Announcement issuance date: Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Proposal submission deadline: Thursday, April 30, 2009, at 12:00 p.m. (EDT). Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.
ADVISORY: Grants.gov is expected to experience higher than normal volume of activity in the near future. PRM strongly recommends submitting your proposal early to allow time to address issues that may arise due to system delays.
Proposed Program Start Dates: June 1 – September 29, 2009.
NGOs which have never been funded by PRM or which have not been funded since 2004 must use a program start date of August or September.
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: Returning Refugees in Afghanistan
PRM will prioritize currently available funding for proposed non-governmental organization (NGO) activities that best meet the Bureau’s priorities in Afghanistan as identified below:
Since 2002, more than five million Afghans have returned to Afghanistan, including some 275,000 in 2008. Approximately 2.7 million Afghan refugees remain in countries of asylum. The Bureau will continue to focus on supporting the sustainable reintegration of returning refugees in Afghanistan.
PRM will consider proposals from NGOs with proven track records in implementing refugee and returnee assistance programs. Higher consideration will be given to organizations that have well-established operations in Afghanistan.
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.
PRM generally supports activities in the areas of:
The following activities are priority areas for PRM in FY09:
NGOs are encouraged to propose programs that include a mix of elements. PRM will consider a broad range of activities, but priority will be given to programs that include one or more of the elements from the above categories. It is important to have an effective and practicable exit/transition strategy as it is unlikely that follow-on funding will be available.
Although PRM will consider all submissions, preference will be given to proposals that focus on the following geographic locations and/or Land Allocation Scheme sites that have been ratified by the Oversight Committee:
Provinces of anticipated high return 2009-2010
Land Allocation Scheme (LAS) sites ratified by Oversight Committee
Barik Ab (Kabul Province)
Beni Warsak (Parwan Province)
Taqi Naqi (Herat Province)
Sheikh Misri (Nangarhar Province)
Gorjee (Farah Province)
Robat (Paktia Province)
PRM will accept proposals from any NGO working within the above mentioned sectors and geographic locations, although, given budgetary constraints, priority will be given to proposals from organizations that can demonstrate:
Transition Strategy/Coordination preferences:
Programs must include a description of how program activities will fit into a phased transition strategy to locally available services or to self-reliance strategies. Programs should also include clear and effective plans for moving from relief to early recovery under local or national structures. PRM will give particular consideration to NGOs that may be able to present projects that either coordinate with or fit into the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS), particularly the Refugees, Returnees, and IDPs (RRI) Sector Strategy, and/or National Solidarity Program (NSP). All projects should seek to address the particular needs of women and children and indicators should disaggregated by gender and age group when possible. Although PRM anticipates the majority of awards will be provided for Afghan returnee support, submissions may include activities which cover Pakistani refugee needs.
To ensure PRM-funded NGO programs are coordinated with UNHCR on refugee return programming, NGOs are encouraged to request comments from UNHCR on planned activities supporting refugee returns in Afghanistan. Applicants may send their draft proposals via e-mail to the following UNHCR Afghanistan Points of Contact: Country Representative Ewen Macleod at Macleod@unhcr.org and Senior Program Officer Arman Harutyunyan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants are encouraged to reference these communications with UNHCR either within the narrative or attached as an annex to the proposal so that panel review members are aware of efforts being made on coordination.
PRM will consider projects submitted with budgets in the range of $400,000 to $2,000,000 in PRM-requested funding. In FY 2009 larger project proposals with solid and compelling justifications will be considered. As stated in the FY 2009 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” section at http://www.grants.gov/applicants/applicant_faqs.jsp#applying on Grants.gov for complete details on requirements, and note the following highlights below.
Proposal Content, Formatting and Template: Please refer to the “Proposal Submission and Review Process” section in the FY 2009 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. Please include “PRM NGO Templates” in the subject line.
PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED IN THE GENERAL PRM NGO GUIDELINES:
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 the PRM-recommended program report 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 2009 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: Answers to technical questions from PRM do not indicate a commitment to fund the program discussed. End note.)
- Program Officer Amy Wendt (WendtAR@State.gov) in Washington DC
- Program Officer Norman Hastings (HastingsNS@State.gov) in Washington, DC
- Regional Refugee Coordinator Carmela Conroy (ConroyCA@State.gov) in Kabul, Afghanistan