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Department of State U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Notice of Funding Opportunity

 

Program Office: Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Tirana

Funding Opportunity Title: Two-way Journalism Exchange Program

Announcement Type: Grant

Funding Opportunity Number: …

Deadline for Applications: September 11, 2017 (11:59 p.m.)

CFDA Number: 19.900 -- AEECA/ESF PD Programs

 

The United States Embassy in Tirana is pleased to announce a notification of a funding opportunity for a grant to implement the project “Two-way Journalism Exchange Program”

Purpose of the Program 

DEADLINE: The Program is accepting proposals until September 11, 2017. 

The Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania, pending on availability of funds, accepting proposals for an “Investigative Journalism Exchange Program” that would:

  1. provide training for 6 to 8 Albanian journalism students and early career journalists at a U.S. journalism school for one week to ten days including classroom and field work on investigative reporting topics.  Participants in the program would be identified by the U.S. Embassy,
  2. bring 6 to 8 U.S. masters-degree or senior journalism students for one week to Tirana to work with Albanian university  journalists and young reporters on investigative reporting projects.

The exchange will work closely with the existing Investigative Journalism Lab project, and reports will be featured on the projects website www.pse2017.com in both languages.  The program will focus on how to conduct investigative reporting that increases government accountability and helps expose and fight corruption in the online era.  Journalism students would work in teams on jointly agreed topics during the two respective trips. The exchange program would enhance improve journalism skills and produce actual investigations, enhanced with strong photo and video elements. Lecturers from the Journalism Lab and the hosting U.S. institution will help mentor the students before, during and after the exchange, until the time of the publication of the investigative pieces.

Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Tirana intent to award one grant for up to $80,000.

The period of performance is …year(s) with an anticipated start date of …., 2017.

Eligible Applicants:

Applicants who are eligible to apply are U.S. and (Albanian) Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), who are able to respond to the NOFO and be able to mobilize in a short period of time.

Evaluation Process:

The U.S. Embassy has established the Selection Committee, which will review and evaluate the proposals for this program.  It will take the Committee up to ten days after the application deadline to complete its review process.  Applicants may be contacted with questions during this review process, and will be informed whether or not their proposal was selected via e-mail.

Evaluation Criteria:

The Selection Committee will assess the following when evaluating grant proposals:

  • The project proposal demonstrates that the organization has sufficient expertise, skills and human resources to implement the project.
  • The organization demonstrates that it has a clear understanding of the underlying issue that the project is aiming to address and is able to articulate it with specificity and clarity.
  • The organization has consulted relevant resources, experts and potential partner organizations during the project’s design phase.
  • The project’s budget is well-organized, detailed and reasonable.  There are no budget lines labeled “miscellaneous expenses.”  Entertainment and alcoholic beverage expenses are not included in the budget.  The budget demonstrates that the organization has devoted time to plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project instead of providing rough estimates.
  • The organization has clearly articulated how it will assess and measure its own performance throughout the project implementation phase.
  • Past performance, including U.S. government funded grants, indicates reliability, responsible use of resources, and an ability to follow through with project aims.
How to Apply?

Applications must be prepared and submitted using the Application package, available on www.grants.gov or by request from PASTirana@state.gov .

The application package includes:

  • Application form
  • Budget spreadsheet (sample budget)
  • SF424
  • SF424B

Your application form should include:

  • Project goal
  • Name, address, telephone/fax number, e-mail address of the organization and name of contact person
  • A description of the project
  • Key project activities
  • Project dates
  • A description of the expected results
  • A brief description of how the success of the project will be measured and evaluated
  • A list of list of name and title of team members
  • A brief description of organization background
  • A summary of the budget (include attached a detailed budget in the Excel format)

Copies of the court decision registration, statute of the organization, and CVs of the main staff of the project must be included in the application package.  Any application that does not cover all the above points will not be considered.

This funding opportunity is posted on www.grants.gov. Any questions concerning this NOFO should be submitted in writing to the Tirana Selection Committee via email at PASTirana@state.gov.

