Call for Proposals for Refugees in South America closing date 29 May 2021

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  • Eligible Country: United States 
  • Closing Date: 29 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 NGO programs benefiting vulnerable PRM
populations of concern in South America.
Funding Opportunity Number: SFOP0007599
Assistance Listings (Formerly CFDA) number: 19.518 – Overseas Refugee
Assistance Programs for Western Hemisphere
Announcement issuance date: Monday, February 1, 2021
Announcement type: Cooperative Agreement
Proposal submission deadline:2021 May 29, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m.
(23:59:59) EST. 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 six
months from the proposal submission deadline.
ADVISORY: All applicants must submit application packages through the website
Grants.gov. PRM strongly recommends submitting your application package 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 application packages be submitted in Adobe PDF, as
Microsoft Word documents may sometimes produce different page lengths based on
software versions and configurations when transmitted. Exceeding page length limits
including through the inclusion of cover pages will result in disqualification. All
documents must be in English.
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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 template.
COVID-19: PRM recognizes the difficult circumstances under which organizations are
operating as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and will take them into consideration
in proposal reviews. To the extent possible, organizations should address how COVID19 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: Proposed activities should primarily support
Venezuelan refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants in Brazil, the
Caribbean region (Aruba, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, and
Trinidad and Tobago), Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, a Regional Program for
Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response; and Colombian refugees,
asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants in Venezuela. PRM will consider
funding only those programs that include a target beneficiary base of at least 50
percent refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants.
All proposed programs should target the most vulnerable and underserved
groups among the population(s) of concern. Such groups may include, but are
not limited to, children, particularly unaccompanied and separated children and
adolescents; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex (LGBTQI+)
individuals; older persons; the sick; persons with disabilities; indigenous persons;
and survivors, or those at risk, of gender-based violence. Programs must
demonstrate what steps have been taken to meet the specific and unique
protection and assistance needs of these vulnerable groups effectively.
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B. Program area: Proposals must align with one or more of the following program
areas:
i. Humanitarian Protection and Assistance
ii. Interim and Durable Solutions
C. Organizations may submit only one application per country. Any subsequent
submissions received will be disqualified. (Note: Submissions by organizations
as part of a consortium do not count toward an individual organization’s
submission limit.)
D. Country-specific Provisions:
i. Brazil
a. General Guidance: PRM’s humanitarian assistance funding in Brazil will
respond to the continued influx, and projected increase of, Venezuelan
refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants. NGO proposals for
Brazil must align with the 2021 Regional Refugee and Migrant Response
Plan for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela. Venezuelan refugees,
asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants must make up more than 50
percent of total beneficiaries. Priority will be given to programs that focus
on one or more of the following programmatic sectors (see PRM’s General
Guidelines for programmatic sector descriptions):
 Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH): Priority will be given to
programs that improve WASH service delivery and hygiene outcomes
among Venezuelan refugee and migrant populations in spontaneous
settlements, shelters and other protection spaces, and rented housing in the
states of Amazonas and Roraima. Programs should include awareness of
COVID-19 prevention measures. Programs are encouraged to consider the
unique needs of indigenous communities and LGBTQI+ persons, among
other vulnerable groups, as well as safe and adequate facilities for women
and girls’ hygiene.
 Protection: Priority will be given to programs that include an objective to
assist all underserved groups – to include LGBTQI+ Venezuelans, and
trans women in particular, and indigenous persons. Priority will be given
to programs that provide psychosocial support for these groups.
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 Child Protection: Priority will be given to programs that include an
objective to assist unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) and
adolescents. Priority will be given to programs that provide comprehensive
case management, alternative care solutions for UASC that meet
international standards where family reunification is not possible, and
psychosocial support.
 Livelihoods: Priority will be given to programs aimed at assisting the
most vulnerable populations with integration support in Brazil, in close
coordination with Brazil’s “Welcome Operation” interiorization program,
the International Organization for Migration, and the UN Refugee Agency
(UNHCR). Programs that are designed to increase access to job placement
and employment opportunities, supporting the self-reliance and integration
of Venezuelans in host communities will be prioritized. Livelihoods
proposals must include a market analysis, or they will be disqualified.
b. Duration of Activity: Only program plans for two years will be
considered.
c. Period of Performance: Only projects with a period of performance of
one-year (12 months) cycles for two years (24 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.
 Funding floor per award per year (lowest $$ value): $1 million
 Funding ceiling per award per year (highest $$ value): $3 million
Note: Funding ceilings and floors pertain to the PRM cost per year.
e. Anticipated Number of Awards: PRM anticipates, but makes no
guarantee, to fund as many as three awards through this announcement for
this country.
f. Anticipated Amount to be Awarded Total: PRM anticipates, but makes
no guarantee, to approximately award up to $9 million total through this
NOFO for Brazil.
ii. The Caribbean Region
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a. General Guidance: PRM’s humanitarian assistance funding in the
Caribbean region will respond to the continued influx, and projected increase
of, Venezuelan refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants. NGO
proposals for the Caribbean region must align with the 2021 Regional
Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Refugees and Migrants from
Venezuela. Venezuelan refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants
must make up more than 50 percent of total beneficiaries.
