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FY 2011 Funding Opportunity Announcement for NGO Programs Benefiting Burmese Refugees in Thailand, Bangladesh and Malaysia


Funding Opportunity Announcement
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
April 1, 2011

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Funding Opportunity Number: PRM-ANE-11-CA-EA-04012011-TH-BGD-MYA

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number: 19.511- Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for East Asia

Announcement issuance date: Friday, April 1, 2011

Proposal submission deadline: Friday, May 6, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. noon (EDT). Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

ADVISORY:

(1) As of the release of this funding opportunity announcement, the U.S. Government is operating under a Continuing Resolution. As such, all decisions regarding proposal submissions are subject to the availability of funds.

(2) PRM strongly recommends submitting your proposal early to allow time to address difficulties that may arise due to system delays on grants.gov.

Proposed Program Start Dates: May 1, 2011 – September 27, 2011

Duration of Activity:

Program plans for Bangladesh and Malaysia should be no more than 12 months. Applicants must re-compete for PRM funding each year.

Program plans for Thailand from 12 to 24 months will be considered. Applicants may submit multi-year proposals with activities and budgets that do not exceed 24 months from the proposed start date. Actual awards will not exceed 12 months in duration. Multi-year proposals selected for funding by PRM will be funded in 12-month increments and must include results-based indictors within the first 12 months. Agreements may be renewable for an additional 12-month period contingent upon available funding, strong performance, and continuing need. Continued funding after the initial 12-month award requires the submission of a noncompeting continuation application as detailed in the “Noncompeting Application Requirements” section. NGOs receiving awards under these terms will be required to submit continuation applications at least three months in advance of the end of the 12-month period of activities. Please see the “Proposal Content, Formatting, and Templates” section for additional guidance.

For all programs, 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 and diverse funding sources.

Current Funding Priorities for Assistance to Burmese refugees in Thailand:

(1) Umpiem Mai, Nu Po, Ban Don Yang and Mae La Refugee Camps:

PRM will accept proposals from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for humanitarian assistance in the following priority sectors:

  1. Improve access to quality health care services, including reproductive healthcare, with a particular emphasis on the health and nutritional needs of children under five and pregnant and lactating women;
  2. Improve camp water and sanitation and other environmental infrastructure, including protection and development of the water resource in Mae La and in the host villages in Tak Province;
  3. Improve the quality of life of refugee populations by addressing their psychosocial needs and developing income-generating activities, with an emphasis on the development of skills and vocational training to achieve a measure of self-sufficiency and a reasonable livelihood; and
  4. Strengthen the community’s capacity to prevent Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and better respond to the health, psychosocial, safety and justice needs of GBV survivors.

Current Funding Priorities for Assistance to Burmese Rohingya in Bangladesh:

Priority will be given to proposals that promote a holistic, district-wide approach to both registered Rohingya refugees living inside the two official refugee camps, Kutupalong and Nayapara, and unregistered Rohingya and local Bangladeshi host population living outside of the camps.

(1) Proposed activities in the two official refugee camps, Kutupalong and Nayapara, should support the following priority sectors:

  1. Expand skills training to include income generating activities, with an emphasis on the development of skills and vocational training to achieve a measure of self-sufficiency and a reasonable livelihood;
  2. Strengthen ongoing healthcare (including reproductive health), education services, and psychosocial programming, particularly through integrating and expanding support to the disabled;
  3. Expand community mobilization programs, especially in support of the existing community-based counseling system for conflict resolution;
  4. Improve physical infrastructure in the camps, including shelter and interior roads; and
  5. Improve knowledge of and enhance the capacity to identify and respond to GBV, and build the capacity of service providers to incorporate GBV prevention and response into their activities.

(2) Proposals that incorporate unregistered Rohingya living outside of the two official camps, Kutupalong and Nayapara, should link the above priority sectors with the following activities:

  1. Expand access to justice by strengthening law and order in the sub-districts where the camps are located, specifically to combat GBV and support survivors; and
  2. Expand access to education for refugee children that would serve both Rohingya and Bangladeshi students, where Rohingya make up 50% of the targeted beneficiaries.