Please submit your application package to PASTirana@state.gov

Department of State U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Notice of Funding Opportunity

 

Program Office: Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Tirana

Funding Opportunity Title: Study of Media Professionals

Announcement Type: Grant

Funding Opportunity Number: …

Deadline for Applications: September 11, 2017 (11:59 p.m.)

CFDA Number: 19.900 -- AEECA/ESF PD Programs

 

The United States Embassy in Tirana is pleased to announce a notification of a funding opportunity for a grant to implement the project “Study of Media Professionals”

Purpose of the Program 

DEADLINE: The Program is accepting proposals until September 11, 2017. 

The Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania, pending on availability of funds, announces a notification of funding opportunity (NOFO) to support the implementation of the project “Study of Media Professionals”. We are seeking for proposals for a research study of Albanian Media Professionals that will conduct a survey of approximately 1,000 media professionals, including field reporters, editors, program hosts, and other media professionals from print, broadcast, and online media outlets in Albania. The survey should be based on face-to-face interviews and focus groups with media professionals. The purpose of the survey is to gather information to better understand Albania’s media landscape and the challenges facing the press, including editorial independence, political and business influence on the editorial line of media outlets, job security for media workers. The information collected through questionnaires and focus groups should also include an analysis of the findings.

Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Tirana intent to award one grant for up to $40,000.

The period of performance is …year(s) with an anticipated start date of …., 2017.

Eligible Applicants:

Applicants who are eligible to apply are U.S. and Albanian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), who are able to respond to the NOFO and be able to mobilize in a short period of time.

Evaluation Process:

The U.S. Embassy has established the Selection Committee, which will review and evaluate the proposals for this program.  It will take the Committee up to ten days after the application deadline to complete its review process.  Applicants may be contacted with questions during this review process, and will be informed whether or not their proposal was selected via e-mail.

Evaluation Criteria:

The Selection Committee will assess the following when evaluating grant proposals:

  • The project proposal demonstrates that the organization has sufficient expertise, skills and human resources to implement the project.
  • The organization demonstrates that it has a clear understanding of the underlying issue that the project is aiming to address and is able to articulate it with specificity and clarity.
  • The organization has consulted relevant resources, experts and potential partner organizations during the project’s design phase.
  • The project’s budget is well-organized, detailed and reasonable.  There are no budget lines labeled “miscellaneous expenses.”  Entertainment and alcoholic beverage expenses are not included in the budget.  The budget demonstrates that the organization has devoted time to plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project instead of providing rough estimates.
  • The organization has clearly articulated how it will assess and measure its own performance throughout the project implementation phase.
  • Past performance, including U.S. government funded grants, indicates reliability, responsible use of resources, and an ability to follow through with project aims.
How to Apply?

Applications must be prepared and submitted using the Application package, available on www.grants.gov or by request from  PASTirana@state.gov.

The application package includes:

  • Application form
  • Budget spreadsheet (sample budget)
  • SF424
  • SF424B

Your application form should include:

  • Project goal
  • Name, address, telephone/fax number, e-mail address of the organization and name of contact person
  • A description of the project
  • Key project activities
  • Project dates
  • A description of the expected results
  • A brief description of how the success of the project will be measured and evaluated
  • A list of list of name and title of team members
  • A brief description of organization background
  • A summary of the budget (include attached a detailed budget in the Excel format)

Copies of the court decision registration, statute of the organization, and CVs of the main staff of the project must be included in the application package.  Any application that does not cover all the above points will not be considered.

This funding opportunity is posted on www.grants.gov. Any questions concerning this NOFO should be submitted in writing to the Tirana Selection Committee via email at PASTirana@state.gov.

Please submit your application package to PASTirana@state.gov 

 

 

Department of State U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania
Notice of Funding Opportunity

 

Program Office: Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Tirana

Funding Opportunity Title: English Language Education for Underprivileged Groups

Announcement Type: Grant

Funding Opportunity Number: AL-17-001

Deadline for Applications: September 11, 2017 (11:59 p.m.)

