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United States Department State
Bureau International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)
Notice Funding Opportunity (NOFO) SAMS Overseas
Announcement Type:
Request for Federal Assistance Awards Applications
Public Opportunity Title:
Employment readiness and market labor insertion
socially vulnerable youth crime-ridden communities
Costa Rica
NOFO Opportunity Number:
INL19GR0013-INLCostaRica-01142019
Catalog Federal Domestic
Assistance (CFDA) Number:
19.704 Counter-narcotics
Funding Amount:
Not exceed the total amount $150,000 U.S. Dollars
NOFO Issuance Date:
January 14, 2019
Deadline for Receipt Questions:
February 14, 2019
5:00 Eastern Standard Time (via email)
Closing Date and Time for
Submission Applications:
March 15, 2019
11:59 Eastern Standard Time (via www.grants.gov)
Program Type:
INL/Program Office program initiative
Grant Program:
Central America Regional Security Initiative
Assistance Type:
Grant
Eligibility Category:
Eligible organizations may include: (U.S. based nonprofit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
educational institutions having 501(c)(3) status with the
IRS overseas-based non-profit/non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) private/state educational
institutions. See complete eligibility criteria below.
Applicant Type:
Organizations only
Award Ceiling:
$150,000.00
Award Floor:
$100,000.00
Maximum Potential Option Years:
Award Ceiling with Option Years:
$500,000
Cost Sharing Requirement:
Not required, but recommended
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The mission the State Department Bureau International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
Affairs (INL) minimize the impact international crime and illegal drugs the United
States, its citizens, and partner nations providing effective foreign assistance and fostering
global cooperation. This mission, which centers helping our partner nations establish
capable and accountable criminal justice sector, was expanded during the past decade include
criminal justice sector development and reform. This mission supports peace and security
stabilizing and strengthening security institutions and promotes just and democratic governments strengthening justice sector institutions, good governance and respect for human rights.
INL combines forces with other U.S. Government (USG) and international agencies and takes
regional approach widespread problems. INL also encourages more developed governments take responsibility equal partners global efforts combat transnational crime, including
drug trafficking. The Bureau priority programs support three inter-related objectives:
BUILDING CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS: Institutionalize rule law
developing and expanding criminal justice systems strengthen partner country law
enforcement and judicial effectiveness, foster cooperation legal affairs, and advance
respect for human rights;
COUNTER-NARCOTICS: Disrupt the overseas production and trafficking illicit
drugs through targeted counter-narcotics and institution-building assistance and
coordination with foreign nations and international organizations, and;
TRANSNATIONAL CRIME: Minimize the impact transnational crime and
criminal networks the United States and its allies through enhanced international
cooperation and foreign assistance.
NOTICE FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
The United States Department State, Bureau International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
Affairs INL seeking applications from qualified U.S. and non-U.S. based non-governmental
(NGOs)/non-profit organizations implement program entitled Employment readiness and
market labor insertion socially vulnerable youth crime ridden communities Costa Rica
The authority for this Notice Funding Opportunity (NOFO) found the Foreign Assistance
Act 1961, amended.
Pursuant CFR 200.400g, U.S. Department State policy not award profit under
assistance instruments. All direct and indirect reasonable, allocable, and allowable expenses,
however, that are related the agreement program and are accordance with applicable cost
standards CFR 200 for U.S. and overseas-based non-profit organizations, and education
institutions) may paid under the grant. NOTE: overseas-based nonprofit organizations are
legally required comply with CFR 200.
Subject the availability funds and pending Department State management approvals,
INL intends issue award amount not exceed $150,000.00 total funding. The U.S.
Dollar amount will funded from INL allocated funds, for initial project period year.
INL may award additional years contingent INL priorities, good performance the
recipient, Department State management approvals, and funding availability. INL reserves
the right fund any number applications none the applications submitted and will
determine the resulting level funding for each award(s).
Eligible organizations interested submitting application are encouraged read this NOFO
thoroughly understand the type project sought and the application submission requirements
and evaluation process. eligible for award, the applicant must submit all required information and
documents its application through www.grants.gov including the requirements found
any attachments this funding opportunity. This NOFO consists the following Sections:
Contents
SECTION PROGRAM DESCRIPTION ....................................................................
SECTION FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION.................................................
SECTION III ELIGIBLITY INFORMATION ...........................................................
SECTION APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS ...................
TAB PROPOSAL GUIDELINES ................................................................
TAB PROGRAM MONITORING AND EVALUATION PLAN, LOGIC
MODEL, and PROGRAM RISK ANALYSIS.......................................
TAB BUDGET GUIDELINES ....................................................................
SECTION APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION........................................
SECTION FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION ...........
SECTION VII AGENCY CONTACTS ......................................................................
This funding opportunity posted www.grants.gov and may amended. See Section for
further details. Potential applicants should regularly check the website ensure they have the latest
information pertaining this NOFO. Applicants will need have available download the
most updated version the Adobe program their computers view and save the Adobe
forms properly. you have difficulty registering www.grants.gov accessing the NOFO,
please contact the www.grants.gov helpdesk at: 1-800-518-4726, International callers: 1-606545-5035, via email support@grants.gov for technical assistance. The Contact Center
available hours day, seven days week (except federal holidays).
See https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/snow-dismissal-procedures/federal-holidays/
for list federal holidays.
You
may
also
obtain
online
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/applicant-faqs.html
https://www.grants.gov/help/html/help/GetStarted/Get_Started.htm.
assistance
at:
Any questions concerning this NOFO should submitted via email Drew Oltyan
(OltyanAW@state.gov), Carla Ortega (OrtegaCM@state.gov) and Cheryl Price
(PriceCH@state.gov). The deadline for submission questions for this NOFO February 14,
2019 5:00 EST. Responses questions will made available all potential applicants attachment this NOFO and posted www.grants.gov
INL encourages applicants submit their applications during normal business hours (Monday
Friday, 9:00AM- 5:00PM Eastern Standard Time). applicant experiences technical
difficulties and has contacted the appropriate help desk, but not receiving timely assistance,
(e.g. you have not received response within hours contacting the help desk), you may
contact the INL point contact listed the NOFO. The point contact may assist contacting
the appropriate help desk, but applicant should also document their efforts contacting the
help desk. Applicants may also contact the INL point contact listed the NOFO
experiencing technical issues with grants.gov that may result late submission.
Applicants experiencing technical difficulties should follow these three steps: Contact the help desk for Grants.gov immediately. Document (including screenshots) technical issues AND efforts contact the help
desk. Provide ticket number(s) and/or reference number(s) provided the helpdesk order assist with the technical issue(s).
Note: The INL Grants Officer will determine technical eligibility all applications and
allowability acceptable proposal submissions applicants experience technical difficulties
without resolution. the responsibility the recipient this NOFO document ensure that has been received
from www.grants.gov its entirety. INL bears responsibility for data errors resulting from
transmission conversion processes associated with electronic late submissions.
Issuance this NOFO does not constitute award commitment the part the U.S.
government, nor does commit the U.S. government pay for costs incurred the preparation
and submission application. addition, final award any resultant grant agreement
cannot made until funds have been fully appropriated, allocated, and committed through
internal INL procedures. While anticipated that these procedures will successfully
completed, potential applicants are hereby notified these requirements and conditions for
award. Applications are submitted the risk the applicant. All preparation and submission
costs are the applicants expense.
SECTION PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
BACKGROUND
INL part the Department State multi-faceted response transnational criminal activity.
Dedicated strengthening criminal justice systems, countering the flow illegal narcotics, and
minimizing transnational crime, INL plays key role leading the development and synchronization U.S. international drug and crime assistance. INL technical support tailored bolster
capacities partner countries through multilateral, regional, and country-specific programs.
The Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) multi-year INL program that seeks strengthen the security and justice sectors Central America and support development
regional capacity respond drug trafficking and transnational criminal organizations and develop
tailored solutions country-specific issues related criminal phenomena. INL CARSI justice sector
programs support training and capacity-building activities for prosecutors, investigators, and judges
and provide targeted assistance increase the effectiveness the administration justice highpriority areas. recent years, Costa Rica has experienced sustained increase violent crime and complex
offenses linked organized crime. Between 2010 and 2016, the homicide rate increased 9.7 percent,
reaching rate 12.1 per 100,000 2017 well over the per 100,000 designated epidemic
levels the World Health Organization. This crime wave has been conclusively linked the
increased presence and activities organized criminal groups here Costa Rica, and 2017 report the Interagency Technical Commission Coexistence and Citizen Security Statistics
(COMESCO) reported that homicides related organized crime increased more than 2,000 percent period six years.
This increase drug trafficking has impacted the safety and security Costa Rican citizens.
National and international data show that many Costa Rican communities are significant need assistance they continue experience myriad serious drug problems.
International drug trafficking organizations have increased their operations Central America
and the Caribbean recent years. 2011 report the International Narcotics Control Board
states that Central American countries, Costa Rica included, are longer used transit points drug traffickers they were the end the 20th century. International drug trafficking
organizations are now using these countries storage facilities and fueling stations, paying their
in-country collaborators with drugs, which they turn sell locally for profit. The introduction high red, high THC content marihuana from Jamaica, into the country, another sign that
Costa Rica longer drug transit point but also importer, according the 2013-2017
National Drug Plan.
With increase drug trafficking and national drug production, surprise that illicit drug
use Costa Rica has also risen. According the 2014 Provincial Geographic Analysis Drugs Costa Rica, which was conducted between 2011 and 2013 Costa Rica Institute
Alcoholism and Pharma Codependence (IAFA), illicit drug use Costa Rica has increased
7.2% between 2006 and 2012, from 10.6% 2006 17.8% 2012. vulnerable communities, poverty and lack opportunities are factors that make young
people quit school and start working join crime gang. Efforts from local governments have
been concentrated getting these demographic opportunities finish high school and get
job. This key reduce crime and youth involvement the narcotraffic chain.
U.S. Embassy San Jose plans conduct single award $150,000.00 for project period one year. The Embassy reserves the right not award any funds based the quality the
proposals received.
This funding will support USG objectives under CARSI. Within Central America, CARSI
enhancing the capabilities national law enforcement, border and customs, prosecutorial,
judicial, and prison agencies. These improvements are strengthening partner governments
ability fight burgeoning narcotics- and arms-trafficking, gangs and associated street and
organized crime, which threatens the security governments the region. The success
programs under the CARSI framework will enhance citizen safety and advance wide range
other United States and regional shared security priorities. These improved capabilities are part INL Collaborative Community Security strategy, which provides platform for sustained
bilateral and multilateral partnerships between the United States and the Government Costa
Rica.
PROJECT PURPOSE/DESCRIPTION
The selected recipient will implement initiative positively impact young people the
vulnerable cantonments Alajuelita and Moravia that need support and training able
gain employment.
This project will designed impact and strengthen the employability target selected
group youth per cantonment, and strengthen the job readiness and labor market insertion
services that the municipalities offer and ensure their ablility continue provide these services young people Alajuelita and Moravia.
This initiative, while specifically (and initially) focused the Municipality Alajuelita and
the municipality Moravia, will also model that can replicated partnership with other
municipalities facing high rates youth unemployment. These municipalities are:
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
Mora
Goicoechea
Tibas
Heredia
Pococi
Cartago
Alajuelita
Moravia
San Jose Union
Goicoechea
Montes Oca
Curridabat
Escazu
Santa Ana
Belen
Alajuela
Desamparados
These cantonments are priority for INL San Jose since they are part INL Collaborative Community
Security strategy. addition, this project will work partnership with other efforts being coordinated the U.S. Embassy
(INL) and linked the Vice Ministry Prevention the Ministry Public Security (MSP), the Vice
Minister Peace, and the local governments mentioned above. This will help take advantage potential
synergies between the projects and offer lessons learned, successful practices and concrete results the
new authorities the Ministry Public Security, which are open new proposals how effectively
prevent violence.
This project will take advantage the current political moment and political viability that the recent
change the Costa Rican government offers. Carrying out this initiative represents important
opportunity not only generate direct impact the lives the youth Alajuelita and Moravia with
which will working, but also with the other local governments that will receive training, the
Ministry Public Security, the Vice Minister Peace, well with other municipalities that are
participating the U.S. Embassy larger efforts promote and advance integrated violence prevention
strategies.
The project comprised the following objectives and corresponding activities:
PROJECT GOALS
Target socially-vulnerable youth the Municipality Alajuelita and the Municipality
Moravia, through strategies that connect the local government, private companies, educational
centers and civil society improve job training and job placement opportunities.
Train officials local governments the implementation youth employability strategies
developed the project.
PROJECT OBJECTIVES
Objective
Identify opportunities for education and training facilitate employment and identify
employment options the Muncipality Alajuelita and Moravia and nearby areas for
risk youth.
Activity Carry out quantitative analysis the primary economic activities the area.
Activity Carry out fieldwork, including interviews, company visits and focus groups.
Activity Create directory the educational options Alajuelita and Moravia and nearby
areas.
Activity Design labor market insertion strategy, partnership with the Municipalities
Alajuelita, and Moravia that addresses the needs the labor market.
Activity Document the process.
Objective
Strengthen the human capital the participating youth and young adults through employability
and soft skills trainings and follow-up support.
Activity Working partnership with the Municipality Alajuelita and Moravia, identify
and select project participants based agreed upon profile the participants
Activity Design baseline and final measurement parameters used evaluate the effectiveness the
project.
Activity Develop detailed job readiness and labor market insertion plan.
Activity Implement employability and soft skills training workshops.
Activity Create partnerships with educational, job training and technical institutes and
government job programs order strengthen young people employment opportunities.
Activity Raise awareness employers the program and create mentoring relationships
between company employees/managers and youth project participants.
Activity Organize company visits for participants different partner companies focusing
the market needs the companies and interests the youth participants.
Activity Provide follow-up support for participating youth.
Activity Evaluate and documentation the process noting lessons learned and best practices.
Objective Strengthen the Alajuelita and Moravia local governments capacity implement job
readiness and labor market insertion programs and strategies.
Activity Train local government officials the implementation the different labor
market insertion strategies.
Activity Train local government officials, the person they designate, the implementation the
employability module developed, and partnership building with private sector companies.
Activity Document the training process.
Objective Generate inputs strengthen the local government institutional
management related job-readiness and labor market insertion initiatives.
Activity Evaluate the results and impact labor market insertion strategies with the target
population and employers and municipal officials.
Activity Develop recommendations for the institutional processes related job training and job
readiness education and labor market insertion.
Activity Present the findings and consolidated model the local government, U.S. Embassy and
Ministry Public Security (MSP).
Activity Document the process.
Objective Train officials eighteen local governments the implementation youth
employability strategies.
Activity Train local government officials the additional muncipalities the implementation
the different labor market insertion strategies.
Activity Train local government officials the person they designate the implementation the
employability module and partnership building with private sector partners.
Activity Document the training process.
CROSS-CUTTING AND ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES Community Involvement Utilize Local Government Resources and Expertise Program Expansion the project successful, INL will consider the option expanding the project other areas countries the region, subject availability future funding. Applicants may include
their proposal brief section outlining how additional funds could potentially used expand
work into additional activities countries future years. Applicants are strongly encouraged demonstrate how their project might leverage funding through other organizations. Other Considerations
TARGET POPULATION
Applicants should identify target audiences, specific demographics, and the region(s) which
the project will implemented. particularly important specify the approximate number beneficiaries directly and indirectly impacted project activities.
