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FY 2010 PRM Funding Opportunity Announcement for NGO Programs in Sudan Benefiting Southern Sudanese Refugee Returnees and Receiving Communities

Funding Opportunity Announcement
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
October 27, 2009


Funding Opportunity Number: PRM-AFR-10-CA-AF-102709-SUDAN


Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number: 19.517


Announcement issuance date: Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Proposal submission deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) (EDT).


Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.


ADVISORY: is expected to experience continued high volume of activity in the near future. PRM strongly recommends submitting your proposal early to allow time to address difficulties that may arise due to system delays.

Proposed Program Start Dates: February 1, 2010 – September 15, 2010


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 if pursuing a multi-year strategy of reintegration and transition to early recovery support.


Current Funding Priorities:


(a) Proposed activities should attract and/or support the return and reintegration of Sudanese refugees via programs in return communities in southern Sudan.


(b) Proposals should comment on the point of refuge (i.e., refugee camps in Uganda, Kenya, or Ethiopia or elsewhere) of targeted returnee beneficiaries, and can target refugees who have returned to southern Sudan in 2009 or previous years (if proposed activities are to make reintegration more sustainable), as well as those returning in 2010.


(c) Proposed activities may also target areas of potential return, with the inclusion of an analysis of the reasonable prospect for returns to the targeted geographic area. Priority will be given to Eastern Equatoria, Upper Nile, and Jonglei States.


(d) Proposals must focus on the following sectors: Health, Water and Sanitation, Primary Education and/or Livelihoods.


(e) Because of PRM's mandate to provide protection, assistance, and sustainable solutions for refugees and victims of conflict, PRM only considers funding projects that include a target direct beneficiary base of at least 50% refugee returnees.


(f) Proposals should focus on activities that can produce sustainable results on reintegration within a 12-month period that is expected to include implementation of the final steps in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.


(g) PRM will accept proposals from any NGO that is able to satisfy these guidelines although, given our budgetary constraints, priority will be given to proposals from organizations that can demonstrate:


  • a working relationship with UNHCR, current UNHCR funding, and/or a letter of support from UNHCR for the proposed activities and/or overall country program;
  • a proven track record in providing assistance to Sudanese refugee returnees in both the sector(s) and specified location(s) covered in the submission;
  • evidence of coordination with and support from local authorities for the proposed project (please note that for any NGO project that PRM funds, PRM will share budget and project activity information with appropriate ministries and local authorities in Sudan and with other USG entities involved with reconstruction efforts);
  • evidence of coordination with International Organizations (IOs) and other NGOs and development organizations in the proposed region or sector of work, a well-developed transition strategy, and sustainability after the conclusion of 12 months of programming;
  • A budget that is appropriate for meeting the objectives and evidence of cost-sharing efforts and a diverse donor base and/or resources from the submitting organization;
  • appropriate targeting of beneficiaries in coordination with UNHCR and other relevant organizations supporting reintegration;
  • 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 at least one outcome indicator per objective; and
  • appropriate consideration in the implementation plan of programmatic limitations due to the rainy season (approximately May – October).


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.


Funding Limits:


PRM will consider projects with funding requested from PRM in the range of $100,000 to $2,000,000; any submissions over this amount will automatically be disqualified. Please note that PRM does not expect to be able to maintain recent year funding levels for return and reintegration activities.


As stated in the FY 2010 General PRM 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” ( on for complete details on requirements, and note the following highlights:


  • Proposals must be submitted via Organizations not registered with should register well in advance of the December 1, 2009 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, 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 ( for complete details on registering.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to submit your application on Applicants who have done so in the past and experienced technical difficulties were not able to meet the deadline. Please note: 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 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 please contact the Help Desk at or by calling 1-800-518-4726. Applicants who are unable to submit applications via due to technical difficulties and who have reported the problem(s) to the help desk and received a case number and had a service request opened to research the problem(s), should contact PRM Program Officer Brennan Gilmore at (202) 663-1712 or 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.
  • 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 FY 2010 General PRM 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.




This announcement is designed to accompany the FY 2010 General PRM NGO Guidelines, which contain additional administrative information and explain in detail PRM’s NGO funding strategy and priorities. Please use both the FY 2010 General PRM 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.
  • Focus on outcome or impact indicators as much as possible. At a minimum, each objective should have one outcome or impact indicator. PRM will not fund reintegration projects that require a period of time at the beginning of the project for community assessments or establishment of baselines. These activities must already have occurred and be incorporated into proposed indicators; and baselines should be provided to the greatest extent possible.
  • 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 (where applicable). PRM strongly encourages multilateral support for humanitarian programs.
  • Organizations that received PRM funding in FY 2008 or FY 2009 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.


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 FY 2010 General PRM 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.


In order to provide NGOs with timely feedback, PRM will inform applicants of the panel’s decision to recommend or not recommend funding proposed activities, and may request revised proposals and/or budgets based on feedback from the panel. PRM will follow up with 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 Brennan Gilmore ( or 202-663-1712) in Washington, DC; or


Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Horn of Africa Inga Heemink ( in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; or


Deputy Office Director Mary Lange ( or 202-663-1041) in Washington, DC

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