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Annual Program Statement

October 1, 2020

SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM

Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Embassy Mogadishu Public Affairs Section 2020 Annual Program Statement

CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs

Contact: Somalia Public Affairs Section

Email: SomaliaPublicAffairs@state.gov

Funding Opportunity Description

The U.S. Embassy Mogadishu Public Affairs Section (PAS), U.S. Department of State, is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. This Annual Program Statement outlines funding priorities, strategic themes, and procedures for submitting funding requests. Please carefully follow all instructions below.

Purpose of Small Grants

PAS awards a limited number of grants, subject to the availability of funds, to non-profit organizations, non-profit academic institutions, and individuals to support exchange between the United States and Somalia, with the aim of improving mutual respect and understanding. PAS gives priority to the following themes and initiatives:

  • Promoting youth leadership and development
  • Promoting the development of women’s role in society
  • Encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Improving the teaching and learning of the English language
  • Professionalizing the media
  • Promoting freedom of expression
  • Promoting democracy, good governance, and rule of law
  • Promoting human rights and civil society
  • Encouraging awareness of and mitigating the effects of climate change

PAS will ONLY consider grants that have an American component or aspect in their proposal. This could include but is not limited to using curriculum developed by a U.S. institution or projecting an American film.

Activities that are not funded include but are not limited to:

  • Social welfare projects
  • Individual travel to conferences
  • Construction projects
  • Completion of projects begun with other funds
  • Projects that are inherently political in nature or that contain the appearance of partisanship/support to individual or single-party electoral campaigns
  • Political party activities
  • Projects that support specific religious activities

Authorizing statutes for funding are:

1) the Smith-Mundt Act, which specifies the terms under which the U.S. government may engage global audiences: http://www.state.gov/pdcommission/library/177362.htm. 

2) the Fulbright-Hays Act, which allows the Department of State to use funds for the purpose of supporting international exchanges that address issues of mutual interest to the United States: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/iegps/fulbrighthaysact.pdf (PDF 88KB).

Award Information

Funding Instrument Type: Grant or Cooperative agreement. Cooperative agreements differ from grants in that PAS staff are more actively involved in implementation. Under cooperative agreements, PAS staff:

  • participate in and collaborate with the recipient in carrying out the scope of work
  • review and approve each stage of work before the next stage can begin
  • review and approve proposed modifications or sub-grants prior to award
  • direct or redirect the work due to interrelationships with other projects
  • have the power to immediately halt an activity if detailed performance specifications are not met
  • limit the recipient’s discretion with respect to the scope of work, mode of operations and other management processes, coupled with close monitoring or operational involvement during performance under the award

Minimum Amount for Individual Awards: $1,000

Maximum Amount for Individual Awards: $5,000

Project and Budget Periods: Grant projects generally must be completed in one year or less. PAS will entertain applications for the continuation of grants funded under these awards beyond the initial budget period on a non-competitive basis subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the program, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the U.S. Department of State.

Applicants should consider their budgets carefully and submit a budget commensurate with their project goals. While PAS will consider proposals up to $5,000, projects that are smaller in scope are more likely to be considered.

Eligibility Information

PAS encourages applications from organizations in Somalia that are:

  • Registered not-for-profit think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience
  • Non-profit educational institutions
  • Individuals

Only projects that take place in Somalia will be considered. PAS encourages applicants to provide cost-sharing from additional sources in support of the project.

Application Submission and Deadline

Proposals should be submitted by email to: SomaliaPublicAffairs@state.gov

Applications are accepted in English only. Final grant agreements will be concluded in English.

The deadline for submitting proposals is ongoing.

Applicants must complete and submit the PAS Small Grant Application Form, which includes a project description, a detailed budget (including cost-sharing), and a monitoring and evaluation plan.

Application Content

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 8½ x 11” paper
  • All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.

The following documents are required:

Recipients should be registered on SAM.gov (exceptions may be made for first-time, one-off grants).

SAM registration requires a DUNS number and an NCAGE code:

Review and Selection Process

Each application submitted under this announcement will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the criteria outlined below. The criteria listed are designed to assess the quality of the proposed project and determine the likelihood of its success. The criteria are closely related and are considered together in judging the overall quality of an application. Applications will be reviewed on the basis of their completeness, coherence, clarity, and attention to detail.

Organizational Capacity: The organization has expertise in its stated field, and PAS is confident of its technical capacity to undertake the project.

Goals and Objectives: Goals and objectives are clearly stated, and the project approach is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results.

Embassy Priority: The applicant has clearly described how stated goals are related to and support the priority areas of U.S. Embassy Mogadishu.

Sustainability: Project activities will continue to have a positive impact after the end of the project.

Feasibility: The project is economically, organizationally, and technically feasible. This is related to the project approach, budget items requested, and the organization’s technical/human resource capacity.

Budget: The budget justification is both reasonable and realistic in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results. Grants will be awarded to programs with the highest impact per dollar spent.

Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: The applicant demonstrates it is able to measure program success against key indicators and provide milestones to indicate progress toward goals outlined in the proposal. The project includes a systematic recording and periodic analysis of selected information on the project activities.

Award Administration

Award Notices: The grant award shall be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the grants officer, the U.S. government official delegated the authority by the U.S. Department of State procurement executive to write, award, and administer grants and cooperative agreements. The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document, and it will be provided to the recipient. If a proposal is selected for funding, the Department of State has no obligation to provide any additional future funding in connection to the award. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the discretion of the Department of State.

Organizations whose applications will not be funded will also be notified in writing.

Reporting Requirements: Awards issued under this announcement will require program and, if specified, financial reports on a frequency specified in the award agreement. The disbursement of funds will be tied to submission of these reports in a timely manner. The grant recipient will receive 80 percent of project funds upon the signing of all grant documents. The remaining 20 percent will be reimbursed upon receipt of the final report or verification of completed programs. All other details related to award administration will be specified in the award agreement. Final programmatic and financial reports are due 90 days (unless otherwise specified) after the close of the project period. Progress reports at a minimum should be submitted via email to an address to be provided in the award.