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Request for Concept Notes Number:  SFOP0007437

Assistance Listing (CFDA) number:  19.519 – Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for Near East

Announcement issuance date:  Monday, November 23, 2020

Proposal submission deadline: Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time [23:59:59].  Concept Notes submitted after this deadline will not 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.  See country-specific guidelines for further information.

  • Anticipated timeframe for notification of selection for full proposal development: PRM anticipates, but cannot guarantee, that within two months from the proposal submission deadline selected concept notes will be notified of selection for full proposal development.

Anticipated timeframe for award of selected full proposals: Pending the availability of funds, PRM anticipates, but cannot guarantee, that awards will be made prior to September 30, 2021.

**ADVISORY:  All applicants must submit concept notes through the website Grants.gov (not SAMS Domestic).  Applications that are submitted through SAMS Domestic in response to this funding opportunity will be disqualifiedPRM strongly recommends submitting your concept note 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 strongly recommends concept notes 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 concept notes and required documents must be in English.

Organizations can request a concept note template by emailing PRM’s NGO Coordinator (PRMNGOCoordinator@state.gov) with the subject line with the subject line PRM NGO Templates; this will prompt an automatic reply email with the concept note template.  Do not include anything in the body of the email.


Full Text of Notice of Funding Opportunity

I. Program Description

Summary:  This solicitation is the first step in a two-part process.  After reviewing concept notes, PRM will invite (no later than two months after submission) selected organizations to expand their submissions into full single-year (15-page) or multi-year (20-page) proposals with objectives, indicators, and detailed budgets for each year of the program.  Selected organizations will have 30 calendar days after they are notified of their selection to complete their full proposals.  Organizations may apply as partners or consortia.  For purposes of this notice, PRM considers a consortium to be a group of no less than three NGOs that comprise an agreement, combination, or group formed to undertake, or proposing to undertake, an assistance activity beyond the resources of any one member. (Note: NGOs that were approved for a multi-year proposal in FY 2020 will be requested to submit the proposal for their second year of funding separately.)

This announcement references 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 concept note submission is in full compliance with PRM requirements and that the proposed activities are in line with PRM’s priorities.  Concept note submissions that do not reflect the requirements outlined in these guidelines will not be considered.

A. Concept note activities should primarily support displaced Iraqi and Syrian populations in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. Concept note activities are restricted to beneficiaries living outside of government or UNHCR-run camps, unless otherwise noted in the country-specific guidance.  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.  In Iraq only, the 50 percent target beneficiary base may include IDPs and IDP returnees in addition to, or in lieu of, refugees.  Wherever possible, programs should pursue a community-based approach that also benefits host communities.  PRM encourages the inclusion of refugee beneficiaries that are not Syrian or Iraqi so as to promote an equitable approach among refugee nationalities.

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

  1. Humanitarian Protection and Assistance
  2. Interim and Durable Solutions

C. Concept notes must focus on one or more of the following sectors (see PRM’s General NGO Guidelines for sector descriptions):

  1. Protection
  2. Child protection
  3. Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response (GBV)
  4. Health
  5. Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)
  6. Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)
  7. Education
  8. Livelihoods
  9. Shelter
  10. Core Relief Items/Cash-Based Initiatives

Note:  In order to ensure greater accountability for protection outcomes, 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 Guidelines section A.C.1. of Appendix C for more details.

Note: If selected, full proposals will require cash and voucher assistance programs to include one indicator from the selection contained in the NGO Guidelines in section A.C.2. of Appendix C.

D. Applicants should submit separate concept notes for each country program. No regional or multi-country concept notes will be considered. Organizations may submit no more than two concept notes per country in line with country-specific guidelines.  Any subsequent submissions received will be disqualified.  Upon review, PRM reserves the right to ask that an NGO merge two concept notes into a single proposal.  Please see country-specific provisions for the maximum number of concept notes allowed to be submitted.

E. PRM welcomes submissions from both international and national NGOs, including women-led organizations.

F. Programs should, wherever possible, pursue a community-based approach that also benefits host communities.

G. Applicants are strongly encouraged to engage with existing structures to provide services to refugees, including those operated by international organizations and national or local actors (both governmental and NGO), rather than establishing new, parallel structures. If an activity is parallel to or duplicative of the national response, the proposal must address how the project is linked to the national response and provide a brief timeline for phase-out.

