Funding Opportunity Number: PRM-PRMOAPGL-13-010-017952
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number:
19.522 - Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for Strategic Global Priorities
Announcement issuance date: Monday, May 6, 2013
Proposal submission deadline: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. noon EDT. Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered. There is no grace period.
**ADVISORY: Please note that grants.gov will reject proposals with formatting errors and may take time to upload (and timestamp) your documents, particularly during heavy use periods just before the deadline. 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 submit a proposal to the relevant PRM Program Officer (as listed below) on or before the closing date of the funding announcement. (Note: nonprofits based outside the United States are still considered nonprofits, not “international organizations” for the purposes of this announcement.)
Duration of Activity: 12 - 36 months
Program plans from 12 to 36 months will be considered. 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 Global Humanitarian System Strengthening on GBV: PRM will prioritize funding for proposed NGO activities that best meet the Bureau’s priorities for capacity-building, research, and evaluations or assessments to help the humanitarian community better prevent and respond to GBV within refugee and conflict-affected populations globally, as outlined below.
GBV is an umbrella term covering a range of abuses perpetrated against individuals based on gender and gender norms, including (but not limited to) sexual violence, sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), female genital cutting, domestic violence, and violence related to sexual orientation or gender identify (SOGI).
(a) This call for submissions deals only with proposals for globally-relevant capacity building, research, assessment, or evaluation projects that will strengthen the international humanitarian community’s ability to reduce and effectively respond to GBV, rather than building the capacity of a specific or single organization or project. To maximize global reach, activities should involve multiple locations and, when possible, multiple partners.
Proposals for programmatic GBV prevention and/or response efforts serving refugee and conflict-affected populations in specific geographic locations should be submitted through a separate application process when relevant Funding Opportunity Announcements are posted. (See PRM Regional Funding Opportunity Announcements).
PRM will prioritize funding for proposed activities that best meet the Bureau’s priorities. Proposals must:
1) Seek to build the capacity of IOs, NGOs, and their implementing partners to prevent and respond to GBV with worldwide application and/or implications.
2) Involve research, assessments or external evaluations (prospective or retrospective), that could inform and strengthen PRM and/or the international community’s policy and programming for GBV prevention and response. Such research, assessments, or evaluations should be conducted in an academically rigorous manner, include concrete policy and program recommendations for relevant humanitarian stakeholders, focus on PRM populations of concern, and include dissemination/roll-out strategies.
For applicants who are submitting a multi-year proposal, the proposal must include a substantive and detailed justification for the multi-year request. Proposals must make a compelling case for the necessity of multi-year support and demonstrate how the work undertaken in year one will inform/guide the activities proposed in year two, etc., and should indicate why a longer timeframe is critically important. For example, a multi-year proposal for research, assessments and formative evaluations could involve field assessments and a pilot in year one and production of training materials and providing technical assistance in year two. An example of a multi-year proposal for capacity building could involve delivery of trainings for multiple NGOs to build capacity to comply with standards in year one and then propose a plan for partners to help build staffing globally to enforce standards and document compliance and impact in year two.
PRM encourages submission of proposals that:
• Improve humanitarian response to GBV in the onset of an emergency globally.
• Seek to address SEA globally.
• Seek to better address the particular needs of/responses for extremely vulnerable survivors of GBV, including children, adolescents, the elderly, persons with disabilities and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Intersex (LGBTI) individuals.
Examples of the types of proposals sought (not an exhaustive list):
• Development of standards or best practices for psychosocial assistance, or addressing the needs of youth/adolescents, LGBTI, or male GBV survivors.
• Development of best practices on integrating LGBTI needs in both camp and urban settings into broader GBV prevention and response mechanisms.
• Research or evaluations on best practices for GBV prevention or response interventions. (e.g., evaluations/reviews have focused on caring for child survivors of sexual abuse, safe shelter, etc.)
• External evaluations/reviews of the efficacy of a GBV prevention or response intervention that has been applied in multiple locations and/or by multiple humanitarian partners. (e.g., evaluation of impact of training intervention in multiple locations with multiple partners.)
