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). Along with its other partners in the international community and other U.S. government agencies, PM/WRA continues to rely on the non-governmental organization (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 State’s 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 SAMS Domestic (

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:

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Below are three (3) examples of past PM/WRA NOFOs, each pertaining to a separate mine-action field: Clearance and Survey, Stockpile Management, and Humanitarian Mine Action.. Note: All references to Grant Solutions will now be SAMS Domestic on new NOFOs

Grant Proposal Guidance and Template

PM/WRA’s NOFO Application Guidance: