Deadline: Tuesday January 6, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. (EST).
Please note the short turnaround time due to the emergency nature of the situation. Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.
Proposed Start Dates: February 1, 2009 – March 15, 2009
Duration of Activity: no more than 12 months
Please note that in funding a project one year, PRM makes no representations that it will continue to fund the project in successive years. PRM encourages applicants to seek an array of donors to ensure long-term funding possibilities if pursuing a multi-year strategy.
(1) Activities that support specifically the new influx of DRC refugee arrivals at the border or in receiving settlements. Proposals should specify refugee population numbers and/or projections in proposed locations. Priority sectors should include water and sanitation, emergency health and nutrition, and primary education. Target beneficiaries and proposed sectors should be selected in coordination with UNHCR.
(2) Organizations with an existing presence in the location and demonstrated capacity in the proposed sector of intervention. Organizations that are not already operational in the target areas are discouraged from submitting proposals.
(3) Interventions that are coordinated with UNHCR and designed to fill gaps in current efforts to provide basic assistance to newly arrived refugees (as of August 2008). At the border interventions must target a minimum of 60% new refugee arrivals while considering impact on hosting communities. All proposals must demonstrate a working relationship with UNHCR as well as UNHCR funding and/or support for the proposed activities.
(4) Interventions that are coordinated with the host government and other international and non-governmental organizations working in the area. Note: PRM shares project information with counterparts to identify most effective interventions and ensure complementarity of funding.
(5) Projects with an immediate impact and concrete plan for completion and/or transition to a long-term funding source. All proposals must include an exit strategy or handover plan.
PRM will accept proposals from any NGO that is able to satisfy these guidelines although priority will be given to proposals from organizations that can demonstrate:
Proposal Submission Requirements: See “How to Apply” section on Grants.gov for technical guidance and details on requirements, and note the following highlights below:
(1) Proposal formatting and content: Please refer to the FY2008 General PRM NGO guidelines available at http://www.state.gov/j/prm/fund/announcements/91668.htm. These general PRM NGO guidelines are also available on Grants.gov in the “How to Apply” section.
PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED IN THE GENERAL PRM NGO GUIDELINES:
(2) Pre-submission preparation: Please read guidance in this announcement and the FY08 General PRM NGO Guidelines carefully 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.
NGOs may contact the PRM staff listed below with technical questions related to this announcement prior to proposal submission.
Proposal Review Process: PRM’s Office of Assistance for Africa conducts formal competitive reviews of all proposal submissions by convening proposal review teams to evaluate proposals based on specific evaluation criteria and PRM’s priorities in the context of available funding.
In order to provide NGOs with timely feedback, PRM will inform applicants of a 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.