Supporting vulnerable refugees and returnees in Niger

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Funding Opportunity ID: 324034
Opportunity Number: S-NG600-20-GR-001
Opportunity Title: Supporting vulnerable refugees and returnees in Niger
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
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: This iteration of the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is seeking interventions in the reported gaps in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, Health and Nutrition, and Protection.
CFDA Number(s): 19.522
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Local/International nonprofit organizations
Agency Code: DOS-NER
Agency Name: Department of State
U.S. Mission to Niger
Posted Date: Jan 30, 2020
Close Date: Feb 12, 2020
Last Updated Date: Jan 30, 2020
Award Ceiling: $25,000
Award Floor: $5,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $25,000
Expected Number of Awards: 2
Description: The U.S. Embassy Niamey announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out projects that seek to provide assistance to vulnerable refugee families in Niger. Please carefully follow all instructions below. Priority Region: All regions of Niger Program Objectives: The objective of Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is to meet one-time, low-cost projects to address important gaps in refugee protection and assistance. PRM’s Taft Refugee Fund is intended to meet gaps in ongoing refugee programs that can be filled locally through projects of up to $25,000 and that are not already being addressed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other international organizations (IOs), or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are already receiving U.S. government funding. The Taft Refugee Fund is intended primarily to support projects that assist refugees or refugee returnees. The Taft Refugee Fund is intended for projects that include a target beneficiary base of at least 50 percent refugees or returnees. These should be one- time interventions, not sustained programs. The Taft Refugee Fund cannot provide direct support to host governments. The program may entertain proposals for support of international NGOs (INGO), but the preference is to support reliable local NGOs to encourage capacity building for smaller, local partners. There are approximately 218,000 refugees in Niger,[1] who receive assistance from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Organization for Migration (IOM), other international organizations (IOs), or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) receiving U.S. government funding. Unfortunately, many of the refugees’ needs are not met by these International Organizations. The Taft Refugee Fund is intended to meet gaps in refugee assistance. Refugees are living in difficult conditions due to limited of funding for interventions. This iteration of the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is seeking interventions in the reported gaps in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, Health and Nutrition, and Protection. Beneficiaries: Vulnerable refugee and/or returnee households in Niger. B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION Length of performance period: 06 to 12 months Number of awards anticipated: 2 awards (max) Total available funding: $25,000 (Minimum Award Amount $5,000 – Maximum $ 25,000) Type of Funding: FY20 Economic Support Funds under the Foreign Assistance Act Anticipated program start date: July 31, 2020 This notice is subject to availability of funding. Funding Instrument Type: Grant. Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 06 to 12 months. C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION 1. Eligible Applicants The following organizations are eligible to apply: · Local/International nonprofit organizations 2. Other Eligibility Requirements · In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier (Data Universal Numbering System/DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet), as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.3 for information on how to obtain these registrations. Individuals are not required to have a unique entity identifier or be registered in SAM.gov. · Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding. · All applicants must have a valid Standard Agreement (PAT) with the government of Niger. · Applicants must have experience working with refugees/ returnees, UNHCR, and tracking data, etc. · All organizations must provide a comprehensive code of conduct. D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION 1. Address to Request Application Package Application forms required below are available at Embassy website or www.Grants.gov 2. 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. Content of Application 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 All pages are numbered All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins. The following documents are required: 1. Mandatory application forms SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations) at Embassy website or www.Grants.gov SF424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction programs) at Embassy website or www.Grants.gov · SF424B (Assurances for Non-Construction programs) at Embassy website or www.Grants.gov 2.Summary Page: Cover sheet stating the applicant name and organization, proposal date, program title, program period proposed start and end date, and brief purpose of the program. 3. Proposal (09 pages maximum): The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. You may use your own proposal format, but it must include all the items below. · Proposal Summary: Short narrative that outlines the proposed program, including program objectives and anticipated impact. In the case of this notice, the program should roughly to: to identify needy refugees in the Niamey area and distribute gas cooking systems to them, tracking distribution data to prevent duplicates, and conducting some kind of follow-up. Introduction to the Organization or Individual applying: A description of past and present operations, showing ability to carry out the program, including information on all previous grants from the U.S. Embassy and/or U.S. government agencies. Program Activities: Describe the program activities and how they will achieve the objectives. What will your organization do to identify needy refugees, verify their status, procure cooking systems, and distribute them? What will your organization do to track distribution and conduct follow-up? Proposed Program Schedule and Timeline: The proposed timeline for the program activities. Include the dates, times, and locations of planned activities and events. Key Personnel: Names, titles, roles and experience/qualifications of key personnel involved in the program. What proportion of their time will be used in support of this program? Program Partners: List the names and type of involvement of any key partner organizations or sub-awardees. Program Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: This is an important part of successful grants. Throughout the time-frame of the grant, how will the activities be monitored to ensure 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 4. Budget Justification Narrative: After filling out the SF-424A Budget (above), use a separate sheet of paper to describe each of the budget expenses in detail. See section H. Other Information: Guidelines for Budget Submissions below for further information. 5. Attachments: · 1-page CV or resume of key personnel who are proposed for the program. · Letters of support from applicants describing the roles and responsibilities of each partner. · If your organization has a NICRA (Please see “Indirect Costs” in the definitions section below) and includes NICRA charges in the budget, your latest NICRA should be included as a PDF file. · Official permission letters, if required for program activities 3. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM.gov) Required 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. All 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 registration Step 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/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 For NCAGE help from within the U.S., call 1-888-227-2423 For NCAGE help from outside the U.S., call 1-269-961-7766 Email NCAGE@dlis.dla.mil 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. 4. Submission Dates and Times Applications are due no later than February 12, 2020 5. Funding Restrictions These funds cannot be used for any of the following: – Purchase of alcoholic beverages – illegal drugs consumption and smuggling – Support to terrorism activities – Weapon smuggling – Activities that involve trafficking in person 6. Other Submission Requirements All application materials must be submitted by email to Niameygrants@state.gov Applications may be submitted electronically through www.Grants.gov. E. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION 1. Criteria Based on the weighted scores below, a Grants Review Committee will evaluate all eligible applications using the criteria shown in this section. The relative importance of each criterion is indicated by the number of points assigned. A total of 100 points is possible. Quality and Feasibility of the Program Idea – 25 points: The program idea is well developed, with detail about how program activities will be carried out. The proposal includes a reasonable implementation timeline. Organizational Capacity and Record on Previous Grants – 25 points: The organization has expertise in its stated field and has the internal controls in place to manage federal funds. This includes a financial management system and a bank account. Program Planning/Ability to Achieve Objectives – 15 points: Goals and objectives are clearly stated and program approach is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results. Budget – 10 points: 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 – 15 points: Applicant demonstrates it is able to measure program success against key indicators and provides milestones to indicate progress toward goals outlined in the proposal. The program includes output and outcome indicators, and shows how and when those will be measured. Sustainability – 10 points: Program activities will continue to have positive impact after the end of the program. [1] https://data2.unhcr.org/en/country/ner
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