H. We understand the difficult circumstances under which NGOs are currently operating as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and will take that into consideration during our review of applications. To the extent possible, organizations should address how COVID-19 will factor into their designated programs and should attempt to ensure that proposed indicators and activities under each objective can be implemented under the challenging circumstances created by the COVID-19 response.

Iraq Country-Specific Guidelines

General Guidance:

1.    For programs in Iraq, PRM will accept no more than two concept notes per applicant (one per target population, or one for a single population and one for a joint population of both displaced Iraqis and Syrians).

2.    NGO projects seeking to assist Syrian refugees should be in line with activities in the UN’s 2021 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) Appeal.  NGO projects seeking to assist Iraqi IDPs should be in line with activities in the UN’s 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan for Iraq.

3.    For projects focusing on IDPs, Iraqi IDPs and returnees must make up more than 50 percent of total beneficiaries, and each of those groups should be substantially represented within this 50 percent.  Projects may not focus solely on returnees.  For projects focused on assisting Syrian refugees, refugees must make up more than 50 percent of total beneficiaries.  Projects assisting both Syrian refugees and Iraqi IDPs/returnees must ensure populations of concern make up more than 50 percent of the target population, with Syrian refugees comprising at least 30 percent of the total.  PRM will give preference to projects providing clear breakdowns of populations to be served to demonstrate compliance with the required percentages.  Where feasible, organizations are strongly encouraged to include support of non-Syrian refugee populations and vulnerable host community members within their projects.

4.    PRM welcomes projects that focus on IDPs located in informal and non-camp settlements, particularly in acute needs areas, and that take Government of Iraq initiatives to close IDP camps into account.  When projects include returnees, NGOs are encouraged to include locations identified as hotspots of severity in IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix Returns Index.

5.    Vulnerable members of religious and ethnic minority communities are among the populations PRM seeks to assist, although PRM does not encourage programs that single out such communities to the exclusion of others.

6.    PRM strongly encourages programs that assist Iraqi IDPs and refugees in reaching a durable solution, including return and local integration, as well as those that build the capacity of local authorities and organizations.  PRM will give preference to projects demonstrating a sound methodology for helping these populations achieve a durable solution within the project’s timeframe.  All projects assisting displaced Iraqis, regardless of sector, should relate in some way to helping achieve durable solutions.

7.    COVID-specific health projects will only be considered for Syrian refugees.  For all populations, concept notes should consider how COVID-19 may affect beneficiaries’ needs, how it may affect project implementation, and how impacts will be mitigated.

Sectors:

Projects for Iraqi IDPs and Returnees: Protection, GBV, MHPSS, and Livelihoods.

Projects for Syrian Refugees: Protection, Child Protection, GBV, Health, MHPSS, Livelihoods, Education, WASH, and Shelter.  Projects assisting Syrian refugees may include in-camp activities.

Joint Projects for Iraqi IDPs/Returnees and Syrian Refugees*: Protection, GBV, Child Protection, MHPSS, and Livelihoods.

*Syrian refugees must constitute a minimum of 30 percent of the total target population to be considered a joint proposal.

1.    Projects in all sectors should adhere to the relevant Cluster’s guidance.

2.    Provision of core relief items, cash assistance, and/or local government capacity-building will be considered if integrated in a project focused on one or more of the above sectors.

3.    In the education sector for Syrian refugee projects, PRM prioritizes support to children 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.

4.    In the livelihoods sector, PRM will prioritize impact-driven, market-based projects that seek to improve the economic well-being of beneficiaries.  Wherever possible, projects should seek to restore or build upon former livelihoods of affected populations.  Livelihoods programs should include at least one governorate other than Ninewa and Anbar.

5.    Proposed protection projects for IDPs should focus on longer-term needs of IDPs in order to facilitate safe, voluntary, and dignified returns or local integration, including but not limited to recovery of legal documents and assistance with housing, land, and property rights.  PRM will not consider standalone mental health and psychosocial service projects for IDPs; while elements of that sector may be incorporated into broader protection programming, it should not be the focus of the project.

