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Issuance Date:
Questions Due:
June 16, 2015
June 29, 2015
Pre-Application Meeting:
Closing Date and Time for Application Submission:
July 07, 2015
July 27, 2015 11:00 a.m. Time
Subject:
Notice Funding Opportunities NFO: RFA-517-15-000004
Baseball Cares
Ladies and Gentlemen:
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) seeking applications for
Assistance Agreement from qualified U.S. and Non-U.S. organizations for funding support
activity entitled Baseball Cares. Eligibility for this award not restricted.
Subject availability, funds award will made that responsible applicant whose
application best meets the objectives this fund opportunity and the selection criteria contained
herein. While one (1) award anticipated result this notice funding opportunity
(NFO), USAID reserves the right fund any none the applications submitted.
For the purposes this NFO the term grant synonymous with Cooperative Agreement
Grantee synonymous with Recipient and Grant Officer synonymous with
Agreement Officer Eligible organizations interested submitting application are
encouraged read this funding opportunity thoroughly understand the type program
sought, application submission requirements and evaluation process. eligible for award, the applicant must provide all information required this NFO and
meet eligibility standards Section this NFO. This funding opportunity posted
www.grant.gov, and may amended. Potential applicants should regularly check the website
ensure they have the latest information pertaining this notice funding opportunity.
Applicants will need have available download Adobe software their computer order
view and save the Adobe forms properly. the responsibility the applicant ensure that
the entire NFO has been received from the internet its entirety and USAID bears
responsibility for data errors resulting from transmission conversion process. you have
difficulty registering www.grants.gov accessing the NFO, please contact the Grants.gov
Helpdesk 1-800-518-4726 via email support@grants.gov for technical assistance.
The successful Applicant will responsible for ensuring the achievement the program
objectives. Please read each section the NFO.
Please send any questions the point(s) contact identified Section The deadline for
questions shown above. Responses questions received prior the deadline will
U.S. Agency for International Development
Avenida Rep blica Colombia #57, Altos Arroyo Hondo
Santo Domingo, D.N., Dominican Republic, 10605
Tel.: (809) 567-7775
RNC: 4-30-00171-6
http://www.usaid.gov/dr
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furnished all potential applicants through amendment this notice posted
www.grants.gov.
Issuance this notice funding opportunity does not constitute award commitment the
part the Government nor does commit the Government pay for any cost incurred
preparation submission comments/suggestions application. Applications are
submitted the risk the applicant. All preparation and submission costs are the applicant
expense.
Thank you for your interest this USAID/Dominican Republic program.
Sincerely,
Charis Nastoff
Agreement Officer
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Table Contents
GENERAL ......................................................................................................................................5
SECTION PROGRAM DESCRIPTION ...............................................................................6
INTRODUCTION ......................................................................................................6
PURPOSE ...................................................................................................................6
BACKGROUND ........................................................................................................6
BACKGROUND THE ALLIANCE ....................................................................8
IMPLEMENTING THE ALLIANCE ........................................................................8
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES .....................................................................................9
FUNDING.................................................................................................................10
SUSTAINABILITY ..................................................................................................11
TECHNICAL APPROACH......................................................................................11
ANTICIPATED RESULTS ......................................................................................12
GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS ...........................................................................................13
GENDER CONSIDERATIONS ...............................................................................13
INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT ...............................................................................14
KEY PERSONNEL ..................................................................................................14
ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS SYSTEM ..................................................................15
SECTION FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION ...........................................................17
Estimate Funds Available and Number Awards Contemplated .......................17
Start Date and Period Performance for Federal Funds .........................................17
Substantial Involvement............................................................................................17
Title Property ........................................................................................................17
Authorized Geographic Code ...................................................................................17
Purpose the Award................................................................................................17
SECTION ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION ......................................................................19
Eligible Applicants....................................................................................................19
Cost Sharing Matching .........................................................................................19
SECTION APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION ................................20
Agency Point Contact ...........................................................................................20
Content and Form Application Submission..........................................................20
Application Submission Procedures .........................................................................21
Technical Application Format ..................................................................................22
Cost Application Format ...........................................................................................24
Funding Restrictions .................................................................................................30
Other Submission Requirements...............................................................................31
Branding Strategy and Marking Plan ........................................................................31
SECTION APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION ..................................................32
Criteria ......................................................................................................................32
Review and Selection Process ..................................................................................34
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SECTION AWARD AND ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION .................................35
Federal Award Notices .............................................................................................35
Administrative National Policy Requirements .....................................................35
Reporting Requirements ...........................................................................................35
SECTION FEDERAL AWARDING AGENCY CONTACT(S) ......................................38
SECTION OTHER INFORMATION .................................................................................39
ATTACHMENTS ........................................................................................................................40
ATTACHMENT USAID Branding Strategy Marking Plan (Template) ................40
ATTACHMENT IEE ..................................................................................................44
ATTACHMENT Schools sponsored Alliance Members .......................................45
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GENERAL
ABBREVIATIONS AND ACCRONYMS USED THIS INFO
J-PAL
LEER
MIT
MLB
MLBPA
MOU
PUCMM
USAID
Dominican Republic
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
Lightning Excitement for Excellency Reading
Massachusetts Institute Technology
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball Players Association
Memorandum Understanding
Universidad Cat lica Madre Maestra
United States Agency for International Development
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SECTION PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The authority for the NFO found the Foreign Assistance Act 1961, amended and
subject CFR 700 and CFR200 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles
and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
INTRODUCTION
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) the Dominican Republic, partnership with the MLB and MLBPA, seeking applications from qualified nongovernmental organizations, not-for-profit, and for-profit entities (including NGOs, business
associations, and universities and academic institutions) for implementation the two year
Baseball Cares activity (hereafter referred the Baseball Cares).
PURPOSE
The Major League Baseball (MLB), Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and
the USAID/Dominican Republic (hereinafter each referred Party and collectively the
Parties have common interest working the Dominican Republic (DR) and have
developed partnership (1) promote education for youth, (2) address the educational needs
children with disabilities, and (3) combat domestic abuse. This Notice Funding Opportunities
(NFO) seeks engage implementer carry out these three activities (hereinafter referred the program.
BACKGROUND
Socio-economic Context
Boys have higher dropout school rate than girls the Dominican Republic. particular, they
tend drop out higher rate the 8th grade. disproportionate number girls also tend
drop out 8th grade. 40% the girls who drop out 8th grade leave school because they are
pregnant.
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) housed the Massachusetts Institute
Technology (MIT) published 2010 comparative analysis different school interventions
undertaken six different countries, including the Dominican Republic. The studies compared
the cost benefit the intervention measuring the additional years schooling gained per
$100 invested the intervention. This multi-country analysis concluded that the most costeffective intervention, undertaken Madagascar and the Dominican Republic, was provide
families with information about the higher wages earned students who stayed
school. Parents primary school students targeted for the program were given statistics the
increase the average monthly earnings for their children the future, based different levels education. the Dominican Republic, 3.1 years school were gained, and secondary school
attendance for boys increased 5%, for every $100 invested. This proved extremely
cost effective intervention, compared other interventions relevant the Dominican
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Republic. For example, computer assisted learning India was found have significant
impact motivating children continue schooling and merit scholarships Kenya only
gained .27 years education for every $100 spent.
Another study published Universidad Cat lica Madre Maestra (PUCMM) November
2010 showed that returns each additional year education are significant and positive. The
return education for student who has completed fourth grade 5.4% greater than student
who only completed second grade. Completing sixth grade increases earnings 9.1%; eighth
grade 36.7%; and secondary school 49.7%. Sharing this information with parents, students,
teachers and school directors through public awareness campaign should help motivate families keep their children school.
