Funding Opportunity Number:  SFOP0006505

Assistance Listings (CFDA) number: 19.518 – Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for Western Hemisphere

Announcement issuance date: Monday, February 24, 2020

Announcement type: Cooperative Agreement

Proposal submission deadline: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. We are unable to consider proposals submitted after this deadline.

Anticipated time to award for selected proposals:  Pending the availability of funds, PRM anticipates, but makes no guarantee, that awards will be made less than six months from the proposal submission deadline.

ADVISORY:  All applicants must submit applications through the website Grants.gov (not SAMS Domestic).  Applications that are submitted through SAMS Domestic in response to this funding opportunity will be disqualified.  PRM strongly recommends submitting your application early to allow time to address any technical difficulties that may arise on the Grants.gov website.

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 “Application Process” 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.

PRM recommends proposals be submitted in Adobe PDF, as Microsoft Word documents may sometimes produce different page lengths based on software versions and configurations.  Do not include a cover page, page limits are strictly adhered to, and exceeding the page length limits will result in disqualification.  All proposals, and required documents, must be in English.

Organizations can request a proposal template by emailing PRM’s NGO Coordinator with the with the subject line “PRM NGO Templates” (exactly as written, and without the quotation marks), and you will get automatic reply email with the template.

Full Text of Notice of Funding Opportunity

1. Program Description

A. This announcement is designed to accompany PRM’s General NGO Guidelines which contain additional information on PRM’s priorities and NGO funding strategy with which selected organizations must comply. Please use both the General NGO Guidelines and this announcement to ensure that your submission is in full compliance with PRM requirements and that the proposed activities are in line with PRM’s priorities.  Submissions that do not reflect the requirements outlined in these guidelines will not be considered.

B. Current Funding Priorities: Proposed activities should primarily support any of the following populations of concern: Venezuelan refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Combined proposals that also target victims of internal displacement and confinement in Colombia, or combined proposals that also target Colombian refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants in Ecuador, will also be considered.  See below for more detailed information.

All proposed programs should target the most vulnerable and underserved groups among the population(s) of concern.  Such groups may include, but are not limited to, children, particularly unaccompanied and separated children and adolescents; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) individuals; older persons; the sick; persons with disabilities; members of minority communities, such as indigenous persons and Afro-Colombians; and survivors, or those at risk, of gender-based violence.  Programs must demonstrate what steps have been taken to meet the specific and unique protection and assistance needs of these vulnerable groups effectively.

C. Program area: Proposals must support one or more of the following program areas:

i. Humanitarian Protection and Assistance

ii. Interim and Durable Solutions

D. Organizations may submit a maximum of only one new proposal per country for this open NOFO. Any subsequent submissions received will be disqualified.  (Note: Submissions by organizations as part of a consortium do not count toward an individual organization’s submission limit.)

E. Country-specific Provisions:

i. Brazil

 a. General Guidance: PRM’s humanitarian assistance funding in Brazil will respond to the continued influx, and projected increase of, Venezuelan refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants.  NGO proposals for Brazil must align with the 2020 Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela.  Venezuelan refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants must make up more than 50 percent of total beneficiaries.  Priority will be given to programs that focus on one or more of the following:

1. Child Protection: Priority will be given to programs designed to assist unaccompanied and separated children and adolescents with alternative care based on international guidelines and psychosocial support. Priority will also be given to programs that include an objective to assist vulnerable indigenous persons.

2. Integration: Priority will be given to programs aimed at assisting the most vulnerable populations with integration support in Brazil, in close coordination with Brazil’s “Welcome Operation” interiorization program, the International Organization for Migration, and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR); as well as programs that build the capacity of local authorities and organizations to integrate populations. Priority will also be given to programs that include an objective to assist vulnerable indigenous persons.

3. Health: Priority will be given to programs aimed at reaching the least served populations with primary and secondary care, including maternal and child health and preventing non-communicable diseases. Priority will be given to programs located in the northern border states of Amazonas and Roraima.  Priority will also be given to programs that include an objective to assist vulnerable indigenous persons.  PRM remains committed to supporting refugees and migrants to utilize national health systems where possible and does not support establishing parallel health care systems.

b. Duration of Activity: Program plans for one or two years will be considered.

c. Period of Performance: Period of performance of one-year (12 months) cycles for a period not to exceed two years (24 months) will be considered.

d. Funding limits: Program proposals must not be less than the funding floor and not more than the funding ceiling per year or they will be disqualified.

