Notice of Funding Opportunities

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Funding Opportunity Title: Countering Disinformation Programming
Funding Opportunity Number: TIRAmericanSpacesCDP
Deadline for Applications: August 01 – August 31, 2022               
Assistance Listing Number: 19.022 

 

  1. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The U.S. Embassy Tirana of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out Countering Disinformation Programming .  Please follow all instructions below.

Priority Region: Albania

Program Objectives:

  • Countering Disinformation

American Corners in Vlora and Kukës are free, open educational gathering places that promote interaction among local communities and the United States in support of U.S. foreign policy. This program should focus on these spaces and their surroundings.

Participants and Audiences:

The intended audience should be youth ages 14-22. Youth participation should be gender balanced and should ensure inclusiveness and diversity.

 
  1. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION

Length of performance period: 7 to12 months
Number of awards anticipated: (dependent on amounts)
Award amounts: to a maximum of $10,000
Total available funding: $20,000
Type of Funding:  ECA funds
Anticipated program start date: October 2022

Funding Instrument Type:
Grant Contract

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed within a year from the starting date determined in the grant contract

  1. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION

  1. Eligible Applicants
  • Albanian not-for-profit organizations, registered and operating in Albania
  • S. organizations and individuals are not eligible for grants under the program.
  • Cost Sharing or Matching is not required and is not part of the evaluation criteria. However, the applicants are encouraged to explore the possibility of the cost-share whenever possible.
  1. Other Eligibility Requirements
  • In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.3 for information on how to obtain these registrations.
  • Optional: 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.

  1. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

  1. Address to Request Application Package

Application forms required below are available at: US Embassy Tirana website, and grants.gov

  1. Content and Form of Application Submission:

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 in their original format

The following documents are required:

  1. Mandatory application forms
  1. Proposal (Application Form): The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. The format must include all the items below.
  • Project title
  • Name, address, telephone/fax number, e-mail address of the organization and name of contact person
  • Project goal
  • Project justification
  • A description of the project and who the target audience is
  • Key project activities
  • Project dates (approximate time from the beginning to the completion of the project)
  • A description of the expected results
  • A brief description of how the success of the project will be measured and evaluated
  • A list of name and title of team members
  • A brief description of what the organization does
  • A summary of the budget (based on the detailed budget form in the Excel format)
  1. Budget Justification Narrative: After filling out the SF-424A Budget (above), use the excel document to describe each of the budget expenses in detail.

Other Information: Guidelines for Budget Submissions below for further information.

  1. Attachments :
  • 1-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
  • Official permission letters, if required for program activities
  1. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM.gov)

Required Registrations:

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

www.SAM.gov registration which will generate a UEI

NCAGE/CAGE code

Any applicant with an exclusion 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.”

The Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) is one of the data elements mandated by Public Law 109-282, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA), for all Federal awards.  SAM.gov is the Federal government’s primary database for complying with FFATA reporting requirements.  OMB designated SAM.gov as the central repository to facilitate applicant and recipient use of a single public website that consolidates data on all federal financial assistance.  Under the law, it is mandatory to register in SAM.gov.

Starting April 2022, the UEI will be assigned when an organization registers or renews it’s registration in SAM.gov at www.SAM.gov.  To access SAM.gov an organization is required to have a Login.gov account. Organization can create an account at https://login.gov/.   As a reminder, organizations need to renew its sam.gov registration annually.

US-based organizations: A CAGE code will be automatically assigned when the U.S. organizations registers in www.sam.gov.  CAGE must be renewed every 5 years.  Site for CAGE: https://cage.dla.mil/Home/UsageAgree. Grantees may be asked for more information to finalized and must comply.

Foreign-based organizations: Must apply for a NCAGE code before registering in SAM.gov. Go to: https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/CageTool/home to apply for a NCAGE code.  NCAGE codes must be renewed every 5 years.

It is in the organization’s best interest to check if their CAGE/or NCAGE codes are active.  Organizations are required to register/or renew their CAGE or NCAGE codes prior to registering or renewing www.sam.gov .  Both registration and renewals for both CAGE and NCAGE can take up to 10 days.  Organization’s legal address in NCAGE/CAGE must mirror www. sam.gov.

www.sam.gov requires all entities to renew their registration once a year in order to maintain an active registration status in SAM.gov.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure it has an active registration in SAM.gov.