CFDA Number: 19.040 - Public Diplomacy Programs

The United States Embassy in Tirana is pleased to announce a notification of a funding opportunity for an English Language education for underprivileged groups

Purpose of the Program 

DEADLINE: The Program is accepting proposals until September 11, 2017. 

The Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania, pending availability of funds, not to exceed $30,000USD, announces a notification of funding opportunity (NOFO) to support a one year English language course for underprivileged groups in Albania with the goal to help economically disadvantaged students develop a foundation of English language, leadership and advocacy skills, and knowledge of U.S. culture and values.

The program should be planned to take place during October 2017 – September 2018. 

The grantee will take responsibility for selecting instructors, participants, identifying venues, and preparing a full curriculum, in cooperation with the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Tirana.

Eligible Applicants:

Applicants who are eligible to apply are Albanian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), who are able to respond to the NOFO and be able to mobilize in a short period of time.

Evaluation Process:

The U.S. Embassy has established the Selection Committee, which will review and evaluate the proposals for this program.  It will take the Committee up to ten days after the application deadline to complete its review process.  Applicants may be contacted with questions during this review process, and will be informed whether or not their proposal was selected via e-mail.

Evaluation Criteria:

The Selection Committee will assess the following when evaluating grant proposals:

  • The project proposal demonstrates that the organization has sufficient expertise, skills and human resources to implement the project.
  • The organization demonstrates that it has a clear understanding of the underlying issue that the project is aiming to address and is able to articulate it with specificity and clarity.
  • The organization has consulted relevant resources, experts and potential partner organizations during the project’s design phase.
  • The project’s budget is well-organized, detailed and reasonable.  There are no budget lines labeled “miscellaneous expenses.”  Entertainment and alcoholic beverage expenses are not included in the budget.  The budget demonstrates that the organization has devoted time to plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project instead of providing rough estimates.
  • The organization has clearly articulated how it will assess and measure its own performance throughout the project implementation phase.
  • Past performance, including U.S. government funded grants, indicates reliability, responsible use of resources, and an ability to follow through with project aims.
How to Apply?

Applications must be prepared and submitted using the Application package, available on www.grants.gov or by request from CultureandEducationTirana@state.gov:

  • Application form
  • Budget spreadsheet (sample budget)
  • SF424
  • SF424A
  • SF424B
Your Application Form should include:
  • Project goal
  • Name, address, telephone/fax number, e-mail address of the organization and name of contact person
    • A description of the project
  • Key project activities
    • Project dates
    • A description of the expected results
  • A brief description of how the success of the project will be measured and evaluated
  • A list of list of name and title of team members
  • A brief description of organization background
  • A summary of the budget (include attached a detailed budget in the Excel format)

Copies of the court decision registration, statute of the organization, and CVs of the main staff of the project must be included in the application package.  Any application that does not cover all the above points will not be considered.

This funding opportunity is posted on www.grants.gov. Any questions concerning this NOFO should be submitted in writing to the Tirana Selection Committee via email at CultureandEducationTirana@state.gov .

Please submit your application package to CultureandEducationTirana@state.gov 

Department of State U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania
Notice of Funding Opportunity

 

Program Office: Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Tirana

Funding Opportunity Title: “Schools as Community Centers” Pilot

Announcement Type: Grant

Funding Opportunity Number: AL-17-004

Deadline for Applications: September 15, 2017 (11:59 p.m.)

CFDA Number: 19.900 - AEECA/ESF PD Programs

 

The United States Embassy in Tirana is pleased to announce a notification of a funding opportunity for a grant to implement the project “Schools as Community Centers” Pilot

Purpose of the Program 

DEADLINE: The Program is accepting proposals until September 15, 2017. 

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania, pending on availability of funds, announces a notification of funding opportunity (NOFO) to support the implementation of “Schools as Community Centers” Pilot. We are seeking for proposals for the development and implementation of a project, which will serve to address the most pressing issues related to radicalization and violent extremism among youth and other vulnerable communities.