  • Funding floor per award per year (lowest $$ value): $1 million
  • Funding ceiling per award per year (highest $$ value): $3 million

Note:  Funding ceilings and floors pertain to the PRM cost per year.

e. Anticipated Number of Awards: PRM anticipates, but makes no guarantee, to make one award through this announcement for this country.

f. Anticipated Amount to be Awarded Total: PRM anticipates, but makes no guarantee, to approximately award up to $3 million total through this NOFO for this country.

ii. Colombia

a. General Guidance: PRM’s humanitarian assistance funding in Colombia will 1) respond to the continued influx and projected increase of Venezuelan refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants, particularly in underserved locations; 2) target new situations of internal displacement and confinement (within the last twelve months); and 3) ultimately connect beneficiaries of humanitarian assistance to government services and development programs.  NGO proposals to support Venezuelans must align with the 2020 Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela. 

For projects focusing on Venezuelans, Venezuelan refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants must make up more than 50 percent of total beneficiaries. Projects assisting both Venezuelan refugees and Colombian victims of internal displacement and confinement must ensure these populations of concern make up more than 50 percent of the target population, with Venezuelan refugees comprising at least 25 percent of the total. Projects may not focus solely on Colombian beneficiaries.

PRM encourages NGOs to target underserved geographic locations including but not limited to Antioquia, Cundinamarca (and surrounding departments), La Guajira, Nariño, and Valle de Cauca. NGOs are also encouraged to consider urban centers, where increasing numbers of refugees, migrants, and displaced persons gather.

Priority will be given to programs that focus on one or more of the following:

1. Gender-based Violence: Priority will be given to programs that establish new GBV prevention and response assistance for refugees, asylum seekers, victims of displacement and confinement, and vulnerable migrants to respond to the immediate and lifesaving needs of at-risk women and girls through shelter, health, psychosocial, case management, and legal services.

2. Child Protection: Priority will be given to programs designed to assist unaccompanied and separated children and adolescents, as well as vulnerable families, through psychosocial support and alternative care based on international guidelines.

3. Livelihoods: Priority will be given to programs that provide Venezuelans greater access to employment, leveraging existing legal mechanisms such as the Special Work Permit and cooperating with the private sector.

4. Health: Priority will be given to programs that seek to extend healthcare provision beyond emergency assistance to advanced and regular care, paying close attention to removing barriers to care for Venezuelans in transit and those without regular status or documentation. Programs reaching the least served, most vulnerable, populations with primary and secondary care, including maternal and child health and preventing non-communicable diseases, will also be given priority.

b. Duration of Activity: Program plans for two years will be considered.

c. Period of Performance: Period of performance of one-year (12 months) cycles for a period not to exceed two years (24 months) will be considered.

d. Funding limits: Program proposals must not be less than the funding floor and not more than the funding ceiling per year or they will be disqualified.

  • Funding floor per award per year (lowest $$ value): $1 million
  • Funding ceiling per award per year (highest $$ value): $3 million

Note:  Funding ceilings and floors pertain to the PRM cost per year.

e. Anticipated Number of Awards: PRM anticipates, but makes no guarantee, to make approximately up to two awards through this announcement.

f. Anticipated Amount to be Awarded Total: PRM anticipates, but makes no guarantee, to award up to $6 million total through this NOFO for this country.

iii. Ecuador

a. General Guidance:

PRM’s humanitarian assistance funding in Ecuador will respond to the continued influx and projected increase of Venezuelan refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants.  NGO proposals for Ecuador must align with the 2020 Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela.  For projects focusing on Venezuelans, Venezuelan refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants must make up more than 50 percent of total beneficiaries.  For projects assisting both Venezuelans and Colombians must ensure populations of concern make up more than 50 percent of the target population, with Venezuelans comprising at least 25 percent of the total. Projects may not focus solely on Colombian beneficiaries.

Priority will be given to programs that focus on one or more of the following:

1. Protection: Priority will be given to programs that increase access to asylum and other legal status/stay regimes with a focus on refugees and migrants without status who have been in Ecuador less than one year and are in their planned country of destination; and/or that provide clear communication on registration, access to basic services, and rights, including via social media and other large-scale platforms.

2. Gender-based Violence: Priority will be given to programs that establish new GBV prevention and response assistance for refugees, asylum seekers, victims of displacement and confinement, and vulnerable migrants to respond to the immediate and lifesaving needs of at-risk women and girls through health services, psychosocial support (including community-based psychosocial activities), case management, and legal services.

3. Shelter: Priority will be given to programs that address gaps in shelters, including shelter to address in-transit, short-term, and long-term needs, with a focus on vulnerable refugees and migrants without legal status.