The quality education also concern. The 2006 Programme for International Student
Assessment (PISA) revealed that only percent Dominican students mathematics,
percent reading, and percent science achieved level one, the minimum standard
learning that every student should achieve. The average educational achievement for girls
higher than boys. result lower education levels, male young people are disproportionately
likely illiterate, constituting between and percent those unable read and write,
respectively, depending the age group1. According the 2012-13 World Economic Forum
Global Competitiveness Report, the Dominican Republic ranked 143, out 144 countries,
terms the quality public education.
With regard children with disabilities, the Dominican Republic, according recent
UNESCO study, 70% children with disabilities not attend school, regardless the fact that
the Ministry Education has expressed its commitment include them the regular public
school system. Some parents are reluctant send their children school the first place.
Other families believe that people with disabilities should remain home, hidden from public
view. Even parents want send their children with disabilities school, most teachers are not
trained teach children with disabilities. Those disabled children that school usually
attend special schools for the blind, deaf, those with intellectual challenges. Most these
specialized schools are located Santo Domingo Santiago. result, family has child
with disability, and they don live near special school, the child usually stays home.
Another area interest for this Alliance address the high rate domestic abuse the
Dominican Republic. Unhealthy attitudes permeate society, prompting men abuse women and
women have low self-esteem. When women are abused, they often have shelter seek
refuge (there are only two shelters the country), and sometimes they are not able find
family members who are willing protect them. More often than not, they are forced
continue living with their abusive partner. When women flee abusive
spouses/partners/boyfriends, they are often stalked, and unfortunately not uncommon for
these women subsequently killed. Femicides the are unacceptably high and the
number domestic abuse complaints filed have sky-rocketed recent years.
Central Bank: National Labor Force Survey Database, 2nd Semester 2008
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Children are also victims domestic violence. Dominican National Statistics Office 2015
report showed that 62% children the have suffered from some form physical
psychological abuse. According Dr. Isabel Cuadro Ferr Colombian psychiatrist and board
member the International Society for Prevention Child Abuse and Neglect, states that the
main causes child abuse have not changed much since 1962, when they were defined as:
Parents with history psycho-emotional deprivation, neglect physical sexual abuse
during their childhood, the child perceived not worthy being loved, existence family
crisis and the family isolated from community support systems. BACKGROUND THE ALLIANCE February 2015, USAID/DR, MLB, and MLBPA formalized their agreement form
partnership signing Memorandum Understanding (MOU) outlining their collective
interest jointly working the (1) promote education for youth, (2) address the
educational needs children with disabilities, and (3) combat domestic abuse. The Parties
stated their desire share their respective strengths, experience, technologies, methodologies,
and resources (including in-kind and monetary) order achieve these goals.
According this MOU, activities will geographically focused the Duarte Corridor, which
runs from Santo Domingo Puerto Plata. Cities included this corridor are also cities where
almost 60% the MLB Players come from, and where USAID/DR already concentrates its
development assistance programs. These cities include: Santo Domingo, Santiago, San
Cristobal, Puerto Plata, San Pedro Marcoris, Haina, and Bonao. IMPLEMENTING THE ALLIANCE
After the selection the implementing partner, envisioned that the Parties will sign another
memorandum understanding form The Alliance operationalize the relationship between
the following three entities and define the role each the partners the program: USAID/Dominican Republic (Public funds) MLB and MLBPA (Private funds) Implementing partner
The oversight responsibilities for the Program will assumed Steering Committee, which
will composed one representative (and alternate) from each Parties: MLB, MLBPA,
and USAID/DR.
Keys tasks and responsibilities the Steering Committee shall include but not limited to:
Meet once month discuss overall progress the Program
Approve the annual work plan for the Program
http://www.unicef.org/republicadominicana/english/protection_17604.htm
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Discuss and approve budget and resource leveraging opportunities
Review and approve new projects proposed the Implementing Partner
Approve the admission any new parties the Alliance
Monitor and evaluate project and program implementation
Monitor and evaluate progress towards achievement the Goals and Objectives
Ensure that any funds leveraged from outside sources for the Program are used
manner consistent with the stated purpose the program and that the Goals and
Objectives the program are achieved.
All decisions pertaining this Program shall voted the Steering Committee. Decisions
may implemented following approval vote simple majority two out three
members. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
This program intended capitalize the Dominican passion for baseball promote the
following sustainable development objectives: Improve education and basic reading skills for youth ages 10-18 targeted communities; Improve access education for children with disabilities; and Combat domestic violence and child abuse.
Objective Improve education and basic reading skills for youth ages 10-18 targeted
communities
MLB Players are greatly admired the Dominican Republic. They can great role models for
young students and their families. MLB Players encouraging children stay school will have powerful effect students, especially boys, who tend have higher dropout rate than girls the DR.
There are three education components proposed funded and through this Program. The
first and second components would focus children elementary schools that have been
beneficiaries, directly indirectly, through previous USAID MLB interventions their
schools. Such components would encourage students (a) stay school least until
graduation from high school, and (b) read and improve their reading skills. These two
components would focus children aged 10-18. ensure impact, these two activities would implemented limited number schools
where USAID MLB have already worked. There are 11,200 elementary schools the DR,
out which USAID and MLB have worked 642 (see full list ATTACHMENT C).
Working schools where USAID and/or MLB have already implemented previous programs
will not only allow build that foundation, but should help accelerate results.
The third education component would involve the creation 2-year scholarship fund for atrisk youth who have completed high school and are motivated continue their education, but
not have the resources pursue higher education degree.
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Applicants are expected present their ideas how these education objectives can
achieved, measured, and sustained.
Objective Improve access education for children with disabilities
This component the Program will seek increase the number children with disabilities
the formal school system. The emphasis will remove barriers, including, but not limited to:
physical barriers, lack teacher training, lack transportation, lack special education aids,
such hearing aids, and lack access medical procedures and treatments that could improve
the child ability learn regular public elementary schools. Activities which could achieve
this objective include, but are not limited activities such public awareness, teacher training,
diagnostic tests, and procurement specialized education equipment.
The applicants are expected present their ideas how reach this goal, increasing the
number children with disabilities the public elementary schools, measure results, and
sustain the program.
Objective Combat domestic violence and child abuse
This component the Program will contribute reducing the rate domestic abuse
sponsoring three activities: public awareness, counseling, and providing support shelters for
victims. These activities are designed change violent attitudes toward women and children.
The applicants are expected present their ideas how reach this goal, measure results, and
sustain the program.
FUNDING
The table below reflects the amount each Party initially agrees contribute fund the Program
and achieve the Goals and Objectives this Program, subject the availability funds.
Source Funds
USAID/DR
MLB/MLBPA**
Total
Contribution
$250,000
$250,000
$500,000 This leveraged contribution from MLB/MLBPA will transferred directly the
implementer and not channeled through USAID/DR.
This initial funding $250,000 from USAID/DR and $250,000 from MLB/MLBPA intended cover the costs Program management and the initial costs Program implementation.
USAID and MLB/MLBPA will enter into separate awards with the selected Implementing
Partner. Each these awards will the amount $250,000.
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Additional funds for the program, in-kind contributions, may provided from other sources.
Any additional funds obtained from the Parties leveraged from other donors intended
used primarily fund Program-related projects, not project management costs. addition the cash contributions being made each Party, noted the chart above,
MLB, MLBPA and USAID will providing in-kind contributions. In-kind contributions the
part MLB, MLBPA and USAID/DR include, but are not limited to: (a) time MLB, MLBPA
and USAID/DR staff for development and implementation the Program, Steering Committee
meetings, and field trips, etc.; and, (b) time volunteered Players connection with the
implementation the Program-related projects, well associated public relations initiatives. SUSTAINABILITY
All Parties are aware that further funds will needed for sustainability. Additional commitment funds MLB and MLBPA very likely; however, subject the program achieving its
intended results. USAID does not envisage contributing additional funds. ensure program
sustainability, later than the end the first year the Program, part its initial
responsibilities, the selected implementing partner will develop and present detailed long-term
sustainability plan, with proposed fund-raising activities, and incorporation new permanent
donors, including the public sector, the Steering Committee for its approval.
