U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. EMBASSY SARAJEVO, OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
Funding Opportunity Title: DEMOCRACY COMMISSION SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM
Funding Opportunity Number: 001- FY2021
Deadline for Application: Friday, March 12, 2021
CFDA Number: 19.900
A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The United States Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, through the Office of Public Affairs, is pleased to announce a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program.
DEMOCRACY COMMISSION SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM
This program supports NGO efforts to promote grassroots democracy, viable civil society in BiH, and the promotion of Euro-Atlantic integration. This program aims to increase faith in institutions of government and civil society and increase a sense of civic identity in BiH society. This may be accomplished through media outreach, public advocacy campaigns, workshops, and other activities.
Projects should deal with one of the following themes
- Euro-Atlantic integration
- Democratic Political Processes, with special emphasis on electoral reform and the recommendations in the OSCE/ODIHR .
B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION
Length of Performance Period: 12 months
Number of Awards Anticipated: At least 14 depending on amount of each grant
Award Amounts: Awards may range from USD 1,000 to USD 50,000
Total Available Funding: USD 500,000
Type of Funding: FY20/21 Assistance to Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia (AEECA) under the Foreign Assistance Act
Anticipated Award Date: July/August 2021
Funding Instrument Type: Grant, Fixed Amount Award (FAA), Cooperative Agreement
Award related to this notice is subject to availability of funding.
PROJECT PERFORMANCE PERIOD
The budget for single project proposals for the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program should not exceed USD 50,000 and program activities are envisioned to take place beginning in July of 2021. Please note that the precise timeframe in which grant money will be received cannot be guaranteed. Grantees should design projects that can be implemented if money is received after July of 2021.
C. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
C1. Who can apply: Non-government, non-profit organizations (including think tanks, civil society organizations), educational institutions and independent media that are based and legally registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina are eligible to apply. American or other donor country organizations and individuals are not eligible for grants under this program. Grants are generally awarded only to organizations.
C2. Other eligibility requirements: All organizations must have DUNS unique entity identifier and a valid registration on SAM.gov before their projects proposals can be funded. Organization must obtain a DUNS number and SAM registration in order to receive funding. Please see Section E for information on how to obtain these registrations.
C3. Proposals from prior grantees: Organizations may only submit one proposal per program. Organizations that have received a grant from the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program in a previous cycle and have not completed their projects are not eligible to apply for another Democracy Commission Small grant until they have submitted their final reports, but may still apply for grants from the Women’s Empowerment Small Grants Program or the Interethnic Reconciliation and Youth Small Grants Program.
D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION
D1. Mandatory application forms: Your application cannot be reviewed without all of the below elements. All forms and instructions are available on our web site, under Application Package on the top of this page.
Please note: Obtaining the DUNS number and registering in the SAM system can take up to one month. We strongly encourage you to start this process as soon as possible.
- SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations). Please make sure to include your DUNS number in the application.
- SF424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction programs)
- Project Proposal (6 pages maximum): The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do.
D2. General Guidelines: Please read all instructions carefully – proposals that do not meet the requirements listed here will not be considered for funding.
- All proposals must be written and submitted in English.
- Proposals may not exceed 6 pages in length (including budget and checklist) in Times New Roman Size 12 font.
- All fields in the grant application form and check-list must be completed and sent via email as one document.
- Project duration may not exceed 12 months.
- Grants are normally made on a one-time basis and reiterations of past programs usually do not receive funding. If you are requesting support to fund a repetition of a project you previously implemented, you must include a very strong justification as to why the repetition is necessary.
- Please submit your filled in application to the following e-mail address: DemcomBiH@state.gov.
The deadline for submission of the Democracy Commission Small Grants proposals /supporting documentation is Friday, February 5, 2021 by COB (close of business ) 17:00.
Upon submission, please request a confirmation of the receipt of your application.
D3. Budget Guidelines: Any application not meeting the budget requirements below will not be considered for funding.
- Detailed budget should be written in USD, with a maximum amount of USD 50,000.
- Budget should NOT include VAT expenses; organizations will be able to be reimbursed VAT money.
- Budget costs should be grouped into the following categories:
- Personnel costs (salaries for staff who already work for your organization, fees for project manager, project coordinator/assistant, and or accountant)
- Fringe (social and pension insurance contributions)
- Travel (transportation costs, lodging, meals and incidentals)
- Supplies (office supplies and other materials for project implementation)
- Contractual (fees for trainers, moderators, experts, and educators, who do NOT normally work for your organization but who are engaged to implement certain project activities, printing of promotional materials, renting of space/equipment, broadcasting of TV and radio shows, web site development, and other contractual services needed for project implementation.)
