Funding Opportunity Number: PRM-PRMOAPEU-13-002
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number:
19.520 - Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for Europe
Announcement issuance date: Friday, May 3, 2013
Proposal submission deadline: Monday, June 3, 2013 at 12:00 noon EDT. Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.
**ADVISORY: PRM strongly recommends submitting your proposal early to allow time to address any difficulties that may arise.**
Proposed Program Start Dates: September 1, 2013
Eligible Applicants: (1) Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with IRS, other than institutions of higher education; (2) Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status with IRS, other than institutions of higher education; and (3) International Organizations. International Organizations (IOs) should not submit proposals through Grants.gov in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement. Rather IOs such as UN agencies and other Public International Organizations (PIOs) that are seeking funding for programs relevant to this announcement should contact the relevant PRM Program Officer (as listed below) on or before the closing date of the funding announcement.
Duration of Activity: 12 to 36 months
Program plans from 12 to 36 months will be considered only for Serbia and Kosovo. Program plans for Bosnia and Herzegovina are limited to 12 months. Applicants may submit multi-year proposals with activities and budgets that do not exceed 36 months from the proposed start date. Actual awards will not exceed 12 months in duration and activities and budgets submitted in year one can be revised/updated each year. Continued funding after the initial 12- month award requires the submission of a noncompeting continuation application and will be contingent upon available funding, strong performance, and continuing need. 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. Please see Multi-Year Funding section below for additional information.
Current Funding Priorities for refugees and displaced persons in the Balkans:
In FY 2013, PRM’s focus is to support the reintegration of spontaneous or assisted minority returnees from Serbia in Kosovo; to support the integration of displaced persons (DPs) from Kosovo in Serbia; and to support the return and reintegration of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bosnia & Herzegovina
(a) PRM anticipates funding at least one NGO activity in each of the categories listed below:
• DPs from Kosovo in Serbia
• Returned DPs from Serbia in Kosovo.
• Return and local integration of IDPs and refugees in Bosnia & Herzegovina
(b) Proposals should focus on one or more of the following sectors:
• Protection (including, but not limited to legal assistance)
• Shelter and Infrastructure.
(c) Proposals must have a concrete implementation plan with well-conceived objectives and indicators that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and reliable, time-bound and trackable (SMART), have established baselines, and include at least one outcome or impact indicator per objective; objectives should be clearly linked to the sectors.
(d) Proposals must adhere to relevant international standards for humanitarian assistance. See PRM’s General NGO Guidelines for a complete list of sector-specific standards.
(e) PRM will accept proposals from any NGO working in the above mentioned sectors although, given budgetary constraints, priority will be given to proposals from organizations that can demonstrate:
• a working relationship with UNHCR, current UNHCR funding, and/or a letter of support from UNHCR for the proposed activities and/or overall country program (this letter should highlight the gap in services the proposed program is designed to address);
• a proven track record in providing proposed assistance both in the sector and specified location;
• evidence of coordination with international organizations (IOs) and other NGOs working in the same area or sector as well as – where possible – local authorities;
• a strong transition plan, where feasible, involving local capacity-building;
• a budget that demonstrates co-funding by non-US government sources.
(f) The following country specific guidelines should be adhered to:
1) Kosovo: Projects should focus on the reintegration of spontaneous or assisted returnees in Kosovo. Those projects which are sustainable through transfer to government entities or local NGOs will be viewed favorably. Government or other sources of co-funding will help to demonstrate this commitment. PRM will consider funding only those projects that include a target beneficiary base of at least 51% refugees/IDPs/other persons of concern. Proposals should include at least one of the following components:
• Minor (low cost) shelter repairs or improvements that will help to sustain the reintegration of spontaneous/assisted returnees to Kosovo from Serbia. Proposals should focus on minor repairs or improvements, not large scale repair or reconstruction.
• Community development, inter-ethnic dialogue and reconciliation activities designed to sustain the reintegration of returnees from Serbia.
• Livelihoods/subsistence, income-generation assistance; vocational training; promotion of small business associations (e.g., farmers associations) targeted to communities of returnees from Serbia. (Note: Proposals that support low-cost solutions for a greater number of individuals, particularly those involving collective resources, will be favored.) Programs should include basic market and income surveys before initiating training and livelihoods activities to identify marketable skills and establish baseline household incomes.