6.    PRM will not fund programs for the rehabilitation or reconstruction of infrastructure, including schools.

Duration of Activity: 12 or 24 months (24 months preferred)

Funding Levels: Not less than $1 million per year and not more than $3 million per year (budget summary must include an estimated breakdown of cost per year).

Anticipated Number of Selections for Full Proposal Development:  PRM anticipates selecting approximately 20 concept notes to be developed into full proposals through this announcement.  PRM further anticipates selecting up to seven proposals to be awarded.

Anticipated Amount to be Awarded Total:  PRM anticipates awarding approximately $18 million (first year only, if multi-year proposals approved) through the directed NOFO for this country.

Jordan Country-Specific Guidelines

General Guidance:

1.    PRM will accept no more than two concept notes per applicant.  If more than one application is submitted, each application must reach a different population of concern.

2.    The primary population of concern for this notice of funding opportunity (Iraqi and/or Syrian refugees) must constitute at least 50% of the beneficiary population.  However, PRM highly encourages projects that identify and include the most vulnerable refugee populations from all nationalities within their projects, in line with the one refugee approach. Please include a breakdown of which nationalities will be supported by program activities.

3.    NGOs should not seek to begin new activities that cannot be sustained absent future U.S. funding.

4.    NGO proposals seeking to assist Syrian refugees should be in line with activities in the UN’s Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) Appeal/Jordan Response Plan and should work within existing coordination structures.

Sectors: Protection, Child Protection, Gender-based violence prevention and response, Education, Health, Mental Health/PSS, Livelihoods, and Shelter.

1.    Provision of core relief items, cash assistance, and/or capacity development activities will be considered if integrated in a program focused on one or more of the above sectors.

2.    PRM will prioritize education programming that addresses key educational gaps that disproportionately affect refugees and that demonstrate clear linkage with the child protection response.

3.    PRM’s health care focus is on reaching the least served with primary and secondary care, including maternal and child health and preventing non-communicable diseases.

4.    In the livelihoods sector, PRM will prioritize sustainable impact-driven, market-based projects that seek to improve the economic well-being of beneficiaries.

Duration of Activity: 12 months, 24 months, or 36 months (24 months preferred but PRM may consider 36 months for well-established organizations with a track record of program success and a concrete sustainability plan.)

Funding Limits:

Programs for Iraqi Refugees must be no less than $750,000 and no more than $1.5 million per year (budget summary must include a breakdown of cost per year).

Programs for Syrian Refugees must be no less than $1 million and not more than $4 million per year (budget summary must include a breakdown of cost per year).

Joint Programs for Iraqi and Syrian Refugees* must be no less than $1 million and not more than $4 million per year (budget summary must include a breakdown of cost per year).

*Iraqis must constitute a minimum of 15 percent of the target population to be considered a joint proposal.

Anticipated Number of Selections for Full Proposal Development:  PRM anticipates selecting approximately 15 concept notes to be developed into full proposals through this announcement.  PRM further anticipates selecting up to six proposals to be awarded.

Anticipated Amount to be Awarded Total:  PRM anticipates awarding approximately $14 million (first year only, if multi-year proposals approved) through the directed NOFO for this country.

Lebanon Country-Specific Guidelines

General Guidance:

1.    PRM will accept no more than two concept notes per organization (one for Syrian refugees and one joint proposal for Iraqi and Syrian refugees).   Iraqis must constitute a minimum of 15 percent of the target population to be considered a joint proposal.

2.    The primary population of concern for this notice of funding opportunity (Iraqi and/or Syrian refugees) must constitute at least 50% of the beneficiary population.  However, PRM highly encourages projects that identify and include the most vulnerable refugee populations from all nationalities within their projects, in line with the one refugee approach. Please include a breakdown of which nationalities will be supported by program activities.

3.    NGO proposals seeking to assist Syrian refugees should be in line with activities in the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) Appeal.

4.    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.

Sectors: Protection, Child Protection, GBV prevention and response, WASH, Education, Health, Mental Health/PSS, Livelihoods, and Shelter.

1.    Projects in all sectors should adhere to the relevant Working Group’s guidance.

2.    Provision of core relief items, cash assistance, and/or capacity development activities will be considered if integrated in a program focused on one or more of the above sectors.

3.    Provision of WASH services, namely water trucking and desludging, will be considered if it covers a critical gap for a limited period of time and if integrated in a program focused on one or more of the above sectors.

