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Ambassador's Small Grant Fund

Ambassador's Small Grant Fund

U.S. Embassy Dili, Timor-Leste
Timor-Leste & American Flags

Political and Economic Section

Description

The Embassy of the United States of America in Timor-Leste seeks to fund proposals that will aid in societal and institutional growth in Timor-Leste in a sustainable manner. The Embassy invites organizations meeting the outlined eligibility criteria to submit grant proposals. This is an open competition for foreign (non-U.S.) not-for-profit organizations with offices headquartered in Timor-Leste. Direct funding for U.S. entities is not available under this announcement.

Proposals should address the following issues:

  • Transparency in public institutions and anti-corruption
  • Development of free and professional media
  • Social cohesion through conflict resolution and mitigation
  • Enhancing women's capacity in decision making
  • Effective representation and advocacy activities in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) persons.
  • Increasing LGBT participation in democratic processes and government, and improving the human rights and well-being of LGBT persons.

Multiple awards will be granted, with a maximum amount per award of US$20,000.

Specifications

The proposal may not exceed 4 double-spaced pages in 12-point, Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins.

The proposal can be in Tetum, Bahasa Indonesia, Portuguese or English.

Proposals must include:

  1. Completed Standard Form 424 (attain from U.S. Embassy Dili)
  2. Completed standard Form 424 A for budget (attain from U.S. Embassy Dili)
  3. Introduction to organization (organizational capacity- What experience does your organization have in carrying out the proposed events/ project)
  4. Project summary with project duration included (expected start date and end date)
  5. Key Personnel- Whom will be in charge of administering this project? What similar/ useful experience does he/she have that will be drawn upon in carrying out this project?
  6. Statement of problems to be addressed
  7. Objectives of project activities
  8. Project evaluation plan
  9. Detailed budget that consisted of

Grants may not be used for salaries, construction, the purchase of equipment over $500 USD or for refreshment/alcohol expenses.

Requirements of Approved Grantees

  • Must show proof of a registered DUNS number for their organization (Click here to request your D-U-N-S Number via the Web); this is not required for individuals. Applicants should also register at SAM.gov and have an active registration without exclusions.
  • Must supply the Embassy Point of Contact (POC) with quarterly progress and financial status reports, in format specified by POC, in English, and using required U.S. government forms as outlined by POC. Grantees are required to submit final program progress and financial reports at the conclusion of the project time period. Final programmatic and financial reports are due 90 days after the close of the project period.
  • Must be a non-profit and/or NGO and/or social enterprise with offices headquartered in Timor-Leste, or an individual.
  • Any unused portion of grant funds shall be reported by the grantee in their final financial status report to the POC and repaid to the Embassy.
  • Applicable Embassy and/or program logos must be displayed on any items or at any events produced as a result of sponsored projects.
  • All proposals will be subject to the standard Terms and Conditions of Department of State grants. Please see http://fa.statebuy.state.gov/ for more information.

Application Submission Process

Applicants must submit concept papers electronically using DiliPDLEStaff@state.gov

Application deadline: September 12, 2014

Only applicants whose proposals have been selected for award will be contacted.

Eligibility

Please note that this grant opportunity is open for national local NGOs only, proposals from a representative of a non-profit and/or NGOs and social enterprises with offices headquartered in Timor-Leste will be given preference.

Grant period may not exceed 365 days.

The Department encourages organizations that have not previously received international program funding from the U.S. Government to apply under this announcement.

Applicants are not required to include funding from other donors. However, applications that include additional in-kind and/or cash contributions from non-U.S. Government sources will be more competitive.

Disclaimer

Grantees are required to submit final program progress and financial reports at the conclusion of the project time period. Final programmatic and financial reports are due 90 days after the close of the project period. If a proposal is selected for funding, the U.S. 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 discretion of the U.S. Department of State. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the total discretion of the Embassy. Grantees will be expected to comply with the U.S. Department of State's Standard Overseas Terms and Conditions. Successful applicants receive their grant funds via electronic funds transfer.