Grants and Funding Opportunities

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Luanda, Angola (PAS Luanda) is pleased to request proposals for funding under the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Grants program. Additional notices of funding opportunities for activities that support a variety of other initiatives are also listed. Please read and follow all instructions carefully.

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. EMBASSY LUANDA PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION

LOCAL GRANTS PROGRAM

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Angola is pleased to request proposals for funding under the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Grants program. Please read and follow all instructions carefully.

Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Embassy Angola PAS Annual Program Statement

Funding Opportunity Number: 

CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs for Angola

Date Opened: March 20, 2020

Submission Deadline: Rolling. Submissions are reviewed on a quarterly basis.

Federal Agency Contact: Deneyse Kirkpatrick

Email: PASInboxLuanda@state.gov

I. Funding Opportunity Description 

Purpose of Grant: Local grants are intended for non-governmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, and academic institutions. Local grant proposals must have a connection to American culture and values or should be directed to increasing understanding in Angola of American culture and society.

Proposals should also be related to one or more of the following U.S. Embassy priorities:

1. Encourage Participation in Democratic Processes (especially youth and women): encourage civic education for active citizen participation in government; encourage professional media coverage of elections and government; and, increase attention to minority and disadvantaged populations.

2. Improve Economic Growth, Trade and Investment between the U.S. and Angola: reduce barriers to interaction and exchange; connect and sustain networks, including those that are local, regional and international, to

advance job creation, among the youth and women, improve quality of the life, and shared prosperity.

3. Reinforce Mutual Understanding between the U.S. and Angola: present accurate information on the U.S.-Angola partnership; build connections with Angolans at all levels; support the promotion of Angolan and American cultural heritage; foster English language proficiency by providing English language programs and resources to reach a wider audience.

4. Build Communication Capacity: foster expanded outreach capabilities of Angola’s government institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and women’s and professional associations; encourage use of new media and social networking; and sponsor traditional investigative journalism training programs, business and elections coverage, blogging, social networking and new media; develop and deepen the creative, idea-forming sectors of Angolan society, including journalists, artists, broadcasters, and publishers; extend the reach of broadcasting media.

Activities that are typically funded include, but are not limited to:

  1. Arts and culture programs;
  2. English language programs;
  3. Entrepreneurship;
  4. Media training projects;
  5. New media concepts aimed at reaching wider audiences;
  6. Programs that empower women;
  7. Proposals to enhance U.S.-Angola exchange programs;
  8. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
  9. Youth community service projects that practice democratic processes and encourage volunteerism;
  10. Youth recreation, leadership, and education programs;

Activities that are not typically funded include, but are not limited to:

  1. Projects that do not have a plan for sustaining the activity or monitoring results;
  1. Social welfare projects;
  2. Paying to complete activities begun with other funds;
  3. Projects that contain the appearance of partisanship/support to individual or single party electoral campaigns;
  4. International travel, unless specifically justified within the project;
  5. U.S. citizen exchange programs with foreign countries;
  6. Projects that include substantial fees for radio or TV broadcast; and,
  7. Projects that are mainly designed to pay organizational salaries or to cover only logistical costs (e.g., room/chair rental, coffee breaks, etc.)

Background Information: The U.S. Embassy in Angola Public Affairs Section is soliciting proposals for local grants that fall into one of the areas specified above from non-governmental organizations, not-for profit organizations, think tanks, and academic institutions. More information about the Public Affairs Section and its Grants Program can be found at: EMBASSYS WEBSITE

Electronic Link to Full Announcement: Go to LINK

II. Award Information 

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Floor of Individual Award Amounts: $1,000

Ceiling of Individual Award Amounts: $30,000

Project and Budget Periods: six to eighteen months

The U.S. Embassy Angola Public Affairs Section reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described in the absence of worthy proposals or under such other circumstances as it may deem to be in the best interest of the U.S. government. All grants will be based on U.S. dollars.

Local grants projects must be completed in one year or less. The Public Affairs Section will entertain proposals for continuation grants funded under these awards, beyond the initial budget period, on a noncompetitive basis, subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the projects, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the United States Government. 4

III. Eligibility Information 

Proposals are encouraged from non-government, non-profit sectors

Committed and organized civil-society organizations, associations, local representatives of civil society, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions, are welcome to apply.