4.    In the education sector, PRM prioritizes support to help children 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.

5.    In the livelihoods sector, PRM will prioritize impact-driven, market-based projects that seek to improve the economic well-being of beneficiaries.  Wherever possible, projects should seek to restore or build upon former livelihoods of affected populations.

Duration of Activity: 12 or 24 months (24 months preferred)

Funding Limits: Must be no less than $500,000 and no more than $4,000,000 per year (budget summary must include an estimated breakdown of cost per population).

Anticipated Number of Selections for Full Proposal Development:  PRM anticipates selecting approximately 15 concept notes to be developed into full proposals through this announcement.  PRM further anticipates selecting up to six proposals to be awarded.

Anticipated Amount to be Awarded Total:  PRM anticipates awarding up to a total of $22 million (first year only, if multi-year proposals approved) through the directed NOFO for this country.

Turkey Country-Specific Guidelines

General Guidance:

1.    PRM will accept no more than one concept note per applicant.  Please ensure that the profile of target populations (and percentage breakdown per population) is clearly outlined in each proposal.

2.    PRM funding supports all refugee populations and therefore welcomes submissions that support non-Syrian refugee populations, including Iraqis, Afghans, other International Protection applicants as part of the 50 percent target beneficiary base.  Wherever possible, programs should pursue a community-based approach that also benefits host communities.

3.    NGO proposals should be in line with activities in the UN’s Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) Appeal/Turkey Response Plan; all program activities should be consulted with the Government of Turkey.

4.    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.

Sectors: Protection, Livelihoods, Child Protection, GBV, Health, Education, Shelter, MHPSS, and Core Relief Items/Cash-Based Initiatives.

1.    Provision of core relief items, cash assistance, livelihoods projects and/or capacity development activities will be considered if integrated in a program that includes one or more of the above sectors.  For livelihoods programs, priority will be given to activities that link training to sustainable, income-generating employment opportunities.

2.    Priority will be given to projects that include social cohesion activities and involve host community members, such as social inclusion programs for persons with disabilities or programs that support cohesion building in formal education settings

3.    PRM’s health care focus in Turkey is on health services not covered by existing programs and/or provided by the Ministry of Health. This includes projects that help support refugees’ access to health services that are already established.

Length: 12 or 24 months (24 months preferred)

Funding Levels: Not less than $500,000 and not more than $3 million per year (budget summary must include an estimated breakdown of cost per year).

Anticipated Number of Selections for Full Proposal Development:  PRM anticipates selecting approximately 15 concept notes to be developed into full proposals through this announcement.  PRM further anticipates selecting for award up to six proposals.

Anticipated Amount to be Awarded Total:  PRM anticipates awarding up to a total of $16 million (first year only, if multi-year proposals approved) through the directed NOFO for this country.

2. Federal Award Information

A. Proposed program start dates: September 2021

B. Duration of Activity: See country-specific guidelines above.  Applicants may submit multi-year proposals with activities and budgets that do not exceed country-specific guidance.  Budgets submitted in year one can must be updated each year.  Continued funding after the initial 12-month period of performance requires the submission of a noncompeting single-year or multi-year 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 (Note: A market analysis will be required if selected for full proposal development).

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

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

E. 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 concept notes 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 this 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.

Concept notes and later proposals will be considered that describe the sources and amounts of additional funding that may be utilized to complement 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 of the concept note submission, separate from the proposed budget.

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

4. Other

A. Concept notes and eventually full proposals must encompass relevant international standards for humanitarian assistance, especially Sphere Standards. See PRM’s General NGO Guidelines for a complete list of sector-specific standards including new guidance on proposals for programs in urban areas.

B. 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 other religious, ethnic, or other minorities) and can demonstrate what steps have been taken to meet the specific and unique protection and assistance needs of these vulnerable groups effectively.

C. PRM will accept concept notes from any NGO working in the above-mentioned sectors, although, given budgetary constraints, priority will be given to concept notes 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 strong coordination with international organizations (IOs) and other NGOs working in the same area or sector as well as – where possible – local authorities to avoid duplication;
  • an emphasis on the outcome or impact of program activities. Full objective and indicator tables will only be required if the applicant is invited to submit a full proposal; however, the concept note must generally demonstrate the ability to deliver impact;
  • a strong sustainability plan, involving local capacity building, where feasible, will be required if the applicant is invited to submit a full proposal;
  • a strong risk management plan, including for COVID-19 risks;
  • 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. Content and Form of Application: Please see specific country-specific provisions for the maximum number of proposals allowed to be submitted.  Any subsequent submissions received will be disqualified.

