Call for Applications: Ambassador's Small Grants Program 2020


 

Deadline: 30 april 2020

 

Eligibility

Eligibility is limited to cooperatives registered with the Gambian Cooperative Agency (GCA).  Direct funding for NGOs (international or local) is available under this announcement.

All projects must begin on or after September 15, 2020 and should be completed within one year of the award date.

U.S. Embassy Banjul reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described under circumstances deemed to be in the best interest of the U.S. Government (USG), pending the availability of funds and approval of the designated grants officer.

Cost Sharing

This program requires cost sharing.  The community contribution can include, but is not limited to cash, labor, or material, and are within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain.

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact Joanna Carew Eber, Programs Coordinator, at:  PolEconBanjul@state.gov

BACKGROUND

U.S. Embassy in Banjul is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).  The Ambassador’s Small Grants program (ASG) provides one-time small grants to improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community by funding the expansion of an existing project or activity.  The ASG Program is designed to support high-impact, quick-implementation activities which benefit a large number of people within one year without requiring further assistance.  Projects that support livelihoods in Rural Provinces, value-added agricultural production, and projects that promote marketable skills are preferred.  Grants are intended for local cooperatives.

OBJECTIVES

The purpose of ASG is to provide small-scale assistance to Gambian cooperatives as part of an ongoing commitment by the U.S. Government to support development activities on a local level.  Projects selected for funding are those which:

  • Improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community by funding the expansion of an existing project;
  • Have the potential to produce employment and marketable skills, such as sewing centers and agricultural cooperatives;
  • Assist vulnerable groups;
  • Support high-impact, quick-implementation activities which benefit a large number of people within one year without requiring further assistance;
  • Have the potential to generate additional income; and
  • Involve a significant local contribution in cash, labor, or material, and are within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain.

 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Embassy Banjul encourages applications from all provinces. All interested cooperatives must have an active registration with the Gambian Cooperative Agency at the time of submitting your application.  In addition, the U.S. Embassy encourages all applicants to obtain for free a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and have an active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM).  We recommend all applicants begin this process when they submit their application for funding.  Click here to request your DUNS Number and here to initiate your SAM registration.

APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Award Period: 12 months

  • Award Amount: Multiple awards will be granted, with a maximum amount per award of $15,000. The Embassy reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described in the absence of worthy applications or under such other circumstances as it may deem to be in the best interest of the U.S. government.
  • Application Form: All proposals must be made using the Ambassador’s Small Grants form found here.  In addition, applicants must complete the SF424 –  Application for Federal Assistance, the SF424A – Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, the SF424B – Assurances for Non-Construction Programs and a budget narrative describing the budget request in detail.
  • Application Submission Process: Applicants must submit proposals by e-mail to PolEconBanjul@state.gov.  For questions about this NOFO, contact Joanna Carew Eber, Programs Coordinator, Political/Economic Section at PolEconBanjul@state.gov.  Tel. 220-438-1354.
  • Application Deadline: All applications must be submitted in English on or before April 30, 2020, 11:59 p.m.  Applications submitted after 11:59 p.m. will be ineligible for consideration.  Begin the application process early, as this will allow time to address any technical difficulties that may arise in advance of the deadline.  There will be no exceptions to this application deadline.  If you submitted a previous proposal for the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help fund, you are required to resubmit your application following the instructions of this NOFO.  Previous proposals submitted will not be considered unless submitted through this NOFO.
  • Application Content: Applicants must follow the NOFO instructions and conditions contained herein and supply all information required.  Failure to furnish all information or comply with stated requirements will result in disqualification from the competition.  Applicants must set forth full, accurate, and complete information as required by this RFP.  The penalty for making false statements in proposals to the USG is prescribed on 18 U.S.C.1001.

AWARD SELECTION CRITERIA

Each application submitted under this announcement will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the following evaluation criteria. Projects that support livelihoods in Rural Provinces, value-added agricultural production, and projects that promote marketable skills are preferred.  Projects should:

  • Improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community or village level;
  • Support high-impact, quick-implementation activities that benefit a large number of people, without requiring further assistance;
  • Involve a significant local contribution in cash, labor, and/or materials, and be within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain on a sustainable basis;
  • Not initiate, continue, or supplement technical assistance programs;
  • Contribute, whenever possible, to income-generating or self-sustaining activities; and
  • Not exceed twelve months.

Limitations

  • Religious activities (however, many religious organizations sponsor or supervise local community self-help activities that serve community needs rather than religious purposes and these activities may be eligible for assistance);
  • Military, or law enforcement/police/prison-related activities;
  • Salaries;
  • Travel of any kind;
  • Office supplies;
  • Projects in Refugee Camps;
  • Projects involving pesticides, fungicides or herbicides;
  • Individually owned businesses or enterprises;
  • NGOs (local or international);
  • Projects outside The Gambia;
  • Vehicle purchases; or
  • Activities which benefit any employee of the U.S. Government.

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