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Partnership Opportunities


It takes many years for USAID to get funding and allocate it in a manner that is cohesive, strategic, and sustainable. At the Mission level, USAID programs the vast majority of its funding through contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements via solicitations for specific services or activities through Requests for Application (RFAs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Potential partners may also submit unsolicited proposals that do not relate to a USAID RFP or RFA. Unsolicited proposals should attempt to correspond to the USAID focus areas in a particular country or region.

USAID reviews all unsolicited proposals received. However, only those that contribute unique approaches and capacities consistent with the Agency’s objectives qualify for consideration for funding. Most USAID funds are fully committed to our current program. Only in exceptional cases are unsolicited proposals funded.

In Sri Lanka, USAID’s current programs focus on two areas important to the country’s long-term, equitable growth: 1) a strengthened partnership between the state and its citizens and 2) equitable economic growth, especially in former conflict areas.

For further information related to proposal requirements please view the following website for contracts (http://www.usaid.gov/ads/policy/300/302map) or grants (http://www.usaid.gov/ads/policy/300/30354s1).

Should you wish to submit a proposal outside of the procedures described above, please email infosl@usaid.gov or submit concept papers to the following address:

USAID/Sri Lanka, Attn: Office of Program and Policy Support, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka.

Current Opportunities


RFA#: RFA-383-14-00001
Issuance Date: June 18, 2014
Questions due by: July 1, 2014, 1700 hours, Colombo Time
Closing Date/Time: July 18, 2014, 1000 hours, Colombo Time


SUBJECT:      Request for Applications (RFA) Number RFA-383-14-00001

Sri Lanka Elections Support through Voter Education (ESVE) program


The United States Agency for International Development in Sri Lanka (USAID/Sri Lanka) is seeking applications for a Cooperative Agreement from indigenous local organizations to implement the Sri Lanka Elections Support through Voter Education (ESVE) program.

Subject to the availability of funds, the United States (U.S.) Government intends to award one cooperative agreement under this RFA. USAID/Sri Lanka however, reserves the right not to enter into any awards. The award will be made in accordance with evaluation procedures provided in Section V.1. USAID intends to provide $579,000 in total USAID funding to cover a twenty four (24) month period.

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring achievement of the program objectives. Please refer to the Program Description in Section I of this RFA for a complete statement of goals and expected results.

The RFA consists of this cover letter and the following:

  1. Section I, Funding Opportunity – Program Description
  2. Section II, Award Information
  3. Section III, Eligibility Information
  4. Section IV, Application and Submission Information
  5. Section V, Application Review Information
  6. Section VI, Award and Administration Information
  7. Section VII, Agency Contacts
  8. Section VIII, Other Information
  9. Attachment 1, Certifications and Assurances
  10. Attachment 2, Budget Template

To be eligible for an award, the applicant must provide all required information in its application, including the requirements found in all attachments. Applications that are submitted late, incomplete or are non-responsive will not be considered. Award will be made to the responsible applicant whose application best meets the requirements of this RFA and the evaluation criteria contained herein.

The Request for Applications (RFA) will be posted electronically via Grants.gov. This RFA and any future amendments can be downloaded from www.grants.gov. It is the responsibility of the prospective applicant to ensure that it has received the RFA and any future amendments from www.grants.gov. All interested parties are encouraged to register at www.grants.gov to receive automatic notification of amendments to this RFA. If you have difficulty accessing the RFA or its amendments at Grants.gov, please contact Mr. Saliya Navaratne at snavaratne@usaid.gov.

USAID/Sri Lanka requires that applications be submitted electronically (via e-mail). Please see Instructions Section IV.7 for additional details.

Issuance of this RFA 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 any costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application. Further, USAID reserves the right to reject any or all applications received. In addition, final award of any resultant Cooperative Agreement will not 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. All application preparation and submission costs are at the applicant's own expense.

All questions and requests for clarification must be received by July 1, 2014 no later than 1700 hours (Colombo time) and should be sent to the following email address: usaidsrilankaprocurement@usaid.gov with a copy to Saliya Navaratne, A & A Specialist, at snavaratne@usaid.gov. Applicants must not submit questions to any other USAID staff. Applicants should retain for their records one copy of all enclosures which accompany their application.

Assistance (Grant or Cooperative Agreement)

Opportunity Type:
Assistance (Grant or Cooperative Agreement)
Place of Performance:
Region, Country or Mission
Place of Performance:
Opportunity Close Date:

Last updated: October 21, 2014

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