If an organization plans to issue a sub-contract or sub-award, those sub-awardees must also have a unique entity identifier (UEI number).  Those entities can register for a UEI only at SAM.gov.

If an organization does not have an active registration in SAM.gov prior to submitting an application, the application will be deemed ineligible.  All organizations applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain these registrations, the latter are free of charge.

Note: As of April 2022, a DUNS number is no longer required.

  1. Submission Dates and Times

Applications are due no later than August 31, 2022

  1. Funding Restrictions

Award funds can be used only for activities occurred only in Albania.

  1. Other Submission Requirements

All application materials must be submitted by email to tiranapdresources@state.gov

Please do not modify the application forms. Submission in WinZIP, WinRAR, WeTransfer, Google Drive, etc., is not allowed.

Applications that doesn’t meet any of the above requirements and/or submitted after the deadline will be ineligible!


  1. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION

  1. Criteria

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

Quality and Feasibility of the Program Idea: The program idea is well developed, with detail about how program activities will be carried out. The proposal includes a reasonable implementation timeline.

Organizational Capacity and Record on Previous Grant: The organization has expertise in its stated field and has the internal controls in place to manage federal funds.  This includes a financial management system and a bank account.

Program Planning/Ability to Achieve Objectives: Goals and objectives are clearly stated and program approach is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results.

Budget: 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.

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.

Sustainability: Program activities will continue to have positive impact after the end of the program.

Support of Equity and Underserved Communities:  Proposals should clearly demonstrate how the program will support and advance equity and engage underserved communities in program administration, design, and implementation.

  1. Review and Selection Process

The U.S. Embassy has established a Commission which is the body that reviews and evaluates proposals for this program.  It will take the Commission up to two weeks 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.

  1. 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:

  1. 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);
  2. 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;

iii. 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 §200.206 Federal awarding agency review of risk posed by applicants.


  1. FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION

  1. 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: pending on award specifics 

  1. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

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:

In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s guidance located at 2 CFR part 200, all applicable Federal laws, and relevant Executive guidance, the Department of State will review and consider applications for funding, as applicable to specific programs, pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity in accordance with the following:  NOTE:

  • Guidance for Grants and Agreements in Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR), as updated in the Federal Register’s 85 FR 49506 on August 13, 2020, particularly on:
    • Selecting recipients most likely to be successful in delivering results based on the program objectives through an objective process of evaluating Federal award applications (2 CFR part 200.205),
    • Prohibiting the purchase of certain telecommunication and video surveillance services or equipment in alignment with section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (Pub. L. No. 115—232) (2 CFR part 200.216),
    • Promoting the freedom of speech and religious liberty in alignment with Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty (E.O. 13798) and Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities (E.O. 13864) (§§ 200.300, 200.303, 200.339, and 200.341),
    • Providing a preference, to the extent permitted by law, to maximize use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States (2 CFR part 200.322), and
    • Terminating agreements in whole or in part to the greatest extent authorized by law, if an award no longer effectuates the program goals or agency priorities (2 CFR part 200.340).
  1. Reporting

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.

 Applicants should be aware of the post award reporting requirements reflected in 2 CFR 200 Appendix XII—Award Term and Condition for Recipient Integrity and Performance Matters.

Foreign Assistance Data Review: As required by Congress, the Department of State must make progress in its efforts to improve tracking and reporting of foreign assistance data through the Foreign Assistance Data Review (FADR). The FADR requires tracking of foreign assistance activity data from budgeting, planning, and allocation through obligation and disbursement.  Successful applicants will be required to report and draw down federal funding based on the appropriate FADR Data Elements, indicated within their award documentation.  In cases of more than one FADR Data Element, typically program or sector and/or regions or country, the successful applicant will be required to maintain separate accounting records.

  1. FEDERAL AWARDING AGENCY CONTACTS

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

  1. OTHER INFORMATION

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.

Travel: Estimate the costs of 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” 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.

Effective with the release of this announcement, the Human Trafficking Research Initiative (HTRI) invites researchers, policymakers, and implementing organizations to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) to measure the impact of counter-trafficking programs.