For the Caribbean region, PRM will NOT accept single country proposals.
PRM will accept regional proposals that include at least two of the
following countries/territories:
1. Aruba
2. Curacao
3. The Dominican Republic
4. Guyana
5. Trinidad and Tobago
Priority will be given to programs that focus on two or more of the
following programmatic sectors (see PRM’s General Guidelines for
programmatic sector descriptions):
 Protection: Priority will be given to programs designed to increase
access to asylum and other legal status/stay regimes, and/or promote
resettlement, integration, and social cohesion.
 Gender-Based Violence: Priority will be given to programs that
include GBV as an integrated component.
 Child Protection
 Livelihoods: Priority will be given to programs that provide
Venezuelans greater access to employment, including support for skills
certification and language training (as applicable), entrepreneurship
support, job placement, and leveraging existing private sector
cooperation where applicable.
 Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH): Priority will be given to
programs that improve service delivery and hygiene outcomes among
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Venezuelan refugee and migrant populations, including awareness of
COVID-19 prevention measures.
 Education: Priority will be given to programs that promote equitable
access, enrollment and retention in early childhood education, primary
education, and secondary education for refugee and migrant boys and
girls. Where possible, programs should seek to support refugee and
migrant children through national schools alongside host community
students.
b. Duration of Activity: Only program plans for two years will be considered.
c. Period of Performance: Only period of performance of one-year (12
months) cycles for two years (24 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.
 Funding floor per award per year (lowest $$ value): $1 million
 Funding ceiling per award per year (highest $$ value): $2 million
Note: Funding ceilings and floors pertain to the PRM cost per year.
e. Anticipated Number of Awards: PRM anticipates, but makes no
guarantee, to fund as many as three awards through this announcement.
f. Anticipated Amount to be Awarded Total: PRM anticipates, but makes
no guarantee, to award up to $6 million total through this NOFO for the
Caribbean region.
iii. Colombia
a. General Guidance: PRM’s humanitarian assistance funding in Colombia
will 1) respond to the continued influx and projected increase of
Venezuelan refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants, particularly
in underserved locations; and 2) ultimately connect beneficiaries of
humanitarian assistance to government services and development
programs. NGO proposals to support Venezuelans must align with the
2021 Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Refugees and
Migrants from Venezuela. Venezuelan refugees, asylum seekers, and
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vulnerable migrants must make up more than 50 percent of total
beneficiaries.
PRM encourages NGOs to target underserved geographic locations
including, but not limited to, Antioquia, Atlantico, Bogota, Cundinamarca
(and surrounding departments), La Guajira, Nariño, Santander, Arauca,
Vichada, and Valle de Cauca. NGOs are also encouraged to consider urban
centers with more settled Venezuelan populations, especially those
registering yellow, orange, and red on Migration Colombia’s “heat
mapping” of Venezuelan populations, and assistance to Venezuelans along
the “caminantes” route inside Colombia. PRM supports the use of cash
and/or vouchers across all sectors, as appropriate, including cash for rent
and rent subsidies. Priority will be given to programs that focus on one or
more of the following programmatic sectors (see PRM’s General
Guidelines for programmatic sector descriptions):
 Health/MHPSS: Priority will be given to programs that seek to extend
healthcare provision beyond emergency “first aid” to the provision of
primary and secondary care, paying close attention to removing barriers
to care for Venezuelans in transit and those without regular status or
documentation. Programs reaching the least served, most vulnerable
populations with primary and secondary care, including maternal and
child health, mental health, and preventative care for non-communicable
diseases, will also be given priority. Community-based, mobile, and
primary care facility modalities will all be considered.
 Gender-based Violence: Priority will be given to programs that
establish new GBV prevention and response assistance for refugees,
asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants, with special attention to those
in transit, to respond to the immediate and lifesaving needs of at-risk
women and girls through shelter, health, psychosocial, case
management, and legal services. GBV is preferred as a component of
an integrated program approach.
 Child Protection: Priority will be given to programs designed to assist
unaccompanied and separated children and adolescents, as well as
vulnerable families, through psychosocial support, family reunification,
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social integration activities, and alternative care based on international
guidelines.
 Livelihoods: Priority will be given to programs that provide
Venezuelans greater access to employment, leveraging existing legal
mechanisms such as the Special Work Permit and cooperating with the
private sector. Livelihoods proposals must include a market analysis, or
they will be disqualified.
 Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH): Priority will be given to
programs that improve service delivery and hygiene outcomes among
Venezuelan refugee and migrant populations, including awareness of
COVID-19 prevention measures, in spontaneous settlements, shelters
and other protection spaces, and rented housing. Programs reaching the
least served, most vulnerable populations, such as “caminantes,” will be
considered. WASH is preferred as a component of an integrated
program approach.