DESIRED RESULTS AND ILLUSTRATIVE INDICATORS the end the year the project, the selected applicant expected to:
Identify the main economic activities the Municipalities Alajuelita and Moravia
and the profile (type job, hiring requirements) available frequently hired job
postings.
Identify the educational offer (technical, GED and higher education) that coresponds
the labor market demand.
Train least 100 participants.
Identify least three municipal officials per local government who have gained the
required knowledge and skills able replicate and sustain the Project
Make recommendations strengthen Alajuelita and Moravia government
institutional policy and programs support young people preparing for and gaining
employment.
Identify least two municipal officials each the additional local governments,
who will trained the implementation youth employability strategies.
The recipient will develop project-level Performance Monitoring plan (PMP) with annual and
end-of- project targets and results anticipated for key performance indicators. The following table
shows which indicators will measured, well illustrative targets, that the recipient will
responsible for monitoring and reporting during and the completion the project.
addition, INL San Jose will regularly monitor the project performance assess whether project
activities are track and targets are being achieved.
Example outcome indicators for the project are provided below. The recipient expected
identify targets for these indicators and suggest additional relevant indicators and targets based what can reasonably achieve within the performance period the project, and based the
expected overall project results described above.
Example Outcome Indicators
Number participating at-risk youth
Number municipal officials trained
Number GOCR partnerships for this grant
Illustrative targets:
TBD
TBD
TBD
Example output indicators and illustrative targets for the project are provided below. The
recipient expected identify targets for these indicators and suggest additional relevant
indicators and targets based what can reasonably achieve within the performance period
the project, and based the expected overall project results described above.
Example Output Indicators
Number local government policies changed modified
Number municipalities that replicated the model
Illustrative targets:
TBD
TBD
Percent at-risk youth that got job internship because this grant
TBD
The recipient will required collect baseline data for all the PMP indicators during the initial
phase the project. addition, certain terms included the outcomes and indicators will need defined the very beginning the project possible measure the change during
and the end the project. Examples such terms are capacity spread effect etc. Baseline
information will critical for both monitoring and evaluation project progress and results.
[END SECTION
SECTION FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION
INL expects award grant based this NOFO, amount not exceed the total ceiling
amount noted page The anticipated total federal funding amount not exceed $150,000.00.
The period performance year with anticipated start date later than June 2019. INL
may extend the award additional years contingent INL priorities, good performance
the recipient, Department State management approval, and funding availability.
The U.S. government will issue award(s) the responsible applicant(s) whose application(s),
conforms this NOFO, and the most responsive the objectives and criteria set forth this
NOFO. The U.S. government may (a) reject any all applications, (b) accept other than the lowest
cost application, (c) accept more than one application, (d) accept alternate applications, and/or (e)
waive informalities and minor irregularities applications received.
The U.S. government may make award the basis the initial application received, without
discussions negotiations. Therefore, each initial application should contain the applicants best
terms from cost and technical standpoint. The U.S. government reserves the right (but not under
obligation so) enter into discussions with one more applicant(s) obtain clarifications,
additional detail, suggest refinements the program description, budget, other aspects application.
[END SECTION II]
SECTION III ELIGIBLITY INFORMATION
(1) Eligibility for this NOFO limited to:
Applicants that qualify receive U.S. grants (such U.S. not-for-profit/nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) U.S.-based educational institutions subject
section 501(c)(3) the U.S. tax code; foreign not-for-profits/non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) foreign based educational institutions, with the ability
develop and successfully implement project Costa Rica and meet INL reporting
requirements. Organizations must also able demonstrate current (or pending) country
registration Costa Rica, required.
AND
Applicants must have demonstrated experience implementing similar capacity building
programs, preferably Costa Rica. INL reserves the right request additional background
information organizations that not have previous experience administering similar
programs and/or federal grant awards.
Applicants must have the ability produce course materials, deliver training, and conduct
evaluations Spanish and English. The applicant staff should proficient English
order fulfill reporting requirements.
Applicants must have existing, the capacity develop, active partnerships with
stakeholders order successfully carry out the proposed program.
Organizations may form consortium and submit combined proposal. However, one
organization should designated the lead applicant and other members sub-award
partners.
Applicants must able respond the NOFO and able mobilize short period.
NOTE: Public International Organizations (PIOs) and For-Profit Organizations are
excluded from applying this grant announcement. eligible for grant award, addition other conditions this NOFO, organizations
must have commitment non discrimination with respect beneficiaries and adherence
equal opportunity employment practices. INL committed anti-discrimination policy
all its programs and activities. INL welcomes applications irrespective applicant race,
ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability,
other status.
Applicants are reminded that U.S. Executive Orders and U.S. law prohibits transactions with,
and the provision resources and support to, individuals and organizations associated with
terrorism. the legal responsibility the recipient ensure compliance with these Executive
Orders and laws. This provision must included any sub awards issued under this
grant award.
(2) INL encourages applications from potential new partners.
[END SECTION III]
SECTION APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
INL urges prospective applicants immediately confirm their organization Unique Entity
Identifier Number (formerly Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) number) well current Central
Contractor Registration via www.SAM.gov.
All organizations must also continue maintain active SAM.gov registration with current
information all times during which they have active Federal award application under
consideration Federal award agency. SAM.gov requires all entities renew their
registration once year order maintain active registration status SAM.gov.
applicant has not fully complied with the requirements the time application, INL may
determine that the applicant unqualified receive award and use that determination
basis for making award another applicant.
Note: The process obtaining SAM.gov registration may take anywhere from 4-8 weeks.
Please begin your registration early possible.
Important Note:
Organizations physically located OUTSIDE the U.S. and territories and wishing conduct
business (contracts/grants) with the U.S. Government, must FIRST request NCAGE Code,
followed DUNS Number and then complete the registration process SAM.gov.
U.S. based Organizations, wishing conduct business (contracts/grants) with the U.S.
Government include Foreign Government, please proceed directly SAM.gov. U.S. CAGE
Code will assigned the end the SAM.gov Registration process.
CAGE/NCAGE Registration
For US-based organizations, CAGE code will automatically assigned your entity once you
submit your entity registration SAM.gov and the TIN validation has been returned.
NCAGE Codes are required for all foreign entities prior starting SAM registration. PLEASE
NOTE: The organization name, address, and email information must match what you used
request your Unique Entity Identifier (DUNS Number) Please ensure that alphabets, numerical
characters, symbols, etc. and spacing the same both systems during the registration process..
Otherwise, you will receive error messages when applying for the NCAGE code. Organizations
can submit request for NCAGE Code using the NCAGE Request Tool
https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/Docs/US%20Instructions%20for%20NSPA%20NCAG
E.pdf. Detailed instructions are posted that site. For additional information, please call 1-269961-4623 send email message NCAGE@dlis.dla.mil.
NCAGE registrations for overseas organizations can take days (or more) finalize once request has been received. Please plan accordingly.
Unique Entity Identifier (DUNS Number)
All applicant organizations (foreign and domestic) must obtain DUNS number. US-based
organizations may request DUNS number calling 1-866-705-5711 email:
SAMHelp@dnb.com; the DUNS number usually provided immediately.
Foreign organizations that not have Unique Entity Identifier (DUNS number) will need the Dun Bradstreet website http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/CCRSearch.do?val=1 start
the process for obtaining DUNS number. further assistance required, please email:
SAMHelp@dnb.com. NOTE: The organization name, address, and email information used
request the NCAGE Code must match what used request your Unique Entity Identifier
(DUNS Number). Please ensure that alphabets, numerical characters, symbols, etc. and spacing
the
same
both
systems
during
the
registration
process.
