The Annual Program Statement (APS) for Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation Programs and Activities of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) [Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM)] has issued this call for applications to provide funding to local NGOs in eligible countries as well as from qualified US and non-US non-profit and for-profit organizations to carry out activities that mitigate conflict and promote reconciliation by bringing together individuals of different ethnic, religious or political backgrounds from areas of civil conflict and war.
Eligible countries for this funding opportunity are:
• Africa: Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, West Africa Regional
• Asia: Philippines, Thailand, Regional Development Mission for Asia
• Europe and Eurasia: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal
• Latin America and the Caribbean: Peru, Guatemala, Middle East, Morocco, Yemen
USAID emphasizes upon a “people-to-people” approach while implementing conflict mitigation programs and encourages organizations to derive lessons learned and best practices for future people-to-people programming. Project proposals need to outline this approach and the strategies should be based upon best practices, building of capacities of local partners and integration of gender analysis. Projects that involve local participation, leading to sustainability of peacebuilding efforts are strong encouraged.
The proposed duration of the project can be between a minimum period of 12 months and a maximum period of 36 months. With total USAID allocation of US $15,500,000 for this program, applicants can propose project funding of US $100,000 to US $1,200,000. Local NGOs located in eligible countries can submit applications requesting funding amount of US $100,000 to US $500,000.
NGO contribution for the proposed project is not a requirement; however, applications that include additional in-kind and/or cash contributions from non-USG sources will be more competitive.
This call for applications is open up to 26 July 2011. However, USAID will review submitted projects in batches. The deadline for the accepting first batch of applications is 4 March 2011. For more information, visit grants.gov and search by funding opportunity number for “APS-OAA-11-000001.”
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