Notice of Funding Opportunity: U.S. Embassy Abidjan Pangolin Education Project

Funding Opportunity Title:  U.S. Embassy Abidjan Pangolin Education Project

Deadline for Applications:               September 14, 2018

CFDA Number:                                19.017

Total Amount Available:                 $ 6500 

  1. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
    The U.S. Embassy Abidjan / Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to raise local populations’ awareness about the threatened and protected status of pangolins.

Thought to be among the most trafficked mammals in the world, pangolins are threatened by unsustainable and illegal international and domestic trade of their scales and their meat, as well as by habitat loss.  Despite protections under international and domestic laws, poaching and illegal trade in pangolins continue at a high rate.

Please carefully follow all instructions below. 

Program Objectives:

This grant’s objective is to raise local populations’ awareness about the threatened and protected status of pangolins and encourage their conservation.

Participants and Audiences:

The intended audiences should include both children and adults.   

  1. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION

Length of performance period: 9- 11 months

Number of awards anticipated: 1 award

Award amounts: maximum of $6500

Total available funding: $6500

Type of Funding: FY 18 OES Small Grants

Anticipated program start date:  October 2018 

This notice is subject to availability of funding. 

Funding Instrument Type:   Fixed Amount Award 

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months or less.

  1. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION
  1. Applicants should be not-for-profit environmental organizations with experience in education programs about local wildlife.
  1. Applicants must have experience teaching children about protected and threatened wildlife in Côte d’Ivoire.
  1. Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.
  1. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION
  1. Content and Form of Application Submission:

Please follow all instructions below carefully. Proposals must meet the requirements of this announcement, and we strongly recommend following the outline below in “3. Proposal.”

  1. Summary Page: The proposal should have a cover sheet stating the applicant name and organization, proposal date, program title, program period proposed start and end date, and brief purpose of the program.
  1. Proposal (4 pages maximum): The proposal should clearly and concisely describe the project, and pages should be numbered.
  • Proposal Summary: (Page 1) Short one-paragraph narrative that outlines the proposed program, including program objectives and anticipated impact.
  • Problem Statement: (Page 1) Clear and concise statement of the problem to be addressed and why the proposed program is needed
  • Introduction to the Organization applying: (Page 1) A brief one paragraph description of past and present operations, showing ability to carry out the program, including information on all previous grants from the U.S. Embassy and/or U.S. government agencies.
  • Program Goals and Objectives: (Page 2) The goals describe what the program is intended to achieve, and the objectives are the intermediate accomplishments on the way to the goals. These should be achievable and measurable.)
  • Program Activities: (Page 2) Describe the program activities and how they will help achieve the objectives and goals.
  • Proposed Program Schedule and Timeline:  (Page 3) The proposed timeline for the program activities.  Include estimated dates, times, and locations of planned activities and events.
  • Program Monitoring and Evaluation Plan:  (Page 3) Describe briefly how the activities  will be monitored to ensure they are happening in a timely manner, and how the program will be evaluated to make sure it is meeting the goals of the grant?
  • Budget: (Page 4) Please describe the estimated cost for the planned activities.  Budget should be in U.S. dollars
  1. Attachments : (if applicable)
  • 1-page CV or resume of key personnel who are proposed for the program
  • Letters of support from program partners.
  • Official permission letters, if required for program activities
  1. Other Registrations:

Any applicant listed on the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) in the System for Award Management (SAM) is not eligible to apply for an assistance award in accordance with the OMB guidelines at 2 CFR 180 that implement Executive Orders 12549 (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.” Additionally, no entity listed on the EPLS can participate in any activities under an award.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to review the EPLS in SAM to ensure that no ineligible entity is included.

All organizations applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain these registrations.  All are free of charge:

  • Unique entity identifier from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number)
  • NCAGE/CAGE code
  • System for Award Management, SAM.gov registration. The Embassy will assist the selected grantee with SAM registrations.
  1. Submission Dates and Times- Applications are due no later than 18:00 GMT on September 14, 2018. 
  1. Funding Restrictions– Funds cannot be used to harm wildlife. Please note that award funds cannot be used for alcoholic beverages. 
  1. Other Submission Requirements

Application materials must be submitted by email to SSHAbidjan@state.gov

or delivered to the U.S. Embassy at the following address: 

Political Section – OES Small Grants

United States Embassy

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

  1. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION
  1. Criteria– Each application will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the evaluation criteria outlined below.

Program Idea –:  The program idea is well developed, with detail about how program activities will be carried out. The proposal includes a reasonable implementation timeline.

Organizational Capacity and Record on Previous Grants –: The organization has expertise in its stated field and has the internal controls in place to manage federal funds.  This includes a financial management system and a bank account.

Program Planning/Ability to Achieve Objectives –: Goals and objectives are clearly stated and program approach is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results.

Budget –: The budget justification is detailed.  Costs are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results. The budget is realistic, accounting for all necessary expenses to achieve proposed activities.

Monitoring and evaluation plan –: Applicant demonstrates it is able to measure program success against key indicators and provides milestones to indicate progress toward goals outlined in the proposal. The program includes output and outcome indicators, and shows how and when those will be measured.

  1. Review and Selection Process– A Grants Review Committee will evaluate all eligible applications. Applications that are well-organized, clear and concise, without extraneous information will have an advantage.
  1. FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
  1. Federal Award Notices

The grant award or cooperative agreement will be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the Grants Officer. The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document and it will be provided to the recipient for review and signature by email. The recipient may only start incurring program expenses beginning on the start date shown on the grant award document signed by the Grants Officer.

If a proposal is selected for funding, the Department of State has no obligation to provide any additional future funding. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the discretion of the Department of State.

Issuance of this NOFO 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 proposals.  Further, the U.S. government reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received.

  1. Payment Method: Grantees will be paid through EFT in three installments- 30% at the beginning, 50% following the first report, with the remaining 20% after the second report.
  1. Reporting Requirements: Recipients will be required to submit three financial reports and three program reports, two during the project and a final report.
  1. Contact – If you have any questions about the grant application process, please contact: SSHAbidjan@state.gov.