- Other direct costs: (office rent, utilities, phone/fax/internet, office supplies, bank charges, etc.)
- Costs for food or drink should not exceed 10% of the total award amount. This includes expenses associated with individual per diems for grant-related activities.
- Alcohol, entertainment, or “miscellaneous” expenses are not allowed.
- Costs incurred before the grant period start date will not be reimbursed.
Grant funds may not be used for the following:
- Long-term infrastructure needs
- Funds may not be used to pay for travel to the United States. Projects involving regional travel will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and must have a clear justification outlining why the travel is integral to the project.
- Provision of direct social services to a population
- Vocational training, for example teaching participants to weld, perform electrical work, sew, raise bees, etc.
- Partisan political activity (Note: non-partisan election education and public information activities are allowable.)
- Funding of charitable activity and humanitarian aid, commercial projects, or fund-raising campaigns
D4. Application Instructions: Please read carefully and complete each question as instructed. Omitting any of the requested information will delay the review of your proposal and may result in it being eliminated from consideration.
Program Type: Please indicate which program you are applying for (Democracy Commission) .
Applicant’s Contact Information:
- Implementing organization: Specify the officially registered name of the organization.
- Contact person and title: Name and the title of the person who is authorized to sign official documents, if different from the Project Coordinator. You may state the name of the Project Coordinator too.
- Address/Postal Code and City
- Phone number
- E-mail: Please include both the general email address for your organization and the email address of the project coordinator or person who is authorized to sign official documents..
Basic Information about the Proposal:
- Project title:
- Amount requested (USD)/Amount of cost share (USD)/Total cost (USD): Please list the amount of funding requested from the Embassy. If there is a cost share (another organization covering part of the total cost of the project), please list the amount here. Please list the total cost of the project which you get when you sum the amount you request from U.S. Embassy and amount of co-share.
- Elevator pitch: In 50 words or less, describe what your project is designed to accomplish and why it should receive support from the U.S. Embassy.
- Definition of situation: Clearly identify the problem your project will address. Please explain what causes the problem, and what aspect of the this cause you are addressing. For example: A particular office/agency has procurement processes that leave them open to corruption. The problem is that speed is prioritized over cost and only one person has to sign off on purchases.
- Project outcomes: Please explain how you want to solve this problem by explaining the outcomes of your project. Outcome is defined as the impact or change in a participant’s knowledge, skills and/or attitudes as well as the longer-term effect on their organization or community. For example, the project will result in a new procurement process for the office, or the project will result in an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the procurement process.
- Description of project activities: Explain the activities you plan to implement as part of the project in order to reach the outcome.
- Activity locations: List the cities/towns/communities where the project activities will take place.
- Project beneficiaries: Describe the anticipated beneficiaries of your project, including estimated number and age range, i.e.,“employees of the office who work on procurement will participate; they will benefit from the new process; and citizens will benefit from a more transparent procurement process that saves tax payer money.”
- Project schedule and timeline: Note your project duration in months and give an overview of the schedule. If you have a specific timeframe, please list the dates and explain why your project must take place within that timeframe. Please note that grant money could be received any time between July and August 2021, depending on the U.S. budget cycle.
- Project partners: If you are implementing your project jointly with any other organizations, please list the names and type of involvement of those partner organizations. A partner organization is an organization with which you work to develop and implement the project. Partner organizations also need to obtain DUNS numbers. Please note: contractors you engage to deliver goods or services such as trainers, web developers or suppliers are NOT partner organizations.
- Key personnel: List the names, titles and roles of key personnel involved in the project, including organization staff and any experts or trainers you will engage to implement the project. Give a brief overview (1-2 sentences) of their experience/qualifications. What proportion of their time will be used in support for your project?
- Anticipated outputs of the project: Output is defined as the direct and tangible results of the project activities ( number of people trained, number of public advocacy campaigns conducted, number of media articles or social media posts about corruption etc.)
