Pursuant to the authority contained in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), through the USAID Catalyst Project, implemented by SSG Advisors d/b/a Resonance, invites applications to respond to the Better Together Challenge/Juntos Es Mejor Challenge (the Challenge). Funding for this activity comes from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and potentially others (the Challenge partners), with support from the Catalyst project.

This Annual Program Statement (APS) supports the competition component of the Challenge, a global initiative to identify and mobilize the best forward-thinking solutions from anyone to provide immediate and long-term support to Venezuelans and host communities affected by this man-made regional crisis. The purpose of this APS is to share information about the Challenge, including: the types of activities the Challenge partners will consider; the funding available; the process and requirements for submitting applications; the criteria for evaluating applications; and additional relevant resources for prospective applicants.

Through this competition, the Challenge anticipates disbursing award funding from various Challenge partners. The competition intends to provide technical support to and finance innovative and context-aware solutions to problems in four focus areas - People, Productivity, Services, and Finance, and encourages solutions that cut across these areas, as described in Section 1 below, and that align with the principles described in Section 1. We are seeking applications from eligible solvers including; entrepreneurs, faithbased organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and community organizations who provide all information requested in Section III of the APS.

This APS and any future addendums can be downloaded from https://juntosesmejorve.org/. Issuance of this APS does not constitute a binding commitment on the part of the Challenge partners to issue an award, nor will the Challenge partners pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of any concept papers, engagement, collaboration, co-design, or full applications. The Better Together Challenge /Juntos Es Mejor Challenge reserves the right to fund any, or none, of the applications submitted under this APS.