• Legal services to assist DPs in resolution of property issues, obtaining of personal documents or reaffirmation of property and other personal rights in Kosovo; and/or to assist them to resolve legal cases related to displacement, e.g. housing, property damage, or pension claims
• Capacity building to improve the response of national and local level governments in providing protection to returnees, including advocacy to sensitize local authorities towards returnee needs Offer relevant training to enhance returnee access to services, jobs, legal documentation, and other elements that would support their reintegration.
2) Serbia: Projects should focus on the integration of displaced persons from Kosovo in Serbia. Those projects which are sustainable through transfer to government entities or other local NGOs will be viewed favorably. PRM will consider funding only those projects that include a target beneficiary base of at least 51% refugees/IDPs/other persons of concern. Proposals should include at least one of the following components:
• Legal services to assist DPs in resolution of property issues or reaffirmation of property rights in Kosovo; and/or to assist them to resolve legal cases related to displacement, e.g. housing, property damage, or obtaining of personal documents. Proposals may also consider legal assistance to displaced persons from Kosovo in Serbia who need help achieving durable solutions in their place of local integration.
• Livelihoods/subsistence income generation assistance. (Note: Proposals that support low-cost solutions for a greater number of individuals will be favored.)
• Short term training courses and/or other mentoring activities to enhance technical and management, and/or entrepreneurial skills. Training should be related to vocational activities that are otherwise supported by the income generation component of this program. Programs should include basic market and income surveys before initiating training and livelihoods activities to identify marketable skills and establish baseline household incomes.
• Capacity building to improve the response of national and local level governments in providing local integration support to IDPs, particularly related to the provision of legal assistance support
3) Bosnia and Herzegovina: Projects should focus on reintegration of IDP and refugee returnees in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Proposals addressing how project activities and objectives will support the Regional Housing Program’s (RHP) efforts to resolve protracted displacement issues in the region, preferably through engagement with RHP beneficiaries or with communities, in which expected returns are likely, will be viewed favorably. PRM will consider funding only those projects that include a target beneficiary base of at least 51% refugees/IDPs/other persons of concern. Proposals should include at least one of the following components:
• Support for returnee community reintegration and sustainability: or community engagement activities aimed at increasing local receptiveness towards minority return.
• Capacity Building to further improve the response of state and local level governments in providing protection to returnees, including advocacy to sensitize local authorities towards returnee needs. Offer relevant training to enhance returnee access to services, jobs, legal documentation, and other elements that would support their reintegration.
• Livelihoods/subsistence income-generation assistance to minority returnees (e.g., agricultural sector support combining technical/business assistance with provision of needed equipment to sustain return). Programs should include basic market and income surveys before initiating training and livelihoods activities to identify marketable skills and establish baseline household incomes. Income generation activities should fully take into consideration and be aligned with any government development plans for the intended regions.
Funding Limits: PRM will prioritize currently available funding for proposed NGO activities that best meet the Bureau’s priorities in Kosovo, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as identified above. PRM hopes to fund one integration project each in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo. This Funding Opportunity Announcement does not include housing assistance for refugees and IDPs. PRM will consider projects submitted with budgets up to $600,000. Individual proposals for integration activities in Kosovo should not exceed $500,000 in PRM-requested funding; proposals for income generation/legal assistance in Serbia and/or Montenegro should not exceed $600,000 in PRM-requested funding, and proposals for integration activities in Bosnia-Herzegovina should not exceed $300,000 in PRM-requested funding. As stated in the General NGO Guidelines, PRM looks favorably on cost-sharing efforts and seeks to support projects with a diverse donor base and/or resources from the submitting organization.