Concept notes must be no more than 3 pages in length (or 4 pages if a consortia submission) submitted in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF, using Times New Roman, 12-point font, with one-inch margins on all sides.  Concept notes that are longer than 3 pages will be automatically disqualified.

Note:

  • PRM strongly 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 concept notes and required documents must be in English.

i. Concept notes must include the following categories, in any arrangement.

  1. Brief problem statement, description of target population with anticipated beneficiary numbers, and vulnerability criteria used to identify beneficiaries
  2. Program description, location, and duration
  3. Proposed measurable outcomes and impact of the program
  4. Summary of the organization(s) and experience doing similar work
  5. Organizational point(s) of contact

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

ii. Budget summaries must be attached to the concept note and do not count against the 3-page limit. The budget summary is separate from SF-424, SF-F24A, and SF-424B documents, which are also required and similarly do not fall within the page limit.  Budget summaries should be submitted under the budget narrative section in grants.gov.  Budget summaries must include the following categories, disaggregated by year:

  1. Personnel allowances
  2. Benefits
  3. Travel
  4. Program equipment
  5. Supplies
  6. Contractual
  7. Construction
  8. Other direct costs
  9. Indirect costs
  10. Total amount requested

Organizations can request a budget summary template by emailing PRM’s NGO Coordinator  (PRMNGOCoordinator@state.gov) with the subject line with the subject line PRM NGO Templates and nothing else; this will prompt an automatic reply email with the concept note template.

iii. There should be no attachments, other than the summary budget and SF-424 documents, to the initial concept note submission. For selected organizations, PRM will request fully developed, 15-page single-year and 20-page multi-year proposals with objectives, indicators, and detailed budgets for each year of the program.  Organizations that are invited to submit full proposals may attach work plans, activity calendars, and/or logical frameworks as addendums to their full-length proposal at that stage.

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

a. 3-page concept note;

  • a. PRM strongly 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; and
  • All proposals, and required documents, must be in English.

b. One-page budget summary clearly indicating costs disaggregated by year for the program period. The budget summary does not count against page limits.

c. Signed completed SF-424, SF-424 A, and SF-424 B. These documents do not count against the page limit.  Note:  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.

C. Consortia. Organizations may apply to this call as individual organizations or consortia; however, for consortia, one organization must be designated as the lead applicant at both the concept note and full proposal stage.

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 proposing to undertake, an assistance activity beyond the resources of any one member.

If the applicant is applying as a consortium or partnership, 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 concept note.

Organizations can request a concept note template by emailing PRM’s NGO Coordinator  (PRMNGOCoordinator@state.gov) with the subject line with the subject line PRM NGO Templates and nothing else; this will prompt an automatic reply email with the concept note template.

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

i. Each applicant is required to:

  1. be registered in SAM at (sam.gov ) before submitting its application;
  2. provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and
  3. 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.

E. Concept notes 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.

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 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.

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;
  • 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. Submission Dates and Times.

i. Announcement issuance date: Monday, November 23, 2020

ii. Proposal submission deadline: Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time [23:59:59].  Concept Notes submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

iii. This solicitation is the first step in a two-part process. After reviewing concept notes, PRM will invite selected organizations to expand their submissions into full-length proposals with detailed budgets.  Selected organizations will have 30 calendar days after they are notified of their selection to complete their full proposals.

H. Intergovernmental Review – Not Applicable.

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

J. Other Submission Requirements.

i. 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.

ii. Assistance Award Provision – SPOT: The following provisions will be included in the Bureau specific component of the Notice of Award for performance in a designated combat area .  Recipients are required to include this provision in any sub-grant awards or agreements.

RECIPIENT PERFORMANCE IN A DESIGNATED COMBAT AREA

The Recipient must report and account for all employees, subrecipient personnel, and contract personnel working under grants or cooperative agreements working in contingency operations outside the United States that involve combat operations. The database to collect this information, called the Synchronized Pre-Deployment Operational Tracker (SPOT), is managed by the Department of Defense.

