Notice of Funding Opportunity: Libyan Alumni Seminar 2020 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. Embassy Libya
Funding Opportunity Title: Libyan Alumni Seminar 2020
Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-LIBYA-FY20-01
Deadline for Applications: Friday January 17, 2020
CFDA Number: 19.021
Total Amount Available: $60KUSD
The Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy to Libya is pleased to announce an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a 2 Day Libyan Alumni Seminar in April or May 2020 in Tunis that would include up to 50 alumni. Please carefully follow all instructions below.
Priority Region: Libya
- Logistical Support: Provide program logistical support, including travel arrangement for participants to and from Tunis, hotel accommodation in Tunis, seminar space, meals, supplies, transportation and insurance for the period of the seminar.
- Program design: Design and execute an alumni seminar program that addresses the following areas:
- Reintegration: Provide opportunities for alumni to network with each other; to meet with Libyan leaders in different fields, preferably established alumni leaders. Organize activities that stimulate alumni to give feedback about their experience in the U.S. and devise ways to share skills and insights gained on the exchange experience.
- Giving back: Provide workshops that enhance the ability of youth alumni to initiate and implement projects to share their exchange experience more broadly or to address community challenges based on models or approaches they learned about or witnessed in the United States. This could be illustrated through a community service activity that demonstrates the power of giving back to the community.
- Future educational and professional opportunities: Introduce alumni to opportunities and resources available to support their future academic and professional development (e.g., funding resources, opportunities for future study in the United States, career development platforms.
We will review each proposal based on these following components:
- The degree to which the proposed project addresses the above objectives;
- Its ability to manage the seminar and the participants during the two-day program;
- The ability to support, monitor and evaluate the seminar, including the administration of an online survey that evaluates the organizational aspects of the seminar.
- The ability to design compelling content and a stimulating seminar agenda.
Review and Selection Process
The Public Affairs Section will evaluate all eligible applications. A review will be completed to ensure that proposals and organizations meet the criteria set forth above. Then a Grant Review Committee composed of personnel from the U.S. Embassy to Libya will evaluate eligible proposals on the basis of the criteria identified above.
Participants and Audiences: Approximately 30-50 alumni of U.S. Department of State exchange programs.
FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION
- Length of performance period: 6 to 12 months
- Number of awards anticipated: one award (dependent on amounts)
- Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $20,000 to a maximum of $60,000
- Total available funding: $60,000.00
- Type of Funding: FY20 Smith Mundt Public Diplomacy Funds
- Anticipated program start date: April 2020
This notice is subject to availability of funding.
Funding Instrument Type: Grant or Cooperative Agreement. The Public Affairs Office will be more actively involved in the grant implementation. The Public Affairs Office will provide the list of seminar participants; will provide input on the seminar program and potential speakers; and will consult with the awardee on venue and other logistical details.
Program Performance Period: Proposed program activities should be completed in 12 months or less.
The following organizations are eligible to apply:
The Public Affairs Office encourages applications from all sectors: committed and organized civil-society organizations, local representatives of civil society, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, cultural institutions, academic institutions. All grantees must have a non-profit status and an ability to accept US. funding via an electronic bank transfer.
Other Eligibility Requirements: Applicants should carefully review all elements of the Libyan Alumni Seminar Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and be sure to fulfill all “Eligibility Requirements” – including obtaining a DUNS and NCAGE numbers – before applying (See bottom of the Announcement for more details on the eligibility requirements and see under Additional resources for guidance on how to apply for DUNS and NCAGE codes)
APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION
- Applications are due by Friday, January 17, 2020.
- The proposal should be $20,000-$60,000.
- Complete DUNS, NCAGE and SAM registration.
- Upload the Budget narrative, proof of registration, and the banking information certificate on your Recruiterbox application.
Complete the application on Recruiterbox using the Application Form.
- The project should not have an intended start date before April, 2019.
- All proposals must adhere to the policy explained in the Libyan Alumni Seminar Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) including the “eligibility requirements.” Please review these requirements carefully.