HTRI welcomes proposals to assess counter-trafficking interventions across the “4 Ps” of trafficking (prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnership). Applicants can request full funding for randomized control trials (RCTs), partial funding for RCTs, or funding for new arms of existing RCTs.

Applicants should review HTRI’s Learning and Research Agenda, which outlines key learning questions and priority areas of research. These topics were developed through a consultative process with leading policymakers, practitioners, and researchers focused on human trafficking and migration. Research should be designed to directly measure impact within specific sectors of counter-trafficking and respond to one or more of thelearning questions in the Learning and Research Agenda. Complete information about the EOI requirements and submission process can be found in the HTRI EOI Application Guidelines.

HTRI is a five-year project funded by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (the TIP Office)’s Program to End Modern Slavery (PEMS) at the U.S. Department of State and is guided by the academic leadership of Dr. Cecilia Hyunjung Mo and Dr. Guy Grossman. HTRI was established in 2020 to support practitioners, policymakers, and researchers in strengthening the evidence base on effective interventions to reduce trafficking and protect victims. HTRI is focused on bringing increased rigor and use of applied quantitative research methods to the field of human trafficking research. As such,only applications that include the use of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) or similar rigorous research methods will be considered for funding. 

All EOIs must be submitted through IPA’s online portal by 11:59 pm US Eastern time on October 15, 2021. EOIs will be reviewed by a rotating group of academic researchers and assessed against the evaluation criteria noted in the HTRI EOI Application Guidelines. Successful EOIs will be invited by the selection committee to submit a full proposal. HTRI plans to make up to six awards in this funding round.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania
Notice of Funding Opportunity
Funding Opportunity Title Call for Proposals for American Spaces Small Grants Program 2021
Funding Opportunity Number: PAOAS01
Deadline for Applications: June 12, 2021
Assistance Listing Number: 19.450             

 

A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The U.S. Embassy Tirana Albania announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications for the American Spaces Small Grants Program. Please follow all instructions below.

Program Objectives: 

American Spaces Small Grants Program, administered by the Public Affairs Section, is soliciting proposals from non-governmental organizations in Albania which will work closely with 3 American Corners located in Kukes, Tirana, and Vlora.  We are seeking proposals that promote rule of law; good governance; civic engagement; entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM); English language learning; and environmental protection and awareness.

American Corner Kukes

1) Promoting Entrepreneurship/Job Creation/Innovation for women and girls (entrepreneurial and business startup skills) ($10,000)

2) Facilitating STEM programs – (coding, robotics, and computer literacy) ($7,000)

3) Strengthening Democracy/Good Governance/Rule of Law through a Youth Talk Series (project will be implemented in cooperation with U.S. Embassy Youth Council) ($8,000)

4) Teaching English Language and American Culture ($2,000)

American Corner Tirana

1) Facilitating STEM Programs – (coding, robotics, and computer literacy) ($10,000)

2) Promoting Entrepreneurship/Job Creation/Innovation – (entrepreneurial and business startup skills) ($10,000)

3) Promoting Environmental protection and awareness ($6,000)

4) Teaching English Language through public speaking ($2,000)

American Corner Vlora

1) Facilitating STEM programs- (coding, robotics, AI and computer literacy) ($10,000)

2) Strengthening Democracy/Good Governance/Rule of Law through a Youth Talk Series (project will be implemented in cooperation with US Embassy Youth Council) ($10,000)

3) Promoting Environmental protection and awareness ($7,000)

4) Teaching English Language and American Culture ($2,000) 

B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION
Length of performance period: six to twelve months 
Number of awards anticipated: awards (dependent on amounts)
Award amounts: from $2,000 to $10,000.
Total available funding: $XXXX
Type of Funding:  FY21 ECA programs under Fulbright Hays Act
Anticipated program start date:  September 2021
Funding Instrument Type:  Grant (Fixed Amount Award)

 