In coordination with the Grants Officer and Grants Officer Representative, the Recipient generally provides this information to the Department of State SPOT Program Manager (AQMops@state.gov). The Department SPOT Program Manager enters information provided by the Recipient directly into the SPOT system.

For Recipients with personnel who are NOT performing private security functions and who do not need access to U.S. government support or facilities:

Personnel, including U.S. citizens, third country nationals, and local personnel, are accounted for anonymously, in aggregate.

The Recipient must obtain an aggregate count template from the Grants Officer or Grants Officer Representative, or directly from the SPOT Program Manager (AQMops@state.gov), and return the completed form to the Grants Officer/ Grants Officer Representative or SPOT Program Manager.

The Recipient is responsible for updating the aggregate count every quarter by providing updated information via the “Aggregate Count” template to SPOT Program Manager for each SPOT award.

For Recipients with personnel who ARE performing a private security function; require access to U.S. government support, facilities, or services; or who may be eligible for special refugee or immigration status under U.S. regulation:

  • The personnel funded under that award must be entered into SPOT individually with all required personal information.
  • The Recipient must enter this information into the SPOT database directly. Unlike the aggregate count process, the Department’s SPOT Program Manager does not enter this information into SPOT on behalf of the Recipient.
  • The Recipient starts the process by registering for an account in SPOT by contacting the help desk at https://spot.dmdc.mil/.

Note: Recipients utilizing armed private security personnel, whether employed directly or via contract, are required to adhere to post policies and procedures regarding private security contractors. As specific post policies and procedures differ in scope and applicability, the Recipient is advised to review post policies carefully and direct any questions to the embassy Regional Security Office through the Grants Officer or Grants Officer Representative.

In addition, the Recipient is reminded that only the Grants Officer has the authority to modify this Notice of Award. Recipients shall proceed with any security guidance provided by the Regional Security Officer; however, the Recipient must advise the Grants Officer and Grants Officer Representative of the guidance received and any potential cost or schedule impact.

iii. Applicant Vetting as a Condition of Award (Iraq, Lebanon): Applicants are advised that successful passing of vetting to evaluate the risk that funds may benefit terrorists or their supporters is a condition of award.  Applicants may be asked to submit information required by DS Form 4184, Risk Analysis Information about their organization and its principal personnel.  Vetting information is also required for all subaward performance on assistance awards identified by DOS as presenting a risk of terrorist financing.  When vetting information is requested by the Grants Officer, information may be submitted on the secure web portal at https://ramportal.state.gov.  Failure to submit information when requested, or failure to pass vetting, may be grounds for rejecting your proposal.  The following clause shall be included in Section 16, Specific Conditions, or as an addendum to the solicitation, whenever assistance is awarded after vetting:

Recipient Vetting After Award:  Recipients shall advise the Grants Officer of any changes in personnel required by DS Form 4184, Risk Analysis Information, and shall provide vetting information on new individuals on the secure web portal at https://ramportal.state.gov.  The government reserves the right to vet these personnel changes and to terminate assistance awards for convenience based on vetting results.

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 concept notes based on the following criteria, in addition to a ranking of High/Medium/Low priority:

  • Quality of program idea (10 points)
  • Appropriate identification of beneficiary population, including vulnerable populations (10 points)
  • Program feasibility/ability to achieve objectives (10 points)
  • Organization’s experience and capacity (10 points)
  • Cost effectiveness (10 points)

PRM will conduct a formal competitive review of all concept notes 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.

After reviewing the concept notes, selected organizations will be invited to submit full proposals.  PRM will provide formal notifications to NGOs of final decisions within 90 days after the closing date of this announcement.  Selected organizations will have 30 calendar days from notification to submit full proposals, with detailed budgets, and attachments as applicable (refer to PRM’s General NGO Guidelines for general proposal formatting and submission guidance for single-year/multi-year programs).

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” (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.

Iraq

Jordan

  • PRM Program Officer: Aamir Alavi, AlaviA@state.gov, 202-453-9281, Washington, D.C.
  • Senior Regional Refugee Coordinator: Anjana Modi, ModiAJ@state.gov, Embassy Amman, Jordan

Lebanon

Turkey

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