SAM.gov Registration
SAM.gov registration required all INL applicants prior registering with www.grants.gov.
your organization was previously registered the Central Contractor Registry (CCR), you must
still create new Individual User Account SAM.gov prior receiving future federal grant.
Applicant organizations can obtain assistance for SAM.gov registration using the following link:
https://www.fsd.gov calling 1-866-606-8220 (U.S. calls)/or 1-324-206-7828 (international
calls). PLEASE NOTE: The organization name, address, and email information used
request your organization Unique Entity Identifier (DUNS number) and the NCAGE Code
must match what used request the SAM.gov validation Please ensure that alphabets,
numerical characters, symbols, and spacing the same both systems during the registration
process. Otherwise, you will receive error messages when registering SAM.gov.
For U.S.-based organizations that already have TIN (taxpayer identification number), your SAM
registration should take approximately 3-5 business days process. For U.S.-based organizations
applying for EIN (employer identification number), please allow weeks.
Foreign organizations must have Unique Entity Identifier number and NCAGE code prior
completing the SAM.gov registration process. Please follow the above listed instructions obtain
each.
Any applicant listed the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) the System for Award
Management (SAM) not eligible apply for assistance award accordance with the OMB
guidelines CFR 180 that implement Executive Orders 12549 CFR, 1986 Comp., 189) and
12689 CFR, 1989 Comp., 235), Debarment and Suspension. Additionally, entity listed the EPLS can participate any activities under award. All applicants are strongly encouraged review the EPLS SAM.gov ensure that ineligible entities are excluded from their
applications.
All organizations must also continue maintain active SAM.gov registration with current
information all times during which they have active Federal award application under
consideration Federal award agency. SAM.gov requires all entities renew their registration
once year order maintain active registration status SAM.gov. applicant has not
fully complied with the requirements the time application, INL may determine that the
applicant unqualified receive award and use that determination basis for making
award another applicant.
Please note: your organization registered with SAM.gov and your status NOT listed
ACTIVE, you will need update your registration prior submitting application through
www.grants.gov. SAM.gov requires ALL organizations (foreign and domestic) register
ANNUAL basis. October 2017, new information was added the www.SAM.gov website help international
registrations, including Quick Start Guide for International Registrations and Helpful
Hints Navigate SAM.gov, click HELP the top navigation bar, then click International
Registrants the left navigation panel.
Grants.gov Registration apply for grant, your organization must complete the Grants.gov registration process. The
registration process can take business days longer, even all registration steps are completed timely manner.
Please log into http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html
obtain complete instructions the registration process.
Foreign Registrants: Anyone residing and doing business outside the United States still
required complete the five steps the Grants.gov registration process, addition fulfilling
supplementary requirements for doing business with the United States government. Please ensure
that you have obtained NCAGE code, UEI number (also referred DUNS number), and
ACTIVE status SAM.gov prior registering Grants.gov.
Grants.gov Applications
Please refer the Grants.gov website for definitions various application statuses and the
difference between submission receipt and submission validation. Applicants will receive
validation e-mail from Grants.gov upon the successful submission application. Validation electronic submission via Grants.gov can take two business days.
Late applications are neither reviewed nor considered unless the INL point contact listed the
NOFO contacted prior the deadline and provided with evidence system error caused
Grants.gov that outside the applicant control and the sole reason for late submission.
Applicants should not expect separate notification from INL upon receiving their application. the responsibility the applicant ensure that has active registration Grants.gov.
Applicants are required document that the application has been received Grants.gov its
entirety. INL bears responsibility for disqualification that result from applicants not being
registered before the due date, for system errors Grants.gov, other errors the application
process.
TECHNICAL FORMAT REQUIREMENTS
For all application documents, please ensure: All pages are numbered, including budgets and attachments, All documents are formatted paper, and All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, point Times New Roman font, with
minimum 1-inch margins.
TECHNICAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Technically eligible applications are those that:
Arrive electronically via Grants.gov the designated due date and time noted the NOFO. reasonable accommodations are granted for persons with disabilities for security
reasons, applications must still received INL the designated due date and time
noted the NOFO;
Are English and all costs are U.S. dollars. original document within the
application another language, English translation must provided. any document provided both English and foreign language, the English language version the
controlling version. (Please note: the Department State, indicated CFR 200.111,
requires that English the official language all award documents);
Heed all instructions contained the NOFO, including length and completeness
application, including all required documents; and not violate any the guidelines stated the NOFO. the sole responsibility the applicant ensure that all the documents submitted the
grant application package are complete, accurate, and current. INL strongly encourages all
applicants, especially foreign first-time applicants, submit applications before the
designated due date ensure that the application has been received and complete.
APPLICATIONS REQUIREMENTS
Complete applications must include the following items listed below: Completed and signed SF-424, SF-424A, and SF424B, submitted via www.grants.gov,
well as, applicable (Please see Tab for instructions for completion Standard Forms 424,
424A, and 424B.) copy your organization most recent audit (as required per CFR 200.500 Subpart
F). audit cannot provided, explanation must submitted with the proposal
submission. Cover Page that includes table with the organization name, project title, target
country/countries, project synopsis, name and contact information for the application main
point contact, project length (period performance),and requested funding amount U.S.
dollars (see the award amount ceiling stated the NOFO) Table Contents (not exceed one [1] page Microsoft Word) listing all documents and
attachments, with page numbers. Executive Summary (not exceed two [2] pages Microsoft Word) that includes: statement work synopsis the program, including concise breakdown the
project goals, objectives, activities, and expected results, and brief statement how the project innovative, sustainable, and will have demonstrated
impact. Proposal Narrative (not exceed fifteen [15] pages Microsoft Word). Please note the page
limit does not include the required documents listed items and items (below). proposal narrative should:
Fully explain the program goals, objectives, and activities. Objectives should
ambitious, yet measureable, results-focused, and achievable reasonable time frame.
Applicant should explain the project significance contribution the INL mandate
specified the NOFO.
Activities should clearly developed and detailed, and the narrative should clearly
articulate how the proposed activities contribute objectives and overall project goal.
Outline the applicant organizational capacity implement the proposed program,
Outline detail the program approach, sustainability, potential impact, and
complementarity ongoing efforts.
Identify target areas for activities, identify target participant groups selection criteria for
participants, address how the program will engage relevant stakeholders, and identify local
partners appropriate, among other pertinent details. partners are included, the narrative
should clearly describe the division labor between the direct applicant and partners.
The proposal narrative should expand upon the risk analysis provide greater context,
operational programmatic security concerns, and contingency plan for overcoming
potential difficulties executing the original work plan. Summary and Detailed Line-Item Budget (in Microsoft Excel) that includes the following
three [3] columns: the amount requested from INL, cost sharing contributions (if any), and total
budget (see below for more information budget format). Applicants must submit budget
summary using the OMB-approved budget categories (see SF-424-A sample). Costs must U.S. dollars. sample template provided attachment under the announcement
via www.grants.gov.) Budget Narrative (in Microsoft Word) that includes explanation and justification for each
line item the detailed budget spreadsheet, well the source and description all costshare offered. For ease review, INL recommends applicants order the budget narrative
presented the detailed budget. Personnel costs should include clarification the roles and
responsibilities key staff and percentage time devoted the project. Applicants that have
other USG-funded projects must confirm that the total time devoted personnel assigned
more than one project does not exceed 100%. The budget narrative should communicate INL
any information that might not readily apparent the budget rather than simply repeating
with words what stated numerically the budget. (Sample template provided
attachment under the announcement via www.grants.gov.) NICRA: your organization has negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA) and will
include NICRA charges the budget, your latest NICRA must included PDF file. This
document will not reviewed the panelists, but rather used program and grant staff
the submission recommended for funding, and therefore does not count against the
submission page limitations, described above. your proposal includes subgrants
organizations charging indirect costs, please submit the applicable NICRA also PDF file
(see INDIRECT COST RATE below for more information indirect cost rates). your organization does NOT have negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA) please
specify your organization elects charge the Minimis rate 10% the Modified Total
Direct Costs (MTDC). MTDC excludes equipment, capital expenditures, charges for patient
care, rental costs, tuition remission, scholarships and fellowships, participant support costs
and the portion each subaward excess $25,000. The Minimis rate must included the detailed budget and explanation must provided the budget narrative.
