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Request for Concept Papers for Expanding Participation of People with Disabilities Program – FY 2013 Disability Funding

Issuance Date: Closing Date:
Closing Time:
November 22, 2013
December 16, 2013
17:00 Skopje Time

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Macedonia would like to bring to the attention of prospective Macedonian 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

Subject to the availability of funds, USAID/Macedonia anticipates awarding (or to modify existing awards) one or more grant(s) / cooperative agreement(s)  ranging from $20,000 to $300,000 per individual grant / cooperative agreement expended over a two-year period.  The anticipated start date for this activity is on or about June 30, 2014.

USAID/Macedonia seeks concept papers from eligible prospective Macedonian organizations and from its implementing partners of ongoing projects to propose innovative and effective approaches that increase participation of PWDs in Macedonia and strengthen the capacity of local DPOs.  The proposed program(s) areas could include, but are not limited to: agriculture and food security; democracy, human rights & governance; economic growth and trade; education; environment and global climate change; sports; gender equality and women’s empowerment; and science, technology and innovation, among others. Capacity building programs for DPOs may include organizational capacity, advocacy efforts, cross-disability coalition building, coordination, and leadership and training.

You can find more detailed description of this Request in Attachment 1, Mission Specific Information.

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 made using other formats may not be considered.  Applications should be no longer than eight pages (plus cover letter and attachments.)  In addition, we have included a standardized reporting format in Attachment 3 that will be required for any funded activities.

The deadline for submission of the concept papers is 17:00 Skopje Time on December 16, 2013.  The concept papers should be submitted electronically to Mr. Risto Ricliev at rricliev@usaid.gov and to Ms. Vesna Stevkovska at vstevkovska@usaid.gov

Any questions concerning the Request for Concept Papers should be submitted in writing to Mr. Risto Ricliev at rricliev@usaid.gov and to Ms. Vesna Stevkovska at vstevkovska@usaid.gov .The deadline for submission of questions is December 2, 2013.

The selection process will be conducted in two phases.  USAID/Macedonia 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 to USAID/Washington for a final review.   

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 submitter.  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.

I hope you will take advantage of the opportunities this request provides to expand and extend the work that USAID/Macedonia is doing to reduce barriers and provide full participation of PWDs in Macedonia. 

I strongly encourage you to invest time and energy in developing your project idea and submitting your application.



Jennifer Connolly

Program Office Director



Attachment 1: Mission Specific Information

Attachment 2: Disability Application Form

Attachment 3: Mission Disability Reporting Form


Last updated: June 05, 2014

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