Applicants should identify other potential public-private partners (Dominican Baseball Winter
League, Bravo supermarkets, DNCD, BHD-Leon, etc.) who may interested working
tandem with MLB and USAID this program. New partners could also include and radio
stations which agree air spots reduced costs, organizations that distribute printed
materials and offer talks students about domestic abuse. TECHNICAL APPROACH Communications
With the close collaboration the Parties, the implementer will collaborate the development Program outreach and education materials for third parties. Use any Party intellectual
property (including rights publicity) shall remain all times subject the prior written
approval the applicable Party. Public Awareness Campaign
Activities funded through the Alliance related public awareness, such Public Service
Announcements (PSAs) printed materials, will need closely coordinated with MLBPA,
which already plans fund public awareness messages, including Spanish, reduce
domestic abuse and encourage children stay school. The Spanish version these materials
could used the DR.
Although MLB and MLBPA propose produce public awareness spots, airing these spots,
buying the air time, planning the distribution printed materials, and measuring the
effectiveness public awareness campaign the needs addressed the applicant.
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The applicant should, therefore, also present options what kind public awareness campaign
they believe should mounted the DR; the relative efficacy spots TV, radio printed
materials, based the kind audience they propose reach; and the relative costs
purchasing air time radio versus TV. The applicant should also present their views how
they propose measure the effectiveness their campaign reaching the target audience and
determining whether had any influence the target audience behavior. Coordination with USAID Education program
USAID new Lightning Excitement for Excellency Reading (LEER) education program
designed improve children reading skills, increase the number children with special needs public elementary schools, and reduce violence public elementary schools. LEER
designed work 200 schools create school environments that are inclusive, safe, tolerant,
and conducive academic achievement for all students, including those with special needs, and increase the availability materials and training that promote tolerance and respect. Since
LEER development objectives are similar those this Alliance, the applicant should ensure
close coordination with the LEER program and outline their application how they would
coordinate with LEER. Forming coalitions
Due the multisectorial nature the Program, the formation coalitions encouraged
enhance the quality and effectiveness activity implementation. case applicant does not
consider itself robust enough guarantee successful interventions one the three
components the project, recognize certain weakness its ability achieve particular set expected results, the applicant can reach out other organizations with advance know-how
broader experience and present combined application. The administrative structure, roles and
responsibilities within the coalition must clearly explained the application. Logos and other Intellectual Property
Subject prior written approval, USAID (as approved the Implementer Marking and
Branding Plan), MLB and the MLBPA will provide authorization connection with the
Program for the use their respective names, marks and other intellectual property (including
rights publicity, applicable) each case.
MLB and the MLBPA also desire offer, the extent available, support the Program
through marketing and media communications using MLB and MLBPA broadcast and digital
partners, social media, press conferences, releases, and events. ANTICIPATED RESULTS mentioned previously, MLB, MLBPA, and USAID have mutual interest capitalize the
Dominican passion for baseball promote the objectives the program.
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Illustrative Results Education:
ii)
iii) participating elementary schools, fewer children drop out school, compared
with schools that not participate program participating schools, children improve their reading scores, compared
children that not participate the program.
Participating students complete their college degree program.
Illustrative Results for Children with Disabilities:
ii) participating schools, more children with disabilities enroll participating schools, quality instruction improves for children with disabilities
Illustrative Result Domestic Violence:
ii)
Public opinion surveys and/or focus groups show attitudes towards domestic violence
have changed.
People who receive counseling not become repeat offenders. GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS
Geographically, Alliance-funded activities will focus the Duarte Corridor, which runs from
Santo Domingo Puerto Plata. Cities included this corridor are also cities where almost
percent the MLB Players come from, and where USAID/DR already concentrates its
development assistance programs. These cities include: Santo Domingo, Santiago, San
Cristobal, Puerto Plata, San Pedro Marcoris, Haina, and Bonao. GENDER CONSIDERATIONS
Findings and recommendations from the December 2013 Mission-wide gender analysis have
been considered developing this activity. Among the recommendations incorporated are:
ii)
iii)
iv)
vi)
Inclusion relevant gender gaps and dynamics within key development challenges.
Citation the gendered reason for school drop-out ensure that the interventions
will lead more targeted activities.
Conducting gender antidiscrimination review the teaching methods and
materials.
Explicit statement the gender perceptions around reading issue
incorporated into the project design for early reading program.
Ensuring that the gender sensitive antidiscrimination programming includes the role the other sex and gender dynamics.
Incorporating intrafamily violence assessment and prevention into risk factor
identification, strengthening the referral and network psycho-social services for
potential victims, and monitoring the incidence intrafamily violence among the
program participants.
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vii)
viii)
Adopting male engagement strategy that includes strengthening networks likeminded men who promote non-violent conflict resolution and increased involvement
with family.
Actively engage and reach out people with disabilities (all forms physical,
sensory, social, etc.) for education, health, and other services and provide reasonable
accommodation. INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT
Baseball Cares will adhere USAID 2014 LGBT3 Vision for Action: Promoting and
Supporting the Inclusion Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals, engaging
LGBT community organizations and ensuring that all members society have the ability
make their voices heard preventing crime, improving the legal protection vulnerable
groups, and demanding transparency and accountability from the Dominican criminal justice
system guaranteeing that public safety and human rights are protected. CSP design and
implementation will also integrate USAID Disability Policy Paper which prioritizes the
inclusion persons with physical and cognitive disabilities, and those who advocate for and
offer services behalf the PWD community. This shall include, but not limited
promoting the participation vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities,
community outreach and civil society partnership activities, and the provision training and
technical assistance CSP government, private sector and community partners strengthen the
legal protection of, and service delivery to, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable
persons. KEY PERSONNEL
The application must include detailed descriptions proposed Key Personnel follows:
Chief Party (COP) The COP will provide overall technical and administrative leadership
and serve the primary liaison with the Alliance management and technical matters. S/he
must development professional with strong leadership and communication skills.
minimum, the Project Director shall have:
Master s-level degree law, social sciences, education, relevant field linked
education, domestic violence, people with disabilities development programs. least years experience implementing basic education, domestic violence,
people with disabilities programs developing countries.
Demonstrated exemplary management, communication, and interpersonal skills ensure
internal cohesion among diverse team members and productive relations with the
Government the Dominican Republic (GODR), private sector, donors, and the
international community.
Good knowledge Dominican cultural, political and economic context.
Familiarity with and commitment addressing gender equality and disability constraints development programming.
LGBT: Lesbian, Gay. Bisexual and Transgender.
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Previous experience the Dominican Republic Latin America required.
Fluency Spanish and English both oral and written.
Short and long term technical assistance positions, while not considered key personnel subject USAID hiring approval, will utilized under the project. Such personnel should
mentioned through approved work plan. Although desirable, for this staff fluency English not mandatory. ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS SYSTEM Definitions: Cash Payment System means payment system that generates any transfer funds
through transaction originated cash, check, similar paper instrument. This
includes electronic payments financial institution clearing house that subsequently
issues cash, check, similar paper instrument the designated payee. Electronic Payment System means payment system that generates any transfer
funds, other than transaction originated cash, check, similar paper instrument that initiated through electronic terminal, telephone, mobile phone, computer,
magnetic tape, for the purpose ordering, instructing authorizing financial
institution debit credit account. The term includes debit cards, wire transfers,
transfers made automatic teller machines, and point-of-sale terminals. The recipient agrees use electronic payment system for any payments under this award beneficiaries, subrecipients, contractors. Exceptions. Recipients are allowed the following exceptions, provided the recipient
documents its files with the appropriate justification: Cash payments made while establishing electronic payment systems, provided that this
exception not used for more than six months from the effective date this award. Cash payments made payees where the recipient does not expect make payments
the same payee regular, recurring basis, and payment through electronic payment
system not reasonably available. Cash payments vendors below $3000, when payment through electronic payment
system not reasonably available. The Recipient has received written exception from the Agreement Officer that
specific payment all cash payments are authorized based the Recipient written
justification, which provides basis and cost analysis for the requested exception. More information about how establish, implement, and manage electronic payment
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methods available recipients http://solutionscenter.nethope.org/programs/c2e-toolkit.