10. Monitoring and Evaluation Plan; (see TAB below for more information this section);
Sample templates provided attachments under the announcement via www.grants.gov.
11. Logic Model; (see TAB below for more information this section); Sample templates
provided attachments under the announcement via www.grants.gov.
12. Roles and responsibilities key program personnel with short bios that highlight relevant
professional experience. This relates the organization capacity. Given the limited space,
CVs are not recommended for submission.
13. Timeline the overall proposal Components should include activities, evaluation efforts,
and program closeout
14. list previous and/or current U.S. federal assistance awards received; please include
the awarding agency, point contact, name the project, start and end dates, and amount
the award. list previous and/or current U.S. federal assistance awards received cannot provided, explanation must submitted with the proposal submission.
15. Program Risk Analysis: Please provide the required risk analysis information noted TAB this NOFO. (Sample template provided attachment under the announcement via
www.grants.gov.)
16. INL Pre Award Annual Survey template provided INL that reviews the organization
financial capacity and infrastructure. (Sample template provided attachment under the
announcement via www.grants.gov.)
17. Attachments (not exceed five (5) pages total, preferably Microsoft Word) that include the
following order: Additional optional attachments. Attachments may include further timeline information,
letters support, memoranda understanding (MOU)/agreement, etc. For applicants with
large number letters/MOUs, may useful provide list the organizations
government agencies that support the program rather than the actual documentation.
Applications that not include the items listed above will deemed
technically ineligible.
Note: INL retains the right request additional documentation for those items not included this
form.
[END SECTION IV]
TAB PROPOSAL GUIDELINES
Proposals should include the following components:
Introduction and Problem Statement
Planned Activities
Indicators
Problem Statement and Rationale: Describe the problem and how the project will achieve
contribute achieving sustainable solution and measurable outcome. The applicant should
explain the extent existing assistance within the particular geographic area, and how the proposed
intervention may complement (or differ from) other similar interventions. The implementer should
also explain, necessary, the particular experience and qualifications they bring the project.
The rationale should also reflect understanding the priorities and policies the bureau/post
program with which this agreement associated.
Planned Activities and Indicators: Describe the planned activities, and relevant stakeholders for
implementation. The implementer should highlight key stakeholders and their expected role the
project, along with any contingencies. The implementer should list assumptions that are dependent the ultimate success the project. This could include elements like geographic location,
coordination efforts with other international organizations, political will from host governments,
private sector, and NGOs. appropriate, limited contingency possibilities should included
the proposal, case the initial planning assumptions are not met. Example planned activity
and contingency:
Planned Activity
Contingency
Energy efficiency workshops collaboration
with the government Mexico and other
representatives from the Latin America region,
focused raising awareness energy
efficiency standards. government Mexico doesn engage the expected
level, project team will look other regional
stakeholders, such the OAS, assist convening key
stakeholders. the proposal, there should clearly defined link between each the following elements
delineated:
Problem Statement Planned Activities/Inputs Process Indicators Output Indicators
Outcome Indicators Impact
Process Indicators measure the activity that has been completed. Please delineate the specific
activities conducted, such workshops, roundtables, trainings, forums, exchanges, policy
dialogues, etc. All indicators must include targets. Example process indicator:
Process Indicator women trained energy efficiency standards
Output Indicators, otherwise known deliverables associated with the agreement, should
included. Unlike process indicators, outputs are what produced, and are often tangible. this
level, the measurement ability, knowledge, skills, access. All indicators must include
targets. Example output indicator involving the same participants:
Output Indicator percent participants demonstrate least percent cognizance efficiency
standards
Outcome Indicators measure the change system behavior practice. Expected outcomes
are the results that come from series activities that are necessary achieve impact. All
indicators must include targets. Example outcome indicator:
Outcome Indicator percent efficiency standards being implemented participant country
result participant participation.
All indicators must include measurable, numerical targets, which should serve the foundation
for monitoring and evaluation efforts. Ultimately, proposed activities and achievement indicator
targets will lead impact.
TAB PROGRAM MONITORING AND EVALUATION PLAN,
LOGIC MODEL, and PROGRAM RISK ANALYSIS
INL will work with recipient organizations implement the appropriate monitoring and evaluation
plan that meets both the needs the bureau and the implementing partner. Incorporating welldesigned monitoring and evaluation component into project one the most efficient methods documenting the progress and potential success program. Successful monitoring and
evaluation depend the following:
Setting objectives that are specific, measurable, attainable, results-focused, and placed
reasonable time frame (SMART);
Linking project activities stated objectives;
Developing key performance indicators that measure realistic progress towards the
objectives.
INL expects implementing organizations will track participants partners appropriate and
able respond key evaluation questions, including satisfaction with the program/training,
information learned result the program/training, changes attitude and behavior result the program, and effects the program institutions which participants work partner with.
Applicants should include the monitoring and evaluation process their timeline.
Recipients will required provide reports with analysis and summary their findings, both
quantitative and qualitative, their regular quarterly progress reports INL.
Performance indicators should clearly defined, and are many cases quantifiable. Qualitative
indicators are encouraged they provide reliable means measure particular phenomenon
attribute. good guide for determining the quality performance indicators the acronym
SMART i.e., are the indicators: specific, measureable, attainable, realistic, and timely.
Indicators can focus (i) inputs process (measures activities the necessary components for
activity occur e.g. training curriculum developed), (ii) outputs (products and services delivered
from project activities, and often stated amount e.g. 100 civil society organization members
trained organizational fundraising, radio programs produced), and (iii) outcomes (the specific
results project, which are often measured degree change after receiving training
effective engagement the political process, 40% female participants ran for seat
parliament).
LOGIC MODEL logic model useful tool help map project. details planned activities, the immediate
services product project activities (outputs), and the expected changes benefits that occur
after activities have been implemented (outcomes). Applicants can specify objectives, identify what
resources (inputs) are needed, outline proposed activities (outputs) and beneficiaries, and illustrate
how activities lead expected results. The activities and expected outcomes documented within the
logic model should achievable within the level funding and timeframe the project.
The monitoring and evaluation plan must include, minimum, the following elements: results Logic Model planning document (see attached sample Logic Model template)
Indicators, described Tab well details how each indicator will measured,
frequency the measurements, units measure, etc. Provide indicators the output and
outcome levels. Monitoring and evaluation plans should include chart component that
clearly delineates indicators and targets. All indicators must include measurable, numerical
targets. (see attached sample Monitoring and Evaluation template)
Establish, where possible, performance baseline data and expected performance targets for
each indicator/outcome. some cases, the baseline may zero.
Describe monitoring and evaluation tools, including methods methodology, that will
used.
Plans should describe the projected outcomes and dissemination plan where applicable,
and how the project impact and effectiveness will monitored and evaluated throughout
the project.
INL has included sample Monitoring and Evaluation template and Logic Model template attachment the NOFO.
