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USAID SCORE Annual Program Statement

USAID Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Activity

Announcement Type: Annual Program Statement
Funding Opportunity Number: SCORE-APS-001
Issuance Date: 28 August 2018
Questions for First Round of Evaluations Due: On-going basis
Deadline for Submission of Concept Papers: See below for Round of Deadlines
Final Closing Date: 28 August 2019
Submit Concept Papers to: SCOREAPS@globalcommunities.org

Concept paper submission deadline:
Round one deadline: 20 September 2018
Round two deadline: 15 November 2018
Round three deadline: 15 January 2019
Round four deadline: 15 March 2019
Round five deadline: 15 May 2019
Round six deadline: 15 July 2019
Round seven deadline: 28 August 2019

To Interested Applicants:

The purpose of this Annual Program Statement (APS) is to solicit applications for funding from the USAID Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Activity. Global Communities, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is announcing a two-step process:

Step 1: Applicants submit concept papers;
Step 2: Full applications from shortlisted applicants

This process is intended to select eligible proposals to implement activities to cover the following areas of intervention in social cohesion and reconciliation:

  1. Engage with community, citizen-driven initiatives and networks to strengthen and promote social cohesion and reconciliation.
  2. Reduce socio economic disparities and exclusions by supporting recovery and resettlement of conflict-affected populations, create economic opportunities for the most marginalized communities and strengthen Local Government bodies and CBOs to provide sustainable services to the most marginalized communities and populations.
  3. Enhance community resilience by providing access to psychosocial and trauma healing services and creates opportunities for youth and women to exercise leadership in promoting responsible citizenship and reconciliation.
  4. Any other innovative, non- traditional, wide-ranging national or local level special activities to promote social cohesion and reconciliation

This APS solicits applications for interventions that seek to transform relationships from the community to the national government level, to build horizontal and vertical social capital and foster the capacity to leverage that social capital for increased resilience and a vision of shared Sri Lankan identity. This approach is based on the growing evidence that sustainable impact toward reconciliation and peacebuilding is best achieved by combining interpersonal approaches that engage individuals and communities in skills building and attitude change and institutional approaches that are led by government to implement supportive policies and mechanisms.

The applications for interventions should be able to be implemented in districts throughout Sri Lanka, but particularly in the SCORE Year 1 target districts of Jaffna, Vavuniya, Trincomalee and Moneragala. Applicants should clearly mention the geographic areas in which project activities will be implemented.

SCORE, on behalf of USAID, anticipates awarding grants to successful applicants submitted in response to this APS. Competition for this APS will be open for twelve months on a rolling basis. All concept papers for review in the first round of evaluations are due by 15 September 2018. Successful concept papers that fall within the criteria set forth in this APS may be invited to submit full proposals. Successful applications may be selected for funding by SCORE.

The length of the proposed activities or interventions can be up to one (1) year. The number of awards and amount of available funding is subject to change and Global Communities reserves the right to make no awards as a result of this APS.

Submission of questions: Questions on this APS should be addressed to SCOREAPS@globalcommunities.org and will be reviewed and answered on a rolling basis. Telephone calls regarding technical content will not be entertained.

The issuance of this APS does not constitute an award or commitment on the part of Global Communities, nor does it commit Global Communities to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a concept paper or an application. Global Communities reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted. Further, Global Communities reserves the right to make no awards as a result of this APS.

Last updated: September 06, 2018

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