4. Education: Priority will be given to programs that provide support to children and adolescents to help them prepare for, enter, participate, and succeed in formal education; and to assist youth who may be unlikely to participate in the formal education sector to obtain the necessary skills to transition to adulthood. PRM will consider education programming that covers a critical gap for a limited period and is integrated in a program focused on one or more of the above sectors.

5. Livelihoods: Priority will be given to programs that assist newly emergent, targeted populations (such as high-school youth also pursuing higher-level education, parents in need of day care solutions, or newly arrived migrants who already have trade skills) to transfer into sustainable livelihoods, or programs for such populations that link training to specific employment opportunities for which there is a labor gap, including vocational training opportunities.

6. Health: Priority will be given to programs that provide mental health and psycho-social support to refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants suffering prolonged trauma due to GBV or domestic violence during the journey, depression, prolonged unemployment, continuous stress, or a serious health condition. PRM remains committed to supporting refugees to utilize national health systems where possible and does not support establishing parallel health care systems.

b. Duration of Activity: Program plans for two years will be considered.

c. Period of Performance: Period of performance of one-year (12 months) cycles for a period not to exceed two years (24 months) will be considered.

d. Funding limits: Program proposals must not be less than the funding floor and not more than the funding ceiling per year or they will be disqualified.

  • Funding floor per award per year (lowest $$ value): $1 million
  • Funding ceiling per award per year (highest $$ value): $3 million

Note:  Funding ceilings and floors pertain to the PRM cost per year.

e. Anticipated Number of Awards: PRM anticipates, but makes no guarantee, to make approximately up to two awards through this announcement.

f. Anticipated Amount to be Awarded Total: PRM anticipates, but makes no guarantee, to approximately award up to $6 million total through this NOFO for this country.

iv. Peru

a. General Guidance: PRM’s humanitarian assistance funding in Peru will respond to the continued influx, and projected increase, of Venezuelan refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants to Peru. Venezuelan refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants must make up more than 50 percent of total beneficiaries.  NGO proposals for Peru must align with the 2020 Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela.   Priority will be given to programs that focus on one or more of the following:

1. Protection: Priority will be given to programs designed to increase access to asylum and other legal status/stay regimes with a focus on migrants without status who have been in country less than one year and plan to settle in Peru; provide clear guidance on registration and rights via social media and other large-scale platforms; prevent and respond to GBV; and/or promote integration and social cohesion.

2. Shelter: Priority will be given to programs that address gaps in shelters including shelter to address in-transit, short-term, and long-term needs, with a focus on vulnerable migrants without legal status. Priority will be given to programs designed to provide sustainable shelter solutions in urban areas, including assistance with renting housing, advising on domestic budgets and housing rights, and assistance in searching for acceptable housing.

3. Health: Priority will be given to programs that provide mental health and psycho-social support to migrants suffering prolonged trauma due to GBV or domestic violence during the journey, depression, prolonged unemployment, continuous stress, or a serious health condition. PRM remains committed to supporting refugees to utilize national health systems where possible and does not support establishing parallel health care systems.

4. Livelihoods: Priority will be given to programs that assist newly emergent, targeted populations (such as high-school youth also pursuing higher-level education, parents in need of day care solutions, or newly arrived refugees and migrants who already have trade skills) to transfer into sustainable livelihoods, or programs for such populations that link training to specific employment opportunities for which there is a labor gap, including vocational training opportunities.

5. Education: Priority will be given to programs that provide support to children and adolescents to help them prepare for, enter, participate, and succeed in formal education; and to assist youth who may be unlikely to participate in the formal education sector to obtain the necessary skills to transition to adulthood; and/or to provide integration programs and training inside schools. PRM will consider education programming that covers a critical gap for a limited period and if integrated in a program focused on one or more of the above sectors.

b. Duration of Activity: Program plans for two years will be considered.

c. Period of Performance: Period of performance of one-year (12 months) cycles for a period not to exceed two years (24 months) will be considered.

d. Funding limits: Program proposals must not be less than the funding floor and not more than the funding ceiling per year or they will be disqualified.

  • Funding floor per award per year: $1 million
  • Funding ceiling per award per year: $3 million

Note:  Funding ceilings and floors pertain to the PRM cost per year.

e. Anticipated Number of Awards: PRM anticipates, but makes no guarantee, to make approximately up to two number of awards through this announcement.

f. Anticipated Amount to be Awarded Total: PRM anticipates, but makes no guarantee, to approximately award up to $6 million total through this NOFO for this country.

