Funding Opportunity Number: PRM-PRMOAPEA-14- 005
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number: 19.511- Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for East Asia
Announcement issuance date: Friday, May 2, 2014
Proposal submission deadline: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. noon (EDT). Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.
**ADVISORY: All applicants must submit proposals through the website Grants.gov, not through GrantSolutions.gov. Applicants, with the exception of multilateral organizations, who fail to submit through Grants.gov will be disqualified. PRM strongly recommends submitting your proposal early to allow time to address any difficulties that may arise.**
If you are new to PRM funding, the Grants.gov registration process can be complicated. We urge you to refer to PRM’s General NGO Guidelines “New to PRM Funding” section for information and resources to help ensure that the application process runs smoothly. PRM also strongly encourages organizations that have received funding from PRM in the past to read this section as a refresher.
Proposed program start dates: July 1 – September 19, 2014
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 multilateral organizations, such as United Nations agencies, should not submit proposals through Grants.gov in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement. Multilateral organizations that are seeking funding for programs relevant to this announcement should contact the PRM Program Officer (as listed below) on or before the closing date of the funding announcement.
Duration of Activity: 12 to 24 months
Program plans from 12 to 24 months will be considered. Applicants may submit multi-year proposals with activities and budgets that do not exceed 24 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.
PRM will prioritize funding for proposed NGO activities that best meet the Bureau’s priorities as identified below. As the majority of the target beneficiaries of this funding opportunity reside in urban areas, NGOs are strongly encouraged to consult PRM’s urban principles and other relevant urban programming guidance, including UNHCR’s operational guidance on health care in urban areas.
Current Funding Priorities for Assistance to Burmese and Other Urban Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Malaysia:
a. Improve primary healthcare (including reproductive health), medical services, mental health, and psychosocial support to the urban refugee and asylum seeker populations in Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley, including the implementation of mobile health clinics;
b. Provision of nursing facilities and caretakers for refugee patients requiring recuperation and post-hospitalization nursing care; and
c. Health-based training and education focusing on general health care, communicable disease prevention, treatment adherence, reproductive health, and nutrition.
(2) Gender-Based Violence (GBV):
a. Improve knowledge of and changes in attitudes toward GBV within refugee and host communities;
b. Improve capacity of target communities to identify and effectively respond to GBV through healthcare (including reproductive health), psychosocial, safety, justice, and other services that involve refugee and host community members in their design and implementation; and
c. Improve capacity of service providers to implement GBV prevention and response activities, including multi-sectoral referral services.
Current Funding Priorities for Assistance to Urban Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Thailand:
a. Improve access to primary healthcare (including reproductive health), medical services, mental health, and psychosocial support to vulnerable urban refugee and asylum seeker populations in Bangkok, including to facilitate access to public clinics and hospitals.
a. Facilitate access to schools, including working with local school administrators to overcome barriers for refugee children and promote student enrollment;
b. Teach Thai language courses to facilitate refugees’ and asylum seekers’ ability to pursue formal education in Thai schools; and
c. Promote official certification of their schooling applicable to when they decide on voluntary return or are resettled to a third country.
(3) Protection: Proposal should bear in mind existing refugee protection mechanisms as well as informal community-based protection efforts. Proposals should be designed to support and strengthen existing protection mechanisms rather than develop parallel systems that may not be sustainable over time. Key components of protection programs may include:
a. legal assistance and counseling,
b. prevention and response to gender-based violence,
c. child protection, and
d. dissemination of information to promote enhanced refugee access to protection mechanisms and programs.
Current Funding Priorities for Assistance to Burmese Rohingya in the Region:
(1) Developing Solutions:
a. Strengthen dialogue between relevant actors in Burma, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, and elsewhere in the region on the humanitarian situation facing Rohingya populations to develop solutions; and
b. Engagement of governments affected by Rohingya displacement in the region and solicitation of support from Rohingya and Rakhine leadership to facilitate the development of a comprehensive regional solution to address the Rohingya plight;
(2) Education and Information:
a. Provision of education and information on the situation of the Rohingya, including technical support, comparative knowledge and expertise, to concerned parties.
(a) 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 persons of concern.
(b) PRM Standardized Indicator Initiative:
Health: Proposals focusing on health in camp based/returnee settings must include a minimum of one of the four following indicators and should try to include as many of the other indicators as are relevant:
Proposals focusing on health in urban settings must include a minimum of one of the six following indicators and should try to include as many of the other indicators as are relevant:
NGO proposals seeking to fund service provision may include the following indicators as appropriate:
Proposals should include custom health indicators in addition to the relevant standardized indicator(s).
Key Resources – Health
(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 including new guidance on proposals for projects in urban areas.
(e) PRM strongly encourages programs that target the needs of potentially vulnerable and underserved groups among the beneficiary population (women; children; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) individuals; older persons; the sick; persons with disabilities; and other minorities) and can demonstrate what steps have been taken to meet the specific and unique protection and assistance needs of these vulnerable groups effectively. NOTE: PRM partners must now complete a gender analysis (see PRM proposal template, section 3a) that briefly analyzes (1) gender dynamics within the target population (i.e., roles, power dynamics, and different needs of men and women, girls and boys); (2) associated risks and implementation challenges for the project posed by those dynamics; and (3) how program activities will mitigate these protection risks and be made accessible to vulnerable groups (particularly women and girls). A gender analysis is a requirement prior to PRM making a final funding award.
(f) 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:
Funding Limits: In FY 2014, PRM anticipates providing approximately $19 million to fund NGO programs in the East Asia region. Project proposals must not be less than $100,000 and not more than $500,000 (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. If you are new to PRM funding, the Grants.gov registration process can be complicated. We urge you to refer to PRM’s General NGO Guidelines “New to PRM Funding” section for information and resources to help ensure that the application process runs smoothly. PRM also strongly encourages organizations that have received funding from PRM in the past to read this section as a refresher. Applicants may also refer to the “Applicant Resources” page on Grants.gov for complete details on requirements (http://test.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/applicant-resources.html).
Please note the following highlights:
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 however annexes cannot be relied upon as a key source of program information. The proposal narrative must be able to stand on its own in the application process.
To be considered for PRM funding, organizations must submit a complete application package including:
In addition, proposal submissions to PRM should include the following information:
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 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:
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.
For Thailand and Regional Proposals, contact PRM Program Officer Hoa Tran, TranHT3@state.gov, 202-453-9289, Washington, D.C.
For Malaysia Proposals, contact PRM Program Officer Jennifer Handog, HandogJG@state.gov, 202-453-9286, Washington, DC.
Regional Refugee Coordinator Anny Ho, HoAC@state.gov, U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Refugee and Migration Affairs, Bangkok, Thailand.