Request for Grant Proposal

U.S. EMBASSY TIMOR-LESTE

Notice of Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity Title:             U.S. Embassy Timor-Leste FY22 Program Statement

Funding Opportunity Number:       PASDIL-NOFO-FY22-01

Deadline for Applications:              Accepted on a rolling basis until September 1, 2022

CFDA Number:                                19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs

Total Amount Available:                 Subject to availability of funds

A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The U.S. Embassy in Timor-Leste through the public affairs section announces an open competition for organizations and individuals to submit applications to carry out programs that strengthen the U.S.-Timorese partnership, bolster democratic institutions, including through strengthened civic participation and media reporting, and expand economic prosperity and opportunity. Applications should include a U.S. element or connection with an American expert, organization, or institution.

Priority Program Areas

  • U.S.-Timorese partnership: Activities that advance the bilateral relationship between the United States and Timor-Leste, including but not limited to programs engaging emerging leaders in the 20th anniversary of U.S.-Timorese diplomatic relations through the Embassy’s campaign entitled “Friends, Partners, Opportunities.”
  • Democratic Values: Activities that promote the democratic values that underpin the U.S.-Timorese partnership, including but not limited to civic participation of emerging leaders and marginalized groups, human rights, rule of law, freedom of expression, gender equality, and LGBTQI+ rights.
  • Media Reporting: Activities that strengthen Timorese media reporting capacity, free and independent media development, media literacy, and efforts to counter misinformation, disinformation, and propaganda.
  • Economic Prosperity and Opportunity: Activities that widen access to U.S. higher education, empower youth- and women-led efforts to strengthen competitiveness, promote English language education, and strengthen climate adaptation and resilience.

Audience: All applications must identify the target audience of the program and estimate audience reach through direct contact, and if possible, through indirect contact via social or traditional media.

B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION

Length of performance period: Up to 12 months

Number of awards anticipated: Multiple

Award amounts: Between $2,000 and $20,000

Total available funding: Subject to availability

Type of Funding:  FY22 Public Diplomacy Funding

Anticipated program start date: Flexible

Funding Instrument Type:  Fixed Amount Award, Grant, or Cooperative Agreement

C. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

Eligibility

The following organizations are eligible to apply:   

  • U.S. and foreign not for profit entities
  • U.S. and foreign universities
  • Foreign public entities
  • Individuals

The following types of projects are not eligible for funding:

  • Projects relating to partisan political activity
  • For profit activities
  • Charitable or development activities
  • Construction projects
  • Projects that support specific religious activities
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Lobbying for specific legislation or projects
  • Academic and scientific research
  • Individual exchange programs

Cost Sharing or Matching

Cost sharing is not required.

Other Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier, as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov.  Please see Section D for information on how to obtain these registrations.  Individuals are not required to have a unique entity identifier or be registered in www.SAM.gov.

D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Please follow all instructions below carefully. Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.

Content of Application

Please ensure:

  • The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity
  • All documents are in English
  • All budgets are in U.S. dollars
  • All pages are numbered
  • All documents are formatted to 8 ½ x 11 paper, and
  • All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.

Mandatory Application Forms

  • Application
  • SF-424
  • SF-424A

The Grant Application Form should include the following elements:

  • Organizational Overview: A description of past and present operations, showing ability to carry out the program, including information on all previous grants from the U.S. Embassy and/or U.S. government agencies.
  • Proposal Summary: Short narrative that outlines the proposed program, including program objectives and anticipated impact.
  • Problem Statement: Clear, concise, and well-supported statement of the problem to be addressed and why the proposed program is needed.
  • Program Goals and Objectives:  The goals describe what the program is intended to achieve.  The objectives refer to the intermediate accomplishments on the way to the goals. These should be achievable and measurable.
  • Program Activities and Schedule: Describe the program activities and how they will help achieve the objectives. Include a proposed timeline for the program activities.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Describe how you will ensure diverse groups, people, cultures, and communities are represented in and benefit from your project.
  • Budget: Please outline your budget requirements for this program, including personnel, supplies, travel expenditure, and other costs
  • Budget Justification Narrative:  Please describe why budget expenses are needed.
  • Program Partners: List the names and type of involvement of any additional funding partners.
  • Communications Plan:Please list media and promotional plans, including requested U.S. Department of State involvement.  Please also include any high-level participants or attendees to be invited.
  • Community Engagement: Please list dignitaries expected to attend the event, if applicable.
  • Reporting Capacity: Explain how you plan to monitor and report outcomes and outputs of the grant throughout the performance period and in a final report upon its completion.
  • Attachments (Optional)
  • One-page CV or resume of key personnel who are proposed for the program
  • Letters of support from program partners describing the roles and responsibilities of each partner
  • If your organization has a Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate (NICRA) and includes NICRA charges in the budget, your latest NICRA should be included as a PDF file
  • Official permission letters, if required for program activities

