A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The U.S. Mission Nigeria in collaboration with the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program thorough the Julia Taft Refugee Fund that will support one-time, low-cost interventions that address important gaps in protection and assistance for refugees and stateless persons. Please follow all instructions below.
This initiative began in 2000, under the leadership of former Assistant Secretary Julia V. Taft (named for her posthumously), with the intent of providing Ambassadors with the means to respond to critical gaps that local agencies could address, and which larger multilateral humanitarian programs have not addressed.
The program is intended to meet gaps in assistance through quick impact projects to meet critical needs not addressed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Organization for Migration (IOM), or other international organizations (IOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The Taft Fund is intended for projects that include a target beneficiary base of at least 50 percent refugees or returned refugees. Please note that this program can not cover activities aimed at internally displaced or stateless persons in Nigeria. Additionally, the program may fund projects that support equal access to protection, assistance, and other solutions for LGBTQI+ refugees and stateless persons.
The proposed projects should be one-time interventions, not sustained programs.
Examples of past projects include improved access to education, development of livelihoods, basic business training, health awareness programs, early childhood development activities, mental health establishment of agricultural cooperatives, mental health services, protection from gender-based violence, legal assistance, community building activities, sports programs for refugee youth, security upgrades to camps and WASH programs.
Participants and Audiences:
Communities of at least 50 percent refugees or returned refugees. Please note that this program can not cover activities aimed at internally displaced or stateless persons in Nigeria.
B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION
Length of performance period: 6 to 12 months
Number of awards anticipated: 2 awards
Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $25,000
Total available funding: $25,000
Type of Funding: FY23 Julia Taft Refugee Fund under the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962
Anticipated program start date: July 1, 2023
This notice is subject to availability of funding.
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Program Performance Period : Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months or less.
C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION
The following organizations are eligible to apply:
· Not-for-profit organizations (NPOs,) including civil society/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) registered on the federal or state level in Nigeria.
· No cost sharing is required.
In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov.
D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION
The following documents are required:
a. Mandatory application forms
Available through this link:
These forms are ALWAYS FREE OF CHARGE. If you are requested to pay, you may be
targeted by a scam.
Do not save these forms as they are encrypted, and you will lose the information you
entered. Fill the forms out, print immediately, sign, scan all three together into one .pdf
format document and include in your application package.
· SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations)
· SF424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction programs)
· SF424B (Assurances for Non-Construction programs)
Please follow all instructions below carefully . Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.
b. Summary Page: Cover sheet stating the applicant name and organization, proposal date, program title, program period proposed start and end date, and brief purpose of the program.
c. Proposal (5 pages maximum): The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. You may use your own proposal format, but it must include all the items below.
· Proposal Summary: Short narrative that outlines the proposed program, including program objectives and anticipated impact. Short narrative that outlines the proposed program with a description of population benefited by the project, benefits provided by the project and a justification, including program objectives and anticipated impact, i.e. benefits to the beneficiaries. Clearly describe the nationality of the refugees that will benefit from the program. Please note that this program can not cover activities aimed at internally displaced or stateless persons in Nigeria.
d. Budget Justification Narrative : After filling out the SF-424A Budget (above), use a separate sheet of paper to describe each of the budget expenses in detail. Use budget categories as described in section H. Other Information: Guidelines for Budget Submissions below for further information.
· Copy of organization’s certificate of incorporation or non-profit organization registration
· 1-page CV or resume of key personnel who are proposed for the program
· If your organization has a NICRA and includes NICRA charges in the budget, your latest NICRA should be included as a PDF file.
· Official permission letters, if required for program activities
· Copy of organization’s Code of Conduct signed by the staff and consistent with the updated IASC’s six core principles and recommendations on the prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation (PSEA).
f. Required Registrations:
Any applicant listed on the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) in th e System for Award Management (SAM) is not eligible to apply for an assistance award in accordance with the OMB guidelines at 2 CFR 180 that implement Executive Orders 12549 (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.” Additionally, no entity listed on the EPLS can participate in any activities under an award. All applicants are strongly encouraged to review the EPLS in SAM to ensure that no ineligible entity is included.
All organizations applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain these registrations. All are free of charge.
Applications are due no later than February 3, 2023.
Any costs incurred in preparation of your proposal or in advance of an award will not be
All application materials must be submitted by email to AbujaPOLECONgrants@state.gov
FULL TEXT OF THE NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY (NOFO) CAN BE FOUND AT THE U.S. MISSION NIGERIA WEBSITE LISTED BELOW.
Not-for-profit organizations (NPOs,) including civil society/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) registered on the federal or state level in Nigeria.