Proposal Submission Requirements: Proposals must be submitted via Grants.gov. See “Applicant Resources” page on Grants.gov for complete details on requirements (http://www.grants.gov/applicants/app_help_reso.jsp). Please also note the following highlights:
• Do not wait until the last minute to submit your application on Grants.gov. Organizations not registered with Grants.gov should register well in advance of the deadline as it can take up to two weeks to finalize registration (sometimes longer for non-U.S. based NGOs to get the required registration numbers). To register with Grants.gov, organizations must first receive a DUNS number and register with the System for Award Management (SAM) which can take weeks and sometimes months. We recommend that organizations, particularly first-time applicants, submit applications via Grants.gov no later than one week before the deadline to avoid last-minute technical difficulties that could result in an application not being considered. PRM partners must maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which they have an active federal award or an application under consideration by PRM or any federal agency.
• 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.
• If you encounter technical difficulties with Grants.gov please contact the Grants.gov Help Desk at email@example.com or by calling 1-800-518-4726. Applicants who are unable to submit applications via Grants.gov due to Grants.gov technical difficulties and who have reported the problem to the Grants.gov help desk, received a case number, and had a service request opened to research the problem, should contact the relevant PRM Program Officer to determine whether an alternative method of submission is appropriate.
• International Organizations (IOs) should not submit proposals through Grants.gov in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement. Rather IOs such as UN agencies and other Public International Organizations (PIOs) that are seeking funding for programs relevant to this announcement should contact the relevant PRM Program Officer (as stated below) on or before the closing date of the funding announcement.
• Pursuant to U.S. Code, Title 218, Section 1001, stated on OMB Standard Form 424 (SF-424), the Department of State is authorized to consolidate the certifications and assurances required by Federal law or regulations for its federal assistance programs. The list of certifications and assurances can be found at: http://fa.statebuy.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=161&menu_id=68 )
Proposal Content, Formatting and Template: This announcement is designed to accompany PRM’s General NGO Guidelines, which contain additional administrative information on proposal content and formatting, and explain in detail PRM’s NGO funding strategy and priorities. Please use both the General NGO Guidelines and this announcement to ensure that your proposal submission is in full compliance with PRM requirements and that the proposed activities are in line with PRM’s priorities. Proposal submissions that do not meet all of the requirements outlined in these guidelines will not be considered.
PRM strongly recommends using the proposal and budget templates that are available upon email request from PRM's NGO Coordinator. Please send an email, with the phrase “PRM NGO Templates” in the subject line, to PRM's NGO Coordinator. Single-year proposals using PRM’s templates must be no more than 20 pages in length (Times New Roman 12 point font, one inch margins on all sides). If the applicant does not use PRM’s recommended templates, proposals must not exceed 15 pages in length. Organizations may choose to attach work plans, activity calendars, and/or logical frameworks as addendums/appendices to the proposal. These attachments do not count toward the page limit total.
To be considered for PRM funding, organizations must submit a complete application package including:
• Proposal reflecting objectives and indicators for each year of the program period.
• Budget and budget narrative for each year of the program period.
• Signed completed SF-424.
In addition, proposal submissions to PRM should include the following information:
• Focus on outcome or impact indicators as much as possible. At a minimum, each objective should have one outcome or impact indicator. Wherever possible, baselines should be established before the start of the project.
• To increase PRM’s ability to track the impact of PRM funding, include specific information on locations of projects and beneficiaries (GPS coordinates if possible).
• Proposals should outline how the NGO will acknowledge PRM funding. If an organization believes that publicly acknowledging the receipt of USG funding for a particular PRM-funded project could potentially endanger the lives of the beneficiaries and/or the organization staff, invite suspicion about the organization's motives, or alienate the organization from the population it is trying to help, it must provide a brief explanation in its proposal as to why it should be exempted from this requirement.
• The budget should include a specific breakdown of funds being provided by UNHCR, other USG agencies, other donors, and your own organization. PRM strongly encourages multilateral support for humanitarian programs.
• Proposals and budgets should include details of any sub-agreements associated with the program.
• Copy of the organization’s Code of Conduct (required before an award can be made).
• Copy of the organization’s Security Plan (required before an award can be made).
• Most recent Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA), if applicable.
• NGOs that have not received PRM funding since the U.S. Government 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 submitting copies of 1) the most recent external financial audit, 2) proof of non-profit tax status including under IRS 501 (c)(3), as applicable, 3) a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, and 4) an Employer ID (EIN)/Federal Tax Identification number.