2. Federal Award Information

A. Proposed program start dates: Approximately September 1, 2020 but no later than September 30, 2020.

B. Duration of Activity: See country-specific guidelines above.  Applicants may submit multi-year proposals with activities and budgets that do not exceed two years from the proposed start date.  Actual awards will not exceed two years in duration and activities and budgets submitted in year one can be revised/updated each year.  Continued funding after the initial 12-month period of performance requires the submission of a noncompeting single proposal and will be contingent upon available funding, strong performance, and continuing need.  In funding a program one year, PRM makes no representations that it will continue to fund the program 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.  Livelihoods programs are encouraged to be multi-year, and livelihoods proposals must include a market analysis or will be disqualified.

C. Period of Performance: See country-specific guidelines above.

D. Funding Limits: See country-specific guidelines above.

E. Anticipated Number of Awards: See country-specific guidelines above.

F. Anticipated Amount to be Awarded Total: See country-specific guidelines above.

3. Eligibility Information

A. 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 Notice of Funding Opportunity.  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.

B. Cost Sharing or Matching: Cost sharing, matching, or cost participation is not a requirement of an application in response to this funding announcement.

Proposals will be considered that describe the sources and amounts of additional funding that may be utilized to compliment PRM funding and meet the following criteria.

  • Are not paid by the Federal Government under another Federal award.
  • Are verifiable from the non-Federal entity’s records.
  • Are not included as contributions for any other Federal award; and
  • Are necessary and reasonable for accomplishment of project or program objectives.

Please include this information in the Budget Summary, Budget Detail, and Budget Narrative of the proposal, and separated from the PRM share of the proposed budget.

(Note: Though favorably looked upon, such will not result in a competitive ranking increase when evaluated.)

4. Other Proposal Requirements

A. 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.

B. 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 guidance on proposals for programs in urban areas.

C. PRM will give priority to programs that build the capacity of national NGOs to support protection of target beneficiary populations in the long term. PRM strongly encourages partnerships with local, indigenous, and women-led organizations, when possible.

D. NGO projects should seek to fill gaps in the humanitarian response, not duplicate activities undertaken by other humanitarian organizations or government entities.

E. NGO activities should support the national response. If an activity is parallel to the national response, the proposal must address how the project is linked to the national response and provide a brief timeline for phase-out.

F. NGOs should not seek to begin new activities that cannot be sustained absent future U.S. funding. PRM looks favorably on programs with the ability to operate in multiple locations and across multiple sectors, provided such work supports an integrated program approach. 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.
  • 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 – national and local authorities; organizations should document coordination that took place during the program planning stage and plans to coordinate during program implementation.
  • for proposals to assist Venezuelans, evidence of coordination with the Regional Interagency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela.
  • an emphasis on the outcome or impact of program activities.
  • a strong sustainability plan, involving local capacity building, where feasible.
  • where applicable, adherence to PRM’s Principles for Refugee Protection in Urban Areas;
  • an understanding of and sensitivity to conflict dynamics in the program location.

5. Application and Submission Instructions

A. Address to Request Application Package: Application packages may be downloaded from the website Grants.gov.

B. Consortia: Organizations may apply to this call as part of a consortia; however, for consortia, one organization must be designated as the lead applicant. For purposes of consortia applying for PRM funding, PRM’s considers consortium to be a group of no less than three NGOs that comprise an agreement, combination, or group formed to undertake, or propose to undertake, an assistance activity beyond the resources of any one member.

Submissions by organizations as part of a consortium do not count toward an individual organization’s submission limit.  A description of how the partnership will be organized and how lines of authority and decision-making will be managed across all team members and between the lead applicant and associate awardees should be included in the proposal.

C. Content and Form of Application: Organizations may submit a maximum of one proposal per country only.  Any subsequent submissions received will be disqualified.  PRM strongly recommends using the proposal and budget templates that are available upon email request from PRM’s NGO CoordinatorOrganizations can request single-year and multi-year funding proposal narrative templates by emailing PRM’s NGO Coordinator with the subject line “PRM NGO Templates” (exactly as written, without the quotation marks), and you will get automatic reply email with all of the templates.

Single-Year Proposals:

Single-year program proposal page limits: Single-year proposals using PRM’s templates must be no more than 15 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 10 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.  For multi-year funding application instructions, see section (e) below.  Proposals exceeding the page limit will not be considered.

  • PRM recommends proposals be submitted in Adobe PDF, as Microsoft Word documents may sometimes produce different page lengths based on software versions and configurations.
  • Exceeding page length limits, including through the inclusion of cover pages, will result in disqualification.
  • All proposals, and required documents, must be in English.

