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Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Assistance)

Federal Grants and or Cooperative Agreements are used to accomplish a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (FAA). Over 90 percent of PM/WRA's humanitarian assistance is provided through grants to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Along with its other partners in the international community and other U.S. Government agencies, PM/WRA continues to rely on the NGO community to implement many of its Conventional Weapons Destruction (CWD) activities, for example ground survey and clearance of landmines and unexploded ordnance or destroying excess weapons and munitions. These activities further the Department of States and USAID’s joint strategic objectives to:

  1. Prevent and Respond to Crises and Conflict, Tackle Sources of Fragility, and Provide Humanitarian Assistance to Those in Need (FY 2014-2017 Department of State and USAID Strategic Plan objective 2.3)
  2. Overcome Global Security Challenges through Diplomatic Engagement and Development Cooperation (FY 2014-2017 Department of State and USAID Strategic Plan objective 2.4)

These instruments invite interested parties to submit applications for PM/WRA assistance and explain what the application should contain, how it should be written, and the evaluation criteria to be used.

PM/WRA competes awards through the publication of Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO), found at All PM/WRA grant recipients must submit proposals through

2 CFR 200, also known as the “Super Circular”, became active on December 26th, 2014. It streamlines eight previous federal regulations into a comprehensive guidance and serves as the current legal doctrine on Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 2 CFR 200 can be found here:

The Department of State has adopted the entirety of 2 CFR 200 with minimal exceptions. The few allowances can be found in 2 CFR 600:

U.S. Department of State Foreign Assistance Terms and Conditions can be found here.

U.S. Department of State Bureau Award Specifics can be found here.

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Since the implementation of the “Supercircular”, Request for Applications (RFAs) have been renamed to Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Below are four examples of past PM/WRA RFAs, each pertaining to a separate mine-action field: Clearance, Global Information Systems, Humanitarian Mine Action, and Victims Assistance.

Grant Proposal Guidance and Template

Please click here to access PM/WRA’s NOFO Application Guidance and Template.

-04/07/14   Federal Assistance Management Policies and Procedures: Grant Proposal Submissions


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