 Shelter: Emergency shelter for “caminantes” (migrants traveling by
foot) will be considered. Shelter as a part of an integrated protection
program is preferred.
b. Duration of Activity: Only program plans for two years will be
considered.
c. Period of Performance: Only period of performance of one-year (12
months) cycles for two years (24 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.
 Funding floor per award per year: $1 million
 Funding ceiling per award per year (multi-sector; can include any of
the sectors listed above): $3 million
 Funding ceiling per award per year (health-focused programs
ONLY): $5 million
Note: Funding ceilings and floors pertain to the PRM cost per year.
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e. Anticipated Number of Awards: PRM anticipates, but makes no
guarantee, to fund as many as four health awards and four multi-sector
awards through this announcement.
f. Anticipated Amount to be Awarded Total: PRM anticipates, but makes
no guarantee, to award up to $32 million total through this NOFO for
Colombia.
iv. Ecuador
a. General Guidance: PRM’s humanitarian assistance funding in Ecuador
will respond to the continued influx, and projected increase, of refugees,
asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants to Ecuador. Venezuelan refugees,
asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants must make up more than 50
percent of total beneficiaries. NGO proposals for Ecuador must align with
the 2021 Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Refugees and
Migrants from Venezuela. Priority will be given to programs that focus on
at least two of the following provinces: Pinchincha, Guayas, Manabi, and
El Oro:
 Education: Priority will be given to programs that support children and
youth to help them prepare for, enter, participate, and succeed in formal
education.
b. Duration of Activity: Only program plans for two years will be considered.
c. Period of Performance: Only period of performance of one-year (12
months) cycles for two years (24 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.
 Funding floor per award per year: $1 million
 Funding ceiling per award per year: $3 million
Note: Funding ceilings and floors pertain to the PRM cost per year.
e. Anticipated Number of Awards: PRM anticipates, but makes no
guarantee, to fund one award through this announcement.
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f. Anticipated Amount to be Awarded Total: PRM anticipates, but makes
no guarantee, to award up to approximately $3 million total through this
NOFO for Ecuador.
v. Peru
a. General Guidance: PRM’s humanitarian assistance funding in Peru will
respond to the continued influx, and projected increase, of Venezuelan
refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants to Peru. Venezuelan
refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants must make up more than
50 percent of total beneficiaries. NGO proposals for Peru must align with
the 2021 Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Refugees and
Migrants from Venezuela. Priority will be given to programs that focus on
one or more of the following programmatic sectors (see PRM’s General
Guidelines for sector descriptions):
 Protection: Priority will be given to programs designed to increase access
to asylum and other legal status/stay regimes and to improve the integration
of migrants into host communities, with an emphasis on vulnerable groups
such as unaccompanied minors, the elderly, survivors of gender-based
violence, persons with disabilities and chronic illnesses, and LTBQI+
individuals.
 Health: Priority will be given to programs that reduce barriers to and/or
provide access to primary healthcare services, including through cash and
voucher assistance. PRM remains committed to supporting the utilization
of national health systems where possible and does not support establishing
parallel health care systems.
 MHPSS: Priority will be given to programs that provide access to mental
health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), including through cash and
voucher assistance, to refugees and migrants suffering prolonged trauma
and high risk factors due to GBV, including domestic violence, depression,
prolonged unemployment, continued stress, or a comorbidity.
 Livelihoods: Priority will be given to programs that contribute to
integration opportunities for refugees and migrants, taking into account
gender, parents in need of day care solutions, and diversity to increase
access to livelihoods opportunities; enhance efforts to recognize foreign
academic degrees; link training to specific employment opportunities for
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which there is a labor gap, including vocational training; and promote
entrepreneurship while reducing discrimination and xenophobia.
Livelihoods proposals must include a market analysis, or they will be
disqualified.
 Education: Priority will be given to programs that support children and
adolescents to prepare for, enter, participate, and succeed in formal
education, including virtual schooling where applicable.
b. Duration of Activity: Only program plans for two years will be
considered.
c. Period of Performance: Only projects with a period of performance of
one-year (12 months) cycles for two years (24 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.
 Funding floor per award per year: $1 million
 Funding ceiling per award per year: $3 million
Note: Funding ceilings and floors pertain to the PRM cost per year.
e. Anticipated Number of Awards: PRM anticipates, but makes no
guarantee, to fund as many as three awards through this announcement.
f. Anticipated Amount to be Awarded Total: PRM anticipates, but makes
no guarantee, to award up to approximately $9 million total through this
NOFO for Peru.
vi. Chile
a. General Guidance: PRM’s humanitarian assistance funding in Chile will
respond to the continued influx and projected increase of Venezuelan
refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants, particularly in
underserved areas. NGO proposals to support Venezuelans must align with
the 2021 Regional Response Plan for Refugees and Migrants from
Venezuela. Venezuelan refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants
must constitute more than 50 percent of total beneficiaries. Priority will be
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given to programs that focus on livelihoods (see PRM’s General Guidelines
for programmatic sector descriptions).

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