 C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION
  1. Eligible Applicants. Applicants who are eligible to apply are Albanian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), who are able to respond to the NOFO, and have experience and expertise on issues listed in this call.
  2. Cost Sharing or Matching is not required and is not part of the evaluation criteria. However, the applicants are encouraged to explore the possibility of the cost-share whenever possible.
  3. Other Eligibility Requirements
  • In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier (Data Universal Numbering System/DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet), as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.3 for information on how to obtain these registrations. Individuals are not required to have a unique entity identifier or be registered in SAM.gov.
  • Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that applicant will be considered ineligible for funding.
  • Organizations are eligible to receiving funding from this program only one time in a two-year period.
  • Grants are made on a one-time basis. A successful applicant may re-apply for a second grant, but the second proposal must be for a distinctly different project than the first.
  • U.S. organizations and individuals are not eligible for grants under the program.
  • The application requires a clear description of the activity for which grant funds are being requested and a budget proposal broken down by expenditure category; otherwise it will not be considered.
D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION
  1. Address to Request Application Package

This call for proposals and forms required below are available at (link to the embassy website, grants.gov)

  1. Content and Form of Application Submission  

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
The following documents are required:
a. Mandatory application forms
  • SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations)
  • SF-424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction programs)
b. Completed electronic version of the Application Form (do not change the format)

The application form includes the following:

- Project title
- Executive Summary
- Organization background
- Problem statement
- Methodology and Design
- Project Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
- Project Dates
- Budget Narrative
- Project Team Members
- Future Sustainability

 

Detailed Budget form (Excel format)

c. Budget Justification Narrative: Use a separate word document to describe each of the budget expenses in detail. See section  Other Information: Guidelines for Budget Submissions below for further information.

d. Attachments:

  • Copies of the court decision registration and statute of the organization
  • 1-page summary of CV/resume of key personnel who are proposed for the project
  • Detailed work-plan (use your own format)
  • Letters of support from program partners describing the roles and responsibilities of each partner (optional)
  • Memorandum of Understanding with government or other institutions/organizations, if required for program activities. (optional)
  1. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM.gov)
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 must obtain these registrations.  All are free of charge:

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

Step 1: 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 http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform

NCAGE application: Application page here: https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx

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.

4. Submission Dates and Times 

Applications are due no later than June 12, 2021

5. Funding Restrictions

Award funds can be used only for activities occurred only in Albania. countries, and for payments only to Albanian citizens.

6.Other Submission Requirements

All application materials must be submitted by email to PDGrantsTirana@state.gov  or electronically through www.Grants.gov.

Please do not modify the application forms. Submission in WinZIP, WinRAR, WeTransfer, Google Drive, etc., is not allowed.

Applications that does not meet any of the above requirements and/or submitted after the deadline will be ineligible!

E. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION

 

1. Criteria
The Program 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 organization has identified appropriate beneficiaries or target groups in a way that maximizes project outputs and outcomes and the project has a clear focus and manageable scope.
  • The project’s idea and approach are innovative, yet capable of being completed with the program period. Proposed project activities must be concrete, detailed, and supported by a reasonable work plan.
  • 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 using concrete quantitative and qualitative assessment tools.
  • The project proposal describes clearly the approach that will be used to ensure maximum sustainability of the project’s results after its completion.
  • Past performance, including U.S. government funded grants, indicates reliability, responsible use of resources, and an ability to follow through with project aims.
2. Review and Selection Process

The U.S. Embassy has established the Selection Committee which is the body that reviews and evaluates proposals for this program.  Applicants may be contacted with questions during this review process and will be informed whether or not their proposal was selected via e-mail.

3. 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:

i. 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);

ii. 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;

iii. 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 §200.206 Federal awarding agency review of risk posed by applicants.

F. FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION

 

1. Federal Award Notices

The grant award 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. Extension of 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: Via Electronic Financial Transaction System (EFT). Payment frequency will be decided on award basis depending on the amount and length of the performance period.