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SECTION FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION Estimate Funds Available and Number Awards Contemplated
Subject funding availability, USAID intends provide US$250,000 total USAID funding
over two (2) year period. MLB and MLBPA are committed jointly provide additional
$250,000 for estimated total for this activity $500,000. Actual funding amounts are subject availability funds.
USAID intends award one (1) Cooperative Agreement pursuant this notice funding
opportunity. Start Date and Period Performance for Federal Funds
The period performance anticipated herein two (2) years. The estimated start date will
upon the signature the award. Substantial Involvement
USAID will substantially involved during the implementation this Cooperative Agreement the following ways: Approval the recipient annual work plans, reports, monitoring and evaluation plan, and
all modifications that describe the specific activities carried out under the Cooperative
Agreement; Approval and any changes specified key personnel; and Agency and recipient collaboration joint participation (collaborative involvement
selection advisory committee members, concurrence selection sub-award recipients,
and/or the substantive provisions the sub-awards). Title Property
Property under the resultant agreement shall vest with the recipient. Authorized Geographic Code
The geographic code for this program 937.
Purpose the Award
The principal purpose the relationship with the Recipient and under the subject program
transfer funds accomplish public purpose support stimulation the Baseball Cares
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Activity which authorized Federal statute.
The successful Recipient will responsible for ensuring the achievement the program
objectives and the efficient and effective administration the award through the application
sound management practices. The Recipient will assume responsibility for administering
Federal funds manner consistent with underlying agreements, program objectives, and the
terms and conditions the Federal award. The Recipient using its own unique combination
staff, facilities, and experience, has the primary responsibility for employing whatever form
sound organization and management techniques may necessary order assure proper and
efficient administration the resulting award.
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SECTION ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
Eligible Applicants
USAID policy encourages competition the award grants and cooperative agreements.
response this NFO, any non-governmental organizations, non-for-profit, for-profit entities
(Including NGOs, business associations, universities, and academic institutions) are eligible
apply. USAID encourages applications from potential new partners.
Applicants are encouraged visit http://forward.usaid.gov/ understand Local Solutions
formerly USAID Forward and incorporate these Agency goals appropriately their applications.
USAID/DR also encourages the submission joint applications between Dominican and
based organizations.
Applicants may submit many applications they would like. Moreover, key personnel may
also appear more than one application.
USAID welcomes applications from organizations which have not previously received financial
assistance from USAID.
Applicants must have established financial management, monitoring and evaluation processes,
internal control systems, and policies and procedures that comply with established U.S.
Government standards, laws, and regulations. The successful applicant(s) will subject
responsibility determination assessment (Pre-award Survey) the Agreement Officer (AO).
The Recipient must responsible entity. The may determine pre-award survey
required conduct examination that will determine whether the prospective recipient has the
necessary organization, experience, accounting and operational controls, and technical skills
ability obtain them order achieve the objectives the program and comply with the
terms and conditions the award. Cost Sharing Matching cost share required.
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SECTION APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION Agency Point Contact
This application found the internet www.grants.gov.
Questions and Answers:
All questions regarding this NFO should submitted writing Mr. Jos Luis
jnunez@usaid.gov and dropportunities@usaid.gov.gov.
Questions regarding this NFO should submitted via email later than date and time
specified cover letter provide sufficient time address the questions and incorporate the
questions and answers amendment this NFO. Any information given prospective
Applicant concerning this NFO will furnished promptly all other prospective Applicants amendment this NFO, that information necessary submitting applications the
lack would prejudicial any other prospective Applicant. order clarify concepts, answer questions and provide opportunity strengthen the
design the Program, pre award meeting will held July 07, 2015. Applicants are
kindly invited participate and allowed bring three (3) participants from their
organization. Interested applicants must contact Mr. Jos Luis later than June 30, 2015 the phone number e-mail identified above inform him the names and titles the
participants. Content and Form Application Submission
Applications must submitted electronically the following e-mail addresses:
jnunez@usaid.gov and dropportunities@usaid.gov. All application files submitted must
compatible with Microsoft Office Windows environment and/or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf).
There has been problem with the receipt *.zip files due anti-virus software. Therefore,
applicants are hereby discouraged from sending files this format cannot guarantee their
acceptance the internet server. The subject each e-mail must read follows:
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Applicants are reminded that e-mail NOT instantaneous, some cases delays several hours
occur from transmission receipt. For this NFO the initial point entry the government
infrastructure USAID Washington mail server. Please refer Section VII for points
contact.
Applicants must retain for their records copy the e-mails and application and all enclosures
which accompany the application.
Telegraphic faxed application not authorized for this NFO and will not accepted.
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Applicants are expected review, understand, and comply with all aspects the NFO.
Preparation Applications:
Each Applicant shall furnish the information required this NFO. Applications shall
submitted two separate parts: (a) Technical Application, and (b) Cost/Business Application.
Any erasures other changes the application must initiated the person signing the
application. Applications signed agent behalf the Applicant shall accompanied
evidence that agent authority, unless that evidence has been previously furnished the
issuing office.
Applicants who include data that they not want disclosed the public for any purpose
used the U.S. Government except for evaluation purpose, should mark the title page with the
following legend:
This application includes data that shall not disclosed outside the U.S. Government and shall
not duplicated, used, disclosed whole part for any purpose other than
evaluate this application. If, however, grant awarded this Applicant result
connection with the submission this data, the U.S. Government shall have the right
duplicate, use, disclose the data the extent provided the resulting grant. This restriction
does not limit the U.S. Government right use information contained this data
obtained from another source without restriction. The data subject this restriction are
contained sheets {insert sheet numbers} and, mark each sheet data wished restrict with
the following legend:
Use disclosure data contained this sheet subject the restriction the title page
this application.
Applicants should retain for their records one (1) copy the application and all enclosures
which accompany it. Application Submission Procedures the Applicant responsibility ensure that all necessary documentation complete and
received time.
Applications must include only one prime applicant, which shall enter into sub-agreements
contracts with partnering institutions. this case, the prime applicant will responsible for
establishing and maintaining sub-agreement and/or contracting relationships with proposed
partners. For the purposes this NFO, the term applicant used refer the prime and any
proposed partners.
For application sent multiple emails, please indicate the subject line the email
whether the email relates the technical cost application, and the desired sequence
multiple emails (if more than one sent) and attachments (e.g. No. etc.). For
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example, your cost application being sent two emails, the first email should have subject
line which says: [organization name], Cost Application, Part
Our preference that the technical application and the cost application submitted single
email attachments, e.g. that you consolidate the various parts technical application into
single document before sending them. this not possible, please provide instructions how collate the attachments. USAID will not responsible for errors compiling electronic
applications instructions are provided are unclear. All applications received the
submission deadline will reviewed for responsiveness the NFO and the application format. addition modifications will accepted after the submission date.
After you have sent your applications electronically, immediately check your own email
confirm that the attachments you intended send were indeed sent. you discover error
your transmission, please send the material again and note the subject line the email
indicate the file name submitted via grants.gov that corrected submission. not
send the same email more than once unless there has been change, and so, please note that corrected email. Technical Application Format
Technical applications shall specific, complete and presented concisely. The applications
shall demonstrate the applicants capabilities and expertise with respect achieving the goals
this program. Technical applications shall take into account requirements the program and
evaluation criteria found this NFO.
The formation manageable and cost effective consortium encouraged. USAID encourages
creative partnerships and innovative approaches. Applicants should realistic stating what
can achieved given the proposed activities, budget and timeline.