PROGRAM RISK ANALYSIS
Risks are unavoidable all programs inherently contain both internal and external risks. However,
with proper identification and management, risks can prepared for, minimized mitigated. The
purpose risk analysis identify the internal and external risks associated with the proposed
program the application, rate the likelihood the risks, rate the potential impact the risks
the program, and identify actions that could help mitigate the risks. risk analysis should not
considered one-time exercise static document. INL defers organizations conduct
adequate risk analysis and remediation for all its operations and advises that risk analysis and
remediation occur throughout the life program and should result revisions risk analysis
documents and processes necessary. Applicants should include all assumptions and external
factors identified the logic model the risk analysis. Applicants should rate the likelihood
risk and potential impact the risk High, Medium, Low. sample template provided attachment this NOFO via www.grants.gov.
The safety and security recipients and beneficiaries are utmost importance. INL requires all
recipients conduct thorough risk assessments and take all actions necessary accordance with
those assessments mitigate those risks. INL does not take responsibility for the risks incurred
any recipient.
For more information about the Risk Analysis, please see CFR 200.519.
TAB BUDGET GUIDELINES
Applications will not considered complete unless they include budget that responds the
NOFO guidelines.
Complete budgets will include:
Summary Budget (that includes approved budget categories)
Detailed Line-Item Budget (outlining specific cost requirements for proposed activities)
Sub-grantee Budgets (if applicable)
Corresponding Budget Narrative (to clarify and justify individual line-items (i.e. calculations how the costs were derived per month year, their necessity, and overall contribution the
program cost-effectiveness).
All organizations, including those not offering any cost-sharing (cost share not requirement),
should submit detailed line-time budget, formatted include three columns: INL funding request, Cost-share offered, and Total project funding.
Please note: Grantees under INL-funded programs are responsible for complying with all applicable
tax treaties and federal, state, and local laws tax withholding and reporting for program
participants.
Before grants are awarded, INL reserves the right reduce, revise, increase proposal budgets accordance with the needs INL and availability funds.
The three-column proposal line item budget template provided attachment
www.grants.gov.
LINE-ITEM BUDGET NARRATIVE SAMPLE provided below Personnel Identify staffing requirements each position title and brief description duties.
For clarity, please list the annual salary each position, percentage time and number months
devoted the project. (e.g., Administrative Director: $30,000/year 25% 8.5 months; calculation:
$30,000/12 $2,500 25% 8.5 months $5,312.). Fringe Benefits State benefit costs separately from salary costs and explain how benefits are
computed for each category employee specify type and rate. Fringe benefit application must
consistent with organization written policy. Travel Staff and any participant travel (Note: Staff refers grantee staff only, and not subgrantee staff contractors): international and/or domestic airfare Please indicate origin and destination (country/city),
number travelers and unit cost per round trip
NOTE: All travel must booked with economy class fares only. Applicants must explain
differences fares among travelers the same routes. Note that all travel, where
applicable, must comply with the Fly America Act. For more information see
http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/103191. in-country travel Please indicate origin and destination (city), type transportation,
number travelers and unit cost per traveler per trip. per diem/maintenance: includes lodging, meals and incidentals for both participant and staff
travel. Rates maximum allowances for U.S. and foreign travel are available from the
following website: http:/www.policyworks.gov/. Per diem rates may not exceed the
published U.S. government allowance rates; however, institutions may use per diem rates
lower than official government rates.
NOTE: Per diem rates must prorated and/or removed applicant will pay for
refreshments and/or meals for participants during workshop/conference. Equipment Equipment defined item with per-unit cost $5,000 more and service
life more than one year. the item meets these criteria, all federal procurement policies and
procedures must followed. item does not meet these criteria, should considered supply
and listed under cost category Please provide justification for any equipment purchase/rental
the budget narrative. Supplies list items separately using unit costs (and the percentage each unit cost being
charged the grant) for photocopying, postage, telephone/fax, printing, and office supplies (e.g.,
Telephone: $50/month 50% $25/month months). Contractual Subgrants For each subgrant, please provide detailed line-item breakdown explaining
specific services separate tab the excel workbook. Subgrant budgets should include
the same level detail for personnel, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, supplies, other
direct costs, and indirect costs required the direct applicant. indirect costs are charged subgrant budget, please include the subgrantee NICRA. Please note that subgrantee
who receives $25,000 more required have UEI number. Consultant Fees For example lecture fees, honoraria, travel, and per diem for outside
speakers independent evaluators: list number people and rates per day (e.g.,
$150/day days). Consultant/outside expert fees/honoraria should consistent with the
level experience and based fair market value. (NOTE: Consultant Fees and
Honorarium should NOT EXCEED $526/day per person) Construction Due the nature INL programs, construction costs are not allowable
applicable. Other Direct Costs these will vary depending the nature the project. The inclusion
items this cost category should justified the budget narrative. All costs must allowable,
allocable, and reasonable, and consistent with OMB guidelines. Single audit CFR 200 Subpart audit costs can included they are not part indirect costs. Only the portion
organizational audit cost associated with this project can included the budget. Line items
including justifications using words such Miscellaneous, Other, Etc. Contingency
Fund, and Reserve Fund are not permitted. Indirect Charges organization with NICRA should include copy their negotiated indirect cost-rate
agreement with their application. This document will not reviewed the panelists, but rather
used program and grant staff the submission recommended for funding. such, does not
count against the submission page limitations. Applicants should indicate the proposal budget
how the rate applied (e.g. direct administrative expenses, all direct costs, wages and
salaries only, etc.) and any the rate will cost-shared.
Per CFR 200.414, any non-Federal entity that has never received negotiated indirect cost rate,
except for those non-Federal entities described Appendix VII Part 200 States and Local
Government and Indian Tribe Indirect Cost Proposals, paragraph D.1.b, may elect charge
minimis rate 10% modified total direct costs (MTDC) which may used indefinitely. Per
CFR 200.68, MTDC means all direct salaries and wages, applicable fringe benefits, materials and
supplies, services, travel, and the first $25,000 each subaward (regardless the period
performance the subaward). MTDC excludes equipment, capital expenditures, charges for
patient care, rental costs, tuition reimbursement, scholarships and fellowships, participant support
costs, and the portion each subaward excess $25,000. Other items may only excluded
when necessary avoid serious inequity the distribution indirect costs, and with the approval the cognizant agency for indirect costs. The budget narrative should include justification the
MTDC calculation, clearly describing which costs will covered using the 10% minimis
indirect rate. described CFR 200.403, Factors Affecting Allowability Costs, costs must consistently
charged either indirect direct costs, but may not double charged inconsistently charged both. The elected methodology must used consistently for all Federal awards until such time non-Federal entity chooses negotiate for rate, which the non-Federal entity may apply any time.
Organizations not applying the minimis rate 10% MTDC but claiming indirect costs
should have established NICRAs. the budget includes subawards, the recipient organization has the responsibility honor
existing NICRA, negotiate indirect rate, offer the 10% minimis, allow costs directly
charged the sub-award budget for each sub-award, per CFR 200.331.iiiv.4. organization
has established NICRA the agreement should submitted with the proposal package. Cost Share/Cost-Effectiveness Cost-sharing the portion program costs not borne the Federal Government. While not
competitive element, INL encourages (but does not require) cost sharing, which may take the form allowable direct indirect costs offered the applicant and/or in-country partners. Applicants
should consider all types cost sharing, including in-kind and public-private partnerships.
Examples include the use office space owned other entities; donated borrowed supplies
and equipment; (non-federal) sponsored travel costs; waived indirect costs; and project activities,
translations, consultations conducted qualified volunteers. The values offered cost-share
should reported accordance with (the applicable cost principles outlined in) CFR 200.306.
Other United States federal funding does not constitute cost sharing.
