Funding Opportunity Announcement
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
May 4, 2010


Funding Opportunity Number: PRM-ECA-10-CA-SA-05042010-AFGHAN

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number: 19.519 - Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for Near East and South Asia

Announcement issuance date: Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Proposal submission deadline: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST. Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

ADVISORY: Grants.gov is expected to experience continued high volume of activity in the near future. PRM strongly recommends submitting your proposal early to allow time to address difficulties that may arise due to system delays.

Proposed Program Start Dates: July 1 – September 30, 2010

Duration of Activity: No more than 12 months.

Applicants with multi-year programs must continue to re-compete for PRM funding each year. Furthermore, in funding a project one year, PRM makes no representations that it will continue to fund the project in successive years and encourages applicants to seek a wide array of donors to ensure long-term funding possibilities.

Current Funding Priorities for Afghan Refugees in Pakistan: PRM will prioritize currently available funding for proposed non-governmental organization (NGO) activities that best meet the Bureau’s priorities for Afghan refugees in Pakistan as identified below.

(a) Proposed activities should primarily equip Afghan refugees with the skills to earn livelihoods in Afghanistan and secondarily address the long-term needs of Afghan refugees and their host communities in Pakistan if return is not yet possible.

(b) Although over five million Afghan refugees have returned to Afghanistan since 2002, approximately 1.7 million remain in host communities and refugee villages in Pakistan. PRM is seeking proposals that will provide essential services to Afghan refugees in the following sectors: livelihoods, protection (in particular, prevention of and response to gender-based violence or GBV), health (including comprehensive reproductive health, with a focus on maternal/child healthcare preferred), and primary education. These programs should address needs not covered by UNHCR, other international organizations (IOs), or the Government of Pakistan.

(c) 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, current UNHCR funding, and/or a letter of support from UNHCR for the proposed activities and/or overall country program (this letter should highlight the gap in services the proposed program is designed to address);

· A proven track record in providing proposed assistance both in the sector and specified location;

· Evidence of coordination with IOs and other NGOs working in the same area or sector as well as – where applicable – local authorities;

· 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 at least one outcome or impact indicator per objective;

· A budget that is appropriate for meeting the objectives and demonstrates co-funding by non-U.S. government sources;

· Appropriate targeting of beneficiaries in coordination with UNHCR and other relevant organizations;

· Adherence to relevant international standards for humanitarian assistance. See FY2010 General PRM NGO Guidelines for a complete list of sector-specific standards.

(d) Country Specific Instructions:

In FY2010, PRM’s funding priority is to provide Afghan refugees with the skills and connections to find jobs in Afghanistan, and to support Afghan refugee communities in Pakistan through livelihoods, protection, healthcare, and primary education services in order to achieve self-reliance in Pakistan if return is not yet possible. The following activities are priority areas for PRM in FY2010:

a. Vocational training in marketable skills and, as necessary, provision of the required tool set for the profession (standalone vocational training not linked to income-generating activities will not be considered for funding in FY2010). Partners should conduct market and income surveys before initiating training/livelihoods activities and should seek to identify skills that would be marketable in either Afghanistan or Pakistan.

b. Protection, including, but not limited to: gender equality and protection of women (combating GBV, working inclusively with men and boys, civil and political empowerment of women and girls, economic empowerment and livelihoods for women, etc.) and activities to support extremely vulnerable children, older persons, and persons with disabilities. All projects should seek to address the particular needs of women and girls.

c. Provision or improved access to basic health services, including comprehensive reproductive health and maternal/child health care.

d. Provision or improved access to primary education with coursework to support eventual repatriation/reintegration in Afghanistan (e.g. proficiency in Dari).

Now that the UN-Government of Pakistan (GOP) Refugee Affected and Hosting Area (RAHA) program is underway, one component of PRM’s assistance strategy for this year is to begin transitioning to sustainable solutions for Afghan refugees in Pakistan. The RAHA program seeks to harmonize humanitarian services in the education, health, and water and sanitation sectors with the government sector to remove the current parallel, and unsustainable, UN-supported services or to assist GOP officials with training or coordinated service delivery to prepare for mainstreaming of refugee services into full community services. The focus of the Refugee Hosting Areas component to date has been on community-driven development projects that benefit both Afghan refugees and local Pakistanis. PRM will give higher consideration to projects that reinforce or fit into this initiative and plans to fund at least one project in this category.

PRM cannot guarantee funding for more than a 12-month project period. Therefore, projects must include a thoroughly developed transition strategy that outlines a clear and effective plan for moving from relief to sustainability under local or national structures; this component of proposals will be scored higher than in previous years.

NGO partners that have received separate cooperative agreements from PRM in Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009 for stand-alone assistance programs and GBV programs should seek to combine these program elements when submitting proposals under this funding opportunity announcement.

IOs that are engaged in programs relevant to the assistance addressed by this PRM funding announcement should ensure that these programs are made known to PRM on or before the closing date of this funding announcement so that PRM can evaluate all IO and NGO programs for funding consideration.


Funding Limits:

PRM will consider projects submitted with budgets in the range of $250,000 to $1,500,000.

As stated in the FY 2010 General PRM NGO Guidelines, PRM looks favorably on cost-sharing efforts and seeks to support projects with a diverse donor base and/or resources from the submitting organization.