Multi-Year Proposals: 

Applicants proposing multi-year programs should adhere to the following guidance: Applicants may submit proposals that include multi-year strategies presented in one-year (12 months) cycles for a period not to exceed two years (24 months) from the proposed start date. Fully developed programs with detailed budgets, objectives and indicators are required for each year of activities.  Applicants should use PRM’s recommended multi-year proposal template for the first year of a multi-year application.

Multi-year funding applicants may use PRM’s budget summary and separate budget detail templates, and should disaggregate budget by year, per year, and for each program year. Multi-year proposal narratives and budgets can be updated yearly upon submission of new noncompeting single year proposal narrative template with an updated budget, each year.

Multi-year program proposal page limits: Multi-year proposals using PRM’s multi-year template 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.  Proposals exceeding the page limit will not be considered.

  • PRM recommends proposals be submitted in Adobe PDF, as Microsoft Word documents may sometimes produce different page lengths based on software versions and configurations.
  • Exceeding page length limits, including through the inclusion of cover pages, will result in disqualification.
  • All proposals, and required documents, must be in English.

Multi-year applications selected for funding by PRM will be funded in one-year (12-months) 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 single-year proposal narrative and will be contingent upon available funding, strong performance, and continuing need.  Follow-on applications are submitted annually for year two of proposals through non-competed directed announcements for the continuation funding.  It is strongly recommended that NGOs submit as early as possible after the directed announcement for continuation funding has been issued.  Year two of proposals must be submitted by the organization no later than 90 days before the proposed start date of the new cooperative agreement (e.g., if the next program period is to begin on September 1, submit your application by June 1).  Late submissions will jeopardize continued funding.

In the proposal narrative, please include an explanation of why multi-year funding may be necessary for this program to succeed, how longer periods of consultation with beneficiary populations will inform programming and enable interventions to be studied and improved, and how the proposed activities in year one will contribute to outcomes and impacts in year two. Please, articulate and quantify cost efficiencies that could not otherwise be attained through single year programs as well.

For Both Single and Multi-year proposals

i. To be considered for PRM funding, organizations must submit a complete application package, including:

a. Proposal narrative including objectives and indicators for each year of the program period, not exceeding the page limits above. PRM now requires a specific outcome indicator to be included each proposal.  Please see NGO Guidelines for more details.

b. Budget summary disaggregated by year and for each year of the program period.

c. Budget detail disaggregated by year and for each year of the program period.

  • Organizations can request both budget summary and separate budget detail templates by emailing PRM’s NGO Coordinator with the with the subject line “PRM NGO Templates” (exactly as written, and without the quotation marks), and you will get automatic reply email that includes both templates.

d. Budget narrative disaggregated by year and for each year of the program period.

e. Completed SF-424, SF-424A, and SF-424B forms. PRM requires that Box 21 of the SF-424 be checked.

  • Form SF-424B is now required only for those applicants who have not registered in SAM.gov or recertified their registration in SAM.gov since February 2, 2019 and completed the online representations and certifications.

f. Information in support of any cost-sharing/cost-matching arrangements, if applicable.

g. Information detailing the source of any in-kind contributions, if applicable.

h. Details on any sub-agreements associated with the program including the budget detail (must be part of the budget submission as noted above), if applicable.

i. Risk Analysis (separate from proposal narrative and from the security plan).

j. Organizational Chart for award applicant and sub-recipient(s), if applicable.

k. Key Personnel for award applicant and sub-recipient(s), if applicable.

  • Applicants must furnish names, titles, and brief biographical information on the education and experience of key personnel in implementing the program and key supervisory personnel; (i.e., the members of the professional staff in a program supervisory position engaged for or assigned to duties under the award). Résumés of key personnel must be provided in an annex (or provided for approval prior to hiring).

l. Copy of the organization’s Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Code of Conduct, will be required prior to the issuance of an award, if proposal is chosen for implementation.

  • Please ensure that your organization has a PSEA Code of Conduct consistent with the 6 IASC Principles when you are considering competing for PRM funding or it may risk delay in finalizing the cooperative agreement (See Appendix B, section A.B.6 in the NGO Guidelines for more details).

m. Copy of the organization’s Security Plan.

n. Copy of the organization’s Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) framework, which organizations that have not received PRM-funding since 2016 or after must be submit separately.