• Organizations that received PRM funding in FY 2012 for activities that are being proposed for funding under this announcement must include the most recent quarterly progress report against indicators outlined in the cooperative agreement. If an organization’s last quarterly report was submitted more than six weeks prior to the submission of a proposal in response to this funding announcement, the organization must include, with its most recent quarterly report, updates that show any significant progress made on objectives since the last report.
Multi-Year Funding: Applicants proposing multi-year programs should adhere to the following guidance:
Applicants may submit proposals that include multi-year strategies presented in 12-month cycles for a period not to exceed [24 or 36] months from the proposed start date. Fully developed programs with detailed budgets, objectives and indicators are required for each year of activities. These can be updated yearly upon submission of continuation applications. Applicants should note that they may use PRM’s recommended multi-year proposal template for this application, which is different from the single year template. Multi-year funding applicants may also use PRM’s standard budget template and should submit a separate budget sheet for each project year. Multi-year proposals using PRM’s templates must be no more than 30 pages in length (Times New Roman 12 point font, one inch margins on all sides). If the applicant does not use PRM’s recommended templates, proposals must not exceed 25 pages in length. Organizations may choose to attach work plans, activity calendars, and/or logical frameworks as addendums/appendices to the proposal. These attachments do not count toward the page limit total.
Multi-year applications selected for funding by PRM will be funded in 12- month increments based on the proposal submitted in the initial application as approved by PRM. Continued funding after the initial 12- month award requires the submission of a noncompeting continuation application and will be contingent upon available funding, strong performance, and continuing need. Continuation applications must be submitted by the organization no later than 90 days before the proposed start date of the new award (e.g., if the next project period is to begin on September 1, submit your application by June 1). Continuation applications are submitted in lieu of responding to PRM’s published call for proposals for those activities. Late continuation applications will jeopardize continued funding.
Organizations can request multi-year funding and continuation application templates by emailing PRM's NGO Coordinator with the phrase “PRM NGO Templates” in the subject line.
Reports and Reporting Requirements:
Program reporting: PRM requires quarterly and final program reports describing and analyzing the results of activities undertaken during the validity period of the agreement. It is highly suggested that NGOs receiving PRM funding use the PRM recommended program report template. To request this template, send an email with the phrase “PRM NGO Templates” in the subject line to PRM's NGO Coordinator.
Financial Reports: Financial reports are required within thirty (30) days following the end of each calendar year quarter during the validity period of the agreement; a final financial report covering the entire period of the agreement is required within ninety (90) days after the expiration date of the agreement.
For more details regarding reporting requirements please see PRM’s General NGO Guidelines.
Proposal Review Process: PRM will conduct a formal competitive review of all proposals submitted in response to this funding announcement. A review panel will evaluate submissions based on the above-referenced proposal evaluation criteria and PRM priorities in the context of available funding.
PRM may request revised proposals and/or budgets based on feedback from the panel. PRM will provide formal notifications to NGOs of final decisions taken by Bureau management.
Branding and Marking Strategy: Unless exceptions have been approved by the designated bureau Authorizing Official as described in the proposal templates that are available upon email request from PRM's NGO Coordinator, at a minimum, the following provision will be included whenever assistance is awarded:
• As a condition of receipt of this assistance award, all materials produced pursuant to the award, including training materials, materials for recipients or materials to communicate or promote with foreign audiences a program, event, project, or some other activity under this agreement, including but not limited to invitations to events, press materials, event backdrops, podium signs, etc. must be marked appropriately with the standard U.S. flag in a size and prominence equal to (or greater than) any other logo or identity. Subrecipients and subsequent tier sub-award agreements are subject to the marking requirements and the recipient shall include a provision in the subrecipient agreement indicating that the standard, rectangular U.S. flag is a requirement. In the event the recipient does not comply with the marking requirements as established in the approved assistance agreement, the Grants Officer Representative and the Grants Officer must initiate corrective action.
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. Please note that responses to technical questions from PRM do not indicate a commitment to fund the program discussed.
PRM Program Officer: Joseph Livingston (firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-453-9281), Washington, D.C.
Belgrade Regional Refugee Officer: Maja Wiebler (WieblerM@state.gov, + 381 11 706 4389), U.S. Embassy Belgrade, Serbia.