- Monitoring and Evaluation plan: The proposal should outline in detail how project success and impact will be determined. Please include how you intend to measure the success of the project – this could involve pre- and post-project surveys of participants; it could be evidence that your project changed/improved a situation. For the initial example, it could be proof of the adoption of a new procurement process or it could be a post-project report that indicates the amount of money saved in the first six months after the project. If effective evaluation involved follow up more than a year after the initial grant, we are open to a grant that will allow this. We encourage you to consider the following examples of indicators to use when evaluating your project
- Participant satisfaction with the program.
- Participant learning, such as increased knowledge, aptitude, skills, and changed understanding and attitude. Learning includes both substantive (subject-specific) learning and mutual understanding.
- Participant behavior, such as concrete actions to apply knowledge in work or community; greater participation and responsibility in civic organizations; interpretation and explanation of experiences and new knowledge gained; continued contacts between participants, community members, and others.
- Institutional changes, such as increased collaboration and partnerships, policy reforms, new programming, and organizational improvements.
- Please note: Consideration should be given to the appropriate timing of data collection for each level of outcome. For example, satisfaction is usually captured as a short-term outcome, whereas behavior and institutional changes are normally considered longer-term outcomes
- Project sustainability: Please explain your plans for follow-on activities after the grant period ends to ensure project impact continues. Example: “After the workshop series, the participants will continue to meet and serve as a support network to each other, as well as mentor other young people.”
- Background of implementing organization: Briefly explain the mission of the organization, date of registration, number of employees, their work experience, number of volunteers, past and current programs implemented, as well as its technical and management capacity. Please briefly explain what internal controls procedures you have put in place to manage grant funds.
- Previous U.S. Government funding: Indicate whether the implementing organization has received previous funding from the U.S. Government. If so, please state the name of the project, the year and the amount of funding for each project.
Present the budget in the form of a spreadsheet, in USD amounts, dividing the budget into the categories delineated in the application. Ensure that your stated project activities are properly budgeted based on reasonable market price for personnel, fringe, travel, contractual services, supplies, and other direct costs. The ratio between administrative costs (personnel, fringe and other direct costs) and program costs (travel, supplies and contractual) will have impact to project evaluation. Cost sharing is not required. However, the Recipient may present cost-sharing on voluntary basis including in-kind contributions. The absence of cost sharing will not in any way impact evaluation of the project. However, if the Recipient includes cost sharing in the project proposal, then the Recipient is accountable for providing it. In the event the Recipient does not provide the minimum amount of cost-sharing as stipulated in the Recipient’s approved budget, the government contribution may be reduced in kind.
Please explain your budget in narrative form, detail personnel duties, list names of trainers/moderators/experts and project staff and break down travel and lodging costs (i.e., how many people, how many overnights, cost per person per day).
E. HOW TO APPLY FOR REQUIRED 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.
E1. Who must apply? 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
- www.SAM.gov registration
E2. First, get your DUNS Number
Please use the link to obtain your DUNS number. The system is set up to be user-friendly and we encourage you to use it to obtain your DUNS number for yourself. However, if you experience problems, you may seek further assistance from:
To get a DUNS number please contact:
Bisnode BH, Vrazova 8, 71000 Sarajevo
Tel: +387 33 215 454
+387 33 215 452
E3. Next, get your NCAGE/CAGE code
- To apply, go to CAGE/NCAGE Code Request page
- Instructions for the NCAGE application process are available here.
- For NCAGE help from outside the U.S., call 1-269-961-7766
- Email: NCAGE@dlis.dla.mil for any problems in getting an NCAGE code.
E4. After you receive your NCAGE code, complete your SAM.gov registration
- To register in the SAM system, go to their web site.
- Please read the Quick Guide for International Entity Registration which is the part of the Application Package you can find on the top of this page.
- SAM registration must be renewed annually, so even if you are already registered in SAM from a previous grant, please check to see if your registration is still valid.
- Entities registering in SAM must submit a letter appointing their authorized Entity Administrator. Please check the template of the letter which is the part of the application package.
However, if you experience any problem in registering in SAM.gov use the following link to register for live chat, so the SAM administrators can answer your questions. Working hours for this service are from Monday through Friday after 14:00.
E5. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION
All proposals will be evaluated by the Democracy Commission review panel on the below criteria.