  • The AAP section of a NOFO proposal narrative is specific to the program being proposed, and is distinct from the organization-level AAP framework requirement listed here, which is a separate document, which organizations that have not received PRM-funding since 2016 or after must be submit separately.

iii. Additionally, organizations must submit the following documents as part of their proposal package, if applicable:

a. A market analysis and a beneficiary competency/capacity assessment for all proposals that include at least one livelihoods sector objective (or will be disqualified). Please see the General NGO Guidelines for more details.

b. Most recent Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA), if applicable, or a de minimis rate calculation of Modified Total Direct Costs (MTDC) if the applicant is eligible and elects to use the de minimis rate.

c. Most recent external audit report is required prior to issuance of an award, if proposal is chosen for implementation.

d. In order to be considered a competitive proposal, the proposal narrative and budget detail 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 program.
  • PRM requires a specific outcome indicator be included in each proposal measuring the sense of safety and well-being of beneficiaries. Baseline and end of program surveys should be used to measure the indicator.  Please see the NGO Guidelines for more details.
  • Include specific information on locations of programs and beneficiaries (GPS coordinates if possible) to increase PRM’s ability to track the impact of PRM funding.
  • 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 program 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.
  • PRM expects each proposal, regardless of sector, to demonstrate protection mainstreaming, including by identifying potential protection risks associated with the program and how they will be mitigated. Assistance activities should mainstream protection by analyzing the protection risks in relation to each specific programming sector.  An analysis of the risks should inform how assistance is designed to minimize them and maximize protection of beneficiaries.  Applicants may introduce gender-specific risks in this section but provide a full analysis in the gender analysis.
  • PRM partners must complete a gender analysis in the proposal narrative that briefly explains (1) experiences of men, women, boys, and girls with a focus on the different familial roles, community privileges, and gender dynamics within the target population; (2) associated risks and threats experienced by women, girls, and other vulnerable populations based on their gender; (3) power imbalances and needs that arise based on gender inequalities that exist within the family or community; and (4) proposed responses that will address the above and mitigate any gender differences in access, participation, or decision-making that may be experienced by at-risk groups, particularly women and girls. The gender analysis should aim to specify and target specific at-risk sub-populations of women and girls, such as women and girl heads of households, out-of-school girls, women and girls with disabilities, women and girl survivors of violence, married girls, adolescent mothers, as well as people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI), and those who are often unaware of and excluded from programs and services and who may be the hardest to reach based on their gender.
  • The budget should include a specific breakdown of funds being provided by UNHCR, other USG agencies, other donors, and your own organization.
  • Applicants whose proposals address gender-based violence (GBV) or education through their programs must estimate the total cost of these activities as separate line items in their proposed budgets (see PRM’s budget template). Proposals and budgets must include details of any sub-agreements associated with the programs.
  • For consortia only, a description of how the partnership will be organized and how lines of authority and decision-making will be managed across all team members and between the lead applicant and associate awardees should be included in the proposal.

D. Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM)

i. Each applicant is required to:

a. be registered in SAM at (sam.gov) before submitting its application;

b. provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and

c. always continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information during which it has an active PRM award or an application or plan under consideration by PRM.

ii. No federal award may be made to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the PRM award is ready to be made, PRM may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a PRM award and use that determination as a basis for making a PRM award to another applicant.

E. Proposals must be submitted via Grants.gov (not via SAMS Domestic). gov registration requires a DUNS number and active SAM.gov registration.  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 “Application Process” 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 “For Applicants” page on Grants.gov for complete details on requirements.

i. Do not wait until the deadline 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 receive required registration numbers).  We also 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 always maintain an active SAM registration with current information during which they have an active federal award or an application under consideration by PRM or any federal agency.

ii. When registering with Grants.gov, organizations must designate points of contact and Authorized Organization Representatives (AORs). Organizations based outside the United States must also request and receive an NCAGE (https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx) code prior to registering with SAM.gov Applicants experiencing technical difficulties with the SAM registration process should contact the Federal Service Desk (FSD) online or at 1-866-606-8220 (U.S.) and 1-334-206-7828 (International).

iii. Applications must be submitted under the authority of the Authorized Organization Representative at the applicant organization. Having proposals submitted by agency headquarters helps to avoid possible technical problems.

iv. If you encounter technical difficulties with Grants.gov please contact the Grants.gov Help Desk at support@grants.gov or by calling 1-800-518-4726.

v. 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;

may contact the relevant PRM Program Officer before the submission deadline to determine whether an alternative method of submission is appropriate.

F. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure the appropriate registrations are in place and active. Failure to have the appropriate organizational registrations in place is not considered a technical difficulty and is not justification for an alternate means of submission.

