with the means to respond to critical programming gaps not addressed in larger multilateral refugee programs.ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND FUNDING GUIDELINESThe funds are meant to support projects that assist refugees or refugee returnees. Requests to provide funding to populations other than refugees/returnees are discouraged, but exceptions can be made in some regions with “populations of concern” to PRM, such as internally displaced persons (IDPs), vulnerable migrants, and stateless persons. The Taft Refugee Fund is intended for projects that include a target beneficiary base of at least 50 percent refugees or returnees. Consideration for support is also given to projects that benefit both populations of concern and their host communities. The fund is not meant as an emergency fund and these should be one-time interventions, not sustained programs. Applicants must be a registered organization (e.g.: NGO, community-based organization; faith-based organization) Local NGOs will be given priority.SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIEDAPPLICATION PACKAGEThere is no specific format for the application. We recommend developing the proposal to include all the points highlighted under the Proposal section.Content and Form of Application Submission: 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.Please ensure that: The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity. All proposals must be submitted in English. Applicants must complete and submit a detailed budget with all grant requests. All pages must be numbered.The following documents are required:1. Summary Cover Sheet: Cover sheet must state the applicant’s name and organization, proposal date, project title, project period proposed start and end date, and brief purpose of the project as well as a statement of importance highlighting the historic, architectural, artistic, or cultural (non-religious) values of the site, collection, or form of traditional expression.2. Proposal: The proposal should contain sufficient information so that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. You may use your own proposal format, or the template we have here, if you are using your own format it must include all the items below. Proposal Summary: Short narrative that outlines the proposed project, including project objectives and anticipated impact. Introduction to the Organization Applying: A description of past and present operations demonstrating ability to carry out the project, including information on all previous grants from the U.S. Embassy and/or U.S. government agencies. Problem Statement: Clear, concise and well-supported statement of the problem to be addressed and why the proposed project is needed Project Goals and Objectives: The “goals” describe what the project is intended to achieve. The “objectives” refer to the intermediate accomplishments on the way to the goals. These should be achievable and measurable. Project Activities: Describe the project’s activities and how they will help achieve the objectives stated above. Project Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: This is an important part of successful grants. Throughout the timeframe of the grant, how will the activities be monitored toSENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIEDensure they are happening in a timely manner, and how will the program be evaluated to make sure it is meeting the goals of the grant? Statement of Sustainability: Outline of the steps or measures that will be taken to ensure the sustainability of the project Key Personnel: Names, titles, roles and experience/qualifications of key personnel involved in the project. What proportion of their time will be used in support of this project? Resumes or CVs of the proposed project director and other primary project participants Proposed Project Schedule: Project time frame or schedule that lists the major project phases and milestones with target dates for achieving them. Detailed Project Budget: Budget demarcated by the proposed project schedule, that lists all costs in separate categories (Personnel, Fringe Benefits, Travel [including Per Diem], Equipment, Supplies, Contractual, Other Direct Costs, Indirect Costs); Budget Narrative: Text explaining how the costs were estimated (quantity x unit cost, annual salary x percentage of time spent on project, etc.) and any large budget line items.3. Attachments: Full and complete Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424), including Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A), Assurances for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424B), and, if applicable, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL) forms can be found here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/forms.html . Provide any other documentation to support the proposal, such as the CV or resume of key personnel, letters of support from project partners or community leaders, and official permission letters, if required for project activities. A copy of the Organization’s Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct should be consistent with the six core principles from the Interagency Standing Committee (IASC) recommendations (if you have additional questions about the Code of Conduct please send us an email).4. Other Registrations: Any applicant listed on the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) in the System for Award Management (SAM) is not eligible to apply for an assistance award in accordance with the OMB guidelines at 2 CFR 180 that implement Executive Orders 12549 (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.” Additionally, no entity listed on the EPLS can participate in any activities under an award. All applicants are strongly encouraged to review the EPLS in SAM to ensure that no ineligible entity is included. For any difficulties related to the required registration, please contact Embassy Conakry at: [email protected] . for further guidance.SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIEDAll organizations applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain these registrations. All are free of charge: Unique entity identifier from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number) NCAGE/CAGE code www.SAM.gov registrationStep 1: Apply for a DUNS number and an NCAGE number (these can be completed simultaneously)DUNS application: Organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet. If your organization does not have one already, you may obtain one by calling 1-866-705-5711 or visiting http://fedgov.dnb.com/webformNCAGE application: Application page here: https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspxInstructions for the NCAGE application