U.S. Embassy grant opportunity: Strengthening Moldova’s Information Space

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its AEECA/ESF Public Diplomacy Program. This is an Annual Program Statement, outlining our funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding.  Please carefully follow all instructions below.

Purpose of Small Grants: Public Affairs Section invites proposals for programs that have the effect of strengthening Moldova’s information space.  Examples of project ideas under this program include, but are not limited to:

  1. Building the capacity of Moldovan partners to communicate an accurate message about Moldova’s European trajectory;
  2. Academic, historic, and cultural research that promotes accurate information about Moldova’s past; and
  3. Promoting Moldovan use of online platforms that provide a richer variety of information online about Moldova and the world.

Applicants are encouraged to develop partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including the public and/or private sectors as well as local organizations, where applicable.

The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:

  • Programs relating to partisan political activity;
  • Charitable or development activities;
  • Construction programs;
  • Programs that support specific religious activities;
  • Fund-raising campaigns;
  • Lobbying for specific legislation or programs
  • Scientific research;
  • Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization; or
  • Programs that duplicate existing programs.

Authorizing legislation, type and year of funding: Funding authority rests in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. The source of funding is FY2018 Economic Support Funds. 

FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION

Length of performance period: 6 to 24 months

Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $50,000

Total available funding: $200,000

Type of Funding: Fiscal Year 2018 Economic Support Funds (ESF). This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Funding Instrument Type: Grants and Fixed Amount Awards

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 24 months or less.

ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION

Eligible Applicants: Eligibility is limited to not-for-profit organizations (NGOs, CSOs, Think-Tanks) officially registered in the Republic of Moldova. Direct funding for U.S. and third-country institutions is not available under this funding opportunity.  Organizations without Moldovan registration can apply only as partners through an eligible organization.

Cost sharing is not required.

Other Eligibility Requirements: Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations requesting grants over $25,000 must have a 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. 

APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Application forms required below are available for download in the Related Documents section of the announcement on grants.gov.

Please follow all instructions 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 Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch (25mm) margins.

The following documents are required:

1) Mandatory application forms

2) Summary Coversheet: 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.

3) Proposal (10 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 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.  What aspect of the relationship between the U.S. and Moldova will be improved? 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.
  • Proposed Program Schedule:  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.

4) Budget Justification Narrative: After filling out the SF-424A Budget, use a separate sheet of paper to describe each of the budget expenses in detail. See section Other Information: Guidelines for Budget Submissions below for further information.

5) Attachments

  • 1-page CV or resume of key personnel who are proposed for the program
  • Letters of support from program partners describing the roles and responsibilities of each partner
  • Official permission letters, if required for program activities

Required Registrations:

All organizations applying for grants over $25,000 must obtain these registrations.  All are free of charge:

  1. Unique Identifier Number from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number)
  2. NCAGE/CAGE code
  3. 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/displayHomePage.do;jsessionid=81407B1F03F2BDB123DD47D19158B75F. 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 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 by logging onto: https://www.sam.gov. SAM registration must be renewed annually.

Submission Dates and Times

The Public Affairs Section will review proposals according to the following schedule: 

Proposals received between July 1 and September 1 will be reviewed by September 5, with responses going out by September 7.

Applications may be submitted for consideration at any time before the closing date of September 1.  No applications will be accepted after that date.

Other Submission Requirements

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


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