Current Funding Priorities for Assistance to Burmese Refugees in Malaysia:

(1) Healthcare:

PRM will accept proposals from NGOs to provide primary healthcare, medical services, mental health and psychosocial support to the urban Burmese refugee population in Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley, including the implementation of mobile health clinics to immigration detention centers.

(2) Education:

PRM will accept proposals from NGOs to provide quality educational opportunities for school-aged refugee children. Proposed activities should focus on strengthening refugee community capacity to provide education to children and improving the quality of Refugee Community Schools.

(3) Gender-Based Violence (GBV):

PRM will accept proposals from NGOs to provide humanitarian assistance in the following priority areas:

  1. Improve knowledge of GBV within refugee and host communities;
  2. Improve the capacity of target communities to identify and effectively respond to GBV through healthcare (including reproductive health), psychosocial, safety, justice and other services that involve refugee and host community members in their design and implementation; and
  3. Improve the capacity of service providers to incorporate GBV prevention and response activities, including multi-sectoral referral services.

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:

  • A working relationship with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), current UNHCR funding, and/or a letter of support from UNHCR for the proposed activities and/or overall country program (this letter should highlight the gap in services the proposed program is designed to address);
  • A proven track record in providing proposed assistance both in the sector and specified location;
  • Evidence of coordination with international organizations (IOs) and other NGOs working in the same area or sector as well as – where possible – local authorities;
  • A concrete implementation plan with well-conceived objectives and indicators that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and reliable, time-bound and trackable (SMART), have established baselines, and include at least one outcome or impact indicator per objective;
  • A budget that is appropriate for meeting the objectives and demonstrates co-funding by non-US government sources;
  • Appropriate targeting of beneficiaries in coordination with UNHCR and other relevant organizations.
  • Adherence to relevant international standards for humanitarian assistance. See PRM’s General NGO Guidelines for a complete list of sector-specific standards.

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.

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:

  • Proposals must be submitted via Grants.gov. Organizations not registered with Grants.gov should register well in advance of the May 6, 2011 deadline as it can take up to two weeks to finalize registration (sometimes longer for non-U.S. based NGOs to get the required registration numbers). To register with Grants.gov, organizations must first receive a DUNS number and register with the Central Contract Registry (CCR) which can take weeks and sometimes months. See “Applicant FAQs” section on Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/help/applicant_faqs.jsp#applying) for complete details on registering.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to submit your application on Grants.gov. Applicants who have done so in the past and experienced technical difficulties were not able to meet the deadline. Please note: Grants.gov is expected to experience continued high volumes of activity in the near future. PRM strongly recommends submitting your proposal early to avoid submission delays. We recommend that organizations, particularly first-time applicants, submit applications via Grants.gov no later than one week before the deadline to avoid last-minute technical difficulties that could result in an application not being considered.
  • If you encounter technical difficulties with Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov Help Desk at support@grants.gov or by calling 1-800-518-4726. Applicants who are unable to submit applications via Grants.gov due to Grants.gov technical difficulties and who have reported the problem(s) to the Grants.gov help desk and received a case number and had a service request opened to research the problem(s), should contact PRM Program Officer Hoa Tran at (202) 453-9289 or TranHT3@state.gov to determine whether an alternative method of submission is appropriate.
  • Applications must be submitted under the authority of the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) at the applicant organization. Having proposals submitted by agency headquarters helps to avoid possible technical problems.
  • Pursuant to U.S. Code, Title 218, Section 1001, stated on OMB Standard Form 424 (SF-424), Department of State is authorized to consolidate the certifications and assurances required by Federal law or regulations for its federal assistance programs. The list of certifications and assurances can be found at: http://fa.statebuy.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=161&menu_id=68 )
  • NGOs that have not received PRM funding prior to the U.S. Government fiscal year ending September 30, 2004 must be prepared to demonstrate that they meet the financial and accounting requirements of the U.S. Government by submitting copies of 1) the most recent external financial audit, 2) non-profit tax status under IRS 501 (c)(3), 3) a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, and 4) an Employer ID (EIN)/Federal Tax Identification number.

Proposal Content, Formatting and Template:

Please refer to the “Proposal Submission and Review Process” section in the 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 templates.