The project should design and implement in a pilot format the “school as community center” model, as an effective community outreach and engagement mechanism in countering violent extremism.

The project should identify a region among the most problematic areas with regard to radicalization and violent extremism to pilot the model “school as community center”.  Working with the U.S. Embassy and the Government of Albania, the project would develop partnerships with a local school, cultural centers, regional education directorate, municipality, and other local authorities including law enforcement, to designate appropriate spaces in target communities for engagement with the youth and the public.  Tailored programs and interventions will address violent extremism drivers, specific to those localities.

Upon the completion of this project, the established community center will serve as the basis to expand the model in other regions of the country.

This project supports the Albanian Government’s community outreach and engagement national strategic priority in countering violent extremism, which encourages critical thinking, civic participation, and promotes values of tolerance through education.

Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Tirana intent to award one grant for up to $50,000.

The period of performance is 18 months with an anticipated start date of October 2017.

Eligible Applicants:

Applicants who are eligible to apply are (U.S.) and Albanian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), who are able to respond to the NOFO and be able to mobilize in a short period of time.

Evaluation Process:

The U.S. Embassy has established the Selection Committee, which will review and evaluate the proposals for this program.  It will take the Committee up to ten days after the application deadline to complete its review process.  Applicants may be contacted with questions during this review process, and will be informed whether or not their proposal was selected via e-mail.

Evaluation Criteria:

The Selection Committee will assess the following when evaluating grant proposals:

  • The project proposal demonstrates that the organization has sufficient expertise, skills and human resources to implement the project.
  • The organization demonstrates that it has a clear understanding of the underlying issue that the project is aiming to address and is able to articulate it with specificity and clarity.
  • The organization has consulted relevant resources, experts and potential partner organizations during the project’s design phase.
  • The project’s budget is well-organized, detailed and reasonable.  There are no budget lines labeled “miscellaneous expenses.”  Entertainment and alcoholic beverage expenses are not included in the budget.  The budget demonstrates that the organization has devoted time to plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project instead of providing rough estimates.
  • The organization has clearly articulated how it will assess and measure its own performance throughout the project implementation phase.
  • Past performance, including U.S. government funded grants, indicates reliability, responsible use of resources, and an ability to follow through with project aims.
How to Apply?

Applications must be prepared and submitted using the Application package, available on www.grants.gov or by request from PDGrantsTirana@state.gov.

The Application package includes:

  • Application form
  • Budget spreadsheet (sample budget)
  • SF424
  • SF424B

The application form should include:

  • Project goal
  • Name, address, telephone/fax number, e-mail address of the organization and name of contact person
  • A description of the project
  • Key project activities
  • Project dates
  • A description of the expected results
  • A brief description of how the success of the project will be measured and evaluated
  • A list of list of name and title of team members
  • A brief description of organization background
  • A summary of the budget (include attached a detailed budget in the Excel format)

Copies of the court decision registration, statute of the organization, and CVs of the main staff of the project must be included in the application package.  Any application that does not cover all the above points will not be considered.

Any questions concerning this NOFO should be submitted in writing to the Tirana Selection Committee via email at PDGrantsTirana@state.gov .

Please submit your application package to PDGrantsTirana@state.gov 

Department of State U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania
Notice of Funding Opportunity

 

Program Office: Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Tirana

Funding Opportunity Title: Exchange/training program for CVE officials and civil society 

Announcement Type: Grant

Funding Opportunity Number: AL-17-005

Deadline for Applications: September 15, 2017 (11:59 p.m.)

CFDA Number: 19.900 -- AEECA/ESF PD Programs

 

The United States Embassy in Tirana is pleased to announce a notification of a funding opportunity for an exchange training program for government officials and civil society actors leading CVE efforts

Purpose of the Program 

DEADLINE: The Program is accepting proposals until September 15, 2017. 