Technical applications must written English and letter size paper (8.5 single
spaced, Times New Roman font size, and have standard one-inch margins (top, bottom, left,
and right sides the paper). All charts, tables and spreadsheets must not less than font
size. All files submitted must compatible with Microsoft Office Windows
environment and/or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) (Text within the files must accessible and not
password protected).
The Technical Application has strict page limit twenty (20) excluding annexes. Anything
above the page limit will not reviewed. The Technical Application must include the following
three components: Cover Page; Technical Description; and Annexes. Please note that
applicants must address all sub-components. Please organize the application according the
outline below:
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Cover Page (Does not count towards page limit)
Name and address organization;
Contact person (lead contact name, telephone number, and e-mail information);
Title proposed program; and,
Technical Description
Executive Summary (Does not count towards page limit): brief explanation the
overall approach the project, major objectives, activities and expected results. Brief
explanation any partners and geographical location.
Situation analysis and location: brief background the specific development
challenge/opportunity addressed the application; include description the
target population; and justification for why the applicant the appropriate entity for
addressing the identified development challenge effectively and the long-term, and/or
generating catalytic change leading scalable development impact. explanation
the geographical location where the project will work and how selection was performed.
Proposed approach: The proposed approach this development challenge/opportunity;
theory change, include goals, objectives, methods (activities), and anticipated results
which are logically connected and effectively address the challenge. Describe how the
program will measure success and why the Applicant organization well suited
achieve the proposed objectives. Include innovative scalable methods approaches,
any, including associated risks and benefits. results framework for the overall project
will useful understand the Applicant approach.
Sustainability and Capacity Development: discussion sustainability: How will the
activities sustained beyond the life the award? description how the Applicant
will build capacities local stakeholders. For this component, applicants must submit
description their plan for implementing effective and sustainable programming; and
the capacity development objectives and activities they would undertake.
Coordination with other activities: How will achieving these objectives contribute the
accomplishment USAID/DR strategic goals and contribute Agency priorities?
How will coordination and selection sites and activities done. Role proposed
partners, why each was selected and how the Applicant will work with these partners,
applicable.
Gender Approach: Discuss how the proposed project impacts boys and girls differently,
how the project design incorporates gender concerns; describe plan for outreach and
capacity building; and outline expected impact.
Institutional Capability and Past Performance: The extent which the applicant
organizational capacity, staffing and partnership arrangements demonstrate institutional
expertise and commitment towards achieving the activitys objectives, developing
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sustainable local capabilities, and integration with other USAID projects. Demonstration completion similar type technical work required.
Annexes (Does not count towards page limit)
Annex Resumes/ Curriculum Vitae key personnel;
Annex II: First Year Work Plan;
Annex III: Past Performance References and Information. Annex Curriculum Vitae Key Personnel more detailed description proposed key personnel and any other personnel for whom the
Applicant wishes provide CVs. Annex II: First year Work plan
The Applicant must submit first year work plan which displays expected activities per
month achieve the annual performance targets (as specified the ME Plan) and results
required under each requirement. The work plan will describe activities conducted
greater level detail than the Program Description, but shall cross-referenced with the
applicable sections the Program Description. All work plan activities must within the
Program Description and shall not change the Program Description.
Annex III: Past Performance References and Information reference for
performance, please provide list three U.S. Government and/or privately-funded
contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, etc., and the name, address, and telephone number the Contract/Agreement Officer other contact person, whom may contact need
to. narrative description accomplishments under these should provided (see
Evaluation Criteria section V). Cost Application Format
The Applicant must sign and submit the cost application standard form number SF-424 and SF424A. Standard Forms can accessed electronically www.grants.gov.
The Cost Application shall submitted separately from the Technical Application. Certain
documents are required submitted applicant order for the Agreement Officer
make determination responsibility. All files submitted must compatible with Microsoft
Office Windows environment and/or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) (Text within the files must
accessible and formulas excel must not locked).
Certain documents are required submitted Applicant order for the Agreement
Officer make determination responsibility. However, USAID policy not burden
Applicants with undue reporting requirements that information readily available through
other sources. There page limit the Cost Application. However, unnecessarily elaborate
brochures other presentations beyond those sufficient present complete and effective
application response this NFO not desired. Elaborate art work, expensive paper and
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bindings, and expensive visual and other presentation aids are neither necessary nor wanted. the Applicant has established consortium another legal relationship among its partners, the
Cost/Business application must include copy the legal relationship between the parties. The
agreement should include full discussion the relationship between the Applicant and SubApplicant(s) including identification the Applicant with whom USAID will work with for
purposes Agreement administration, identity the Applicant which will have accounting
responsibility, how Agreement effort will allocated and the express agreement the
principals thereto held jointly and severely liable for the acts omissions the other. extensive cost analysis will performed for the apparently successful Applicant. Budget
information required from the apparently successful Applicant should enough detail
determine the proposed cost for the Applicant program allocable, allowable and
reasonable. The following sample language assumes the cost information will submitted with
the initial application. However the could modify the amount initial information that
needed for submission determine the successful Applicant and restructure NFO language
get the more detailed information from only the successful Applicant.
The following sections describe the documentation that the Applicants must submit USAID
prior award. While there page limit for this portion, Applicants are encouraged
concise possible, but still provide the necessary details address the following: The budget must have accompanying detailed budget narrative and justification that
provides detail the total program amount for implementation the program your
organization proposing. The budget narrative should provide information regarding the
basis estimate for each line item, including reference sources used substantiate the
cost estimate (e.g. organizations policy, payroll document, and vendor quotes, etc.). budget for each program year with accompanying detailed budget narrative which
provides detail the total costs for implementation the program. The budget must
submitted using Standard Form 424 which can downloaded from the following web site
at: http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/FormLinks?family=15 breakdown all costs associated with the program according the costs of, applicable,
headquarters, regional and/or country offices. Applicants who intend utilize contractors sub-awardees should indicate the extent
intended and complete cost breakdown. Extensive contracts/agreement financial plans
should follow the same cost format submitted the primary Applicant. breakdown
all costs according each partner organization, contract sub-awardee involved the
program should provided.
The detailed budget (In Excel file format) and accompanying budget narrative (In Word
file format) documents shall mirror and reflect one another. The budget narrative shall have
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appropriate headings that match those the Detailed Budget. For example, the budget narrative
shall explain how personnel salaries and wages were determined and give the appropriate
rational under the salaries and wages heading and the Detailed Budget shall display the estimated
costs for salaries and wages under the salaries and wages budget cost element. The budget
narrative shall explain much detail possible how costs were derived and the
methodologies used derive and estimate costs. The detailed budget Excel worksheet shall
display the estimated costs proposed for each budget cost element. The detailed budget
Excel worksheet (See table template below) should contain the following cost elements
minimum:
Salary and Wages: Direct salaries and wages shall proposed accordance with the
applicants personnel policies.
Fringe Benefits: the applicant has fringe benefit rate that has been approved
agency the Government, such rate should used and evidence its approval should provided. fringe benefit rate has not been approved, the application should
propose rate and explain how the rate was determined. the latter used, the narrative
should include detailed breakdown comprised all items fringe benefits (e.g.,
unemployment insurance, workers compensation, health and life insurance, retirement,
etc.) and the costs each, expressed dollars and percentage salaries.
Travel: The application shall indicate the number trips, domestic and international,
and the estimated costs. Specify the origin and destination for each proposed trip,
duration travel, and number individuals traveling. Per Diem should based the
applicants normal travel policies (applicants may choose refer the Federal
Standardized Travel Regulations for cost estimates).
Equipment: The budget shall provide the estimated types equipment used this
project. The cost per unit, quantity and total cost per item shall provided.
Supplies: The budget shall specify the supply items related this activity.
Contractual: The applicant shall identify any goods and services being procured through contact mechanism, including sub-awards.
Other Direct Costs: This includes, but not limited to: communications, report
preparation costs, passports and visas fees, medical exams and inoculations, insurance
(other than insurance included the applicants fringe benefits), office rent abroad, etc.
