Announcement issuance date: Thursday, January 15, 2009
Proposal submission deadline: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. (EST).
Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.
Proposed Program Start Dates: April 1 – July 31, 2009
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: Chad, Cameroon, and the CAR
PRM will prioritize currently available funding for proposed NGO activities that best meet the Bureau’s priorities in Chad, Cameroon, and the CAR as identified below:
(1) Proposed activities should primarily support Sudanese refugees in Chad and the CAR as well as Central African refugees in Chad and Cameroon. Proposals may include work in the following sectors: protection, health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education, camp management, community services, micro-enterprise and livelihoods development, humanitarian air services, humanitarian information services, gender-based violence prevention and support, and psychosocial support.
(2) PRM will accept proposals from any NGO working within the above mentioned sectors although, given our budgetary constraints, priority will be given to proposals from organizations that can demonstrate:
- a working relationship with UNHCR and 2008/2009 UNHCR funding and/or support for the proposed activities and/or overall country program;
- a proven track record in providing proposed assistance (both in the sector and specified location) to refugees in Chad, Cameroon, and CAR;
- evidence of coordination with international organizations and other NGOs working in the same area or sector as well as – if applicable – local authorities;
- appropriate targeting of beneficiaries in coordination with UNHCR and other relevant organizations.
Proposal Submission Requirements: See “How to Apply” section 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 2008 General PRM NGO Guidelines and recommended templates available at http://www.state.gov/j/prm/funding/181444.htm. PRM strongly recommends that organizations applying for funding use the PRM proposal and budget templates. In the event the templates are not yet available online, please email Geoff Parker at ParkerGA@state.gov for copies.
PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED IN THE GENERAL PRM NGO GUIDELINES:
Proposal review process: PRM’s Office of Assistance for Africa conducts formal competitive reviews of all submitted proposals by convening review teams. These teams 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.
All applicants for new and follow-on funding are encouraged to contact the PRM staff listed below before submitting proposals:
- Program Officer Geoffrey Parker (ParkerGA@state.gov or 202-663-1029) in Washington, DC
- Refugee Coordinator Perlita Muiruri (MuiruriPW@state.gov) in N’Djamena, Chad
- Deputy Office Director Mary Lange (LangeMM@state.gov or 202-663-1041) in Washington, DC