process:https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/Docs/US%20Instructions%20for%20NSPA%20NCAGE.pdfFor NCAGE help from within the U.S., call 1-888-227-2423For NCAGE help from outside the U.S., call 1-269-961-7766Email [email protected] for any problems in getting an NCAGE code.Step 2: After receiving the NCAGE Code, proceed to register in SAM.gov by logging onto: https://www.sam.gov. SAM registration must be renewed annually.APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATIONApplications will be first reviewed for technical eligibility. If approved, the application will be evaluated by the embassy committee and rated based on the evaluation criteria outlined below. The criteria listed are closely related and are considered as a whole in judging the overall quality of an application.A selection committee at the U. S. Embassy Conakry will review all applications received under this announcement based on the following criteria:Organizational capacity and record on previous grants: The organization has expertise in its stated field and the Embassy is confident of the organization’s ability to undertake the project. This includes a financial management system and an existing bank account.Quality and feasibility of the program idea: The program idea is well-developed, with details about how project activities will be carried out. The proposal includes a reasonable implementation timeline.SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIEDGoals and objectives: Goals and objectives are clearly stated, and project approach is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results.Budget: The budget justification is detailed. Costs are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results. The budget is realistic, accounting for all necessary expenses to achieve proposed activities.Monitoring and evaluation plan: Applicant demonstrates it is able to measure program success against key indicators and provide milestones to indicate progress toward goals outlined in the proposal. The project includes output and outcome indicators and shows how and when these will be measured.Once the review process is completed, the U.S. Embassy will notify the successful applicants as well as the unsuccessful applicants. Prospective grantees will receive further instructions along with the notification of successful proposal. Once awarded, each grantee will be responsible for the program and financial reporting as specified in the award agreement.Below are just a few examples of activities that can be funded under this program (Please make sure that there is a strong tie to the local context building on the competencies / capacity of the proposing organization): Improve the mental health of the refugee community. Support a sports program for refugee youth. Build a playground for refugee children. Start an income-generating cooperative for returnees. Support an education program for refugees. Develop a youth program for refugees. Support livelihoods training and sports programs. Support a transit center for unaccompanied minor refugees and asylum seekers. Support early childhood education, health, and nutrition activities. Support water, sanitation, health, and livelihoods. Provide protection for vulnerable refugees.SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED Provide a shelter for women and girls refugees who are survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). Provide security upgrades to a camp. Support a vocational training program for refugees. Support returnees with manufacturing of liquid soap. Train refugees in gardening and running small businesses. Support income generating activities Support an urban refugee training and girls’ empowerment project. Support an orphanage center and an income-generating project at refugee settlement. Train mothers of youth, who participate in non-formal out-of-school program, on furniture re-upholstery and provide the women with basic hygiene awareness. Provide agricultural support to returnee families. Any other activities that support the refugees or returnees.In order to be considered for this funding opportunity, please submit your applications by email to [email protected] or in hard copy by sending them to the U.S. Embassy, Conakry by January 20, 2021. All applications should have Julia Taft Refugee Fund for FY 2021 in the subject line. Please contact us by email at [email protected] , should you need any additional information.The final decision will be based on the application, site visit, and any other information available about your organization.FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION1. Federal Award NoticesThe grant award will be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the Grants Officer. The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document and will be provided to the recipient for review and signature by email or in person. The recipient may only start incurring project expenses beginning on the start date shown on the grant award document signed by the Grants Officer. If a proposal is selected for funding, the Department of State has no obligation to provide any additional future funding. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the discretion of the Department of State. Issuance of this NOFOSENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIEDdoes not constitute an award commitment on the part of the U.S. government, nor does it commit the U.S. government to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of proposals. Further, the U.S. government reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received.2. Payment MethodPayments will be made in at least two installments, through a bank transfer, as an advance or reimbursement, as needed to carry out the project activities.3. Reporting Requirements:Recipients will be required to submit financial reports and program reports. The award document will specify how often these reports must be submitted.FEDERAL AWARDING AGENCY CONTACTSIf you have any questions about the grant application process, please contact Embassy Conakry at: [email protected] .Note: We do not provide any pre-consultation for application-related questions that are addressed in the NOFO. Once an application has been submitted, State Department officials and staff — both in the Department and at embassies overseas — may not discuss this competition with applicants until the entire proposal review process is completed.DISCLAIMERThis award is made contingent upon the availability of funds. If a proposal is selected for funding, the Department of State has no obligation to provide any additional future funding in connection with the award. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the total discretion of the Department of State.
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