IV. Proposal Submission and Deadline 

Proposals should be submitted to: PASInboxLuanda@state.gov

Proposal Language: English or Portuguese. Final proposal and grant agreement must be in English.

Submission Deadline: Rolling

Complete proposal packages should include the following:

1. Contact details (name, address, e-mail, phone number) of point of contact

2. Description of organization or group/individual capacity

3. Past Grants (U.S. Embassy and other sources), if applicable

4. Project Justification/Needs Statement – why is this project necessary? 

5. Project Objectives – what does this project intend to do? 

6. Project Activities – what will be done in order to accomplish the objectives? 

7. Monitoring and Evaluation Plan – how will you evaluate success? 

8. Key Personnel – who will work on this project? 

9. Calendar of proposed activities – what are the phases of the project? 

10. Sustainability – how will the project’s impact continue after the project? 

11. Financial budget in USD– how will funds realistically be spent to conduct the planned activities in order to accomplish the project objectives? 

Proposals should be submitted via email to the U.S. Embassy in Angola Public Affairs Section at the following email address: PASInboxLuanda@state.gov

Organizations requesting funding must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet. If your organization does not have one you may obtain one by visiting: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/displayHomePage.do. 5

Organizations must maintain an active SAM registration at www.SAM.gov with current information at all times during which they have an active Federal award or a proposal under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. 

The U.S. Embassy may not make an award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements. There is no cost for these registrations. 

Proposals are accepted in English and Portuguese; however, any final grant agreements will be concluded in English. Please note that we cannot guarantee the return of original documents; copies should be provided, if appropriate. 

Proposals must include a detailed budget in U.S. dollars. Applicants are encouraged to provide cost-sharing from additional sources in support of proposed projects; proposals should explain clearly other likely sources of funding or in-kind participation. Please use the official currency exchange rate while developing your proposed budget.

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and assessed quarterly.

Proposals should:

1. State the nature of the activity/project

2. Include the key audiences and the estimated total number of participants

3. Detail how the activity/project will include and/or reach intended audiences (i.e. women, youth, individuals with disabilities and other socio-economically disadvantaged participants)

4. State the location and duration of the project

5. Explain how the program will have a multiplier effect and be sustainable beyond the life of the grant

6. Provide a traditional and/or social media plan for amplification and advertisement of the program activities and outcomes.

7. Identify specific outcomes to be achieved by the end of the grant period. 6

V. Review and Selection Process 

Each proposal submitted under this announcement will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the evaluation criteria outlined below. The criteria 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 a proposal. Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of their completeness, coherence, clarity, and attention to detail.

Applicants must submit a full project description, including a detailed narrative that outlines the deficiency to be addressed, a plan of action, describing the scope of the proposed work and how it will be accomplished. The narrative should be accompanied by a detailed budget that includes all program costs and clearly indicates the proposing organization’s cost-share and/or in-kind participation.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria:

  1. Goals and Objectives – The project is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results among the clearly identified target audience. The proposed project should be well developed and respond to a specific need in the community while addressing one or more of the U.S. Embassy Angola Public Affairs Section priorities outlined previously.
  2. Strengths and Innovation – The proposal clearly describes the activities used to address the identified priority within the proposed time frame and articulates an innovative strategy or plan to reach the target audience.
  3. Organizational Capacity – The organization has expertise in one or more of U.S. Embassy Angola Public Affairs Section priorities and demonstrates the ability to perform the proposed activities with appropriate personnel.
  4. Sustainability – The proposed project addresses how the project benefits will continue to be realized on a long-term basis after the conclusion of the period of performance of the grant. 7
  1. Budget and Budget Justification – The budget and narrative justification are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results and the plan for services is realistic.
  2. Monitoring and Evaluation Plan – The proposal realistically indicates how the project will be monitored and evaluated.

VI. Award Administration 

Award Notices: The grant award 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.

The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document and it will be provided to the recipient.

Anticipated Time to Award: Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants should expect to be notified of the decision within 90 days after submission.

Organizations whose proposals will not be funded will also be notified in writing within 180 days after submission.

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.

The Embassy of the United States in Angola announces an open competition for past participants (“alumni”) of U.S. government-funded and U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to submit applications to the 2021 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF 2021). We seek proposals from teams of at least two alumni that meet all program eligibility requirements below. Exchange alumni interested in participating in AEIF 2021 should submit proposals by email to PASInboxLuanda@state.gov  by April 1, 2021 at 17:00.