Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
U.S. Department of State
November 16, 2007
The Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) values its continued cooperation with international non-governmental organization (NGO) and international organization (IO) partners worldwide. PRM will accept proposals from international NGOs and IOs that satisfy the guidelines below.
The following guidelines are issued for programs that provide health, water/sanitation support, gender-based violence prevention and response programs, income generation and vocational training to Burmese refugee populations in specific refugee camps in Thailand and are consistent with PRM's General NGO Guidelines for Overseas Assistance.
PRM will consider proposals from international NGOs and international organizations with proven track records in implementing refugee assistance programs. Higher consideration will be given to organizations that have well-established operations in Thailand.
Funding to support Migration and Refugee Assistance programs is contingent upon Congressional appropriation of funds. Therefore, awards under this program are subject to availability of funds.
Requirements and Priorities for Proposals
Approximately 140,000 refugees from a variety of ethnic groups in Burma reside in nine official refugee camps in Thailand. The Bureau will continue to support programs working in camps in Thailand along the Burmese border. These programs address needs not covered by UNHCR or other international organizations, including public health programs, gender- based violence (GBV) prevention, water and sanitation, food, income generation, and vocational training. Please note that funding in FY 2008 is expected to be limited.
In FY 2007, the Bureau supported humanitarian assistance in several refugee camps in Thailand. Under the annual appropriation, the Bureau provided $7.9M to NGOs providing services in these refugee camps ($1.7 million for health care/other services for refugee populations in Ban Mae Nai Soi and Ban Mae Surin refugee camps in Mae Hong Son province; $4.5M for food assistance to refugee populations in Tham Hin, Nu Po, and four camps in Mae Hong Son province; and $1.75 million for primary health care/other services in Umpiem Mai, Nu Po, and Ban Don Yang camps). Generally, funds are awarded for a 12-month period. Shorter time periods may also be authorized.
Proposal Focus and Guidance
1) Ban Mae Nai Soi and Ban Mae Surin:
The FY 2007 project in Mae Hong Son supported camp-based assistance in the areas of health, gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response, and income generation support through December 31, 2007. The Bureau will accept applications from NGOs and IOs by the deadline of Midnight EST December 17, 2007 for continued humanitarian assistance in these key areas for the period Jan. 1, 2008 - Dec. 31, 2008.
In addition to complying with the general policy guidelines described under "FY 2008 General NGO Guidelines for Overseas Assistance" posted under the "How to Apply" tab in grants.gov, proposals to assist refugee populations in Ban Mae Nai Soi and Ban Mae Surin camps in Mae Hong Son Province should focus on all of the following:
2) Food Assistance:
The FY 2007 food assistance program provided basic rations and cooking oil for refugees in Ban Mae Na Soi, Ban Mae Surin, Mae La Oon, Mae Ra Ma Luang, Tham Hin and Nu Po camps. The Bureau will accept applications from NGOs and IOs for continued food assistance in Ban Mae Na Soi, Ban Mae Surin, Mae La Oon, Mae Ra Ma Luang (additional camps only if funding permits) by the deadline of Midnight EST February 1, 2008 for the period April 1, 2008 - January 31, 2009.
In addition to complying with the general policy guidelines described under "FY 2008 General NGO Guidelines for Overseas Assistance" posted under the "How to Apply" tab in grants.gov, proposals to provide food assistance to populations in Ban Mae Nai Soi, Ban Mae Surin, Mae La Oon, and Mae Ra Ma Luang camps should focus on both of the following:
3) Umpiem Mai, Nu Po, and Ban Don Yang:
In Umpiem Mai, Nu Po, and Ban Don Yang camps, funding currently supports primary health care and training services, water/sanitation support, gender-based violence prevention and response, and income generation programs through May 31, 2008. The Bureau will accept applications from NGOs and IOs by the deadline of Midnight EST April 1, 2008 for assistance to refugee populations in these camps for the period June 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009.
In addition to complying with the general policy guidelines described under "FY 2008 General NGO Guidelines for Overseas Assistance" posted under the "How to Apply" tab in grants.gov, proposals to assist refugee populations in Umpiem Mai, Nu Po, and Ban Don Yang should focus on all of the following:
Materials submitted under this announcement should address whether the applicant has obtained host government approval to implement refugee assistance projects. Organizations should describe their history of providing assistance to Burmese refugees in Thailand and level of established cooperation with UN and non-governmental organizations currently involved in addressing refugee assistance and protection in Thailand.
PRM will not fund projects beyond a twelve-month period. Applicants with multi-year programs must continue to reapply for PRM funding each year. Furthermore, in funding a project for one year, PRM makes no representation that it will continue to fund the project in successive years.
Please keep in mind that the budget for the proposed program should identify not only the funding request to PRM, but also those portions of the program to be funded by the NGO itself, UNHCR or other UN/IO agencies, USAID, or other donors. Proposals that receive co-funding are highly encouraged.
Organizations who have received funding in FY2007 from PRM for areas included in this announcement should include a short update on the progress made to date on the specific indicators of the project outlined in the cooperative agreement. This should be included as an attachment in the proposal.
PRM will accept proposals from any organization that is able to satisfy the requirements of these guidelines although, given our budgetary constraints, priority will be given to proposals from organizations that can demonstrate:
NGOs that have never received PRM funding must be prepared to demonstrate that they meet the financial and accounting requirements of the U.S. government including submission of an audit report performed by independent public accountants in accordance with U.S. Government Auditing Standards before they will be eligible to receive PRM funding. Proposals inconsistent with the guidance herein may be rejected without review.
See "How to Apply" section on Grants.gov for complete details on requirements, and note the following highlights below:
For any questions, please contact:
Office of Assistance for Asia and the Near East
Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
U.S. Department of State
fax: (202) 663-1061
Proposal Review Process
Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
PRM will conduct a review of all proposal submissions by convening proposal review teams to evaluate proposals based on the above evaluation criteria and PRM's priorities in the context of available funding.
In order to provide NGOs and IOs 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 applicants of final decisions taken by Bureau management.