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

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:

In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s guidance located at 2 CFR part 200, all applicable Federal laws, and relevant Executive guidance, the Department of State will review and consider applications for funding, as applicable to the Program, pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity in accordance with the following:  NOTE:

  • President’s September 2, 2020 memorandum, entitled Memorandum on Reviewing Funding to State and Local Government Recipients of Federal Funds that Are Permitting Anarchy, Violence, and Destruction in American Cities;
  • Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping (E.O. 13950);
  • Executive Order on Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence (E.O. 13933); and
  • Guidance for Grants and Agreements in Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR), as updated in the Federal Register’s 85 FR 49506 on August 13, 2020, particularly on:
    • Selecting recipients most likely to be successful in delivering results based on the program objectives through an objective process of evaluating Federal award applications (2 CFR part 200.205),
    • Prohibiting the purchase of certain telecommunication and video surveillance services or equipment in alignment with section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (Pub. L. No. 115—232) (2 CFR part 200.216),
    • Promoting the freedom of speech and religious liberty in alignment with Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty (E.O. 13798) and Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities (E.O. 13864) (§§ 200.300, 200.303, 200.339, and 200.341),
    • Providing a preference, to the extent permitted by law, to maximize use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States (2 CFR part 200.322), and
    • Terminating agreements in whole or in part to the greatest extent authorized by law, if an award no longer effectuates the program goals or agency priorities (2 CFR part 200.340).
3. Reporting

Reporting Requirements: Recipients will be required to submit up to two interim and one final financial and program reports, as specified in the award.   

G. FEDERAL AWARDING AGENCY CONTACTS

 Any questions concerning this NOFO should be submitted in writing via email at PDGrantsTirana@state.gov

H. OTHER INFORMATION 
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.

Travel: Estimate the costs of 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 (if applicable).

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.

“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.

 

Department of State US Embassy Tirana, Albania
Notice of Funding Opportunity
Program Office: Public Affairs Section, US Embassy Tirana
Funding Opportunity Title: Investigative Stories Platform
Announcement Type: Cooperative Agreement
Funding Opportunity Number: AL-20-002
Deadline for Applications: June 4, 2020 (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 “Investigative Stories Platform”

Purpose of the Program 
DEADLINE: The Program is accepting proposals until June 4, 2020.  

The Public Affairs Office of the US Embassy in Tirana, Albania, pending on availability of funds, announces a notification of funding opportunity (NOFO) to support the implementation of the project “Investigative Stories Platform.” We are seeking proposals from Albanian or U.S. organizations that will establish an editorial board and a platform for the publication of investigative stories that increase transparency and accountability and expose corruption. The board would receive, review, and approve proposals of stories to receive funding for a stipend for the journalist and an approved budget for expenses to be able to conduct the investigation. Proposals would be reviewed on a monthly basis. Proposals to the board could be from individual journalists or groups of journalists as well as media organizations for the production of multi-media stories. Productions should include infographics, audio and/or video elements, and should not be limited to the capital Tirana. Journalists would be able to publish on the platform with or without a byline.

In the middle of the application period, the Public Affairs Office plans to hold an information session with interested organizations/individuals to respond to questions about the project. It will be announced on the Embassy’s Facebook page.

Public Affairs Office of the US Embassy in Tirana intends to award one grant for up to $350,000.

The period of performance is eighteen months, with an anticipated start date of October 2020.

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 two weeks 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.
The application package includes:
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 names and titles of team members
  • A brief description of organization background
  • A summary of the budget (include attached the 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

 

 

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
EUR/Tirana

Notice of Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity Title: The Countering Violent Extremism Small Grants Program FY2022

Funding Opportunity Number: TIRCVEFY22

Deadline for Applications: March 24 – April 25, 2022

Assistance Listing Number: 19.900

A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications for the Countering Violent Extremism Small Grants Program.  Please follow all instructions below.

Priority Region: EUR/Albania

Program Objectives: 

Program Objectives:

The Countering Violent Extremism Small Grants Program, administered by the Public Affairs Section, is soliciting proposals from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Albania that create, develop, and foster countering and preventing violent extremism capacities and that build alert and cohesive communities. Multi-player approaches that bring together and coordinate the actions of central and local governments, civil society, religious communities, media, academia, private sector, and other stakeholders are encouraged. Some of the priority areas include:

• Building safe and resilient communities to violent extremism

• Promoting youth activism in preventing and countering violent extremism

• Strengthening media professional capacities on reporting and promoting counter-extremism narratives capable of reaching target audiences

• Re-integration of individuals and communities at risk of being radicalized enabling them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of their communities

This program supports the Albanian Government’s national strategic priorities of community outreach and engagement, countering extremist propaganda while promoting democratic values, and developing long-term comprehensive CVE policies.