The narrative should provide breakdown and support for all and each other direct costs.
Indirect Costs: The applicant shall support the proposed indirect cost rate with letter
from cognizant U.S. Federal Government audit agency, Negotiated Indirect Cost
Agreement (NICRA), include the accompanying budget narrative sufficient
information for USAID determine the reasonableness the rates. (For example,
breakdown labor bases and overhead pools, the method determining the rate, etc.). the applicant has never received negotiated indirect cost rate, the applicant may
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choose charge minimus rate 10% modified total direct costs (see CFR
200.414(f)). the prospective applicant chooses the minimum rate, the will
incorporate the 10% indirect cost rate the award budget and the recipient must follow
the requirements CFR 200.414(f).
Pursuant CFR 200 Contract means legal instrument which the Applicant purchases
property services needed carry out the project program under resulting award. The term
does not include legal instrument when the substance the transaction meets the definition Federal award sub-award (see 200.92 Sub-award), even the Applicant considers
contract. The Applicant must describe the work performed, the risk borne the contractor,
the contractors investment, the amount subcontracting proposed the contractor, and the
quality its record past performance for similar work. For-profit contract organizations that
work under the award and not meet the above definition sub-awardee are eligible for
profit/fee.
The cost/business application should contain the budget categories: shown the SF-424A
The Applicant and/or Major Sub-Applicant should also provide the organization negotiated
indirect cost agreement has one. not the should ask for the following reports
substitute for the NICRA:
Reviewed financial statements that provide the user with comfort that, based the
accountant review, the accountant not aware any material modifications that should
made the financial statements for the statements conformity with the applicable
financial reporting framework. During review engagement, the Accountant obtains limited
assurance that there are material modifications that should made the financial
statements. Therefore, the objective review the financial statements obtain
limited assurance that there are material modifications that should made the financial
statements. review does not contemplate obtaining understanding the entity
internal control; assessing fraud risk; testing accounting records; other procedures
ordinarily performed audit. The CPA issues report stating the review was performed accordance with Statements Standards for Accounting and Review Services; that
management responsible for the preparation and fair presentation the financial
statements accordance with the applicable financial reporting framework and for
designing, implementing and maintaining internal control relevant the preparation.
Audited financial statements that provide the user with the auditor opinion that the financial
statements are presented fairly, all material respects, conformity with the applicable
financial reporting framework. audit, the auditor required auditing standards
generally accepted the United States America (GAAS) obtain understanding the
entity internal control and assess fraud risk. The auditor also corroborates the amounts and
disclosures included the financial statements obtaining audit evidence through inquiry,
physical inspection, observation, third-party confirmations, examination, analytical
procedures and other procedures. The auditor issues report that states that the audit was
conducted accordance with GAAS, the financial statements are the responsibility
management, provides opinion that the financial statements present fairly all material
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respects the financial position the company and the results operations are conformity
with the applicable financial reporting framework (or issues qualified opinion the
financial statements are not conformity with the applicable financial reporting framework.
The auditor may also issue disclaimer opinion adverse opinion appropriate).
The proposal should not include:
Compiled financial statements shall not accepted because the Accountant does not obtain
provide any assurance that there are material modifications that should made the
financial statements. That is, you have assurance that the organization misrepresenting
their costs compiled financial statements which puts the agency risk. The objective
compiled financial statements assist management presenting financial information
The Applicant must submit Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement NICRA the
organization has such agreement with agency department the U.S. Government.
NICRA the Applicant should submit the following:
Reviewed Financial Statements Report: report issued Certified Public Account (CPA)
documenting the review the financial statements was performed accordance with
Statements Standards for Accounting and Review Services; that management
responsible for the preparation and fair presentation the financial statements accordance
with the applicable financial reporting framework and for designing, implementing and
maintaining internal control relevant the preparation. The account must also state the
she not aware any material modifications that should made the financial
statements;
Audited Financial Statements Report: auditor issues report documenting the audit was
conducted accordance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS), the financial
statements are the responsibility management, provides opinion that the financial
statements present fairly all material respects the financial position the company and the
results operations are conformity with the applicable financial reporting framework (or
issues qualified opinion the financial statements are not conformity with the applicable
financial reporting framework.
Cost sharing not required for the applicant eligible.
The business section the cost/business application should include: Required Certifications, Assurances, and Other Statements Evidence responsible the Agreement Officer can use determine the Applicant Has adequate financial resources the ability obtain such resources require during
the performance the award; Has the ability comply with the award conditions, taking into account all existing and
currently prospective commitments the Applicant;
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ordinarily sufficient justify finding non-responsibility, unless there clear
evidence subsequent satisfactory performance; Has satisfactory record integrity and business ethics; and otherwise qualified and eligible receive Cooperative Agreement under applicable
laws and regulations (e.g., EEO). Certificate Compliance: Please submit copy your Certificate Compliance your
organizations systems have been certified USAID/Washingtons Office Acquisition
and Assistance (M/OAA). Statutory and Regulation Certifications
The Applicant shall complete the certifications Section IV, Required Certifications and
sign and date the signature space provided. The signed and dated printout must then
submitted with the application annex the cost application. Original signed hardcopy the certifications will requested from the successful applicant prior the agreement
award.
Prior award, the apparent successful applicant will required submit marking and
branding plan.
Upon consideration award during the negotiations leading award, Applicants may
required submit additional documentation deemed necessary for the Agreement Officer
make affirmative determination responsibility. Applicants should not submit the
information below with their applications! The information this section provided that
Applicants may become familiar with additional documentation that may requested the
Agreement Officer:
The information submitted should substantiate: Bylaws, constitution, and articles incorporation, applicable. Whether the organizational travel, procurement, financial management, accounting manual
and personnel policies and procedures, especially regarding salary, promotion, leave,
differentials, etc., submitted under this section have been reviewed and approved any
agency the Federal Government, and so, provide the name, address, and phone number the cognizant reviewing official. The Applicant should provide copies the same
Required Certifications
Certifications, Assurances, and Other Statements (http://www.usaid.gov/ads/policy/300/303mav)
(Click the hyperlink access these forms). These forms include: Assurance Compliance with Laws and
Nondiscrimination Federally Assisted Programs;
Regulations
Governing
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Certification Regarding Lobbying;
Prohibition Assistance Drug Traffickers for Covered Countries;
Certification Terrorist Financing;
Certification Recipient;
Key Individual and Participant Certifications Narcotics Offence and Drug
Trafficking; Survey Ensuring Equal Opportunity For Applicants; Applicant Information; and Procurement Information.
Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management
USAID may not award applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable
unique entity identifier and SAM (www.sam.gov) requirements and, applicant has not fully
complied with the requirements the time the Federal awarding agency ready make
Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant not qualified
receive Federal award and use that determination basis for making Federal award
another applicant.
Dun and Bradstreet and SAM.gov Requirements
USAID may not award applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable
unique entity identifier and SAM requirements. Each applicant required to::
(i)
(ii)
(iii) registered SAM before submitting its application. SAM streamlining
processes, eliminating the need enter the same data multiple times, and
consolidating hosting make the process doing business with the government
more efficient.;
Provide valid unique entity identifier its application; and
Continue maintain active SAM registration with current information all times
during which has active Federal award application plan under
consideration Federal awarding agency. the Applicant responsibility ensure that all necessary documentation complete and
received time. Funding Restrictions
USAID policy not award profit under assistance instruments. However, all reasonable,
allocable and allowable expenses, both direct and indirect, which are related the agreement
program and are accordance with applicable cost principle under CFR 200 Subpart the
Uniform Administrative Requirements may paid under the anticipated award.
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noted the cover sheet.
