Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Embassy Seoul PAS Annual Program Statement
Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-SEOUL-FY16-01
Posted Date: December 31, 2015
Original Closing Date for Application: September 30, 2016
Ceiling of Individual Award Amounts: $100,000
Floor of Individual Award Amounts: $1,000
CFDA Number: 19.040 - Public Diplomacy Programs
I. FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION
The U.S. Embassy Seoul Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. This is an Annual Program Statement, outlining our funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding. Please carefully follow all instructions below.
Purpose of Small Grants: PAS awards a limited number of grants to individuals, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and academic institutions to support exchange between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea with the aim of improving mutual respect and understanding. PAS will only consider grants that have an American component or aspect in their proposal.
The PAS Small Grants Program projects may include, but are not limited to:
-Academic and professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs;
-Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions;
-Cultural heritage conservation and preservation projects;
-Professional, and academic exchanges and projects;
-Professional development workshops and training;
Category of Funding Activity:
I. U.S. – ROK ALLIANCE
Security issues, denuclearization, non-proliferation, counter-terrorism, law enforcement cooperation.
Promoting understanding of U.S. policy, business practices, culture and values; economic partnership, leadership role for the United States in Asia; ROK-Japan relations; US-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation.
IV. TRANSNATIONAL CHALLENGES
Human rights; women, North Korean refugees, multi-ethnic, LGBT, marginalized populations; clean energy; climate change, health.
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
When cost sharing is offered, it is understood and agreed that the applicant must provide the amount of cost sharing as stipulated in its proposal. The U.S. Embassy Seoul Public Affairs Section encourages, but does not mandate, that applicants include cost-sharing elements from additional sources in support of their proposals.
The following types of projects are not eligible for funding:
• Requests by organizations and individuals who are neither Korean nor American;
• Those relating to partisan political activity;
• Charitable activities;
• Construction projects;
• Projects that support specific religious activities;
• International travel, unless specifically justified within the project;
• Trade activities;
• Fund-raising campaigns;
• Commercial projects;
• Scientific research;
• Projects aiming only at primary institutional development of the organization; or
• Projects that duplicate existing projects.
II. AWARD INFORMATION
Funding Instrument Type: Grant or cooperative agreement. Cooperative agreements are different from grants in that PAS staff are more actively involved in proposal execution and anticipate having moderate to substantial involvement once the award has been made.
Project and Budget Periods: Grant projects generally must be completed in one year or less. PAS will entertain applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the initial budget period on a non-competitive basis subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the program, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the U.S. Department of State.
Applicants should consider their budgets carefully and submit a budget commensurate with their project goals. While PAS will consider proposals up to $100,000, projects that are smaller in scope are more likely to be considered.
This notice is subject to funds available.
III. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION
The U.S. Embassy Seoul Public Affairs Section encourages applications from organizations located in the Republic of Korea:
Registered not-for-profit organizations, such as think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience
IV. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
The U.S. Embassy Seoul Public Affairs Section will accept proposals throughout the year and will review proposals according to the following schedule:
Proposals received between January 1 and March 31 will be reviewed by April 20, with responses going out by April 30.
Proposal received between April 1 and June 30 will be reviewed by July 20, with responses going out by July 31.
Proposal received between July 1 and Sep. 30 will be reviewed by Oct. 20, with responses going out by Oct 31.
All documents are in English
All budgets are in U.S. dollars
All pages are numbered
All documents are formatted to 8 ½ x 11 paper, and
All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.
The following documents are required:
A. Cover Letter: Applicants must submit a cover letter on the organization’s letterhead containing the proposal’s submission date, project title, project period (start date and completion date), and purpose of the project.
B. Proposal: The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do.
Applicants must submit a complete proposal that includes the items listed below. (The proposal should not exceed 15 pages total.)
Proposal Summary (Brief narrative that outlines the proposed project, including project objectives and anticipated influence of the project)
Introduction to the Organization (A description of past and present operations)
Please include information on all previous grants from the U.S. Embassy and/or U.S. government agencies.
Problem Statement (Clear, concise and well-supported statement of the problem to be addressed and why the proposed project is needed)
Project Goals and Objectives (The “goals” describe what the project is intended to have achieved at its completion. How will it further the relationship between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea? The “objectives” refer to the intermediate accomplishments on the way to the goals. These should be achievable and measurable. [)]
Program Methods and Design (A description of how the project is expected to work and solve or address the stated problem)
Project Activities (Specific activities related to the objectives that must be reached and the methods used to achieve the stated objectives)
Proposed Project Schedule (The proposed timeline for undertaking and completing the specific project activities. Dates, times, and locations of planned activities and events should be included.)
Key Personnel (Names, titles, roles and experience/background on the key personnel to be involved in the project)
Who will work on the project?
What responsibilities will they have?
What qualifications do they have?
What proportion of their time will be used in support of this project?
Project Monitoring and Evaluation (This is an important part of successful grants. Throughout the time-frame of the grant, how will the activities be monitored to ensure they are happening in a timely manner, and how will the program be evaluated to make sure it is meeting the goals of the grant?)
Future Funding or Sustainability (Applicant’s plan for continuation beyond the grant period, or the availability of other resources, if applicable)
Proposed Budget (Listing of all project expenses, consistent with the proposal narrative, project activities and USG-wide budget categories)
Types and amounts of funding your organization has received for the current project from other partners should be included.