Required Registrations:

Any applicant listed on the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) in the System for Award Management (SAM) is not eligible to apply for an assistance award in accordance with the OMB guidelines at 2 CFR 180 that implement Executive Orders 12549 (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.” Additionally, no entity listed on the EPLS can participate in any activities under an award.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to review the EPLS in SAM to ensure that no ineligible entity is included.

All organizations applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain these registrations.  All are free of charge:

  • Unique entity identifier from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number)
  • NCAGE/CAGE code
  • SAM.gov registration

Apply for a DUNS number and an NCAGE number (these can be completed simultaneously)

DUNS application

Organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet. If your organization does not have one already, you may obtain one by calling 1-866-705-5711 or visiting www.dnb.com. 

NCAGE application

Application page here: https://www.fsd.gov/fsd-gov/answer.do?sysparm_number=kb0011119

For NCAGE help from within the U.S., call 1-888-227-2423

For NCAGE help from outside the U.S., call 1-269-961-7766

Email NCAGE@dlis.dla.mil for any problems in getting an NCAGE code.

Step 2: After receiving the NCAGE Code, proceed to register in SAM.gov by logging onto: www.sam.gov.  SAM registration must be renewed annually.

Submission Dates and Times

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis until September 1, 2022 and subject to availability of funding.

Other Submission Requirements

All application materials must be submitted by email to PADili@state.gov and JohnsonTA@state.gov.

E. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION

Criteria

Each application will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the evaluation criteria outlined below.

  • Project Planning/ability to adhere to objectives: Applicant demonstrates that the project plan is realistic, timely, and that it will meet the proposed objectives. 
  • Institution’s Capacity: Applicant demonstrates that they have the resources, organizational infrastructure and staffing to meet the project objectives.  The applicant’s past record on similar projects or lack thereof will be taken under consideration. 
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: Applicant demonstrates it is able to measure program success against key indicators and provides milestones to indicate progress toward goals outlined in the proposal. The program includes output and outcome indicators, and shows how and when those will be measured.
  • Cost Effectiveness: The budget justification is detailed.  Costs are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results. The budget is realistic, accounting for all necessary expenses to achieve proposed activities.

Review and Selection Process

A Grants Review Committee will evaluate all eligible applications based on the previously-identified criteria.

Federal Awardee Performance & Integrity Information System (FAPIIS)

For any Federal award under a notice of funding opportunity, if the Federal awarding agency anticipates that the total Federal share will be greater than the simplified acquisition threshold on any Federal award under a notice of funding opportunity may include, over the period of performance (see §200.88 Simplified Acquisition Threshold), this section must also inform applicants:

  • That the Federal awarding agency, prior to making a Federal award with a total amount of Federal share greater than the simplified acquisition threshold, is required to review and consider any information about the applicant that is in the designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM (currently FAPIIS) (see 41 U.S.C. 2313);
  • That an applicant, at its option, may review information in the designated integrity and performance systems accessible through SAM and comment on any information about itself that a Federal awarding agency previously entered and is currently in the designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM;
  • That the Federal awarding agency will consider any comments by the applicant, in addition to the other information in the designated integrity and performance system, in making a judgment about the applicant’s integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal awards when completing the review of risk posed by applicants as described in §200.205 Federal awarding agency review of risk posed by applicants.

F. FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION

Federal Award Notices

The grant award or cooperative agreement will be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the Grants Officer. The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document, and it will be provided to the recipient for review and signature by email. The recipient may only start incurring program expenses beginning on the start date shown on the grant award document signed by the Grants Officer.

If a proposal is selected for funding, the Department of State has no obligation to provide any additional future funding. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the discretion of the Department of State.

Issuance of this NOFO does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the U.S. government, nor does it commit the U.S. government to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of proposals. Further, the U.S. government reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received.