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania, pending the availability of funds, announces a notification of funding opportunity (NOFO) to support as exchange/training program in the U.S. for Albanian officials and civil society actors involved in CVE efforts in Albania. We are seeking for proposals for the development and implementation of a three-week exchange/training program in the U.S. for 8 Albanian government officials and civil society leaders, which will provide the participants with the opportunity to explore US experience on preventing radicalization and violent extremism, as well as tailored capacity-building training in this field. The program should help further develop the capacity of the governmental officials/civil society leaders to design, implement, and evaluate multi-agency, community-based CVE policies, programs and projects, in cooperation with civil society, private sector, and representatives of religious communities, with the ultimate result of a successful implementation of the CVE Strategy and Action Plan of the government of Albania.

The program should examine the U.S. experience on a broad range of national policies, operational strategies, and cooperative efforts among government, private sector institutions and civil society to prevent extremism.  It should include visits to U.S. government agencies that partner with local communities in key areas such as law enforcement, education, religion, job training, and programs for disadvantaged youth to learn best practices in curbing political, religious, and gender-based violence at the federal, state, and local levels. The participants should have the opportunity to talk with community, business and government leaders about local and community CVE initiatives and examine models for engaging key influencers such as interfaith leaders, women, community activists, etc., in changing the narrative of violence.

Additionally the program should provide tailored capacity-building opportunities for CVE policy makers, practitioners, and civil society actors with regard to: designing national CVE strategies and action plans; evidence in the design and evaluation of CVE policies and projects; multi-agency, community-based CVE responses – managing radicalization at the local level; and strategic communication and counter-messaging.

The program should be planned to take place during FY 2018.  The program should provide interpretation from Albanian to English during the visits, meetings, and training workshops. Return international travel of the participants from Albania to the United States should also be part of the program.

The U.S. Embassy will have the responsibility of selecting the participants, assisting with the visa procedures, and organizing the pre-departure orientation session for them.

Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Tirana intent to award one grant for up to $160,000.

Eligible Applicants:

Applicants who are eligible to apply are U.S. and (Albanian) Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), who are able to respond to the NOFO and be able to mobilize in a short period of time.

Evaluation Process:

The U.S. Embassy has established the Selection Committee, which will review and evaluate the proposals for this program.  It will take the Committee up to ten days after the application deadline to complete its review process.  Applicants may be contacted with questions during this review process, and will be informed whether or not their proposal was selected via e-mail.

Evaluation Criteria:

The Selection Committee will assess the following when evaluating grant proposals:

  • The project proposal demonstrates that the organization has sufficient expertise, skills and human resources to implement the project.
  • The organization demonstrates that it has a clear understanding of the underlying issue that the project is aiming to address and is able to articulate it with specificity and clarity.
  • The organization has consulted relevant resources, experts and potential partner organizations during the project’s design phase.
  • The project’s budget is well-organized, detailed and reasonable.  There are no budget lines labeled “miscellaneous expenses.”  Entertainment and alcoholic beverage expenses are not included in the budget.  The budget demonstrates that the organization has devoted time to plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project instead of providing rough estimates.
  • The organization has clearly articulated how it will assess and measure its own performance throughout the project implementation phase.
  • Past performance, including U.S. government funded grants, indicates reliability, responsible use of resources, and an ability to follow through with project aims.
How to Apply?

Applications must be prepared and submitted using the Application package, available on www.grants.gov or by request from PDGrantsTirana@state.gov.

The Application package includes:

  • Application form
  • Budget spreadsheet (sample budget)
  • SF424
  • SF424B

The application form should include:

  • Project goal
  • Name, address, telephone/fax number, e-mail address of the organization and name of contact person
  • A description of the project
  • Key project activities
  • Project dates
  • A description of the expected results
  • A brief description of how the success of the project will be measured and evaluated
  • A list of list of name and title of team members
  • A brief description of organization background
  • A summary of the budget (include attached a detailed budget in the Excel format)

Copies of the court decision registration, statute of the organization, and CVs of the main staff of the project must be included in the application package.  Any application that does not cover all the above points will not be considered.

Any questions concerning this NOFO should be submitted in writing to the Tirana Selection Committee via email at PDGrantsTirana@state.gov .

Please submit your application package to PDGrantsTirana@state.gov