- Quality and feasibility of the project idea. The proposal is well developed, innovative and offers creative solutions with all necessary details about how project activities will be carried out (location, number of participants, events to organize, media coverage etc.) (25 points)
- Outcomes. Project clearly identifies goals and objectives of the project and is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving proposed results. (15 points)
- Organizational capacity and record on previous grants. The organization demonstrates expertise and the ability to perform the proposed activities. (25 points)
- Budget and narrative justification are completed and reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results. (10 points)
- Monitoring and evaluation. The proposal outlines in detail how project success and impact will be determined. This will include methods to measure project impact and/or indicators/milestones to indicate project progress towards achieving the outcomes outlined in the proposal. (15 points)
- Sustainability. The proposal needs to contain information about sustainability of the project. Project activities should continue to have a positive impact after the end of the project. Proposals should explain this future impact and/or sustainability of the project. (10 points)
F. FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
F1. Federal Award Notices
The grant award will be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the Grants Officer and the grants management team. The Recipient may only start incurring project expenses beginning on the start date shown on the grant award document signed by the Grant Officer. The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document and it will be provided to the recipient for review and signature by email.
Funding decisions are contingent on the availability of funds. Total amount for this program may not exceed 700,000 USD. The U.S. Embassy reserves the right to cancel this Notice of Funding Opportunity at any time without any commitment to any applicant.
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.
Payment Method: The payment of the award amount will be effected in two or three installments. Certain percentage of the total award amount up to 50 % of the total award amount will be paid immediately after signing the grant and submission of the valid bank account by Recipient. However, if the project implementation requires a higher percentage of advance payment than 50 % , the Office of Public Affairs will make a payment based on the Recipient’s justification. The rest will be paid upon submission of the interim and final program and financial reports by Recipient. Each award document will contain detailed payment information. The USG holds the right to retain the last payment up to 10 % of the award amount until all project activities are completed and the final program and financial reports submitted by the Recipient and approved by the Grant Officer and the Grant Officer Representative.
F2. Terms and Conditions
Before submitting an application, applicants may wish to review all the terms and conditions and required certifications which will apply to this award, to ensure that they will be able to comply. These include:
- 2 CFR 25 – UNIVERSAL IDENTIFIER AND SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT
- 2 CFR 170 – REPORTING SUBAWARD AND EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION INFORMATION
- 2 CFR 175 – AWARD TERM FOR TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS
- 2 CFR 182 – GOVERNMENTWIDE REQUIREMENTS FOR DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE (FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE)
- 2 CFR 183 – NEVER CONTRACT WITH THE ENEMY
- 2 CFR 600 – DEPARTMENT OF STATE REQUIREMENTS
- S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS
In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s guidance located at 2 CFR part 200, all applicable Federal laws, and relevant Executive guidance, the Department of State will review and consider applications for funding, as applicable to specific programs, pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity in accordance with the following: NOTE:
- President’s September 2, 2020 memorandum, entitled Memorandum on Reviewing Funding to State and Local Government Recipients of Federal Funds that Are Permitting Anarchy, Violence, and Destruction in American Cities;
- Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping (E.O. 13950);
- Executive Order on Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence (E.O. 13933); and
- Guidance for Grants and Agreements in Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR), as updated in the Federal Register’s 85 FR 49506 on August 13, 2020, particularly on:
- Selecting recipients most likely to be successful in delivering results based on the program objectives through an objective process of evaluating Federal award applications (2 CFR part 200.205),
- Prohibiting the purchase of certain telecommunication and video surveillance services or equipment in alignment with section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (Pub. L. No. 115—232) (2 CFR part 200.216),
- Promoting the freedom of speech and religious liberty in alignment with Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty (E.O. 13798) and Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities (E.O. 13864) (§§ 200.300, 200.303, 200.339, and 200.341),
Providing a preference, to the extent permitted by law, to maximize use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States (2 CFR part 200.
Terminating agreements in whole or in part to the greatest extent authorized by law, if an award no longer effectuates the program goals or agency priorities (2 CFR part 200.340)
F.3. Reporting Requirements
Recipients will be required to submit financial reports and program reports. The award document will specify the forms and how often these reports must be submitted.
FEDERAL AWARDING AGENCY CONTACTS
The U.S. Embassy receives hundreds of proposals and takes time to carefully review each application. We expect to inform applicants of the status of their proposals approximately 4-6 months from the closing date of this Notice of Funding Opportunity. Funding decisions are contingent on the availability of funds. The U.S. Embassy reserves the right to cancel this Notice of Funding Opportunity at any time without any commitment to any applicant.
For more information, please contact us by phone: + 387 33 704-344, 704-285, 704-300, fax: + 387 33 704-432 or e-mail DemcomBiH@state.gov