Oral explanations instructions given before award
Cooperative Agreement will not binding. Any information given prospective
applicant concerning this NFO will furnished promptly all other prospective applicants amendment this NFO, that information necessary submitting applications
the lack would prejudicial any other prospective applicants. Telegraphic Faxed Applications Telegraphic faxed applications will not
considered; however, applications may modified written telegraphic notice, that
notice received the time specified for receipt applications. Language All applications must English. Branding Strategy and Marking Plan Federal statutory and regulatory requirement that all overseas programs, projects, activities,
public communications, and commodities that USAID partially fully funds under
assistance award sub-award must appropriately marked with the USAID identity.
Accordingly, the apparently successful applicant will required submit branding and
marking plan. The apparently successful applicant proposed Marking Plan may include
request for approval one more exceptions the marking requirements CFR 700.16.
The Agreement Officer evaluates the apparently successful applicant branding strategy and
marking plan (Including any requests for exceptions) for approval, consistent with the provisions
Branding Strategy, Marking Plan, contained the Certifications, Assurances, Other
Statements the Recipient and Solicitation Standard Provisions, and Marking and Public
Communications Under USAID-funded Assistance contained the USAID ADS 320.
See ATTACHMENT for Branding and Marking Template.
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SECTION APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION Criteria
Each application submitted response this NFO will reviewed according the criteria
and sub-criteria set forth below. Both criteria and sub-criteria are descending order
importance.
Technical Application Evaluation (Total 100 points)
The criteria listed below are presented major category, that Applicants know which areas
require emphasis the preparation their applications. Applicants shall note that these criteria
serve the standard against which all technical information will evaluated and serve
identify the significant matters which Applicants must address. Unless indicated otherwise, subfactors listed under each factor are equal importance. total 100 points are assigned
according the following technical evaluation criteria:
Strategic and Technical Approach (30 points)
The application demonstrates innovative, feasible, sustainable strategy for achieving the
activity principles and targets. The approach maximizes the existing capacities the DR,
incorporates innovative ideas, and clearly identifies how collaboration with other partners and
sub-awardees will achieved. The strategic approach emphasizes opportunities for leveraging
and/or developing partnerships that will advance the overall goals the program.
Implementing Partner and sub-grant agreements with local organizations sustain activities
integrated into the technical approach. case envisioned, the technical approach presents
rationale for creating alliances and coalitions clear and concise manner, justifying its need
order achieve goals and purpose.
The technical approach and monitoring system integrate effective methodology for measuring
results and impacts. The approach incorporates gender considerations, disability, and diversity
policies and practices, outlined the Program Description.
Personnel (20 points)
Proposed Key Personnel have the capability and relevant experience working developing
countries, and education, children with disabilities, and domestic violence. Strong leadership,
partnership and coalition building, management, communication, and negotiation skills are
required.
Management (25 points)
Implementation Plan activities are presented realistic, time sequenced, and logical
order, demonstrating how desired targets will achieved within the proposed timeframe.
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Gender, disability and domestic violence are explicitly discussed and incorporated into
the activity implementation plan.
The Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) identifies indicators, end program results,
and plan for measuring results over the life the activity. The PMP indicates how
gender and disability inclusion factors will measured and monitored throughout the
activity.
Demonstrated ability effectively implement projects within approved budget.
Demonstrated ability keep administrative costs lowOrganizational Past Performance (25
points)
A.2
Demonstrated organizational ability implement education, disability, and domestic
violence projects comparable size.
Demonstrated ability address gender and disability considerations education.
Demonstrated quality product service, including consistency meeting goals and
targets.
Demonstrated cost control, including forecasting costs, well accuracy financial
and program reporting.
Demonstrated working experience with the private sector, conducting fundraising
campaigns, similar activities. Demonstrated involvement simultaneous fields with
diverse group partners plus.
COST APPLICATION EVALUATION
USAID will also evaluate the cost applications, but scores will not assigned. The cost
evaluation will focus two sub-factors: Cost Realism/Reasonableness and Cost Effectiveness.
Included cost effectiveness in-kind contributions and cost share. This evaluation will
involve consideration whether the budget notes and narrative provide clear explanation
each category estimated costs, cost-split among consortium partners, including any sub-grant sub-contract arrangements and whether the budget aggregation has been broken down
appropriately and accordance with the instructions.
The cost realism analysis intended determine whether the costs estimated accurately reflect
the costs that would incurred during the actual performance the program, and whether those
costs are reasonable. addition, the cost realism analysis will: verify the Applicants
understanding the requirements and regulations; assess the degree which the cost
application reflects the approaches the technical application; and assess the degree which
the cost application accurately represents the work effort included the technical application.
Cost effectiveness involves maximizing the percentage the budget allocated program
delivery and proposed in-kind contributions and cost share. Applicants will also receive
favorable consideration for identifying other contacts and partnerships for contributions the
cost share. Specific in-kind contributions could include office space, vehicles, staff time, facility
rental (conference rooms training centers) amongst others.
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The criteria presented above have been tailored the requirements this particular NFO.
Applicants shall note that these criteria serve to: (a) identify the significant matters that
Applicant shall address their applications; and, (b) set the standard against which application
will evaluated. Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC), comprised USAID employees and possibly outside
experts, will review the applications according the criteria described above. Committee
members will examine the logic, feasibility and appropriateness the technical approach,
including responsiveness cross-cutting themes, indicators and anticipated development results impacts; quality and availability personnel response stated qualifications
requirements; and several institutional factors. make objective review possible, applicants must clearly demonstrate how the organization
and the application meet these criteria.
The technical review will focus the applicant overall ability achieve results under the
framework provided this NFO.
Award will made the application that offers the best value, cost and other factors
considered. The final award decision made, while considering the recommendations the
TEC, the Agreement Officer.
The Agreement Officer decision about the funding award final and not subject
review. Any information that may impact the Agreement Officer decision shall directed
the Agreement Officer.
Authority obligate the Government: the Agreement Officer the only individual who may
legally commit the U.S. Government the expenditure public funds. costs chargeable
the proposed Agreement may incurred before receipt either Agreement signed the
Agreement Officer specific, written authorization from the Agreement Officer.
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SECTION AWARD AND ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION Federal Award Notices
Award the agreement contemplated this NFO cannot made until funds have been
appropriated, allocated and committed through internal USAID procedures. While USAID
anticipates that these procedures will successfully completed, potential applicants are hereby
notified these requirements and conditions for the award. The Agreement Officer the only
individual who may legally commit the Government the expenditure public funds. costs
chargeable the proposed Agreement may incurred before receipt either fully executed
Agreement specific, written authorization from the Agreement Officer. Administrative National Policy Requirements
The award will administered, including the applicable standard provision and any approved
deviations from the Standard Provisions. For U.S. organizations, the NFO must state that
CFR 700, CFR 200, and ADS 303maa, Standard Provisions for U.S. Non-governmental
Organizations are applicable. For non-U.S. organizations, the NFO must state that ADS
303mab, Standard Provisions for Non-U.S. Non-governmental Organizations will apply. Please
reference ADS 303.4 and 303.5 for links CFR 200 and CFR 700. Reporting Requirements
The Parties will conduct joint evaluation after the first year implementation (a) determine
the impact the Alliance, (b) review the effectiveness the Program, and (c) assess the
efficiency both the Steering Committee and the Implementing Partner. part such Evaluation, the Parties will consider reports from the Implementing Partner,
well pertinent information from fact-finding visits project sites conducted Alliance
members (or their designees). Financial Reporting
The Recipient must submit one original the Agreement Officer Representative and one copy the Controller Office for financial report form SF-425. Financial Reports must keeping
with CFR 200.327.
The report submitted quarterly and shall provide details all expenditure and resources
leveraged. The Financial Report submitted October 30th each year will considered the
Annual Financial Report. Performance Reporting
The Recipient shall submit one original and one copy performance report to, the
Agreement Officer Technical Representative, USAID/DR. Reports shall accordance
with CFR 200.328.
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Work Plan
The selected implementing partner expected develop, within the first days the
Cooperative Agreement, work plan with detail activities and indicators for the approval the
Steering Committee. Subsequent year work plans will due the beginning each financial
year (FY).
