Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Request for Proposals: Strengthening Independent Media in Moldova
The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Proposals from organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that promote access to objective information and strengthen independent media in Moldova.
PLEASE NOTE: DRL strongly urges applicants to access www.grantsolutions.gov or www.grants.gov as soon as possible in order to obtain a username and password to submit your application. For more information, please see DRL’s Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI), updated in November 2012, available at http://www.state.gov/j/drl/p/c12302.htm.
REQUESTED PROPOSAL PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
DRL invites organizations to submit proposals outlining program concepts and capacity to manage a project targeting the following issue:
Strengthening Independent Media in Moldova (approximately $394,000 available): DRL’s objective is to increase citizens’ access to objective information about domestic and global issues of public importance by enhancing independent media’s ability to reach a larger print and online readership in Moldova. In order to strengthen Moldovan independent media and create links between journalists and the communities they serve, DRL seeks program proposals that will raise the quality of local media, increase the Moldovan public’s access to reliable and unbiased information and to create platforms and opportunities for discussions on important issues affecting Moldovan citizens. The program should put particular emphasis on targeting rural populations and youth, especially Russian-language speakers, as well as other populations in Moldova that have limited access to independent information. In particular, activities should work to increase the circulations and readerships as well as the online audiences of independent media sources that cover global and national social and political developments. Specific activities could include supporting the production of unbiased media content, providing balanced coverage of democratic development and the EU Association Agreement; targeted trainings and consultancy to improve independent media outlets’ quality, distribution, and financial independence; introducing social media and web-based vehicles for developing and strengthening ties between media outlets and their local communities; and supporting local publishers and broadcasters to find creative ways of using web-based media tools to increase readership and develop a vibrant online presence.
DEADLINE AND TECHNICAL ELIGIBILITY
Please refer directly to DRL’s posted Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI), updated in November 2012, available at http://www.state.gov/j/drl/p/c12302.htm.
Faxed, couriered, or emailed documents will not be accepted at any time. Applicants must follow all formatting instructions in this document and the Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI).
To ensure all applications receive a balanced evaluation, the DRL Review Committee will review the first page of the requested section up to the page limit and no further. DRL encourages organizations to use the given space effectively.
An organization may submit no more than one  proposal. Proposals that combine target countries and/or themes will be deemed technically ineligible. Proposals that request less than the award floor ($300,000) or more than the award ceiling ($394,000) may be deemed technically ineligible.
Technically eligible submissions are those which: 1) arrive electronically via www.grantsolutions.gov or www.grants.gov by May 30, 2014 before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST); 2) heed all instructions contained in the solicitation document and Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI), including length and completeness of submission; and 3) do not violate any of the guidelines stated in the solicitation and this document.
It is the responsibility of all applicants to ensure that proposals have been received by www.grantsolutions.gov or www.grants.gov in their entirety. DRL bears no responsibility for data errors resulting from transmission or conversion processes.
Once the Request for Proposals deadline has passed U.S. Department of State staff in Washington and overseas may not discuss competing proposals with applicants until the review process has been completed.
NOTE: In order to process final awards, approved applicants will need to register with www.grantsolutions.gov.
Programs that leverage resources from funds internal to the organization or other sources, such as public-private partnerships, will be highly considered. Projects that have a strong academic, research, conference, or dialogue focus will not be deemed competitive. DRL strongly discourages health, technology, or science- related projects unless they have an explicit component related to the requested program objectives listed above. Projects that focus on commercial law or economic development will be rated as non-competitive. Cost sharing is strongly encouraged, and cost sharing contributions should be outlined in the proposal budget and budget narrative.
DRL will not consider proposals that reflect any type of support, for any member, affiliate, or representative of a designated terrorist organization, whether or not elected members of government.
The information in this solicitation is binding and may not be modified by any Bureau representative. Explanatory information provided by the Bureau that contradicts this language will not be binding. Issuance of the solicitation does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the Government. The Bureau reserves the right to reduce, revise, or increase proposal budgets in accordance with the needs of the program evaluation requirements.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Should you have any questions regarding the solicitation, please feel free to contact Erin Spitzer at SpitzerEM@State.gov. Once the deadline has passed, State Department officials and staff - both in the Bureau and at embassies overseas - may not discuss this competition with applicants until the entire proposal review process is completed.