Funding Opportunity for Establishing Debate Clubs at 14 cities in Ethiopia

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. EMBASSY Addis Ababa

Notice of Funding Opportunity

 

Funding Opportunity Title:             Establishing Debate Clubs at 14 cities in Ethiopia

Funding Opportunity Number:       PASNOFO-18-02

Deadline for Applications:                09/07/2018

CFDA Number:                                19040

Total Amount Available:                  $68,835.00

  

  1. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION


The U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa / Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a national debate program. Please carefully follow all instructions below.

 Priority Cities: Jimma, Dire Dawa, Bahir Dar, Addis Ababa, Mekelle, Hawassa, Gondar, Ambo, Adama, Gambela, Assosa, Jijiga, Semera, and Harar

Program Objectives:

 The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa maintains five partnership American Spaces in Addis Ababa, Jimma, Dire Dawa and Bahir Dar. These Spaces are intended to serve as high-tech, state-of-the-art information outposts that provide information and reference services to the general public as well as a central engagement space for Embassy audiences, with a particular focus on youth (18-35 year old). The Spaces are equipped with computers, kindles, tablets and other technological tools which make the Spaces innovation centers and “MakerSpaces” for young people and adults where they can learn, design, assemble, and create.  They also are furnished with broadband Internet and wireless internet.

To enhance the English language and public speaking skills of young Ethiopians, PAS is establishing debating clubs at the 14 cities mentioned above. The debate club members will have the opportunity to learn those skills through workshops and practical debates. The program will last for 12 months and will be incorporated into a competition at the conclusion of this program. PAS will make available a total of $68,2835.00 to finance this program.

Interested NGOs to partner with PAS on this program must demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Prepare a program budget meeting with all the requirements of the grant
  2. Receive and manage a grant to fund the program
  3. Develop a plan to create for the four American Spaces together with PAS
  4. Conduct debating workshops at the 14 cities (one each) and establish one debating club at each city
  5. Organize regular debate club meetings (weekly) and monthly debate competitions in preparation for a final local competition to select regional representatives to compete nationally
  6. Organize and facilitate travel to Addis Ababa for a national competition among the fourteen cities of Ethiopia.

Participants and Audiences:

Participants of these debate clubs will be Ethiopian youth from the fourteen cities specified above.

 

  1. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION 

Length of performance period: October 2018 – October 2019

Number of awards anticipated: 01 awards (dependent on amounts)

Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $68,835.00 to a maximum of $68,835.00

Total available funding: $68,835.00

Type of Funding:  FY18 Smith Mundt Public Diplomacy Funds, American Spaces Support Funds under the Foreign Assistance Act)

Anticipated program start date:  October 2018

 This notice is subject to availability of funding.

 Funding Instrument Type:  Grant

 Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months.

  1. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION
  2. Eligible Applicants

The following organizations are eligible to apply:  

  • Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations
  • Public and private educational institutions
  • Individuals
  1. Cost Sharing or Matching

Not essential but preferred

  1. Other Eligibility Requirements

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

 

  1. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION
  2. Address to Request Application Package

Application forms required below are available at https://et.usembassy.gov , www.grants.gov , Grantsolutions @ https://home.grantsolutions.gov/home/, SAMS Domestic @ https://mygrants.service-now.com , etc

  1. Content and Form of Application Submission:

Please follow all instructions below carefully:

Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.

Content of Application

Please ensure:

  • The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity
  • All documents are in English
  • All budgets are in U.S. dollars
  • All pages are numbered
  • All documents are formatted to 8 ½ x 11 paper, and
  • All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.

The following documents are required: 

 

  1. Mandatory application forms:

 

  • SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations)or SF-424-I (Application for Federal Assistance –individuals) at

           https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/forms/sample/SF424_2_1-V2.1.pdf

