Deadline: Wednesday October 15, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. (EDT)
Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.
Proposed Start Dates: December 1, 2008 – February 1, 2009
Duration of Activity: No more than 12 months
Applicants with multi-year programs to continue to meet the needs of newly returning refugees 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 in southern Sudan.
PRM FY 2009 Africa Region Funding:
Please note that PRM may be operating under a “continuing resolution” (CR) for the first part of FY 2009, and therefore might not be able to fund any new activities while under a CR.
PRM will prioritize currently available funding for proposed ongoing NGO activities that best meet the Bureau’s priorities in the region.
PRM FY 2009 Funding Priorities for southern Sudan:
(1) Proposed activities should support Sudanese refugee repatriation and reintegration via programs in return communities in Jonglei State, Eastern Equatoria State, and Upper Nile State of southern Sudan. PRM will consider activities supporting the following: protection, health, primary education, water/sanitation, mine awareness education, gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response, and livelihoods training and establishment. PRM will not support NGO projects in FY09 that focus on information campaigns, civic education projects, “go and see” visits or other activities to prepare refugees in countries of asylum for returns.
(2) Proposals should focus on areas of high refugee return where refugee returnees make up at least 50% of targeted beneficiaries in communities in Jonglei, Eastern Equatoria, and/or Upper Nile States. Proposals should specify current and projected refugee returnee population numbers in proposed locations as documented by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Southern Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC), and/or local authorities.
(3) 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:
Proposal Submission Requirements: See “How to Apply” section on Grants.gov for complete details on requirements, and note the following highlights below:
(1) Proposal formatting and content: Please refer to the “Submitting Proposals” section in the FY08 General PRM NGO guidelines available at http://www.state.gov/j/prm/funding/181444.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 as outlined in the general PRM NGO guidelines:
(2) Pre-submission technical consultation: This announcement is designed to coordinate with the general FY08 General PRM NGO guidelines, which explain in detail PRM’s NGO funding strategy and priorities. Please read both sets of guidance 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 with technical questions related to this announcement should contact the PRM staff listed below prior to submitting the proposal:
PRM Program Officer Brennan Gilmore (GilmoreBM@state.gov or 202-663-1712) in Washington, DC; or
Acting Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Horn of Africa Nnenna Ofobike (OfobikeNN@state.gov) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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 the above proposal 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 via letter to NGOs of final decisions taken by Bureau management.
PRM funding opportunities for proposed activities in the Horn of Africa and Central Africa/Great Lakes (beginning December 1, 2008 – February 1, 2009) are also currently posted on Grants.gov.