Call for Proposals for Migration in United States closing date 27 May 2021

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  • Eligible Country: United States 
  • Closing Date: 27 May 2021
  • Categories of Organisations: All organisations 
  • Opportunity Type: Call for proposal
  • Submit Application: Online
  • Inviting Company/Donor: U.S Department of State
  • Website for Application and information:  Click Here 

Description

FY 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity for Innovation in Child Protection:
Intersectoral Approaches for Child Well-being.
Funding Opportunity Number: SFOP0007652
Assistance Listings (CFDA) number: 19.522 – Overseas Refugee Assistance
Programs for Strategic Global Priorities
Announcement issuance date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Announcement type: Cooperative Agreement
Proposal submission deadline: Wednesday, May 27, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m.
(23:59:59) EDT. We are unable to consider proposals submitted after this deadline.
Anticipated timeframe to award for selected proposals: Pending the availability of
funds, PRM anticipates, but makes no guarantee, that awards will be made less than 5
months from the proposal submission deadline.
ADVISORY: All applicants must submit concept notes through the website
Grants.gov. PRM 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 proposals 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 copies of all PRM-recommended templates and NGO
guidelines, by emailing PRM’s NGO Coordinator with only the phrase PRM NGO
Templates (exactly as written in bold) in the subject line, to
PRMNGOCoordinator@state.gov. Organizations will receive an automated email reply
containing the templates.
COVID-19: PRM recognizes the difficult circumstances under which organizations are
currently operating as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and will take them into
consideration in application package reviews. To the extent possible, organizations
should address how COVID-19 and resulting risks, restrictions and limitations will
factor into their designated programs and attempt to ensure that proposed indicators and
activities can be implemented under the challenging circumstances created by the
COVID-19 response.
Full Text of Notice of Funding Opportunity
1. Program Description
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.
A. Current Funding Priorities: COVID-19 has led to an unprecedented increase in
risk factors of harm for refugee and conflict affected children. Widespread
poverty, school closures, increased health and psychosocial distress, and
xenophobia, among other factors, are known risk factors for several child
protection issues, including child labor, early marriage, separation, and violence
against children. COVID-19 mitigation measures have significantly disrupted
social protection systems, putting millions of children, and especially refugees
who already faced increased marginalization, at greater risk of violence,
exploitation, abuse, and neglect. These circumstances coupled with dwindling
resources due to economic contraction, makes it necessary for the child protection
sector to identify innovative solutions to prevent and respond to child protection
issues through intersectoral interventions. The child protection community of
practice has developed numerous resources demonstrating the need
for increased intersectoral responses for children, where children are placed at the
center and all interventions consider opportunities to promote child wellbeing through prevention and identification of those in need of services.
However, gaps remain in translating this guidance to action in the field. (Note:
An intersectoral activity is one that incorporates child protection into other sector
interventions). The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the urgency
in ensuring that global technical resources reach stakeholders in the field,
including local actors, and best practices and standards are institutionalized across
organizations and contextualized in different settings.
B. Because of PRM’s mandate to provide protection, assistance, and sustainable
solutions for refugees and victims of conflict, PRM will consider funding only
those programs that include a target beneficiary base of at least 50 percent
refugees.
C. Program area: Proposals must align with the following program area:
i. Humanitarian Protection and Assistance
D. Program Sectors: Proposals must focus on the following programmatic sector
(see PRM’s General NGO Guidelines for sector descriptions):
i. Child protection
E. Organizations may submit a maximum of one application. Any subsequent
submissions received will be disqualified.
F. Provisions
i. Innovation in Child Protection:
a. General Guidance: PRM seeks proposals that utilize innovative approaches
to improve the humanitarian response and enhance children’s well-being and
healthy development through intersectoral interventions. PRM will prioritize
proposals that identify new opportunities to improve the humanitarian
response to ensure the centrality of child protection and child well-being.
PRM seeks proposals that utilize global technical guidance and builds local
and organizational capacity to implement intersectoral responses, especially
guidance from the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action on
child well-being. PRM will only select proposals that can demonstrate
global impact, for example through supporting capacity building across
regions or testing new approaches in diverse locations to generate new
evidence. PRM will not consider proposals that focus specifically on child
protection services, rather PRM seeks proposals that contribute to the global
community of practice by demonstrating new ways to promote child
protection through other sectoral interventions.
Federal Award Information
A. Proposed program start dates: September, 1, 2021
B. Duration of Activity: Program plans for one year will be considered.
C. Period of Performance: Programs period of performance of up to 12 months
will be considered.
D. 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.
a. Funding floor per award (lowest $$ value): $500,000
b. Funding ceiling per award (highest $$ value): $1,000,000
E. Anticipated Number of Awards: PRM anticipates, but makes no guarantee, to
fund as many as two awards through this announcement.
F. Anticipated Amount to be Awarded Total: PRM anticipates, but makes no
guarantee, to award up to approximately $1,000,000 total through this
announcement.
2. Eligibility Information
A. Eligible Applicants: (1) Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with IRS, other
than institutions of higher education (U.S.-based NGOs must be able to
demonstrate proof of non-profit tax status); (2) Nonprofits without 501(c)(3)
status with IRS, other than institutions of higher education (overseas-based NGOs
must be able to demonstrate proof of registration in country of domicile); and (3)
International Organizations. 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.
B. Cost Sharing or Matching: Cost sharing, matching, or cost participation is not a
requirement of an application in response to this funding announcement, but is
strongly encouraged.
Proposals will be considered that describe the sources and amounts of additional
funding that may be utilized to compliment 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, Budget Detail, and
Budget Narrative of the proposal, and separated from the PRM share of the
proposed budget.
(Note: Though favorably looked upon, such will not result in a competitive
ranking increase when evaluated.)
3. Other
A. 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.
B. Proposals must adhere to relevant international standards for humanitarian
assistance. See PRM’s General NGO Guidelines for a complete list of sectorspecific standards including guidance on proposals for programs in urban areas.
C. 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
(LGBTQI+) 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.
D. 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.
4. Application and Submission Instructions
A. Address to Request Application Package: Application packages may be
downloaded from the website www.Grants.gov.
B. Consortia: Organizations may apply to this call as part of a consortia; however,
for consortia, one organization must be designated as the lead applicant. For
purposes of consortia applying for PRM funding, PRM considers consortium to
be a group of no less than three NGOs that comprise an agreement, combination,
or group formed to undertake, or propose to undertake, an assistance activity
beyond the resources of any one member. PRM may request to review and
approve of substantive provisions of proposed sub-awards. Applicants may form
consortia in order to bring together organizations with varied expertise to propose
a comprehensive program in one proposal.
Submissions by organizations as part of a consortium do not count toward an
organization’s individual submission limit. A description of how the consortia
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 proposal.
C. Content and Form of Application: Organizations may submit one proposal
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 should request
copies of all PRM-recommended templates and NGO guidelines, by emailing
PRM’s NGO Coordinator with only the phrase PRM NGO Templates (exactly
as written in bold) in the subject line, to PRMNGOCoordinator@state.gov.
Organizations will receive an automated email reply containing the templates.
Single-Year Proposals:
 Single-year program proposal page limits: Single-year proposals using
PRM’s templates must not exceed 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, but are not
required to do so. 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.
o PRM strongly recommends application packages be submitted in Adobe
PDF, as Microsoft Word documents may sometimes produce different page
lengths based on software versions and configurations.
o Exceeding page length limits, including through the inclusion of cover
pages, will result in disqualification.
o All documents must be in English.
i. To be considered for PRM funding, organizations must submit a complete
application package, including:
a. 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 in each program application.
Please see NGO Guidelines for more details.
b. Budget summary
o disaggregated by year and for each year of the program period
(for multi-year proposals).
c. Budget detail of the program period.
o of the program period.
o Include total costs by objective,
o Total costs divided by country (if applicable)
o Organizations can request both Budget Summary and separate Budget
Detail templates as well as others by emailing PRM’s NGO
Coordinator with only the phrase PRM NGO Templates (exactly as
written in bold) in the subject line, to
PRMNGOCoordinator@state.gov. Organizations will receive an
automated email reply containing the templates.