Payment Method

Payments will be made in at least two installments as needed to carry out project activities.

Terms and Conditions

Before submitting an application, applicants should review all the terms and conditions and required certifications which will apply to this award, to ensure that they will be able to comply.

These include:

2 CFR 2002 CFR 600, Certifications and Assurances, and the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions.

Note the U.S Flag branding and marking requirements in the Standard Terms and Conditions.

Reporting Requirements

Recipients will be required to submit financial reports and program reports.  The award document will specify how often these reports must be submitted.

G. FEDERAL AWARDING AGENCY CONTACTS

If you have any questions about the grant application process, please contact: PADili@state.gov and JohnsonTA@state.gov.

H. GUIDELINES FOR BUDGET JUSTIFICATION 

  • Personnel and Fringe Benefits: Describe the wages, salaries, and benefits of temporary or permanent staff who will be working directly for the applicant on the program, and the percentage of their time that will be spent on the program. (eg: Director $100/hour x 10 hours = $1,000)
  • Travel: Estimate the costs of economy class air travel and per diem for this program, for program staff, consultants or speakers, and participants/beneficiaries. If the program involves international travel, include a brief statement of justification for that travel.
  • Equipment: Describe any machinery, furniture, or other personal property that is required for the program, which has a useful life of more than one year (or a life longer than the duration of the program), and costs at least $5,000 per unit.
  • Supplies: List and describe all the items and materials, including any computer devices, that are needed for the program. If an item costs more than $5,000 per unit, then put it in the budget under Equipment.
  • Contractual: Describe goods and services that the applicant plans to acquire through a contract with a vendor.  Also describe any sub-awards to non-profit partners that will help carry out the program activities.
  • Other Direct Costs: Describe other costs directly associated with the program, which do not fit in the other categories. For example, shipping costs for materials and equipment or applicable taxes. All “Other” or “Miscellaneous” expenses must be itemized and explained.
  • Indirect Costs:  These are costs that cannot be linked directly to the program activities, such as overhead costs needed to help keep the organization operating.  If your organization has a Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate (NICRA) and includes NICRA charges in the budget, attach a copy of your latest NICRA. Organizations that have never had a NICRA may request indirect costs of 10% of the modified total direct costs as defined in 2 CFR 200.68.
  • Cost Sharing: Contributions from the organization or other entities other than the U.S. Embassy.   It also includes in-kind contributions such as volunteers’ time and donated venues.
  • Alcoholic Beverages:  Please note that award funds cannot be used for alcoholic beverages.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. EMBASSY DILI

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Embassy of the United States of America in Timor-Leste seeks to fund proposals that will aid in good governance efforts in support of societal and institutional growth in Timor-Leste.  The Embassy invites organizations meeting the outlined eligibility criteria below to submit grant proposals to the Ambassador’s Small Grant Fund.  This is an open competition for foreign (non-U.S.) not-for-profit organizations with offices headquartered in Timor-Leste.  Direct funding for U.S. entities is not available under this announcement.

Proposals

The U.S. Embassy is soliciting proposals from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who, in coordination with executive institutions at the national or local level, are working to promote improved delivery of public services and/or dissemination of information regarding laws, regulations, and policies in the areas of good governance; promotion of gender equality; strengthening women’s leadership and access to political, economic, and social services; efforts to combat human trafficking; and efforts to combat gender-based violence.  Proposals may include activities that:  advocate and promote the rights of children, including by reducing child labor; advocate for the rights and further inclusion efforts of LGBTQI+ individuals; advocate and promote the economic empowerment and skills development of youths, women, and other disadvantaged groups; and advocate and promote identification and assistance of human trafficking victims.

Participants and Audiences

The projects under this grant aim to target communities in Timor-Leste, vulnerable groups, women and children, youths, and communities living in remote areas who lack access to the related thematic areas and activities above.

B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION

Length of performance period   : Grant period may not exceed 365 days

Anticipated award amount        : USD 20,000.00

Type of Funding                       : FY2022 Ambassador’s Small Grant Fund under the

Foreign Assistance Act

Anticipated programs start date : July 1, 2022

Anticipated program end date    : June 30, 2023

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Program Performance Period: Proposed project should be completed within 12 months.

C. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

  1. Eligible Applicants

This grant opportunity is open to NGOs only, and proposals from NGOs with offices headquartered in Timor-Leste will be given preference.

