Funding Opportunity Number: SFOP0006604
Assistance Listings (CFDA) number: 19.522 – Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for Strategic Global Priorities
Announcement issuance date: Monday, March 9, 2020
Announcement type: Cooperative Agreement
Proposal submission deadline: Monday May 4, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. noon EDT. 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 four months from the proposal submission deadline.
ADVISORY: All applicants must submit application packages 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 package 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 application packages 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 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 in bold), and you will get an automatic reply email with the templates.
Full Text of Notice of Funding Opportunity
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.
Current Funding Priorities: This announcement is for submissions related to innovation in child protection programming. PRM seeks innovation proposals that advance global knowledge and response for early childhood development to build the resilience of refugee children on the move. PRM will prioritize submissions that contribute to a broader evidence-base and build upon current standards to document good approaches or practice for the wider humanitarian community. 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 percent refugees.
Proposals must support the following program area:
- Humanitarian Protection and Assistance
Proposals must focus on one or more of the following sectors (see PRM’s General NGO Guidelines for sector descriptions):
- Child Protection
Organizations may submit a maximum of two proposals. Any subsequent submissions received will be disqualified.
General Guidance: Early childhood (ages 0-5) is a critical stage of human development, the time when nurturing and loving care by caregivers lays the foundation for life-long well-being. PRM recognizes that trauma stemming from forced displacement puts refugee children at greater risk of toxic stress leading to long term negative impacts on their physical, mental, and emotional development. Programming specifically for refugee children on the move continues to be a challenge in the global child protection response, specifically for early childhood development, given the transitory nature and high stress environments. PRM seeks proposals that support innovative approaches to building the resilience of children on the move, ages 0-5 years of age, through early childhood development interventions, including but not limited to support for caregivers, play based care, and social emotional wellbeing and learning. Proposals should focus on utilizing new approaches in diverse locations to test and demonstrate effectiveness of new ideas or best practices, which can be further replicated with adaptation, depending on country/regional contexts. Proposals to evaluate the effectiveness of such approaches will also be considered. Single country service provision proposals will not be considered.
Duration of Activity: Program plans for one year will be considered.
Period of Performance: Program period of performance of one-year (12 month) will be considered.
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 (lowest $$ value): $500,000
Funding ceiling per award (highest $$ value): $800,000. Note: Funding ceilings and floors pertain to the PRM cost per year.
Anticipated Number of Awards: PRM anticipates, but makes no guarantee, to fund as many as two awards through this announcement.
Anticipated Amount to be Awarded Total: PRM anticipates, but makes no guarantee, to award up to approximately $1,500,000 total through this NOFO.
Federal Award Information
Proposed program start dates: September 1, 2020
Duration of Activity: See specific guidelines above.
Period of Performance: See specific guidelines above.
Funding Limits: See specific guidelines above.
Anticipated Number of Awards: See specific guidelines above.
Anticipated Amount to be Awarded Total: See specific guidelines above.
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; (3) International Organizations; (4) Private institutions of higher education; and (5) Public and State controlled institutions of higher education. 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.
Cost Sharing or Matching: Cost sharing, matching, or cost participation is not a requirement of an application in response to this funding announcement.
- 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.
- 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.
- PRM strongly encourages programs that target the needs of vulnerable and underserved groups among the beneficiary population (such groups may include: women; children; adolescents; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) individuals; older persons; the sick; persons with disabilities; and members of minority communities) and can demonstrate what steps have been taken to meet the specific and unique protection and assistance needs of these vulnerable groups effectively.
- 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;
- a proven track record in providing proposed assistance both in the sector and specified location;
- evidence of coordination with international organizations (IOs) and other NGOs working in the same area or sector as well as – where possible – local authorities;
- 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.
Application and Submission Instructions
Address to Request Application Package: Application packages may be downloaded from the website www.Grants.gov.
Content and Form of Application: Organizations may submit a maximum of one proposal per initiative 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 Coordinator. Organizations 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 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 application packages 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 documents must be in English.
- To be considered for PRM funding, organizations must submit a complete application package, including:
- 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.
- Budget summary disaggregated by year and for each year of the program period.
- 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.
- Budget narrative disaggregated by year and for each year of the program period.
- 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 those applicants who have not recertified their registration in SAM.gov since February 2, 2019 nor completed the online representations and certifications.
- Information in support of any cost-sharing/cost-matching arrangements, if applicable.
- Information detailing the source of any in-kind contributions, if applicable.
- 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.
- Risk Analysis (separate from proposal narrative and from the security plan).
- Organizational Chart for award applicant and sub-recipient(s), if applicable.
- 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).
- Copy of the organization’s 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).
- Copy of the organization’s Security Plan.
- 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.
Additionally, organizations must submit the following documents as part of their application package, if applicable:
- 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.
- Most recent external audit report is required prior to issuance of an award, if proposal is chosen for implementation.
- 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.
- 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) through their programs must estimate the total cost of these activities as a separate line item in their proposed budgets (see PRM’s budget template). Proposals and budgets must include details of any sub-agreements associated with the programs.
Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM)
Each applicant is required to:
- be registered in SAM at (www.sam.gov) before submitting its application;
- provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and
- continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active PRM award or an application or plan under consideration by PRM. 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.
- Application packages must be submitted via Grants.gov (not via SAMS Domestic). Grants.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.
- 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 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.
- 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).
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.
If you encounter technical difficulties with Grants.gov please contact the Grants.gov Help Desk at email@example.com or by calling 1-800-518-4726.
Applicants who are unable to submit applications via Grants.gov due to Grants.gov technical difficulties and;
- who have reported the problem to the Grants.gov help desk;
- received a case number;
- 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.
- 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.
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. 2313.)
Submission Dates and Times
Announcement issuance date: Monday, March 9, 2020
Proposal submission deadline: Monday May 4, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. noon EDT Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.
Intergovernmental Review: Not Applicable.
Funding Restrictions: Federal awards will not allow reimbursement of Federal Award costs without prior authorization by PRM.
Other Submission Requirements
Branding and Marking Strategy
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Application Review Information
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 (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.
Federal Award Administration Information
Federal Award Administration. A successful applicant can expect to receive a separate notice from PRM stating that an application has been selected before PRM actually 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.
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.
Reporting: Successful applicants will be required to submit:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Officer: Kelly Loewer, Loewerkm@state.gov, Washington, D.C.
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