• Research on ways to effectively transition GBV programs from relief to early recovery.
• Methods of strengthening SEA prevention and response, including training for humanitarian actors in conducting SEA investigations.
• Training for implementing partners on GBV standards and/or managing GBV programming, including training and sensitization on LGBTI issues, possibly including distance learning resources to train humanitarian workers in the field to better prevent/respond to GBV.
• Research on including men and boys in GBV prevention and non-stigmatizing response.
• Designing new inter-agency guidelines, accountability frameworks and/or tools to better address GBV and/or SEA.
(b) Because of PRM's mandate to provide protection, assistance, and sustainable solutions for refugees and victims of conflict, PRM will consider funding only those projects that include a target beneficiary base of at least 50% refugees/IDPs/other PRM populations of concern.
(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 humanitarian assistance both in the sector and specified location; or a proven track record of conducting research on or assessments/evaluations/reviews of humanitarian assistance programs and policies for refugees and/or conflict victims.
• For research or evaluation programs: projects which demonstrate a combination of humanitarian expertise and research expertise. Research partners applying for funding should have an established relationship with a humanitarian partner and humanitarian partners should have an established relationship with a research entity at the time of project submission.
• 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, or dissemination/rollout strategy, possibly including local capacity-building;
• a budget that demonstrates co-funding by non-U.S. government sources.
• Adherence to relevant international standards for humanitarian assistance. See PRM’s General NGO Guidelines for a complete list of sector-specific standards. Grantees should be familiar with and utilize the IASC Guidelines for Gender-based Violence in Humanitarian Settings.
• Adherence to relevant Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) principles on protection and gender (e.g., IASC Guidelines for Gender-based Violence in Humanitarian Settings; IASC Gender Handbook; Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse; Sphere Standards; etc.)
Funding Limits: Project proposals must not be more than $400,000 per year or they will be disqualified. As stated in PRM’s 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. If you encounter technical difficulties with SAM please contact the Federal Service Desk for support at www.FSD.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.
• If you encounter technical difficulties with Grants.gov please contact the Grants.gov Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 submit a proposal to the relevant PRM Program Officer (as stated below) on or before the closing date of the funding announcement.
• PRM will accept proposals from non-governmental organizations, universities, and research institutes proposing to work in the above mentioned areas. To ensure that research findings inform policy and programs, PRM encourages academic institutions seeking funding to identify operational partners to formulate and conduct the research and to inform programmatic recommendations.
• 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). Programs funded through this call should have a global scope.
• 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.
• Research proposals and proposals which aim to create guidelines or best practices for the humanitarian community must include a dissemination/roll-out plan. Proposals which include the development of standards or guidelines are encouraged to include a way to measure use/implementation of the standards or guidelines.
• 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 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. Extensions on year one activities may complicate follow-on funding. Partners should carefully consider work-plan timelines. 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.
Applicant Vetting as a Condition of Award: If programs include activities in Afghanistan, Guatemala, Kenya, Lebanon, Philippines, and Ukraine: Applicants are advised that successful passing of vetting to evaluate the risk that funds may benefit terrorists or their supporters is a condition of award. Applicants may be asked to submit information required by DS Form 4184, Risk Analysis Information about their company and its principal personnel. Vetting information is also required for all subaward performance on assistance awards identified by DOS as presenting a risk of terrorist financing. When vetting information is requested by the Grants Officer, information may be submitted on the secure web portal at https://ramportal.state.gov, via Email to RAM@state.gov, or hardcopy to the Grants Officer. Questions the form may be emailed to RAM@state.gov. Failure to submit information when requested, or failure to pass vetting, may be grounds for rejecting your proposal. The following clause shall be included in Section 9, Special Award Conditions, or as an addendum to the solicitation, whenever assistance is awarded after vetting:
• Recipient Vetting After Award: Recipients shall advise the Grants Officer of any changes in personnel listed in the DS Form 4184, Risk Analysis Information, and shall provide vetting information on new individuals. The government reserves the right to vet these personnel changes and to terminate assistance awards for convenience based on vetting results.
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.