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FY2008 PRM Funding Opportunity Announcement for NGO Programs in Chad Benefiting Sudanese and Central African Republic (CAR) Refugees Beginning June 1 - September 30, 2008


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March 31, 2008

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Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
Issued March 31, 2008

Deadline: Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. (EDT).

  • This is the final PRM funding opportunity for Chad in FY2008.
  • Proposals should be submitted via Grants.gov. Organizations not registered with Grants.gov should sign up well in advance of the May 15, 2008 deadline as it can take up to two weeks for a registration to be finalized (and sometimes longer for non-U.S. based NGOs to get the required registration numbers).

PRM’s CFDA number for Refugee Assistance Programs for African refugees is 19.517.

  • Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your application on Grants.gov. Applicants who have done so in the past and experienced technical difficulties were not able to meet the deadline. We recommend that organizations, particularly first-time applicants, submit applications via Grants.gov at least one week before the deadline to avoid last-minute technical difficulties that could result in your application not being considered.
  • Applicants who are unable to submit via Grants.gov due to technical difficulties should contact Program Officer Geoffrey Parker at (202) 663-1029 or parkerga@state.gov at least one week prior to submission in order to determine whether an alternative method of submission is appropriate. Please note that e-mail submissions will not be accepted in lieu of submission via Grants.gov!
  • 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.

Proposed Start Dates: June 1 – September 30, 2008

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.

PRM FY 2008 Africa Region Funding Overview:

PRM will prioritize currently available funding for proposed NGO activities that best meet the Bureau’s priorities in Chad.

Current Funding Priorities for Chad:

(1) Proposed activities should support refugees in Chad, primarily the 300,000 refugees from Sudan and the CAR. 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 that is able to satisfy the guidelines above although, given our budgetary constraints, priority will be given to proposals from organizations that can demonstrate:

  • a working relationship with UNHCR and 2007/2008 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;
  • evidence of coordination with international organizations and other NGOs working in the camp or area of proposed activity; and
  • appropriate targeting of beneficiaries in coordination with UNHCR and other relevant organizations.

Proposal Submission Requirements: See “Apply for Grants” 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 FY 2008 General PRM NGO guidelines available at http://www.state.gov/j/prm/funding/181444.htm.

 

Please take special note of the following requirements as outlined in the FY08 General PRM NGO Guidelines:

  • Budget must include a specific breakdown of funds being provided by UNHCR, other USG agencies, other donors, and your own organization (where applicable). PRM places great value on multi-lateral support for humanitarian programs.
  • Organizations that received PRM funding in FY 2007 for proposed activities should include an up-to-date, cumulative progress report against indicators as outlined in the cooperative agreement. Please contact PRM if there is any confusion about what this means.
  • Focus on impact indicators as much as possible. At a minimum, each objective should have one impact indicator.

NGOs that have never received PRM funding prior to the USG 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 providing copies of 1) the most recent external financial audit; 2) non-profit tax status under IRS 501 (c)(3); 3) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number; and 4) Employer ID number (EIN)/Federal Tax Identification Number.

(2) Pre-submission consultation: This announcement is designed to accompany the FY 2008 General PRM NGO Guidelines, which contain additional administrative information and explain in detail PRM’s NGO funding strategy and priorities. Please use both the 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. Again, the guidelines are available at: http://www.state.gov/j/prm/funding/181444.htm.

 

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 PRM Program Officer Geoffrey Parker (parkerga@state.gov or 202-663-1029) in Washington before submitting proposals. It is also recommended that you seek confirmation that your proposal has been received once submitted on Grants.gov.

Proposal review process: PRM’s Office of Assistance for Africa conducts formal internal 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.

 

Final FY2008 PRM funding opportunities for proposed activities in the Horn of Africa, South Sudan, and Central Africa/Great Lakes regions are also currently posted on Grants.gov.



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