Participants and Audiences:

Describe who the intended target audiences should be for the various activity categories

B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION

Length of performance period: 6 to 12 months 

Number of awards anticipated: (dependent on amounts)

Award amounts: from $30,000 to $60,000

Total available funding: (dependent on requests)

Type of Funding:  FY21/22 AEECA under the Foreign Assistance Act

Anticipated program start date:  July- August 2022

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Funding Instrument Type:  Grant Contract

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed within one year from the starting date determined in the grant contract

C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION

  1. Eligible Applicants
  • Albanian not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations that are able to respond to the NOFO, and have experience and expertise on CVE issues
  • U.S. organizations and individuals are not eligible for grants under the program.
  • Cost Sharing or Matching is not required and is not part of the evaluation criteria. However, the applicants are encouraged to explore the possibility of a cost-share whenever possible.
  1. Other Eligibility Requirements
  • In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier (Data Universal Numbering System/DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet), as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.3 for information on how to obtain these registrations.  Individuals are not required to have a unique entity identifier or be registered in SAM.gov.
  • 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.

D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

  1. Address to Request Application Package

Application forms required below are available at: US Embassy Tirana website, and grants.gov

  1. Content and Form of Application Submission:

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 in their original format

The following documents are required:

1. Mandatory application forms (DOC 45 KB)

2. Proposal (Application Form (PDF 70 KB)): The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. The format must include all the items below.

  • Name, address, telephone/fax number, e-mail address of the organization and name of contact person
  • Project title
  • Executive Summary
  • Background of Grantee: A description of the project and who the target audience is
  • Project justification
  • Project dates (approximate time from the beginning to the completion of the project)
  • A summary of the budget (based on the detailed budget form in the Excel format) (XLSX 16 KB)

3. Budget Justification Narrative:  After filling out the SF-424A Budget (above), use the Excel document to describe each of the budget expenses in detail.

Other Information: Guidelines for Budget Submissions below for further information.

4.  Attachments :

  • 1-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 Agreement (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

5. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM.gov) (NOTE:  This section is required and not optional, except for NOFOs targeting applications from individuals instead of organizations) 

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
  • www.SAM.gov registration

Step 1: 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 http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform

NCAGE application: Application page here: https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx

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.

  1. Submission Dates and Times

Applications are due no later than April 25, 2022

  1. Funding Restrictions

Award funds can be used only for activities occurring only in Albania and for payments only to Albanian citizens.

  1. Other Submission Requirements

All application materials must be submitted by email to pdgrantstirana@state.gov

Please do not modify the application forms. Submission in WinZIP, WinRAR, WeTransfer, Google Drive, etc., is not allowed. 

Applications that do not meet any of the above requirements and/or submitted after the deadline will be ineligible.

E. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION

  1. Criteria

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

Quality and Feasibility of the Program Idea: The program idea is well developed, with details about how program activities will be carried out. The proposal includes a reasonable implementation timeline.

Organizational Capacity and Record on Previous Grant: The organization has expertise in its stated field and has the internal controls in place to manage federal funds.  This includes a financial management system and a bank account.

Program Planning/Ability to Achieve Objectives: Goals and objectives are clearly stated and the program approach is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results.

Budget: 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.

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.

Sustainability: Program activities will continue to have positive impact after the end of the program.

Support of Equity and Underserved Communities:  Proposals should clearly demonstrate how the program will support and advance equity and engage underserved communities in program administration, design, and implementation.

  1. Review and Selection Process

The U.S. Embassy has established the CVE committee which is the body that reviews and evaluates proposals for this program.  Applicants may be contacted with questions during this review process and will be informed whether or not their proposal was selected via e-mail.

3. 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:

i. 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);

ii. 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;

iii. 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 §200.206 Federal awarding agency review of risk posed by applicants.

F. FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION

    1. 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: pending on award specifics  

    1. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

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:

In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s guidance located at 2 CFR part 200, all applicable Federal laws, and relevant Executive guidance, the Department of State will review and consider applications for funding, as applicable to specific programs, pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity in accordance with the following:  NOTE:

  • Guidance for Grants and Agreements in Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR), as updated in the Federal Register’s 85 FR 49506 on August 13, 2020, particularly on:
    • Selecting recipients most likely to be successful in delivering results based on the program objectives through an objective process of evaluating Federal award applications (2 CFR part 200.205),
    • Prohibiting the purchase of certain telecommunication and video surveillance services or equipment in alignment with section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (Pub. L. No. 115—232) (2 CFR part 200.216),
    • Promoting the freedom of speech and religious liberty in alignment with Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty (E.O. 13798) and Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities (E.O. 13864) (§§ 200.300, 200.303, 200.339, and 200.341),
    • Providing a preference, to the extent permitted by law, to maximize use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States (2 CFR part 200.322), and
    • Terminating agreements in whole or in part to the greatest extent authorized by law, if an award no longer effectuates the program goals or agency priorities (2 CFR part 200.340).

.

    1. Reporting

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.

Applicants should be aware of the post award reporting requirements reflected in 2 CFR 200 Appendix XII—Award Term and Condition for Recipient Integrity and Performance Matters.

Foreign Assistance Data Review: As required by Congress, the Department of State must make progress in its efforts to improve tracking and reporting of foreign assistance data through the Foreign Assistance Data Review (FADR). The FADR requires tracking of foreign assistance activity data from budgeting, planning, and allocation through obligation and disbursement.  Successful applicants will be required to report and draw down federal funding based on the appropriate FADR Data Elements, indicated within their award documentation.  In cases of more than one FADR Data Element, typically program or sector and/or regions or country, the successful applicant will be required to maintain separate accounting records.

G.  FEDERAL AWARDING AGENCY CONTACTS

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

H.  OTHER INFORMATION 

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.

Travel: Estimate the costs of 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” 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.

Funding Opportunity TitleExpanding English Language Learning/Teaching Opportunities 
Funding Opportunity Number: ELP01FY21
Deadline for Applications: March 26-April 21, 2021                     
Assistance Listing Number: 19.040

 

A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The United States Embassy in Tirana is pleased to announce a notification of a funding opportunity to expand English language learning and teaching opportunities.

Program Objectives: 

The Public Affairs Office of the US Embassy in Tirana, Albania announces a notification of funding opportunity (NOFO) to support project proposals that generate English language learning and teacher training opportunities, pending availability of funds. Projects that target one or more of the following audiences will be given priority.

  • Journalists
  • Professionals in law enforcement
  • Professionals in public administration
  • English language teachers
  • Elementary and High School Teachers
  • University students
  • Underprivileged Youth 10-18 years old

The Public Affairs Office of the US Embassy in Tirana intends to award grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000.

The program should take place during September 2021 – August 2022.

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.

B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION
Length of performance period: twelve months 
Number of awards anticipated: awards (dependent on amounts)
Award amounts: from $5,000 to $40,000.
Type of Funding:  FY21 Public Diplomacy Funding under Fulbright Hays  
Anticipated program start date:  September 2021
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement 

 

C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION
  1. Eligible Applicants. Applicants who are eligible to apply are Albanian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), with specific expertise in English language education, able to engage exchange program alumni, and capable of responding to the NOFO.
  2. Cost Sharing or Matching is not required and is not part of the evaluation criteria. However, the applicants are encouraged to explore the possibility of the cost-share whenever possible.
  3. Other Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier (Data Universal Numbering System/DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet), as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.3 for information on how to obtain these registrations. Individuals are not required to have a unique entity identifier or be registered in SAM.gov.

  • Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that applicant will be considered ineligible for funding.
  • Organizations are eligible to receiving funding from this program only one time in a two-year period.
  • Grants are made on a one-time basis. A successful applicant may re-apply for a second grant, but the second proposal must be for a distinctly different project than the first.
  • S. organizations and individuals are not eligible for grants under the program.
  • The application requires a clear description of the activity for which grant funds are being requested and a budget proposal broken down by expenditure category; otherwise, it will not be considered.
D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

  1. Address to Request Application Package

This call for proposals and forms required below are available at (link to the embassy website, grants.gov)