  • SF424A(Budget Information for Non-Construction programs) at

www.cesu.psu.edu/materials/SF-424%20Instructions.pdf

  • SF424B(Assurances for Non-Construction programs) at

https://photos.state.gov/…/Completing%20Federal%20Assistance%20Application%20F

  1. Summary Page: Cover sheet stating the applicant name and organization, proposal date, program title, program period proposed start and end date, and brief purpose of the program.
  2. Proposal (Seven pages maximum): The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. You may use your own proposal format, but it must include all the items below:
  • Proposal Summary: Short narrative that outlines the proposed program, including program objectives and anticipated impact.
  • Introduction to the Organization or Individual applying: A description of past and present operations, showing ability to carry out the program, including information on all previous grants from the U.S. Embassy and/or U.S. government agencies.
  • Problem Statement: Clear, concise and well-supported statement of the problem to be addressed and why the proposed program is needed
  • Program Goals and Objectives: The “goals” describe what the program is intended to achieve.  The “objectives” refer to the intermediate accomplishments on the way to the goals. These should be achievable and measurable.
  • Program Activities: Describe the program activities and how they will help achieve the objectives.
  • Program Methods and Design: A description of how the program is expected to work to solve the stated problem and achieve the goal.  Include a logic model as appropriate.
  • Proposed Program Schedule and Timeline:  The proposed timeline for the program activities.  Include the dates, times, and locations of planned activities and events.
  • Key Personnel: Names, titles, roles and experience/qualifications of key personnel involved in the program.  What proportion of their time will be used in support of this program?
  • Program Partners:  List the names and type of involvement of key partner organizations and sub-awardees.
  • Program Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: This is an important part of successful grants. Throughout the time-frame of the grant, how will the activities be monitored to ensure they are happening in a timely manner, and how will the program be evaluated to make sure it is meeting the goals of the grant?
  • Future Funding or Sustainability Applicant’s plan for continuing the program beyond the grant period, or the availability of other resources, if applicable.
  1. Budget Justification Narrative: After filling out the SF-424A Budget (above), use a separate sheet of paper to describe each of the budget expenses in detail. See section H. Other Information: Guidelines for Budget Submissions below for further information.
  2. Attachments:

 1-page CV or resume of key personnel who are proposed for the program

  • Letters of support from program partners describing the roles and responsibilities of each partner
  • If your organization has a NICRA and includes NICRA charges in the budget, your latest NICRA should be included as a PDF file.
  • Official permission letters, if required for program activities
  1. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM.gov ) (NOTE: This section is required and not optional, except for NOFOs targeting applications from individuals instead of organizations)

Required Registrations:

Any applicant listed on the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) in the System for Award Management (SAM) is not eligible to apply for an assistance award in accordance with the OMB guidelines at 2 CFR 180 that implement Executive Orders 12549 (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.” Additionally, no entity listed on the EPLS can participate in any activities under an award.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to review the EPLS in SAM to ensure that no ineligible entity is included.

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

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

Step 1: Apply for a DUNS number and an NCAGE number (these can be completed simultaneously)

DUNS application: Organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet. If your organization does not have one already, you may obtain one by calling 1-866-705-5711 or visiting http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform

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

Instructions for the NCAGE application process:

https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/Docs/US%20Instructions%20for%20NSPA%20NCAGE.pdf

For NCAGE help from within the U.S., call 1-888-227-2423

For NCAGE help from outside the U.S., call 1-269-961-7766

Email NCAGE@dlis.dla.mil for any problems in getting an NCAGE code.

Step 2: After receiving the NCAGE Code, proceed to register in SAM.gov by logging onto: https://www.sam.gov.  SAM registration must be renewed annually.

  1. Submission Dates and Times

 Applications are due no later than 31 August 2018

  1. Other Submission Requirements

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

  1. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION

 

  1. Criteria

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

Quality and Feasibility of the Program Idea – 25 points:  The program idea is well developed, with detail about how program activities will be carried out. The proposal includes a reasonable implementation timeline.

Organizational Capacity and Record on Previous Grants – 25 points: The organization has expertise in its stated field and has the internal controls in place to manage federal funds.  This includes a financial management system and a bank account.

Program Planning/Ability to Achieve Objectives – 15 points: Goals and objectives are clearly stated and program approach is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results.

Budget – 10 points: The budget justification is detailed.  Costs are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results. The budget is realistic, accounting for all necessary expenses to achieve proposed activities.

Monitoring and evaluation plan – 15 points: Applicant demonstrates it is able to measure program success against key indicators and provides milestones to indicate progress toward goals outlined in the proposal. The program includes output and outcome indicators, and shows how and when those will be measured.

