Issuance Date: December 11, 2013
Closing Date: January 6, 2014
Closing Time: 17:00 Pristina Time
Subject: Request for Concept Papers for Expanding Participation of People with Disabilities Program – 2013 Disability Funding
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kosovo would like to bring to the attention of prospective Kosovo organizations and existing USAID recipients and contractors an exciting funding opportunity to increase the participation of people with disabilities (PWDs) in USAID programs/activities and strengthen the capacity and services of Disabled People’s Organizations – DPOs.
In compliance with its Disability Policy, USAID continues to work toward fuller inclusion of people with disabilities in its foreign policy and development efforts. For more information about USAID and Disability Inclusive Development you can visit http://www.usaid.gov/what-we-do/democracy-human-rights-and-governance/protecting-human-rights/disability
USAID/Kosovo seeks concept papers from interested eligible prospective Kosovo organizations and from its implementing partners of ongoing projects to propose innovative and effective approaches that increase participation of PWDs in Kosovo and strengthen the capacity of local DPOs, as more detailed in Attachment 1.
Subject to the availability of funds, USAID/Kosovo anticipates awarding one or more grant(s) / cooperative agreement(s) ranging from $20,000 to $300,000 per individual grant / cooperative agreement resulting from this request for application. More detailed description of this Request is in Attachment 1, Mission Specific Information.
The anticipated start date for this activity is on or about June 30, 2014.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS TO ALL OFFERORS/APPLICANTS:
In order to promote consistency and for ease of review, all applicants must use the standard application form which is included as Attachment 2. Submissions using other formats will not be considered.
Applications should be no longer than eight pages (plus two cover letter and attachments.)
Hard copies of the instructions with attachment 1 and Attachment 2 may be picked up at USAID/Kosovo at Arberia/Dragodan, Nazim Hikmet 30, Pristina, Kosovo (at the US Embassy).
The deadline for submission of questions is December 30, 2013 at 17:00 hours Local Pristina Time. USAID will respond to all questions by January 3, 2014.
The deadline for submission of the concept papers is January 6, 2014 at 17:00 hours Local Pristina Time.
The selection process will be conducted in two phases. USAID/Kosovo will conduct an initial screening of all concept papers received by the deadline based on the criteria outlined in Attachment 1. Selected applications will be forwarded by USAID/KOSOVO to USAID/Washington for a final review. USAID/KOSOVO will contact you once the final selection of successful applicant(s) has been made.
Please note that the issuance of this Request for Concept Papers 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 an application. The applications are submitted at the risk of the applicant. All preparation and submission costs are at the submitter's expense. In addition, final award of any resultant grant or cooperative agreement cannot be made until funds have been fully appropriated, allocated, and committed through internal USAID procedures. While it is anticipated that these procedures will be successfully completed, potential applicants are hereby notified of these requirements and conditions for award.
We hope you will take advantage of the opportunities this request provides to expand and extend the work that USAID/Kosovo is doing to reduce barriers and provide full participation of PWDs in Kosovo.
We strongly encourage you to invest time and energy in developing your project idea and submitting your application.
Attachment 1: Mission Specific Information [DOCX, 29K]
Attachment 2: Disability Application Form [DOCX, 22K]
Last updated: December 10, 2013