In addition to referencing the General NGO Guidelines, applicants for Thailand proposing multi-year programs should adhere to the following guidance:

Applicants may submit proposals that include multi-year strategies presented in 12-month cycles for a period not to exceed 24 months from the proposed start date. Fully developed programs with detailed budgets, objectives and indicators are required for the first 12-months of activities. PRM expects all multi-year program plans to broadly outline out-year activities. Multi-year strategies should include notional budgets (budget summaries only) for out-year activities. Objectives and indicators for out-year 12-month program cycles are not required as part of the initial proposal and will be submitted with continuation applications.

Applicants should note that they may continue to use PRM’s recommended proposal and budget templates for multi-year proposals. Multi-year proposals using the templates must be no more than 30 pages in length. If the applicant does not use PRM’s recommended templates, proposals must not exceed 25 pages in length. Organizations may choose to attach work plans, activity calendars, and/or logical frameworks as addendums/appendices to the proposal. These attachments do not count toward the page limit total.

PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED IN 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.

  • Proposals should outline how the NGO will acknowledge PRM funding. If an organization believes that publicly acknowledging the receipt of USG funding for a particular PRM-funded project could potentially endanger the lives of the beneficiaries and/or the organization staff, invite suspicion about the organization’s motives, or alienate the organization from the population it is trying to help, it must provide a brief explanation in its proposal as to why it should be exempted from this requirement.
  • Focus on outcome or impact indicators as much as possible. At a minimum, each objective should have one outcome or impact indicator. Wherever possible, baselines should be established before the start of the project.
  • To increase PRM’s ability to track the impact of PRM funding, include specific information on locations of projects and beneficiaries. Any project involving the building or maintenance of physical infrastructure must include coordinates of site locations (place name, P-Code, latitude and longitude coordinates).
  • Budget must include a specific breakdown of funds being provided by UNHCR, other USG agencies, other donors, and your own organization. PRM strongly encourages multi-lateral support for humanitarian programs.
  • Organizations that received PRM funding in FY 2010 for activities that are being proposed for funding under this announcement must include the most recent quarterly progress report against indicators outlined in the cooperative agreement. If an organization’s last quarterly report was submitted more than six weeks prior to the submission of a proposal in response to this funding announcement, the organization must include, with its most recent quarterly report, updates that show any significant progress made on objectives since the last report.

Noncompeting Application Requirements

Multi-year applications selected for funding by PRM will be funded in 12 month increments based on the proposals submitted in the competing application and as approved by PRM. Continued funding after the initial 12 month award requires the submission of a noncompeting continuation application as follows:

  • Continuation applications must be submitted not later than 90 days than the proposed start date of the award (e.g., if funding the next budget period is to begin on September 1, submit your application by June 1). Late applications will jeopardize continued funding.
  • Applications must be signed by the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) at the applicant organization on the submitted SF-424.
  • Pursuant to U.S. Code, Title 218, Section 1001, stated on OMB Standard Form 424 (SF-424), Department of State is authorized to consolidate the certifications and assurances required by Federal law or regulations for its federal assistance programs. The list of certifications and assurances can be found at: http://fa.statebuy.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=161&menu_id=68 )
  • Proposal Content, Formatting and Templates: Please refer to the guidance contained in PRM’s General NGO Guidelines. The total budget should not exceed the amount which is listed on the current Federal Assistance Award. You must submit a complete application including:
    • Signed completed SF-424.
    • Proposal reflecting objectives and indicators for the continuation period.
    • Budget for the continuation period.
    • Budget narrative.
    • Most recent Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA), if applicable.
    • Information on the amount of unexpended funds to include a statement of the estimated cumulative total dollar amount taking into consideration the actual expenditures shown on the Financial Status Report. Note that funds are available for expenditure only during the period in which they are awarded.

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 PRM’s reporting requirements, please see 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.):

PRM Program Officer Hoa Tran, TranHT3@state.gov, 202-453-9289, Washington, D.C.

Bangkok Regional Refugee Coordinator Andrea Doyle, DoyleAL@state.gov, U.S. Embassy, Refugee and Migration Affairs, Bangkok, Thailand.

Bangkok Deputy Regional Refugee Coordinator Anjalina Sen, SenAM@state.gov, U.S. Embassy, Refugee and Migration Affairs, Bangkok, Thailand.



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