G. 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 is available upon request by emailing PRMNGOCoordinator@state.gov with the subject line, “PRM NGO Templates” (exactly as written, without the quotation marks),

H. In accordance with 2 CFR §200.113, Mandatory disclosures, the non-Federal entity or applicant for a Federal award must disclose, in a timely manner, in writing to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity all violations of Federal criminal law involving fraud, bribery, or gratuity violations potentially affecting the Federal award. Non-Federal entities that have received a Federal award including the term and condition outlined in Appendix XII—Award Term and Condition for Recipient Integrity and Performance Matters are required to report certain civil, criminal, or administrative proceedings to SAM.  Failure to make required disclosures can result in any of the remedies described in 2 CFR §200.338 Remedies for noncompliance, including suspension or debarment.  (See also 2 CFR part 180, 31 U.S.C.  3321, and 41 U.S.C.  )

I. Submission Dates and Times

  • Announcement issuance date: Monday, February 24, 2020
  • Proposal submission deadline: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

J. Intergovernmental Review: Not Applicable.

K. Funding Restrictions: Federal awards will not allow reimbursement of Federal Award costs without prior authorization by PRM.

L. Other Submission Requirements

i. Branding and Marking Strategy

The following provisions will be included whenever assistance is awarded:

The following provisions will be included whenever assistance is awarded:

The Recipient shall recognize the United States Government’s funding for activities specified under this award at the project site with a graphic of the U.S. flag accompanied by one of the following two phrases based on the level of funding for the award:

  • Fully funded by the award: “Gift of the United States Government”
  • Partially funded by the award: “Funding provided by the United States Government”

PRM highly encourages recognition of U.S. government funding on social media and website platforms to be included in proposals branding and marking strategy.  Recipients should tag PRM’s Twitter account @StatePRM and/or Facebook account @State.PRM (rather than using hashtags).  Additionally, the applicable U.S. Embassy should be tagged as well.

Updates of actions taken to fulfill this requirement must be included in quarterly program reports to PRM.

All programs, projects, assistance, activities, and public communications to foreign audiences, partially or fully funded by the Department, should be marked appropriately overseas with the standard U.S. flag in a size and prominence equal to (or greater than) any other logo or identity.  The requirement does not apply to the Recipient’s own corporate communications or in the United States.

The Recipient should ensure that all publicity and promotional materials underscore the sponsorship by or partnership with the U.S. Government or the U.S. Embassy.  The Recipient may continue to use existing logos or project materials; however, a standard rectangular U.S. flag must be used in conjunction with such logos.

Do not use the Department of State seal without the express written approval from PRM. 

Sub non-Federal entities (sub-awardees) and subsequent tier sub-award agreements are subject to the marking requirements and the non-Federal entity shall include a provision in the sub non-Federal entity agreement indicating that the standard, rectangular U.S. flag is a requirement.

Exemptions from this requirement may be allowable but must be agreed to in writing by the Grants Officer.  (Note: An exemption refers to the complete or partial cessation of branding, not use of alternative branding).  Requests should be initiated with the Grants Officer and Grants Officer Representative.  Waivers issued are applied only to the exemptions requested through the Recipient’s proposal for funding and any subsequent negotiated revisions.

In the event the non-Federal entity 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 with the non-Federal entity.

ii. PRM Standardized Indicators: In an effort to streamline the proposal writing/reviewing process and better measure the impact of the Bureau’s work, PRM strongly recommends the use of standardized indicators for programs in the protection, child protection, health, mental health and psychosocial support, WASH, nutrition and food security, education, livelihoods, and shelter sectors, as well as programs that include local government capacity-building and core relief items (non-food items).  Applicants must fill in numerical and/or percentage targets for each indicator.  Sphere standards should be used as targets, unless otherwise noted.  Proposals must include at least one standardized indicator per sector, as applicable.  Please refer to PRM’s General NGO Guidelines for a complete list of all standardized indicators that may be included.

a. PRM requires a specific outcome indicator in each proposal measuring the sense of safety and well-being of beneficiaries. All overseas assistance program proposals must include the following protection outcome indicator under one of the objectives: Percentage of beneficiaries who report an improved sense of safety and well-being at the end of the program disaggregated by age and gender.  Please see the NGO Guideline’s section A.C.1.  of Appendix C for more details.

b. Cash and Voucher Assistance programs must include one indicator from the selection contained in the NGO Guidelines in section A.C.2. of Appendix C.

