Other Releases
April 4, 2008

Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
Issued April 4, 2008

Deadline: May 4, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. (EDT).

Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

Proposed Start Dates: July 1 - September 1, 2008

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. Past performance of organizations previously funded by PRM will be taken into account when choosing this year’s grants. All reports must be up to date before new funding will be considered.

FY 2007 Funding for the Balkans:

Given the continuing funding constraints, PRM’s FY2008 funding priorities are only for NGO activities in the Balkans. For now, we encourage organizations to continue to monitor Grants.gov. In FY2008, PRM anticipates funding $2.6 million for NGO programs in the Balkans.

Funding Priorities for the Balkans:

In FY2008, PRM’s focus is to continue facilitating sustainable minority returns to Kosovo from Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia; and providing local integration to displaced persons in Montenegro and Serbia.

Additionally, all proposals must include a component regarding the provision of rapid-response, gap-filling, emergency assistance in the event of any humanitarian crisis in the region. (This component would not require dedicated funds; rather, grantees would be expected to redirect personnel and available resources to an emergency effort.) This assistance would be provided on an as-needed basis to displaced individuals full coordination with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and relevant host government authorities could include: food, clothing, basic household supplies, transportation, temporary shelter, or assistance to “host” families that are accommodating displaced persons.

We anticipate funding at least one NGO project from each of the three categories listed below. Individual proposals for Cross Border Activities may not exceed $1.1 million; proposals for income generation in Kosovo may not exceed $600,000; and proposals for income generation/legal assistance in Serbia and/or Montenegro may not exceed $900,000:

· Cross Borders Facilitated Returns Program – Facilitated returns programs with operations in Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and/or Serbia. The program should only facilitate individual and small group returns to the displaced person’s place of origin. Favorable consideration will be given to areas that have not previously seen significant minority returns. The program could include

1. Go and See Visits (GSVs) and Go and Inform Visits (GIVs),

2. The transportation of returnees and their effects,

3. Assistance with special access to social services and legal support upon return to Kosovo,

4. Review and facilitation both of security arrangements and community acceptance at the point of return,

5. Shelter rehabilitation up to Category V and connection to basic utilities (electricity, water and sewage when such systems exist),

6. Basic income generation assistance (e.g., farm animals, agricultural equipment, carpentry tools, equipment for retail activities),

7. Returnee household starter kits.

Income Generation Programs in Kosovo for Returnees. The program could provide a sustainable economic livelihood for Kosovo returnees- both spontaneous and facilitated returnees. Favorable consideration will be given to community-based projects. This program could include the following:

1. Subsistence income generation assistance (e.g. farm animals, agricultural equipment, carpentry tools, equipment for retail activities) and, if possible, access to other financial aid (such as micro-credit loans).

2. Training courses and/or other mentoring activities involving multiple ethnicities, to enhance technical and management skills of returnees and interethnic understanding. These trainings should only be related to vocational activities that are otherwise supported by the income generation assistance component of this program.

3. Creation of community-based businesses or commercial hubs (e.g. a milk collection station for an area supported by dairy farming) that meet economic needs of returnees and communities.

Income Generation and Legal Assistance for displaced persons in Serbia and/or Montenegro. The program could include the following:

1. Subsistence income generation assistance (e.g. farm animals, agricultural equipment, carpentry tools, equipment for retail activities) and, if possible, access to other financial aid (such as micro-credit loans).

2. Training courses and/or other mentoring activities to enhance technical and management skills. These trainings could only be related to vocational activities that are otherwise supported by the income generation assistance component of this program.

3. Legal assistance and advocacy. This can include procurement of legal documents; assistance with property repossession cases in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Kosovo; and information desks to monitor legal issues and changes for the beneficiary population.

PRM will accept proposals from any international NGO; however, given our budgetary constraints, priority will be given to proposals from organizations that can demonstrate:

(a) a working relationship with UNHCR and 2008 UNHCR funding and/or support for the proposed activities and/or overall country program;

(b) a proven track record in providing the assistance proposed;

(c) evidence of coordination with development organizations and a well-developed transition strategy; and

(d) appropriate targeting of beneficiaries in coordination with UNHCR and other relevant organizations.

Based on the trajectory of our funding, as well as the continuing shift from relief to recovery and development in the Balkans, NGOs are urged to plan their assistance programs accordingly and be able to explain how their projects will be concluded, handed over to another organization, or financed by other means after PRM funding ends.

NGOs that have not received PRM funding prior to the USG 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 providing copies of 1) the most recent external financial audit; 2) non-profit tax status under IRS 501 (c)(3); 3) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number; and 4) Employer ID number (EIN)/Federal Tax Identification Number.

Proposal Submission Requirements: See “How to Apply” section on Grants.gov for complete details on requirements, and note the following highlights below:

(1) Electronic submission via Grants.gov: NGO applicants who are not yet registered with Grants.gov should do so well in advance of the above deadline as it can take up to two weeks for a registration to be finalized. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number for this funding opportunity is: 19.520 - Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for Europe.

  • Applicants who are unable to submit via Grants.gov due to technical difficulties should contact the Grants.gov Help Desk at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov at least one week prior to the May 4 deadline to secure a trouble ticket. Applicants may then contact the PRM Program Officer listed below in order to determine whether an alternative method of submission is appropriate. Please note that e-mail submissions will NOT be accepted.

(2) Proposal formatting and content: Please refer to the “Submitting Proposals” section in the general PRM NGO guidelines available at http://www.state.gov/j/prm/funding/181444.htm

. These general PRM NGO guidelines are also available on Grants.gov in the “How to Apply” section.

PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS IN THE FY08 GENERAL PRM NGO GUIDELINES:

a) Budget must include a specific breakdown of funds being provided by UNHCR, other USG agencies, other donors, and your own organization (where applicable).

b) Organizations that received PRM funding in FY 2007 for proposed activities should include an up-to-date, cumulative progress report against indicators as outlined in the cooperative agreement.

c) Focus on impact indicators as much as possible. At a minimum, each objective should have one impact indicator.

(3) Pre-submission consultation: This announcement is designed to coordinate with the general PRM NGO guidelines, which explain in detail PRM’s NGO funding strategy and priorities. Please read both sets of guidance carefully 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.

All applicants are encouraged to contact PRM Program Officer, Matthew R. Johnson at johnsonmr2@state.gov and/or 202-663-3068; and the Regional Refugee Coordinator, Branka Jikich at jikicba@state.gov and/or +381-11-306-4811 for more information on these guidelines, if needed.

Prior to proposal submission, PRM will provide prospective applicants with informal feedback (via e-mail or telephone) on proposed work to ensure that planned activities meet our funding priorities and strategies. Informal feedback from PRM does not indicate a commitment to fund the program discussed.

Proposal Review Process:

PRM’s Office of Assistance for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas (ECA) conducts formal internal competitive reviews of all proposal submissions by convening proposal review team. The internal review teams evaluate the proposals based on the above proposal evaluation criteria and PRM’s priorities in the context of available funding.

In order to provide NGOs with timely feedback, PRM will inform applicants of a 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.

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PRM funding opportunities for proposed activities in the Balkans (beginning July 1 - September 1, 2008) are also currently posted on Grants.gov.