Performance Reports
The performance reports are required submitted quarterly based USAID fiscal year
quarters (Oct-Dec, Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun, July-Sept). These reports shall submitted days after
the end the quarter the following dates each year: January 31th, April 30th, July 31th and
October 31th. Reports submitted October 31th each year shall considered annual reports
and shall contain annualized performance monitoring data.
The performance reports must contain the following information:
progress towards objectives for the period, including progress towards meeting established
program performance indicators and benchmarks; summary any obstacles issues affecting program implementation and the way
which the recipient addressed these issues; and
projected activities for the next reporting period.
Final Report
The Recipient must submit the original and one copy the Controller Office, the Agreement
Officer (if requested), and the AOR and one copy, later than days after the end the
Agreement completion date. Report could submitted electronic (preferred) paper form final documents one the following: (a) Via E-mail: docsubmit@dec.cdie.org; (b) Via
U.S. Postal Service: Development Experience Clearinghouse, 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 210
Silver Spring, 20910, USA; (c) Via Fax: (301) 588-7787; (d) Online:
http://www.dec.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=docSubmit.home.
The recipient shall submit final report USAID/Dominican Republic. The final report shall
include, minimum the information required CFR 200.328 well as, but not limited to: assessment and analysis the efficiency, effectiveness, viability, sustainability and
replicability the program; discussion the lessons learned and the specific activities that had the most impact,
and why;
Results the performance monitoring plan for the program, and narrative the impact
achieved over the course the agreement, which should focus high-level changes
achieved the program.
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Environmental Compliance
The Foreign Assistance Act 1961, amended, Section 117 requires that the impact USAID
activities the environment considered and that USAID include environmental sustainability
central consideration designing and carrying out its development programs. This mandate codified
Federal Regulations (22 CFR 216) and USAID Automated Directives System (ADS) Parts 201.5.10g
and 204 (http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ADS/200/), which, part, require that the potential environmental
impacts USAID-financed activities are identified prior final decision proceed and that
appropriate environmental safeguards are adopted for all activities.
Respondent environmental compliance obligations under these regulations and procedures are specified
the following paragraphs this NFO. addition, the recipient must comply with host country environmental regulations unless otherwise
directed writing USAID. case conflict between host country and USAID regulations, the latter
shall govern.
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SECTION FEDERAL AWARDING AGENCY CONTACT(S)
Agreement Officer
Ms. Charis Nastoff
Agreement Officer
E-mail: cnastoff@usaid.gov
Primary point contact:
Mr. Jos
Acquisition Assistance Specialist
Tel: 809-368-7566
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SECTION OTHER INFORMATION
USAID reserves the right fund any none the applications submitted.
Regulations References CFR 200 http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/textidx?SID=1b472774f0a1e84d725c7ca14618e8acnode=pt2.1.200rgn=div5 Mandatory Standard Provisions for Non-U.S. Nongovernmental Recipients:
http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/300/303mab.pdf Mandatory Standard Provisions for U.S., Nongovernmental Recipients http://www.usaid.gov/pubs/ads/300/303maa.pdf ADS Series 300 Acquisition and Assistance http://www.usaid.gov/pubs/ads/
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ATTACHMENTS
ATTACHMENT USAID Branding Strategy Marking Plan (Template)
USAID BRANDING STRATEGY
MARKING PLAN (TEMPLATES)
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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS ASSISTANCE AWARDS BRANDING/MARKING
GUIDANCE
USAID policy that programs, projects, activities, public communications, commodities
implemented delivered under co-funded instruments such grants, cooperative agreements, other assistance awards generally are co-branded co-marked. accordance with CFR
700.16. This policy applies these assistance awards even when the award does not require any
cost sharing.
Co-branding and co-marking means that the program name represents both USAID and the
implementing partner, and the USAID identity and implementer logo must both visible with
equal size and prominence program materials produced for program purposes.
This sample/template based ADS 320.3.3 and CFR 700.16 branding and marking
requirements for assistance awards only. The recipient, responding the questions italics,
will able substantially comply with the ADS and CFR requirements.
THIS PORTION COMPLETED THE RECIPIENT
USAID BRANDING STRATEGY
AWARD TITLE
AWARD NUMBER
DATE PLAN
Positioning
What the intended name this program, project, activity?
Will program logo developed and used consistently identify this program? yes, please
attach copy the proposed program logo.
Program Communications and Publicity
Who are the primary and secondary audiences for this project program?
What communications program materials will used explain market the program
beneficiaries?
What the main program message?
Will the recipient announce and promote publicly this program project host country
citizens? yes, what press and promotional activities are planned?
Please provide any additional ideas about how increase awareness that the American people
support this project program.
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Acknowledgements
Will there any direct involvement from host country government ministry? yes, please
indicate which one ones. Will the recipient acknowledge the ministry additional cosponsor?
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
USAID policy requires non-U.S., non-governmental organizations, including cooperating
country non-governmental organizations (and rare cases, Public International Organizations) follow marking requirements for assistance awards. Marking requirements, including requests
for presumptive exceptions and waivers for assistance awards must accordance with CFR
700.16.
With reference ADS Sections 320.3.3.2 and CFR 700.16 the Recipient shall prepare
Marking Plan containing information substantially similar the sample provided below:
USAID MARKING PLAN
AWARD TITLE
AWARD NUMBER
DATE PLAN
(1)
Requirement: description the public communications, commodities, and program
materials that the recipient will produce part the grant cooperative agreement
and which will visibly bear the USAID identity. These include: (i) program, project,
activity sites funded USAID, including visible infrastructure projects other
programs, projects, activities that are physical nature; (ii) technical assistance,
studies, reports, papers, publications, audiovisual productions, public service
announcements, websites/Internet activities, and other promotional, informational, media, communication products funded USAID; (iii) events financed USAID, such
training courses, conferences, seminars, exhibitions, fairs, workshops, press conferences,
and other public activities; and (iv) all commodities equipment provided under
humanitarian assistance disaster relief programs, and all other equipment, supplies and
other materials funded USAID, and their export packaging.
(2)
Table Supplies and Equipment used visible manner the fulfillment the
goals the ________ project and indication how and where they will tagged
with the USAID identity.
Supply/Equipment
Computers?
Printers?
Field Backpacks?
Type Marking
USAID Identifying vinyl label
USAID Identifying vinyl label
USAID Identifying vinyl label
Where Marking Placed front monitor top printer outside backpack
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(3)
Table Deliverables expected produced the conduct this program: All
deliverables will marked visible manner with the USAID identity; below
indication what type marking will used and where the deliverable the USAID
identity will placed.
Deliverable
Reports?
Publications (brochures)?
Website?
Type Marking
USAID printed identity
USAID printed identity
USAID web identity
Where Marking Placed
Front cover
Front cover
Front page
(4)
Sub-recipient: specified the standard provisions, the marking requirements will
flow down sub-recipients sub-awards, and will include the USAID-approved
marking provision all USAID funded sub-awards, follows: condition
receipt this sub-award, marking with USAID identity size and prominence
equivalent greater that the recipient sub-recipient other donor third party required.
(5)
Any public communications, defined CFR 700.1, funded USAID, which
the content has been approved USAID, will contain the following disclaimer:
This study/report/audio-visual/other information/media product (specify) made
possible the generous support the American people through the United States
Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility
[insert recipient name] and not necessarily reflect the views USAID the United
States Government.
(6) specified the standard provisions, ___________ will provide the Agreement
Officer Representative (AOR) other USAID personnel designated the grant
cooperative agreement with two copies all program and communications materials
produced under the award. addition, ____________ will submit one electronic one
hard copy all final documents USAID Development Experience Clearinghouse.
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ATTACHMENT IEE
Refer Electronic file: RFA-517-15-000004 ATTACHMENT
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ATTACHMENT Schools sponsored Alliance Members
Refer Electronic file: RFA-517-15-000004 ATTACHMENT