d. Budget narrative of the program period.
e. Completed SF-424, SF-424A, and SF-424B forms. PRM requires that Box
21 of the SF-424 be checked.
o 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. The SF-424 family forms are available for download on
Grants.gov.
f. Information in support of any cost-sharing/cost-matching arrangements, if
applicable.
g. Information detailing the source of any in-kind contributions, if applicable.
h. 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.
i. Risk Analysis (separate from proposal narrative and from the security plan).
j. Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Code of Conduct
o Consistent with the 2019 6 IASC Principles and that there is a
country or regional implementation plan specific to the country or
region, if applicable, of the application. (See NGO Guidelines for
more details).
k. Security Plan.
l. Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) Framework
o 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.
m. Key Personnel for award applicant and sub-recipient(s)
o 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).
o A Market Analysis and a Beneficiary Competency/Capacity
Assessment for all proposals that include at least one livelihoods
sector objective (or will be disqualified). Please see the General
NGO Guidelines for more details.
n. 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.
o. Most recent external audit report is required prior to issuance of an award, if
proposal is chosen for implementation
o
ii. Additionally, organizations must submit the following documents as part of
their proposal package, if applicable:
a. In order to be considered a competitive proposal, the proposal narrative and
budget detail should include the following information:
o 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.
o Include specific information on locations of programs and beneficiaries
(GPS coordinates highly recommended) to increase PRM’s ability to track
the impact of PRM funding.
o 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.
o 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.
o 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 atrisk 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, queer or intersex (LGBTQI+), 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.
o The budget should include a specific breakdown of funds being provided
by UNHCR, other USG agencies, other donors, and your own organization.
o 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.
o For consortia only, 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 proposal.
D. Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number
and System for Award Management (SAM)
i. Each applicant is required to:
a. be registered in SAM at (www.sam.gov) before submitting its application;
b. provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and
c. 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.
ii. 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. Applications must be submitted via Grants.gov. 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 attempt 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 several 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 has extremely limited ability to correct
or facilitate rapid resolution to technical difficulties associated with Grants.gov,
SAM.gov or DUNS number issues. PRM partners must maintain an active
SAM.gov registration with current and correct 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.gov 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.

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