  1. Content and Form of Application Submission  

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
The following documents are required:
a. Mandatory application forms
b. Completed electronic version of the Application Form (do not change the format)
The application form includes the following:
  • Project title
  • Executive Summary
  • Organization background
  • Problem statement
  • Methodology and Design
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
  • Project Dates
  • Budget Narrative
  • Project Team Members
  • Future Sustainability
c. Detailed Budget form (Excel format)
d. Budget Justification Narrative:

Use a separate word document to describe each of the budget expenses in detail. See section  Other Information: Guidelines for Budget Submissions below for further information.

e. Attachments:
  • Copies of the court decision registration and statute of the organization
  • 1-page summary of CV/resume of key personnel who are proposed for the project
  • Detailed work-plan (use your own format)
  • Letters of support from program partners describing the roles and responsibilities of each partner (optional)
  • Memorandum of Understanding with government or other institutions/organizations, if required for program activities. (optional)
  1. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM.gov)
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 must obtain these registrations.  All are free of charge:

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

Step 1: 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 http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform

NCAGE application: Application page here: https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx

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.

  1. Submission Dates and Times

Applications are due no later than April 21, 2021

  1. Funding Restrictions

Award funds can be used only for activities occurred only in Albania. countries, and for payments only to Albanian citizens.

  1. Other Submission Requirements

All application materials must be submitted by email to EducationandCultureTirana@america.gov  or electronically through www.Grants.gov.

Please do not modify the application forms. Submission in WinZIP, WinRAR, WeTransfer, Google Drive, etc., is not allowed.

Applications that does not meet any of the above requirements and/or submitted after the deadline will be ineligible!

E. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION

1. Criteria
The Selection Committee will assess the following when evaluating grant proposals:
  • The project proposal demonstrates that the organization has sufficient expertise in English language instruction/teacher training, 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 organization engages with alumni of exchange programs, especially English language programs, and is willing to utilize U.S. State Department American English resources.
  • The project’s budget is well-organized, detailed and reasonable. There are no budget lines labelled “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.
2. Review and Selection Process

The U.S. Embassy has established the Selection Committee which is the body that reviews and evaluates proposals for this program.  It will take the Commission up to two months 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.

3. 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:

i. 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);

ii. 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;

iii. 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 §200.206 Federal awarding agency review of risk posed by applicants.

F. FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
1. Federal Award Notices

The award 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 cooperative agreement 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. Extension of 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: Via Electronic Financial Transaction System (EFT). Payment frequency will be decided on award basis depending on the amount and length of the performance period.

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

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:

In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s guidance located at 2 CFR part 200, all applicable Federal laws, and relevant Executive guidance, the Department of State will review and consider applications for funding, as applicable to the Countering Violent Extremism Small Grants Program, pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity in accordance with the following:  NOTE:

  • President’s September 2, 2020 memorandum, entitled Memorandum on Reviewing Funding to State and Local Government Recipients of Federal Funds that Are Permitting Anarchy, Violence, and Destruction in American Cities;
  • Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping (E.O. 13950);
  • Executive Order on Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence (E.O. 13933); and
  • Guidance for Grants and Agreements in Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR), as updated in the Federal Register’s 85 FR 49506 on August 13, 2020, particularly on:
    • Selecting recipients most likely to be successful in delivering results based on the program objectives through an objective process of evaluating Federal award applications (2 CFR part 200.205),
    • Prohibiting the purchase of certain telecommunication and video surveillance services or equipment in alignment with section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (Pub. L. No. 115—232) (2 CFR part 200.216),
    • Promoting the freedom of speech and religious liberty in alignment with Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty (E.O. 13798) and Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities (E.O. 13864) (§§ 200.300, 200.303, 200.339, and 200.341),
    • Providing a preference, to the extent permitted by law, to maximize use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States (2 CFR part 200.322), and
    • Terminating agreements in whole or in part to the greatest extent authorized by law, if an award no longer effectuates the program goals or agency priorities (2 CFR part 200.340).
3. Reporting

Reporting Requirements: Recipients will be required to submit up to two interim and one final financial and program reports, as specified in the award.   

G. FEDERAL AWARDING AGENCY CONTACTS

Any questions concerning this NOFO should be submitted in writing via email at: EducationandCultureTirana@america.gov

H. OTHER INFORMATION 

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.

Travel: Estimate the costs of 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 (if applicable).

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.

“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.