Explanations contributions should included, whether cash in-kind. Assign monetary value U.S. dollars each in-kind contribution. the proposed project component larger
program, identify other funding sources and the specific funding amount provided those
sources. addition, recommended that the budget narrative address the overall costeffectiveness the proposal, including leveraging institutional other resources.
Please note: INL programs not require cost share, but included the recipient must maintain
written records support all allowable costs that are claimed its contribution cost share,
well costs paid the Federal government. Such records are subject audit. the event
the recipient does not meet the minimum amount cost sharing stipulated the recipient
budget, INL contribution may reduced proportion the recipient contribution.
For information Shared Cost Allocations, please reference CFR 200.405
https://www.ecfr.gov/cgibin/retrieveECFR?gp=SID=c8ac158b49a23a38aa04b1ba0bb242eemc=truen=pt2.1.200r=
PARTty=HTML#se2.1.200_1405.
BUDGET CONDITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS:
The recipient reminded that funds provided under this agreement must used manner fully
consistent with U.S. law. The recipient agrees that none the funds provided this award shall used lobby for against abortion. The recipient agrees that none the funds provided
this award shall used pay for the performance abortion method family planning motivate coerce any person practice abortions.
Per CFR 200.307 ((e) (1), (2) and (3) this section please note the following guidance concerning
use Program Income:
Program income earned during the project period shall retained the recipient and,
accordance with the terms and conditions the award, shall used one more the ways
listed the following:
Added funds committed the project the DOS and recipient and used further
eligible project program objectives.
Used finance the non-Federal share the project program.
Deducted from the total project program allowable cost determining the net allowable
costs which the Federal share costs based.
INL will consider budgeted line items for the following:
External evaluations assess the project impact (costs must built into the overall original
budget proposal and must reasonable);
Costs associated with internal evaluation conducted the grantee (costs must built into
the overall original budget proposal and must reasonable);
Visa fees, immunizations, and medical insurance associated with program travel;
A-133 Audit internal audit for the INL program (or prorated costs that shared among other
Federal Assistance grants/contracts)
English translation (cost must built into the original budget proposal and must reasonable)
The following cost elements will not reimbursed and are not allowable this program:
Publication materials for distribution within the United States that are not related the
project/program;
Administration project that will make profit;
Expenses incurred before after the specified dates award period performance (unless
prior written approval received the INL Grants Officer);
Projects designed advocate policy views positions foreign governments views
particular political faction;
Entertainment and/or alcoholic beverages;
Costs entertainment, including amusement, diversion, and social activities and any associated
costs are unallowable, except where specific costs that might otherwise considered
entertainment have programmatic purpose and are authorized either the approved budget
for the Federal award with prior written approval the Federal awarding agency;
Land;
Construction;
Direct support the appearance direct support for individual single-party electoral
campaigns;
Duplication services immediately available through municipal, provincial, national
government;
Expenses listed miscellaneous other etc. contingencies
Expenses made prior the approval proposal unreasonable expenditures will not
reimbursed.
INL may make conditions and recommendations proposals enhance proposed programs.
Conditions and recommendations are addressed the applicant before approval the award. ensure effective use INL funds, conditions recommendations may include requests
increase, decrease, clarify and/or justify budget costs.
TAB GUIDELINES FOR STANDARD FORMS
Organizations must fill out, sign, and submit SF-424, SF-424A, and SF-424B forms directed www.grants.gov. Please note that all communications regarding the application will
directed the points contact identified the SF-424 forms. SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance: Please refer the following guidelines you
fill out the SF-424 form.
1.Type Submission: Application Type Application: New Date Received: Leave blank. This will automatically assigned. Applicant Identifier: Leave blank Federal Identifiers Federal Entity Identifier: Leave blank Federal Award Identifier: Leave blank Date Received State: Leave blank. This will automatically assigned State Application Identifier: Leave blank. This will automatically assigned Applicant Information: Legal Name: Enter the legal name the applicant organization. NOT list
abbreviations acronyms unless they are part the organization legal name. Employer/Taxpayer Number (EIN/TIN): Non-U.S. organizations enter 444444444 (no dash). Organizational DUNS: Enter the organization UEI (Unique Entity Identifier)
number. UEI/DUNS number not required time submission, please enter
4444-44444 (without the dash). Address: Enter the address the applicant. Organizational Unit: Enter the name the primary organizational unit (and
department division, applicable) that will undertake the assistance activity,
applicable. Point Contact: Enter the name, title, and all contact information the person contacted matters involving this application. Type Applicant: Select applicant type (type organization).
10. Name Federal Agency: Enter Department State
11. Catalog Federal Domestic Assistance Number: The CFDA number normally
19.703 19.704 19.705. However, please see the NOFO confirm.
12. Funding Opportunity Number: Enter the Funding Opportunity Number and title. This
number will automatically completed electronic applications. Otherwise, can
found the NOFO.
13. Competition Identification Number: Enter the Competition Identification Number and
title. This number will automatically completed electronic applications.
14. Areas Affected Project: List the country countries where program activities will
take place alphabetical order; for programs that will take place more than one region
enter Global.
15. Descriptive Title Applicant Project: Enter the title your proposed program (if
necessary, delete pre-printed wording).
16. Congressional Districts of: Applicant: based the U.S. please enter congressional district; unknown
foreign applicant, please enter 90. Program/Project: For congressional district program, please enter 90.
17. Proposed Project: Start Date: Please refer the NOFO for the estimated start date. End Date: Enter your projected end date.
18. Estimated Funding ($): Federal: Enter the amount requested for the program described the proposal. Applicant: Enter any proposed cost-share. none, enter State: Enter Local: Enter Other: Enter Program Income: Enter TOTAL: This field will auto-populate based the numbers fields a-f.
19. E.O. 12372: Enter Program not covered E.O. 12372.
20. Applicant Delinquent Any Federal Debt? Select the appropriate box. you answer
yes this question you will required provide explanation.
21. Certification and Signature Authorized Representative: Enter the name, title, and all
contact information the individual authorized sign for the application behalf the
applicant organization.
II. SF-424A Budget Information Non-Construction Programs: Please review the detailed
instructions below before completing this form online.
Please note: the person who signs the SF-424A must have legal authority behalf the organization.
Section Budget Summary
Row This should auto-populated INL Grants However, does not, please write
INL This should auto-populate. not, please see the NOFO for the CFDA number. Leave blank. Leave blank. Enter the amount federal funds requested for this project Enter the amount any other non-federal funds that will contribute this project. Enter the total cost this project
Rows and should left blank.
Section Budget Categories
Enter total project costs each category Column Columns and should left
blank. Column the form should automatically calculate the sum.
6a-h. Enter the amount for each object class category (include cost share).
6i. Enter the sum 6a-6h
6j. Enter any indirect charges
6k. Enter the sum and Enter any program income that will earned result the project. there none,
leave this section blank.
Section Non-Federal Resources
Only complete this section your project includes applicant cost share funds from other
sources (Cost share not required)
8a. Under Grant Program enter INL
8b. Enter your cost share amount
8c. Enter the amount any other funding sources for this project
8d. Leave blank
8e. Enter the total amount for all non-federal resources (the form should automatically show
this sum)
Rows 10, and should left blank. Row should automatically calculate the totals.
Section Forecasted Cash Needs
13. the first column enter the amount federal funds you are requesting for this project.
This amount should equal the amount Section 1e.
14. the first column enter the amount any other funds you will receive towards this
project. This amount should equal the amount Section 1f.
15. the first column enter the sum and (the form should automatically show this
sum). This amount should equal the amount Section 1g.
Section Budget Estimates Federal Funds Needed for Balance the Project
Rows 16, 17, 18, 19, and should left blank.