6. Application Review Information

A. Criteria: Eligible submissions will be those that comply with the criteria and requirements included in this announcement.  In addition, the review panel will evaluate the proposals based on the following criteria:

  • Gap/Analysis (5)
  • Profile of Target Population (and percentage breakdown per population) and Identification of the Most Vulnerable (5)
  • Program Description/3a Gender Analysis (20)
  • Objectives & Indicators (10)
  • Monitoring & Evaluation Plan (10)
  • Risk Management (10)
  • Accountability to Affected Populations (5)
    • (Note: The AAP section of a NOFO proposal narrative is specific to the program being proposed, is the criterion listed above being evaluated, and is distinct from the organization-level AAP framework requirement, which is a separate document, which organizations that have not received PRM-funding since 2016 or after must be submit separately.)
  • Coordination (5)
  • Sustainability and Capacity-Building (5)
  • Management and Past Performance (10)
  • Budget/Budget Narrative (15 points)

PRM will conduct a formal competitive review of all proposals submitted in response to this funding announcement.  A review panel of at least three people will evaluate submissions based on the above-referenced programmatic criteria and PRM priorities in the context of available funding.  Examples of PRM scorecards can be found in Appendix H of the NGO Guidelines.

Department of State review panels may provide conditions and recommendations on applications to enhance the proposed program, which must be addressed by the applicant before further consideration of the award.  To ensure effective use of limited PRM funds, conditions or recommendations may include requests to increase, decrease, clarify, and/or justify costs and program activities.

7. Federal Award Administration Information

A. Federal Award Administration. A successful applicant can expect to receive a separate notice from PRM stating that an application has been selected before PRM makes the federal award.  That notice is not an authorization to begin performance.  Only the notice of award signed by the grants officer is the authorizing document.  Unsuccessful applicants will be notified following completion of the selection and award process.

B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements. PRM awards are made consistent with the following provisions in the following order of precedence:  (a) applicable laws and statutes of the United States, including any specific legislative provisions mandated in the statutory authority for the award; (b) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR); (c) Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions of the award; (d) the award’s specific requirements; and (e) other documents and attachments to the award.

C. Reporting: Successful applicants will be required to submit:

i. Program Reports: PRM requires program reports describing and analyzing the results of activities undertaken during the validity period of the agreement.  A program report is required within thirty (30) days following the end of each three-month period of performance during the validity period of the agreement.  The final program report is due ninety (90) days following the end of the agreement.  The submission dates for program reports will be written into the cooperative agreement.  Partners receiving multi-year awards should follow this same reporting schedule and should still submit a final program report at the end of each year that summarizes the NGO’s performance during the previous year.

The Bureau suggests that NGOs receiving PRM funding use the PRM recommended quarterly program report template.  The suggested PRM NGO reporting template is designed to ease the reporting requirements while ensuring that all required elements are addressed.  The Quarterly Program Report Template can be requested by sending an email with only the phrase “PRM NGO Templates” (exactly as written, without the quotation marks) in the subject line, to PRMNGOCoordinator@state.gov.

ii. 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 (January 30th, April 30th, July 30th, October 30th).  The final financial report covering the entire period of the agreement is required within ninety (90) days after the expiration date of the agreement.  For agreements containing indirect costs, final financial reports are due within sixty (60) days of the finalization of the applicable negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA).

Reports reflecting expenditures for the recipient’s overseas and United States offices should be completed in accordance with the Federal Financial Report (FFR SF-425) and submitted electronically in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Payment Management System (HHS/PMS) and in accordance with other award specific requirements.  Detailed information pertaining to the Federal Financial Report including due dates, instruction manuals and access forms, is provided on the HHS/PMS website.

iii. Audit Reports: When a recipient-contracted audit is not required because the Federal award amount is less than the $750,000 threshold, the Department may determine that an audit must be performed and the audit report must be submitted to the responsible grants office(r) for review, dissemination, and resolution as appropriate.  The cost of audits required under this policy may be charged either as an allowable direct cost to the award or included in the organizations established indirect costs in the award’s detailed budget.

8. PRM Contacts

A. Applicants with technical questions related to this announcement should contact the PRM staff listed below prior to submission. Please note that responses to technical questions from PRM do not indicate a commitment to fund the program discussed.

PRM Program Officers, Washington, D.C.:

  • Humanitarian Assistance for Venezuelans in Brazil and Colombia: Matt McAllister at McAllisterMR@state.gov or 202 453 9387
  • Humanitarian Assistance for Venezuelans in Ecuador and Peru: Kristy Haller at HallerKL@state.gov or 202 453 9385
  • Humanitarian Assistance for Colombians in Colombia and Ecuador: Rachel M. O’Hara at ohararm@state.gov or 202 453 9386

Regional Refugee Coordinator:

  • Bogota (covers Colombia, Venezuela, and Caribbean countries): Anjalina Sen at SenAM@state.gov or +57 31275 2722
  • Quito (covers Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and Southern Cone): Katrina Reichwein at ReichweinKR@state.gov or +593 23985000

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