Ambassador’s Small Grants (ASG) Program

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U.S. Embassy Rwanda- Ambassador’s Small Grants Program

Office:                                      Political/Economic Section
Funding Opportunity Title:   U.S. EMBASSY KIGALI AMBASSADOR’S SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM (ASG)
Announcement Type:             Fixed Amount Award
Funding Opportunity No.:     DOS-RWANDA-PE-2017-01
Date Opened:                          June 2, 2017
Deadline for Applications:    July 15, 2017
Award Ceiling:                        U.S. $15,000.00
Award Floor:                           U.S. $5,000.00
CFDA Number:                      19.700 – General Department of State Assistance
Submission:                           All applications can be submitted electronically via email to: kigaliasgp@state.gov.

Awards are subject to the availability of funding and Congressional Notification

Eligibility

Eligibility is limited to cooperatives registered with the Rwandan Cooperative Agency (RCA).  Direct funding for NGOs (international or local) is not available under this announcement.

All projects must begin no later than September 30, 2017 and should be completed within one year of the award date.

The U.S. Embassy Kigali reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described under circumstances deemed to be in the best interest of the U.S. Government (USG), pending the availability of funds and approval of the designated grants officer.

Cost Sharing

This program requires cost sharing.  The community contribution can include, but is not limited to cash, labor, or material, and are within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain.

Other Special Eligibility Criteria

See eligibility requirements.

Contact Information
For questions relating to Grants.gov, please call the Grants.gov Contact Center in the United States at +1-800-518-4726.

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact Ursula Iszler, Grants Officer, or Eugene Uwizeyimana, Economic Assistant, at:
E-mail: kigaliasgp@state.gov.

I. BACKGROUND

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).  The Ambassador’s Small Grants program (ASG) provides one-time small grants to improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community by funding the expansion of an existing project or activity.  The ASG Program is designed to support high-impact, quick-implementation activities which benefit a large number of people within one year without requiring further assistance.  Projects that support livelihoods in Eastern Province, value-added agricultural production, and projects that promote marketable skills are preferred.  Grants are intended for local cooperatives.

II. OBJECTIVES

The purpose of ASG is to provide small-scale assistance to Rwandan cooperatives as part of an ongoing commitment by the U.S. Government to support development activities on a local level.  Projects selected for funding are those which:

  • Improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community by funding the expansion of an existing project;
  • Have the potential to produce employment and marketable skills, such as sewing centers and agricultural cooperatives;
  • Assist vulnerable groups;
  • Support high-impact, quick-implementation activities which benefit a large number of people within one year without requiring further assistance;
  • Have the potential to generate additional income; and/or
  • Involve a significant local contribution in cash, labor, or material, and are within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain.

III. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The U.S. Embassy encourages applications from all provinces. All interested cooperatives must have an active registration with the Rwanda Cooperative Agency at the time of submitting your application.  In addition, the U.S. Embassy encourages all applicants to obtain for free a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and have an active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM).  If selected to receive funding, applicants may be required to show proof of a DUNS number for their organization, as well as a valid SAM registration.  We recommend all applicants begin this process when they submit their application for funding.  Click here to request your DUNS Number and here to initiate your SAM registration.

IV. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Award Period: 12 months

  • Award Amount: Multiple awards will be granted, with a maximum amount per award of $15,000. The Embassy reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described in the absence of worthy applications or under such other circumstances as it may deem to be in the best interest of the U.S. government.
  • Application Form: All proposals must be made using the Ambassador’s Small Grants form found here. In addition, applicants must complete the SF-424– Application for Federal Assistance, the SF-424A– Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, the SF-424B – Assurances for Non-Construction Programs and a budget narrative describing the budget request in detail.
  • Application Submission Process: Applicants can submit proposals by e-mail to kigaliasgp@state.gov.  Hard copies can be sent to the U.S. Embassy 2657 Ave. de la Gendarmerie, PO Box 28 Kigali, Rwanda.  Please choose only one method (electronic or hard copy) to submit your proposal.  For questions relating to Grants.gov, please call the Grants.gov Contact Center in the United States at +1-800-518-4726.  For questions about this NOFO, contact Ursula Iszler, Grants Officer, or Eugene Uwizeyimana, Economic Assistant, Political/Economic Section at kigaliasgp@state.gov.  Tel +250-252-596-400 Ext.2737.
  • Application Deadline: All applications must be submitted in English on or before July 15, 11:59 p.m.  Applications submitted after 11:59 p.m. will be ineligible for consideration.  Begin the application process early, as this will allow time to address any technical difficulties that may arise in advance of the deadline.  There will be no exceptions to this application deadline.  If you submitted a previous proposal for the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help fund, you are required to resubmit your application following the instructions of this NOFO.  Previous proposals submitted will not be considered unless submitted through this NOFO.
  • Application Content: Applicants must follow the NOFO instructions and conditions contained herein and supply all information required.  Failure to furnish all information or comply with stated requirements will result in disqualification from the competition.  Applicants must set forth full, accurate, and complete information as required by this RFP.  The penalty for making false statements in proposals to the USG is prescribed on 18 U.S.C.1001.

V. AWARD SELECTION CRITERIA

Each application submitted under this announcement will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the following evaluation criteria. Projects that support livelihoods in Eastern Province, value-added agricultural production, and projects that promote marketable skills are preferred.  Projects should:

  • Improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community or village level;
  • Support high-impact, quick-implementation activities that benefit a large number of people, without requiring further assistance;
  • Involve a significant local contribution in cash, labor, and/or materials, and be within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain on a sustainable basis;
  • Not initiate, continue, or supplement technical assistance programs;
  • Contribute, whenever possible, to income-generating or self-sustaining activities; and
  • Not exceed twelve months.

Limitations

  • Religious activities (however, many religious organizations sponsor or supervise local community self-help activities that serve community needs rather than religious purposes and these activities may be eligible for assistance);
  • Military, or law enforcement/police/prison-related activities;
  • Salaries;
  • Travel of any kind;
  • Office supplies;
  • Projects in Refugee Camps;
  • Projects involving pesticides, fungicides or herbicides;
  • Individually owned businesses or enterprises;
  • NGOs (local or international);
  • Projects outside Rwanda;
  • Vehicle purchases; or
  • Activities which benefit any employee of the U.S. Government.

VI. AWARD ADMINISTRATION

  • Award Notices: The Embassy will notify applicants if their proposals are selected for funding four to six weeks after the submission deadline. The ASG team will visit the project side and meet with the members of the cooperative.
  • The Agreement: If a project is selected to receive support, the project director designated on the application form will sign an agreement with the United States Government. This agreement explains the responsibilities of each party.  The community organization responsible for the project must have sufficient financial resources to cover any project costs that exceed the amount provided by the ASG Program.
  • Reporting Requirements: All awards issued under this NOFO will require mid-progress program and/or financial report. A final grant report and budget/accounting in English is due 90 days after completion of the grant award end date.  The disbursement of funds may be tied to timely submission of these reports.  All other details related to award administration will be specified in the award agreement.
  • Mid-Progress Site Visit: After a project is underway, the ASG Program team will visit the project site.  The community should recognize that Embassy representatives may be interested in visiting the site of an ASG Project even several years after the project has been completed.

VII. DISCLAIMER

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.