Southern Africa Youth Project has published the Call for Proposals for Responding to COVID 19 in United States closing date 14 May 2021
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- Eligible Country: United States
- Closing Date: 14 May 2021
- Categories of Organisations: All organisations
- Opportunity Type: Call for proposal
- Submit Application: Online
- Inviting Company/Donor: FY 2021
- Website for Application and information: Click Here
Request for Concept Notes Number: SFOP000806
Assistance Listing (CFDA) number: 19.522 – Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for Strategic Global Priorities
Announcement issuance date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Submission deadline: Friday, May 14, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. (23:59:59) EDT. Submissions after this deadline will not be considered.
Funding limits: Unless specified otherwise in Section H (“Global, Regional, and Country Provisions”), 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 (lowest $$ value): $500,000 per year, unless otherwise specified below
- Funding ceiling per award (highest $$ value): $5,000,000 per year
Anticipated timeframe for notification of selection for full proposal development: Concept notes will be due on 14 May, 2021, 3 weeks (21days) after the announcement issuance date above. PRM anticipates, but cannot guarantee, that within four weeks from the concept note submission deadline, selected concept notes will be notified of request for full proposal development. Selected concept note applications can result in PRM requests for full proposals for amendments to current awards or for new awards. Request for full proposal development does not guarantee an award.
Anticipated timeframe for award of selected full proposals: Pending the availability of funding, PRM anticipates, but cannot guarantee, that awards will be made prior to September 30, 2021.
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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 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 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.
Full Text of Notice of Funding Opportunity
- Program Description
Summary: This solicitation is the first step in a competitive two-part process. After reviewing concept notes, PRM will invite (no later than four weeks after submission) selected organizations to expand their submissions into full single-year (15-page) or multi-year (20-page) proposals for a second competitive review, with objectives, indicators, and detailed budgets for each year of the program. In this second step, selected organizations will have 30 calendar days after they are notified of their selection to submit their full proposals with objectives, indicators, and detailed budgets for each year of the program. Organizations may apply as consortia. For purposes of this notice, PRM considers a consortium to be a group of no fewer than three NGOs that comprise an agreement or group formed to undertake an assistance activity beyond the resources or expertise of any one member.
Current partner organizations already receiving PRM funding may apply for COVID funding available through this NOFO by requesting amendments to their current awards. Concept note applications selected for consideration as amendments to existing awards will follow the current PRM process for applying for award modifications. Organizations seeking amendments to existing awards should state this explicitly in their concept note. Request for full proposal development does not guarantee an award.
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. Targeted population: Subject to further definition in the regional descriptions below, concept notes should be for overseas assistance programs that aim to support PRM’s populations of concern, e.g.: refugees and asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, stateless populations, conflict victims, and vulnerable migrants (collectively referred to as Populations of Concern, or POCs) to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Concept notes should target, at a minimum, 50 percent of POCs listed above. The remaining percentage may be members of host communities. Regional and country specific targeted populations may also be described below in sub-sections under H.ii and H.iii below.
- B. Program areas: Proposed activities must support one or more of the following program areas:
- i. Prevent, prepare for, and respond to the health impacts of COVID-19 on PRM’s POCs as well as the health and humanitarian aid workers who serve them; and/or
- ii. Prepare for, mitigate, and address the economic, education, and protection impacts of COVID-19 on PRM’s POCs, including, but not limited to:.
- a. Safe and managed access to asylum and protection services amid COVID-19-related restrictions;
- b. Gender-based violence risk mitigation, prevention, and response;
- c. Child protection;
- d. Efforts to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from setbacks in accessing education due to COVID-19;
- e. Assistance to meet basic needs and recover from economic and livelihood losses resulting from COVID-19;
- f. Provision of mental health and psychosocial services (MHPSS) for POCs as well as the health and humanitarian aid workers who serve them.
- C. Sectors and Modalities: Concept notes must focus on one or more of the following programmatic sectors. See PRM’s General NGO Guidelines for sector/modality descriptions:
- i. Protection;
- ii. Child protection;
- iii. Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response;
- iv. Health;
- v. Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS);
- vi. Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH);
- vii. Nutrition and Food Security;
- viii. Education
- ix. Livelihoods;
- x. Shelter;
- xi. Core Relief Items;
- xii. Local Government Capacity-Building; or
- xiii. Cash and Voucher Assistance.
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.
- D. Maximum Number of Submissions: An organization may not submit more than three concept notes total (including both amendments and new project concept notes). For country-specific programs, organizations may submit a maximum of one concept note per country. Any subsequent submissions by an organization for the same country will be disqualified. Organizations may submit concept notes for additional countries up to the maximum of three in total. Organizations may also submit regional and/or multi-country/global concept notes up to the maximum of three in total. (Note: Submissions by organizations as part of a consortium do not count toward an individual organization’s submission limit.)
- E. Coordination: Applicants are strongly encouraged to engage with existing national structures or structures operated by International Organizations (IOs) or NGOs to provide services to the target populations, 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 transition of the activities to national entities and for phase-out of the applicants’ activities.
- F. Operating During the COVID-19 Pandemic: 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. Organizations should address how they will implement their proposed program in light of health, safety, and logistical limitations posed by the pandemic 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.
- G. General Provisions:
- i. Addressing Gaps: Proposed programming should address a demonstrated gap in one or more of the two program areas noted above.
- ii. Duration of Activity: Program plans for 1 or 2 years will be considered.
- iii. Funding limits: Unless specified otherwise in Section H (“Global, Regional, and Country Provisions”), 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 $$ value): $500,000 per year, unless otherwise specified below
- b. Funding ceiling per award (highest $$ value): $5,000,000 per year
- iv. Total Anticipated Amount to be Awarded: PRM anticipates, but cannot guarantee, to award up to approximately $50 million total through this directed NOFO for COVID response.
- H. Global, Regional, and Country Provisions: Global, regional, and country guidelines appear below. Concept notes for regions and/or countries not specifically listed may be submitted but PRM will prioritize for funding concept notes received for regions and countries specifically covered in the guidelines below.
- i. Global – Improve and Strengthen Global Humanitarian Response: PRM will consider global concept notes that document and disseminate lessons learned and evidence from partners’ response to COVID-19 with the objective of improving the humanitarian system’s capacity to continue effective program delivery during a large-scale disease outbreak. This could include sector or response-wide tools, guidance, and evidence generation, with a focus on PRM’s populations of concern (refugees and asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons, stateless populations, conflict victims, and vulnerable migrants). Concept notes should address how investments will strengthen internal and system-wide approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic response and support institutional preparedness for future outbreaks.
- ii. Regional Specific Guidelines: Unless specified otherwise below, proposed programs should be for 1 or 2 years, and for a funding amount not less than $500,000 and not more than $5 million per year.