FY 2014 Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation Programs and Activities (Funding Opportunity No. APS‐OAA‐14‐000002)

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USAID/DCHA/CMM Annual Program Statement (APS)

FY 2014  Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation Programs and Activities
(Funding Opportunity No. APS‐OAA‐14‐000002)

ISSUANCE DATE:              February 24, 2014

CLOSING DATE:                 March 28, 2014

Description:  The objective of this APS is to make significant strides in the overall goal of conflict mitigation, peace, and reconciliation through the implementation of people-to-people activities in selected eligible conflict‐affected countries.  This APS seeks to contribute to USAID’s developmental objectives in an affected country or countries.  “People‐to‐people” programs are one approach among many to conflict mitigation.  This type of work addresses divisions within a community that may be rooted in group differences such as ethnicity or religion, status, class, or political affiliation.  The aim is to create opportunities for a series of interactions between conflicting groups in the community to promote mutual understanding, trust, empathy, and resilient social ties. The funding is intended to fund conflict mitigation programs with a people-to-people approach, and to derive lessons learned and best practices for future people-to-people programming.

Eligibility:  Georgia is in the list of eligible countries.  Qualified U.S. and non‐U.S. private non‐profit

organizations may apply for funding under this APS.  Local organizations are encouraged to apply for

funding under this APS.  A local organization applicant must be a local non‐governmental organization

(NGO) recognized under the laws of the country in which it is domiciled.  Local organizations (NGOs and PVOs) are not required to register with USAID.  Local applicants may submit an application under this Global APS solicitation in the funding range of $100,000 to $500,000, as well as an application for over $500,000.  USAID encourages applications from new partners.   

Award Size and Duration:  All applicants may submit more than one application for funding in FY 2014. Applications below a minimum amount of US$100,000 or above a maximum amount of US$1,200,000 will not be considered. One competitive category will be exclusively for local organizations for applications in the range of US$100,000 to US$500,000. The other competitive category will be open to both local and non-local organizations for applications in the range of US$500,000 to US$1,200,000. For purposes of this application, local organizations must be headquartered or organized in the country where the proposed activity will take place. Local partners do not include subsidiaries, affiliates, or member entities of organizations organized or headquartered outside of the country where the proposed activity will take place. Local organizations also do not include public international organizations. 

Funding Range between US$100,000 and US$500,000: Local Applicants Only.

Funding Range between US$500,000 and US$1,200,000: Local and International Applicants.

Programs funded under this APS will be implemented for a minimum period of 1 year and a maximum period of 4 years from the date of award.  Applications for less than 1 year or greater than 4 years will not be considered.  USAID reserves the right to incrementally fund activities over the duration of the program, if necessary, depending on program length, performance against approved program indicators and availability of funds.

Georgia‐Specific Instructions:  Georgia’s stability is fundamental to the country’s sustained economic and democratic development.  U.S. foreign policy goals seek the peaceful restoration of Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.  The 2008 conflict with Russia was the most recent and serious setback in an almost twenty year post-civil war period characterized by pervasive insecurity and periodic flashes of violence associated with Georgia’s occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.  The detrimental impacts of the protracted conflict have continued to thwart reconciliation and development efforts aimed at benefiting local communities within the breakaway territories, as well as in other conflict-affected regions of Georgia.  Following the parliamentary elections of October 2012 and the presidential elections in October 2013, Georgia’s new government plans to reinvigorate the stalled reconciliation and peacebuilding processes involving the de facto authorities and communities of the breakaway territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. This creates an environment conducive to undertaking renewed efforts aimed at establishing and advancing People to People (P2P) contacts.

USAID’s Mission in Georgia will consider applications for programming that seek to fit into the Mission’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) for Georgia 2013-2017 (available at: http://georgia.usaid.gov/node/1140).  The development of People to People (P2P) and Track II mechanisms are the principal planned results of the Strategy.  Developing creative P2P approaches would augment the Mission's current and planned activities centered on health care, youth, skills/workforce development, and cross-community interaction in the conflict-affected areas and regions located across the administrative boundary lines (ABLs). Participation of women in decision-making and peace building is expected to be an integral part of activities aimed at achieving these results.  Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Strategy focusing on Development Objective 3 (Increasingly stable, integrated and healthy society) and, more specifically, Intermediate Result 3.1 (Increased engagement with the occupied territories) under Development Objective 3. 

In addition, applicants are encouraged to:

  • Focus on a limited number of coherently structured short- and medium-term interventions, clearly indicating how these interventions would help pave the way for longer-term conflict mitigation.
  • Draw on people-to-people activities for divided communities across both ABLs.
  • Build on USAID’s current and past activities for conflict-affected communities in the areas of healthcare, youth, and cross-community interaction.
  • Promote women’s participation in proposed activities.
  • Reflect creative and innovative approaches to address the drivers of conflict, and aim at tangible development benefits.

Pre-application conference:  USAID Mission in Georgia is planning to host a pre-application conference on March 10, 2014 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel at 11:00 a.m.  Interested applicants should confirm their attendance to Yana Adelberg at: yadelberg@usaid.gov by COB March 6, 2014.

Interested applicants should submit (a) their questions on this announcement, and (b) names of their representatives (maximum two per organization) planning to attend the information session (that will be conducted in English) via e-mail to Yana Adelberg, Regional Contracting Office, USAID Mission in Georgia at: yadelberg@usaid.gov no later than March 5, 2014.

Questions and Answers from the pre-application conference

Application Submission Deadline:  The closing date for this APS is Friday, March 28, 2014. To be eligible applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014.  Applications received after this deadline will be disqualified from the competition.  Please submit your applications to Yana Adelberg, Regional Contracting Office, USAID Mission in Georgia at: yadelberg@usaid.gov

Please inquire immediately with the relevant mission Point of Contact if your application has not been acknowledged within 24 business hours of submission.  If your organization has not received an official confirmation from USAID then your application has not been received and will not be considered for review.  See the detailed submission instructions in the APS.

Queries:  For any acquisition questions regarding this APS, kindly contact USAID/M/OAA/DCHA first at: CMMAPS@usaid.gov.  If further assistance is necessary, you may contact Ray Richards at: rrichards@usaid.gov

To see the announcement in full, please visit the following link:

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=251741

Date 
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 3:15pm

Last updated: March 13, 2014