- To view the announcement and download forms (SF424 ; SF424A ; Budget Narrative) and the instructions are available via SF424 instructions ; SF424A instructions.
- For any questions please contact us at: USAEmbassyLibya@state.gov
Content of Application
- The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity
- All documents are in English
- All budgets are in US 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.
All applicants must have the following registrations:
- Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number;
- NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) code; and
- System for Award Management (SAM.gov) (If you have applied and have not yet received the registration number, provide proof of application).
Please apply for the D&B DUNS Number and NCAGE Code at the same time to reduce waiting time of information. The Legal Business Name and Address must MATCH EXACTLY when entering it into the D&B DUNS, NCAGE, and SAM.gov websites – this includes spaces, parentheses, capitalization, small letters, punctuation, etc. Self-registration in D&B DUNS, NCAGE, and SAM.gov is free of charge.
- DUN & BRADSTREET (D&B) DUNS/UNIQUE ENTITY IDENTIFIER (UEI) NUMBER
The DUNS/UEI number is a nine-digit number established and assigned by Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B) to uniquely identify business entities.
Log onto the D&B website at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/searchAction.do
For assistance, contact D&B at the following email address: SAMHelp@dnb.com
While acquiring the D&B DUNS/UEI Number, please register to receive an NCAGE Code Number with NCS at the same time. See instructions below. Step by step information is also included here (Word – 567 KB).
- NATO COMMERCIAL AND GOVERNMENT ENTITY (NCAGE) CODE
NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) codes are required for all foreign entities to create an account in SAM.gov. The Code is a five-character ID number, and can take, at a minimum, 4-5 business days to create.
Steps to register: (Please use the Internet Explorer web browser)
Foreign registrants must log into: CAGE Code Request at https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx
Once in the NATO Codification Tools website, scroll to the right-hand corner and click the “Magnifying Glass.” The magnifying glass will open a new page.
Scroll down the right-hand side until you see “Request New,” click on this link and it will take you to the next page to apply for an NCAGE Code Number.
When asked if the entity to be registered is a supranational organization please click “No” (if you are not part of a member state).
Validate the newly assigned NCAGE Code via the Business Identification Number Cross- Reference System (BINCS).
If the assigned NCAGE is not listed in BINCS, the recipient should call 001-269-961-4623 or send a message to NCAGE@NSPA.NATO.INT .
For assistance by telephone, please call: 1-888-227-2423 (inside the U.S.) OR 001-269-961-7766 (outside the U.S.). E-mail NCAGE@dlis.dla.mil for any problems in obtaining an NCAGE code.
- SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT (SAM.gov): (Please use either the Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browser)
SAM is a U.S.-government wide registry of vendors doing business with the U.S. federal government and requires annual renewal. The system centralizes information about grant applicants/recipients, and provides them with a central location to change their organizational information. More information about SAM.gov and useful guides for setting-up a new account, updating an existing account, or renewing an expired account can be found at: https://statebuy.state.gov/fa/Pages/SAMInfo.aspx
Please complete ALL of the above steps before attempting to register in SAM.
- Log onto https://www.sam.gov
- If you have had an active record in The Central Contractor Registration (CCR), you may already have an active record in SAM. To check for an active registration, please conduct a “search” for your record using the organization name and/or DUNS Number in SAM. If you are not registered, your organization or entity will not be found.
- If your organization does not have an active registration, you must create a user account and input all information in the exact manner as you have for the IRS, D&B DUNS, and NCAGE.
- Complete and submit the online form.
If the applying organization already has the necessary information on hand (see the SAM User Guide), the online form takes approximately one hour to complete, depending upon the size and complexity of the applying entity. Because of the different steps in the process, it might take anywhere from three to fourteen business days to complete the process of creating an account with the system.
If you encounter any error, please contact the SAM Federal Service Desk to report problem at https://www.fsd.gov/clients . There is a standard (not toll free) number that customers can use 334-206-7828.