  1. Cost Sharing

Applicants are not required to include funding from other donors.  However, applications that include additional in-kind and/or cash contributions from non-U.S. Government sources will be more competitive.

  1. Other Eligibility Requirements
  • Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.
  • The Embassy encourages organizations that have not previously received international program funding from the U.S. Government to apply under this announcement.
  • Only applicants whose proposals have been selected for award will be contacted.
  • In order to be eligible to receive an award, organizations applying for a U.S. grant need to obtain the NCAGE/CAGE code as well as valid registration on SAM.gov. Please see Section D.2. for information on how to obtain these registrations.

D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

  1. Content and Form of Application Submission

Please follow all instructions below carefully.  Proposals that do not meet the requirement of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.

Content of Application

Please ensure:

  • All applicants should select one thematic area
  • The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity
  • All documents must be in English
  • All budgets are in U.S. dollars
  • All pages are numbered
  • The proposal narrative may not exceed 4 double-spaced pages in 12-point, Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins.

Proposals must include:

I. Mandatory application forms:

SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance-Organizations) at

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms/sf-424-family.html

SF424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs) at

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms/sf-424-family.html

II. Summary Page: Cover sheet stating the applicant’s name and organization, proposal date, project title, project period, proposed start and end date, and brief purpose of the project.

III. Proposal (4 pages maximum): The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do.  You may use your own proposal format, but it must include all the items below.

  • Proposal Summary: Short narrative that outlines the proposed project, including project objectives and anticipated impact.
  • Introduction to the Organization or Individual Applying: A description of past and present operations showing ability to carry out the project, including information on all previous grants from the U.S. Embassy and/or U.S. government agencies.
  • Problem Statement: Clear, concise, and well-supported statement of the problem to be addressed and why the proposed project is needed.
  • Project Goals and Objectives: The “goals” describe what the project is intended to achieve.  The “objectives” refer to the intermediate accomplishments on the way to the goals.  These should be achievable and measurable.
  • Project Activities: Describe the project activities and how they will help achieve the objectives.
  • Program Methods and Design: A description of how the project is expected to work to solve the stated problem and achieve the goal.  Include a logic model as appropriate.
  • Proposed Project Schedule and Timeline: The proposed timeline for the project activities.  Include the dates, times, and locations of planned activities and events.
  • Key Personnel: Names, titles, roles, and experience/qualifications of key personnel involved in the project.  What proportion of their time will be used in support of this project?
  • Project Partners: List the names and type of involvement of any key partner organizations and sub-awardees.
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: This is an important part of successful grants.  Throughout the timeframe of the grant, how will the activities be monitored to ensure they are happening in a timely manner, and how will the program be evaluated to make sure it is meeting the goals of the grant?
  • Future Funding or Sustainability: Applicant’s plan for continuing the program beyond the grant period, or the availability of other resources, if applicable.

IV. Budget and Justification Narrative: After filling out the SF-424A Budget (above), use a separate sheet of paper to describe each of the budget expenses in detail. See section H. Other Information: Guidelines for Budget Submissions below for further information.

V. Attachments:

  • 1-page CV or resume of key personnel who are proposed for the project.
  • Letters of support from any project partners describing the roles and responsibilities of each partner.
  • If your organization has a NICRA and includes NICRA charges in the budget, your latest NICRA should be included as a PDF file.
  • Official permission letters, if required for project activities.

2. Required Registrations:

All organizations applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain these registrations.  All are free of charge:

  • NCAGE/CAGE code – Organizations applying for a U.S. grant need to obtain the NCAGE/CAGE code according to the following instruction.
  • SAM.gov registration

Step 1: Apply for NCAGE number

NCAGE application:  Instructions for the NCAGE application process:

https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/Docs/US%20Instructions%20for%20NSPA%20NCAGE.pdf

For NCAGE help from within the U.S., call 1-888-227-2423

For NCAGE help from outside the U.S., call 1-269-961-7766 Email NCAGE@dlis.dla.mil for any problems in getting an NCAGE code.

Step 2: After receiving the NCAGE Code, proceed to register in SAM.gov by logging onto: https://www.sam.gov.  SAM registration must be renewed annually.