Proposal Submission Requirements:

See “How to Apply” (http://www.grants.gov/applicants/applicant_faqs.jsp#applying) on Grants.gov for complete details on requirements, and note the following highlights:

· Proposals must be submitted via Grants.gov. Organizations not registered with Grants.gov should register well in advance of the June 2, 2010 deadline as it can take up to two weeks to finalize registration (sometimes longer for non-U.S. based NGOs to get the required registration numbers). To register with Grants.gov, organizations must first receive a DUNS number and register with the Central Contract Registry (CCR) which can take weeks and sometimes months. See “Applicant FAQs” section on Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/help/applicant_faqs.jsp#applying) for complete details on registering.

· Do not wait until the last minute to submit your application on Grants.gov. Applicants who have done so in the past and experienced technical difficulties were not able to meet the deadline. Please note: Grants.gov is expected to experience continued high volumes of activity in the near future. PRM strongly recommends submitting your proposal early to avoid submission delays. We 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.

· 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. Applicants who are unable to submit applications via Grants.gov due to Grants.gov technical difficulties and who have reported the problem(s) to the Grants.gov help desk and received a case number and had a service request opened to research the problem(s), should contact PRM Program Officer Michelle Monsegur at (202) 663-3683 or MonsegurM@state.gov to determine whether an alternative method of submission is appropriate.

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

· NGOs that have not received PRM funding prior to the U.S. Government fiscal year ending September 30, 2004 must be prepared to demonstrate that they meet the financial and accounting requirements of the U.S. Government by submitting copies of 1) the most recent external financial audit, 2) non-profit tax status under IRS 501 (c)(3), 3) a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, and 4) an Employer ID (EIN)/Federal Tax Identification number.


Proposal Content, Formatting and Template:

Please refer to the “Proposal Submission and Review Process” section in the FY 2010 General PRM NGO Guidelines. PRM strongly encourages organizations applying for PRM funding to use the PRM recommended proposal and budget templates. Templates can be requested by sending an email to PRM's NGO Coordinator. You must type “PRM NGO Templates” in the subject line to receive an automated reply containing the template.


PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED IN THE PRM’s FY2010 NGO GUIDELINES:

This announcement is designed to accompany the FY 2010 General PRM NGO Guidelines, which contain additional administrative information and explain in detail PRM’s NGO funding strategy and priorities. Please use both the FY 2010 General PRM NGO Guidelines and this announcement to ensure that the proposed activities are in line with PRM’s priorities and that your proposal submission is in full compliance with PRM requirements. Proposal submissions that do not meet all of the requirements outlined in these guidelines will not be considered. PRM recommends using the proposal and budget templates that are available upon email request from PRM's NGO Coordinator. Please send an email, with the phrase “PRM NGO templates” in the subject line, to PRM's NGO Coordinator.

· Proposals should 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 project 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.

· 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 project.

· To increase PRM’s ability to track the impact of PRM funding, include specific information on locations of projects and beneficiaries. Any project involving the building or maintenance of physical infrastructure must include coordinates of site locations (place name, P-Code, latitude and longitude coordinates).

· Budget must include a specific breakdown of funds being provided by UNHCR, other USG agencies, other donors, and your own organization (where applicable). PRM strongly encourages multi-lateral support for humanitarian programs.

· Organizations that received PRM funding in FY 2009 for activities that are being proposed for funding under this announcement must include the most recent quarterly progress report against indicators outlined in the cooperative agreement. If an organization’s last quarterly report was submitted more than six weeks prior to the submission of a proposal in response to this funding announcement, the organization must include, with its most recent quarterly report, updates that show any significant progress made on objectives since the last report.


Reports and Reporting Requirements:

Program reporting: PRM requires quarterly and final program reports describing and analyzing the results of activities undertaken during the validity period of the agreement. It is highly suggested that NGOs receiving PRM funding use the PRM recommended program report template. To request this template, send an email with the phrase “PRM NGO templates” in the subject line to PRM's NGO Coordinator.

Financial Reports: Financial reports are required within thirty (30) days following the end of each calendar year quarter during the validity period of the agreement; a final financial report covering the entire period of the agreement is required within ninety (90) days after the expiration date of the agreement.

For more details regarding PRM’s reporting requirements please see FY 2010 General PRM NGO Guidelines.


Proposal Review Process:


PRM will conduct a formal competitive review of all proposals submitted in response to this funding announcement. A review panel will evaluate submissions based on the above-referenced proposal evaluation criteria and PRM priorities in the context of available funding. The review panel will pay particular attention to the transition strategies of proposal received and will score accordingly.

In order to provide NGOs with timely feedback, PRM will inform applicants of the panel’s decision to recommend or not recommend funding proposed activities, and may request revised proposals and/or budgets based on feedback from the panel. PRM will follow up with formal notifications to NGOs of final decisions taken by Bureau management.

PRM Points of Contact:

Should NGOs have technical questions related to this announcement, they should contact the PRM staff listed below prior to proposal submission. (Note: Responses to technical questions from PRM do not indicate a commitment to fund the program discussed.)

PRM Program Officer Michelle Monsegur (MonsegurM@state.gov; 202-663-3683 before May 15, or 202-453-9280 after May 15), Washington, D.C.

Islamabad Refugee Coordinator Liane Dorsey (DorseyLR@state.gov), U.S. Embassy, Islamabad, Pakistan.