Sustainability – 10 points: Program activities will continue to have positive impact after the end of the program.

  1. Review and Selection Process

A Grants Review Committee will evaluate all eligible applications.

  1. Federal Awardee Performance & Integrity Information System (FAPIIS)

For any Federal award under a notice of funding opportunity, if the Federal awarding agency anticipates that the total Federal share will be greater than the simplified acquisition threshold on any Federal award under a notice of funding opportunity may include, over the period of performance (see §200.88 Simplified Acquisition Threshold), this section must also inform applicants:

  1. That the Federal awarding agency, prior to making a Federal award with a total amount of Federal share greater than the simplified acquisition threshold, is required to review and consider any information about the applicant that is in the designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM (currently FAPIIS) (see 41 U.S.C. 2313);
  2. That an applicant, at its option, may review information in the designated integrity and performance systems accessible through SAM and comment on any information about itself that a Federal awarding agency previously entered and is currently in the designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM;

iii. That the Federal awarding agency will consider any comments by the applicant, in addition to the other information in the designated integrity and performance system, in making a judgment about the applicant’s integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal awards when completing the review of risk posed by applicants as described in §200.205 Federal awarding agency review of risk posed by applicants.

  1. FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
  2. Federal Award Notices

The grant award or cooperative agreement will be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the Grants Officer. The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document and it will be provided to the recipient for review and signature by email. The recipient may only start incurring program expenses beginning on the start date shown on the grant award document signed by the Grants Officer.

If a proposal is selected for funding, the Department of State has no obligation to provide any additional future funding. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the discretion of the Department of State.

Issuance of this NOFO does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the U.S. government, nor does it commit the U.S. government to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of proposals. Further, the U.S. government reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received.

Payment Method: Payment transfers will be made upon request on installments basis.

  1. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

Terms and Conditions: Before submitting an application, applicants should review all the terms and conditions and required certifications which will apply to this award, to ensure that they will be able to comply.  These include:

2 CFR 200, 2 CFR 600, Certifications and Assurances, and the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions, all of which are available at:  https://www.statebuy.state.gov/fa/pages/home.aspx

Note the U.S Flag branding and marking requirements in the Standard Terms and Conditions.

  1. Reporting

 

Reporting Requirements: Recipients will be required to submit financial reports and program reports.  The award document will specify how often these reports must be submitted. Provide sufficient detail on reporting requirements so that the applicant can budget adequate personnel time to complete reports.

  1. FEDERAL AWARDING AGENCY CONTACTS

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

  1. OTHER INFORMATION

Guidelines for Budget Justification

Personnel and Fringe Benefits: Describe the wages, salaries, and benefits of temporary or permanent staff who will be working directly for the applicant on the program, and the percentage of their time that will be spent on the program.

Travel: Estimate the costs of travel and per diem for this program, for program staff, consultants or speakers, and participants/beneficiaries. If the program involves international travel, include a brief statement of justification for that travel.

Equipment: Describe any machinery, furniture, or other personal property that is required for the program, which has a useful life of more than one year (or a life longer than the duration of the program), and costs at least $5,000 per unit.

Supplies: List and describe all the items and materials, including any computer devices, that are needed for the program. If an item costs more than $5,000 per unit, then put it in the budget under Equipment.

Contractual: Describe goods and services that the applicant plans to acquire through a contract with a vendor.  Also describe any sub-awards to non-profit partners that will help carry out the program activities.

Other Direct Costs: Describe other costs directly associated with the program, which do not fit in the other categories. For example, shipping costs for materials and equipment or applicable taxes. All “Other” or “Miscellaneous” expenses must be itemized and explained.

Indirect Costs:  These are costs that cannot be linked directly to the program activities, such as overhead costs needed to help keep the organization operating.  If your organization has a Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate (NICRA) and includes NICRA charges in the budget, attach a copy of your latest NICRA. Organizations that have never had a NICRA may request indirect costs of 10% of the modified total direct costs as defined in 2 CFR 200.68.

“Cost Sharing” refers to contributions from the organization or other entities other than the U.S. Embassy.   It also includes in-kind contributions such as volunteers’ time and donated venues.

Alcoholic Beverages:  Please note that award funds cannot be used for alcoholic beverages.