Note:  Any applicant listed on the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) in the System for Award Management (SAM) is not eligible to apply for an assistance award in accordance with the OMB guidelines at 2 CFR 180 that implement Executive Orders 12549 (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.”  Additionally, no entity listed on the EPLS can participate in any activities under an award.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to review the EPLS in SAM to ensure that no ineligible entity is included.

  1. Submission Dates and Times

Applications are due no later than 5:00 PM, March 30, 2022

  1. Funding Restrictions

Grants may not be used for salaries, construction, or the purchase of equipment over $500 USD or for refreshment/alcohol expenses.

  1. Application Submission Process

Applicants must submit concept papers electronically to diligrants@state.gov or drop off at the U.S. Embassy at Ave. de Portugal Praia dos Coqueiros Dili, Timor-Leste.

E. Application Review Information

A Grant Review Committee will evaluate and rate each proposal application on the basis of the evaluation criteria outlined below:

  • Quality and feasibility of the program idea
  • Organizational capacity and record of performance of previous grants
  • Program planning/ability to achieve objectives
  • Budget
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
  • Sustainability

F. FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION

  1. Federal Award Notices

The grant award will be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the Grant Officer.  The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document, and it will be provided to the recipient for review and signature by email.  The recipient may only start incurring program expenses beginning on the start date shown on the grant award document signed by the Grants Officer.

If a proposal is selected for funding, the U.S. Department of State has no obligation to provide any additional future funding in connection with the award.  Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the discretion of the U.S. Department of State.

Issuance of this NOFO does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the U.S. government, nor does it commit the U.S. government to pay costs incurred in the preparation and submission of proposals.  Furthermore, the U.S. government reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received.

Payment Method: Successful applicants received their grant funds via electronic funds transfer.

  1. Administrative and National Policy

Terms and Conditions: Before submitting an application, applicants should review all of the terms and conditions and required certifications which will apply to this award, to ensure that they will be able to comply.  These include: 2 CFR 200, 2 CFR 600, and the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions which are available at https://www.state.gov/m/a/ope/index.htm.

Applicable Embassy and/or program logos must be displayed on any items or at any events produced as a result of sponsored projects.

  1. Reporting

Reporting Requirement:

  • Grantees must supply the Embassy Point of Contact (POC), usually the Grants Officer Representative, with quarterly progress and financial status reports, according to the format specified by POC, in English, and using required U.S. government forms as outlined by POC.
  • Grantees are required to submit final program progress and financial reports at the conclusion of the project time period.  Final programmatic and financial reports are due 90 days after the close of the project period.
  • Any unused portion of grant funds shall be reported by the Grantee in their final financial status report to the POC and repaid to the Embassy.

G. Contact Information

For more information, please contact the U.S. Embassy grants team at diligrants@state.gov or by phone at +670 332-4684.

You can also visit Embassy’s Website and Facebook at: http://timor-leste.usembassy.gov

http://www.facebook.com/USEmbassyDili

H. Other Information

Guidelines for Budget Justification

  • Personnel and Fringe Benefits: See Section 4 for funding restrictions.
  • Travel: Estimate the cost of travel and per diem for this program, for program staff, consultants or speakers, and participants/beneficiaries.
  • Equipment: Describe any machinery, furniture, or other personal property that is required for the program, which has a useful life of more than one year or a life longer than the duration of the program (See Section 4 for the restriction cost on the purchase of the equipment).
  • Supplies: List and describe all the items and materials, including any computer devices, that are needed for the program.
  • Contractual: Describe goods and services that the applicant plans to acquire through a contract with a vendor.  Also describe any sub-awards to non-profit partners that will help carry out the program activities.
  • Other Direct Costs: Describe other costs directly associated with the program, which do not fit in the other categories.  All other or miscellaneous expenses must be itemized and explained.
  • Indirect Costs: These are costs that cannot be linked directly to the program activities, such as overhead costs needed to help keep the organization operating.  If your organization has a Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate (NICRA) and includes NICRA charges in the budget, attach a copy of your latest NICRA.  Organizations that have never had a NICRA may request indirect costs of 10% of the modified total direct costs as defined in 2 CFR 200.68.
  • “Cost Sharing” refers to contributions from the organization or other entities other than the U.S. Embassy. It also includes in-kind contributions such as volunteers’ time and donated venues.
  • Alcoholic Beverages: Please note that award funds cannot be used for alcoholic beverages.