Funding Opportunity Number: PRM-ECA-11-CA-EUR-050311-CAUCASUS
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number: 19.520
Announcement issuance date: Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Proposal submission deadline: Friday, June 3, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST. Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.
ADVISORY: PRM strongly recommends submitting your proposal early to allow time to address difficulties that may arise due to system delays.
Proposed Program Start Dates: July 1 – September 30, 2011
Duration of Activity: No more than 12 months
Applicants with multi-year programs must continue to re-compete for PRM funding each year. Furthermore, in funding a project one year, PRM makes no representations that it will continue to fund the project in successive years and encourages applicants to seek a wide array of donors to ensure long-term funding possibilities.
Current Funding Priorities for IDPs, Refugees, and Stateless Persons in the Russian Federation/North Caucasus, Armenia, and Azerbaijan:
PRM will prioritize funding for proposed NGO activities that best meet the Bureau’s priorities for IDPs, refugees, and stateless persons in the Russian Federation/North Caucasus, Armenia and Azerbaijan as identified below.
(a) Proposed activities should primarily support the target populations above.
(b) Proposals must focus on one or more of the following sectors:
(c) PRM will accept proposals from any NGO working in the above mentioned sectors although, given budgetary constraints, priority will be given to proposals from organizations that can demonstrate:
(d) Country Specific Instructions
In FY11, PRM’s NGO funding priorities for this region are:
In Russia/North Caucasus
-- Include capacity-building of local/ regional organizations or institutions to address gaps in healthcare, protection or other services for IDPs; and/or
-- Increase IDP self-reliance and access to housing and services by increasing income-earning potential.
Proposals should include at least one of the following:
-- Tuberculosis screening, prevention, treatment;
-- Gender-based violence prevention, reporting, response;
-- Livelihoods/income generation assistance to provide subsistence or facilitate access to shelter;
-- Counseling to improve access to services and/or shelter;
-- Psychosocial services to distressed refugee and IDP communities in Chechnya and Ingushetia; and/or
-- Capacity-building of local or regional organizations or institutions to address gaps in healthcare, protection or other services for IDPs.
-- Counseling and/or legal aid to facilitate access to registration, asylum processing, and/or services.
[Note: IO partners funded through contributions should not apply via grants.gov. IO partners may submit applications for consideration via alternate methods such as email.]
International Organizations (IOs) that are engaged in programs relevant to the assistance addressed by this PRM funding announcement should ensure that these programs are made known to PRM on or before the closing date of this funding announcement so that PRM can evaluate all IO and NGO programs for funding consideration.
In FY2011, PRM currently anticipates providing approximately $1.9 million to fund NGO programs in the Russian Federation/North Caucasus. PRM will prioritize available funding for proposed NGO activities that best meet the Bureau’s priorities as identified above.
Of this funding, we anticipate providing approximately $200,000 for an NGO protection project for urban refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR in Moscow. Because of PRM's mandate to provide protection, assistance, and sustainable solutions for refugees and victims of conflict, PRM will consider funding only those Moscow projects that target a beneficiary base comprised at least 50% of refugees. PRM requires appropriate targeting of beneficiaries in coordination with UNHCR and other relevant organizations.
We anticipate providing the remaining $1.7 million for NGO-implemented programs in the North Caucasus. PRM will consider projects submitted with budgets in the range of $200,000 to $750,000. At least $700,000 of the $1.7 million will be dedicated to gender-based violence (GBV) prevention, reporting and response, whether in stand-alone projects or as project sub-component(s).
PRM anticipates funding one NGO project in Armenia to address protection of vulnerable refugees and/or fill critical gaps in the provision of health, educational and/or social services, and/or livelihood support for refugees. Vulnerable former refugees, in so far as they are populations of concern to UNHCR, may also be included. Individual proposals for activities in Armenia may not exceed $200,000 in PRM-requested funding.
Because of PRM's mandate to provide protection, assistance, and sustainable solutions for refugees and victims of conflict, PRM will consider funding only those projects in Armenia that include a target beneficiary base of refugees. PRM requires appropriate targeting of beneficiaries in coordination with UNHCR and other relevant organizations.
PRM anticipates funding one NGO education or livelihoods project in Azerbaijan. Individual proposals for activities in Azerbaijan may not exceed $200,000 in PRM-requested funding.
As stated in the General NGO Guidelines, PRM looks favorably on cost-sharing efforts and seeks to support projects with a diverse donor base and/or resources from the submitting organization.
Proposal Submission Requirements:
See “How to Apply” (http://www.grants.gov/applicants/applicant_faqs.jsp#applying) on Grants.gov for complete details on requirements, and note the following highlights:
Proposal Content, Formatting and Template:
Please refer to the “Proposal Submission and Review Process” section in PRM’s General NGO Guidelines. PRM strongly encourages organizations applying for PRM funding to use the PRM recommended proposal and budget templates. Templates can be requested by sending an email to PRM's NGO Coordinator. You must type “PRM NGO Templates” in the subject line to receive an automated reply containing the template.
PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED IN THE PRM’s NGO GUIDELINES:
This announcement is designed to accompany PRM’s General NGO Guidelines, which contain additional administrative information and explain in detail PRM’s NGO funding strategy and priorities. Please use both the General NGO Guidelines and this announcement to ensure that the proposed activities are in line with PRM’s priorities and that your proposal submission is in full compliance with PRM requirements. Proposal submissions that do not meet all of the requirements outlined in these guidelines will not be considered. PRM recommends using the proposal and budget templates that are available upon email request from PRM's NGO Coordinator. Please send an email, with the phrase “PRM NGO templates” in the subject line, to PRM's NGO Coordinator.
Reports and Reporting Requirements:
Program reporting: PRM requires quarterly and final program reports describing and analyzing the results of activities undertaken during the validity period of the agreement. It is highly suggested that NGOs receiving PRM funding use the PRM recommended program report template. To request this template, send an email with the phrase “PRM NGO templates” in the subject line to PRM's NGO Coordinator.
Financial Reports: Financial reports are required within thirty (30) days following the end of each calendar year quarter during the validity period of the agreement; a final financial report covering the entire period of the agreement is required within ninety (90) days after the expiration date of the agreement.
For more details regarding reporting requirements please see PRM’s General NGO Guidelines.
Proposal Review Process:
PRM will conduct a formal competitive review of all proposals submitted in response to this funding announcement. A review panel will evaluate submissions based on the above-referenced proposal evaluation criteria and PRM priorities in the context of available funding.
PRM may request revised proposals and/or budgets based on feedback from the panel. PRM will provide formal notifications to NGOs of final decisions taken by Bureau management.
PRM Points of Contact:
Should NGOs have technical questions related to this announcement, they should contact the PRM staff listed below prior to proposal submission. (Note: Responses to technical questions from PRM do not indicate a commitment to fund the program discussed.):
Regional Refugee Coordinator Gregory Gardner (GardnerGN@state.gov), U.S. Embassy, Tbilisi.