Section Other Budget Information
21. Direct Charges Leave Blank
22. Indirect Charges Indirect Charges are shown Section enter the type Indirect
Rate used (Provisional, Predetermined, Final, Fixed)
23. Enter any comments
III. SF-424B Assurances Non Construction Programs: Please complete the highlighted
fields and ensure the document signed Authorized Official. The Authorized Official
generally the grant signatory the organization business.
IV. SF-LLL Disclosure Lobbying Activities (only applicable): The filing SF-LLL
form required for each payment agreement make payment any lobbying entity for
influencing attempting influence officer employee any Federal agency, Member Congress, officer employee Congress
[END SECTION IV]
SECTION APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION
The technical applications and proposal submissions will evaluated accordance with the
Technical Evaluation Criteria set forth below. Technical evaluation applications will based
the extent and appropriateness proposed approaches and feasibility achieving the strategic
objectives, accordance with the following criteria. award not made the initial applications, INL may request clarification and supplemental
materials from applicants whose applications have reasonable chance being selected for award.
The entry into discussion viewed part the evaluation process and shall not deemed INL the applicants indicative decision commitment upon the part INL make
award the applicants with whom discussions are being held.
TECHNICAL EVALUATION CRITERIA technical evaluation committee, using the criteria shown this Section, will evaluate the technical
applications. The various functional elements the technical criteria are assigned weighted scores, that the applicants will know which areas require emphasis the preparation applications.
Where technical applications are considered essentially equal, cost may the determining factor.
Applicants should note that these criteria serve the standard against which all applications will
evaluated and serve identify the significant matters which applicants should address their
applications.
The relative importance each criterion indicated the number points assigned. total
100 points possible.
Quality Program Idea (Total Possible Points 25):
Responsive the solicitation (15)
Exhibits originality, substance, and precision (5)
Prioritizes innovation but feasible (5)
Program Planning/Ability Achieve Objectives (Total Possible Points 25):
Includes clear articulation how the proposed program activities contribute the
overall program objectives (3)
Each activity clearly developed and detailed (3)
Provides comprehensive quarterly work plan for project activities that demonstrates
substantive undertakings within the logistical capacity the organization (3)
Objectives are clear, specific, attainable, measurable results-focused and placed
reasonable time frame (3)
Addresses how the program will engage obtain support from relevant stakeholders and
identifies local partners where appropriate (3)
Describes the division labor among the direct applicant, any partners and any potential
Subgrantees applicable (2)
Proposal clearly articulates understanding the security situation/operating environment
and plans for ensuring safety participants (2)
Includes contingency plans for potential difficulties executing the original work plan (6)
Program Monitoring and Evaluation (Total Possible Points 15):
The Monitoring and Evaluation (ME) Plan includes:
Narrative explaining how monitoring and evaluation will carried out and who will
responsible for monitoring and evaluation activities (5)
Table listing program objectives the output- and outcome-based performance indicators
with baselines and targets; data collection tools; data sources;
types data disaggregation, applicable; and frequency monitoring and evaluation (7)
Includes external midterm and/or final evaluation justification for why one not
included (3)
Multiplier Effect/Sustainability Impact Rating (Total Possible Points 10):
Clearly delineates how elements the program will have multiplier effect (5)
Clearly delineates how impact will sustainable beyond the life the grant (5)
Institution Record and Capacity Rating (Total Possible Points 10):
The proposal demonstrates institutional record successful programs the proposed
country and the content area (4)
Personnel and institutional resources are adequate and appropriate achieve the projects
objectives (2)
Roles, responsibilities, and brief bios/resumes are included for primary staff, and
demonstrate relevant professional experience (2)
Applicant current/past Department State grantee where performance (2)
was/is target showed/shows responsible fiscal management
The proposal from NEW APPLICANT and proposal demonstrates capacity for
responsible fiscal management illustrates success similar sized projects (2)
Cost Effectiveness/Cost Sharing (Total Possible Points 15):
The overhead and administration the proposal, including salaries and honoraria, are
explained and justified for the work involved (5)
All budget items are necessary, appropriate and linked program objectives (5)
Personnel costs are reasonable for the work involved (5)
COST EVALUATION
Cost will evaluated for realism, reasonableness, allowability, allocability, and cost effectiveness.
The pre-award evaluation cost effectiveness will include examination the application
budget detail ensure realistic financial expression the proposed project and does not
contain estimated costs that may unallocable, unreasonable, unallowable. Applications that
have more efficient operational systems that reduce operation costs will favorably considered.
Applications that maximize direct activity costs including cost sharing and that minimize
administrative costs are encouraged. Other considerations are the completeness the application,
adequacy budget detail and consistency with elements the technical application. addition,
the organization must demonstrate adequate financial management capability, measured
responsibility determination.
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SECTION FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
Federal Award Notices: The successful applicant(s) will notified via email that its proposal has
been selected move forward the review process; this email NOT authorization begin
performance. The Grants Officer the Government Official delegated the authority the U.S.
Department State Procurement Executive write, award, and administer grants and
cooperative agreements. The assistance award agreement the authorizing document and will provided the recipient through email transmission. The recipient may only incur obligations
against the award beginning the start date outlined the DS-1909 award document that has been
signed the INL Grants Officer. Organizations whose applications will not funded will also
notified via email INL. Please refer the anticipated time award information Section II.
Terms and Conditions: Recipients will held the applicable terms and conditions found
https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/271865.pdf. the recipient responsibility
ensure they are compliance with all applicable terms, conditions, and OMB guidance and
requirements. Those organizations found non-compliance may found ineligible for future
funding designated high risk the Grants Official for award under this announcement. CFR 200 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Costs Principles, and Audit Requirements
for Federal Awards: All applicants must adhere the regulations found CFR 200 Uniform
Administrative Requirements, Costs Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Branding Requirements: condition receipt grant award, all materials produced pursuant the award, including training materials, materials for recipients materials communicate
promote with foreign audiences program, event, project, some other activity under agreement,
including but not limited invitations events, press materials, and backdrops, podium signs, etc.
must marked appropriately with the standard, rectangular U.S. flag size and prominence equal (or greater than) any other logo identity. Note: Exceptions the branding requirement are
allowable under certain conditions. applicant notified that their award has been chosen for
funding, the Grants Officer will determine, consultation with the applicant, exception
applicable.
Reporting Requirements: Recipients are required submit quarterly program progress and financial reports throughout
the project period. Progress (SF-PPR and narrative) and financial reports (SF 424 and detailed
financial expenditure report) are due days after the reporting period. Final certified
programmatic and financial reports are due days after the close the project period.
First Quarter (October December 31): Report due January
Second Quarter (January March 31): Report due April
Third Quarter (April June 30): Report due July
Fourth Quarter (July September 30): Report due October
All reports are submitted electronically via email the Grants Officer and Grants Officer
Representative noted the award agreement. Awardees that are deemed high risk may required submit more extensive and frequent
reports until their high risk designation has been removed the Grants Officer. The awardee must provide INL inventory all the U.S. government provided equipment
purchased with grant funds using the SF-428 forms annual basis.
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SECTION VII AGENCY CONTACTS
Any prospective applicant desiring explanation interpretation this NOFO must request
writing the deadline for questions specified the cover letter allow reply reach all
prospective applicants before the submission their applications. Any information given
prospective applicant concerning this NOFO will furnished promptly all other prospective
applicants amendment this NOFO, that information necessary submitting applications the lack would prejudicial any other prospective applicants. stated above, any questions comments concerning this NOFO must submitted email
OltyanAW@state.gov, OrtegaCM@state.gov, and PriceCH@state.gov the deadline for questions
indicated the top this NOFO cover letter.
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