Please see sectionVII. Guidelines for Budget Submissionsbelow for further information.
Any entity that requests PAS financing must register for a DUNS number which is a unique nine-digit identification number. DUNS Number assignment is free for organizations required to register with the federal government for grants. Begin the process here:
Steps for Foreign Organization to Obtain a DUNS Number
F. Official Permission Letters: If applicable for project activities, official permission letters from the relevant authorities to carry out the project must be obtained. For example, a permission letter from provincial authorities might be needed for certain projects. If the applicant intends to work with educational institutions such as schools/universities, an official permission letter from the relevant educational institution/authorities may be needed in order to carry out the project. In the case of an applicant that is affiliated with another organization, a permission letter from the parent organization may be requested.
G. How to Apply: All application materials must be submitted to SeoulPDGrants@state.gov with “PAS FY16 NOFO” and the applicant organization’s name in the subject line of the email.
Proposals that do not meet the requirements above will not be considered.
V. REVIEW AND SELECTION PROCESS
Each application submitted under this announcement will be evaluated and rate on the basis of the evaluation criteria outlined below. The criteria listed are designed to assess the quality of the proposed project and to determine the likelihood of its success. The criteria are closely related and are considered as a whole in judging the overall quality of an application. Applications will be reviewed on the basis of their completeness, coherence, clarity and attention to detail.
Organizational capacity: The organization has expertise in its stated field and PAS is confident of its technical capacity to undertake the project. This includes a financial management system and a bank account.
Goals and objectives: Goals and objectives are clearly stated and project approach is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results.
Embassy priorities: Applicant has clearly described how stated goals are related to and support U.S. Embassy Seoul’s priority areas.
Sustainability: Project activities will continue to have positive impact after the end of the project.
Feasibility: Analysis of the project’s economic, organizational and technical feasibility. This is related to the project approach, budget items requested and technical/human resource capacity of the organization.
Budget: The budget justification is both reasonable and realistic in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results. Grants will be awarded to programs with the highest impact per dollar spent.
Monitoring and evaluation plan: Applicant demonstrates it is able to measure program success against key indicators and provide milestones to indicate progress toward goals outlined in the proposal. The project includes a systematic recording and periodic analysis of selected information on the project activities.
VI. AWARD ADMINISTRATION
Award Notices: The grant award or cooperative agreement shall be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the Grants Officer. The Grants Officer is the U.S. government official delegated the authority by the U.S. Department of State Procurement Executive to write, award, and administer grants and cooperative agreements. The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document and it will be provided to the recipient. Organizations whose applications will not be funded will also be notified in writing.
If a proposal is selected for funding, the Department of State has no obligation to provide any additional future funding in connection with the award. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the total discretion of the Department of State.
Payment Method: The standard form SF-270 Request for Advance or Reimbursement Payments may be submitted in the amounts required by the recipient to carry out the purpose of this award. Payments will be made in at least two installments and the initial installment may not exceed the amount of 80%.
Reporting Requirements: All awards issued under this announcement will require both program and financial reports on a frequency specified in the award agreement. The disbursement of funds may be tied to submission of these reports in a timely manner.
All other details related to award administration will be specified in the award agreement as well. Final programmatic and financial reports are due 90 days after the close of the project period. Progress reports at a minimum should be submitted via electronic mail to an address to be provided in the award.
VII. Guidelines for Budget Submissions
Personnel: Use this budget category for wages, salaries, and benefits of temporary or permanent staff who will be working directly for the applicant on the project.
Travel: Use this budget category for the estimated costs of travel and per diem for this project. If the project involves international travel, include a brief statement of justification for that travel either in the Project Activities Description or as an attachment.
Equipment: Use this budget category for all tangible, non-expendable (non-disposable) machinery, furniture, and other personal property having a useful life of more than one year (or a life longer than the duration of the project), and a cost of $5,000 or more per unit.
Supplies: Use this category for building, conservation, and other materials that will be consumed (used up) during the course of the project. If an item costs more than $5,000 per unit, then put it in the budget under Equipment.
Contractual: Use this budget category for goods and services that the applicant intends to acquire through a contract with a vendor, such as masonry repair and re-pointing services that include the costs of materials as part of a contract, or professional photographic services that include photographic prints as part of the contract.
Other Direct Costs: Use this budget category for other costs directly associated with the project, which do not fit any of the other categories. Examples include shipping costs for materials and equipment, and the costs of utilities (water, electricity, Internet) required for the project.
Applicable taxes, if any, should be included as part of your budget.
"Other" or “Miscellaneous” expenses must be itemized and explained.
"Cost Sharing" refers to contributions other than the U.S. Embassy Seoul grant being applied for. It includes in-kind contributions such as volunteers’ time, donated venues, admin support, etc. “Counterpart contributions” by the involved organizations are encouraged and funds or in-kind, such as staff time, space, etc., should be mentioned in the estimated value of contribution.
Entertainment and Alcoholic Beverages Not Funded: Please note that U.S. Embassy Seoul does not provide any funding for entertainment or alcoholic beverages in its grants. If you feel that these are important to the project, you may want to consider such expenses as part of your cost-share.
Note: Once an application has been submitted, State Department officials and staff -- both in the Department and at embassies overseas -- may not discuss this competition with applicants until the entire proposal review process is completed.
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