Public Diplomacy Programs for Afghanistan and Pakistan

The U.S.

Government (USG) is providing resources to promote diplomatic solutions, through language training, critical skills development and other public diplomacy programs.

These resources support the people, platforms, and programs necessary to meet the international challenges to American
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security and welfare.

Educational and cultural engagement is premised on the knowledge that mutual understanding, the development of future leaders, and the benefits of education programs influence societies and affect official decision-making almost everywhere in the world today.


Agency - U.S. Department of State



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The cooperative agreement or grant provides funds to meet the objectives outlined in the organization s proposal, as approved by the Bureau.

Funding documents authorize funds based on the organization s budget submission after Bureau approval.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Not-for-profit organizations subject to 501(c)(3) of the U.S.

tax code or registered as a non-profit organization in the entity s home country.

Organizations that have and have not previously received international program funding from the U.S.

Government.

Applicants with demonstrated experience in working with vendors, suppliers, contractors, etc.

and appropriately staffed offices in country will be preferred.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Citizens of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the United States.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Non-governmental organizations (NGO s) must submit proposals for the Bureau s consideration. NGO s may submit proposals before the application deadline, with Bureau consideration granted shortly thereafter. Where there is a specific or immediate priority or need, the Bureau will issue policy and program guidelines and will invite NGO s to submit proposals for Bureau review. NGO representatives are also encouraged to communicate directly with Bureau and U.S. Embassy program officers regarding priorities and funding timelines. NGO s that have never received Department of State Funding must be prepared to demonstrate that their organizations meet the financial and accounting requirements of the U.S. Government before they can be eligible to receive Bureau funding.

Award Procedures

The Assistant Secretary of the Bureau makes funding decisions based on recommendations from the U.S. Embassy, and the Bureau s Office of Press and Public Diplomacy. The Grants Officer from the Bureau of Acquisitions and Management signs the Cooperative Agreement or grant.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Fulbright Hays Act - The Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 , Public Law 87-256 ; Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 , as amended by Foreign Assistance Act , Public Law 87-195 , U.S.C 22 ; Smith Mundt Act - The United States Information and Education Exchange Act of 1948 , Public Law 80-402.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Renewals or extensions are considered on a case by case basis. Renewals are contingent upon future Congressional funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are awarded for a 1-3 year period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: In some cases, Bureau"s funds will cover an organization"s budget request. In other cases cost-sharing will be sought. Details will be outlined in the specific RFP. Renewals or extensions of funding are considered on a case by case basis. Renewals are contingent uopn future Congressional funding.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Reporting requirements will be outlined in the Cooperative Agreement documents.

The Embassy and Bureau Program office may require additional reporting.

Reporting requirements will be outlined in the Cooperative Agreement documents.

The Embassy and Bureau Program office may require additional reporting.

Reporting requirements will be outlined in the Cooperative Agreement documents.

The Embassy and Bureau Program office may require additional reporting.

A preliminary financial report is due 30 days after the expiration of the cooperative agreement.

Reporting requirements will be outlined in the Cooperative Agreement documents.

The Embassy and Bureau Program office may require additional reporting.

Reporting requirements will be outlined in the Cooperative Agreement documents.

The Embassy and Bureau Program office may require additional reporting.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. The Bureau s funds must be included in an appropriate audit or audits performed by independent public accountants in accordance with U.S. Government Auditing Standards established by the Comptroller General of the United States covering financial audits.The audit report is due 30 days after issuance or nine months after the end of the audit period.

Records

The recipient shall maintain files for a three-year period after submission of the final financial report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

19-9001-1-3-000 - Appropriation Code.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $0; FY 10 est $5,500,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

grants are estimated to range between 300000 - 2000000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Grachel J. Kubiatis, 2201 C st NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20520 Email: kubiatisgj@state.gov Phone: (202) 647-8667 Fax: (202) 647-6589.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

NGO proposals should identify the importance and relevance of their application to the broader U.S. Public Diplomacy policy objectives as well as the relevance to the program objectives of the Department of State, as described in the solicitation. A compelling statement on the approach to the project will be given great consideration by the review panel. The proposed activities must directly relate to meeting the goals and objectives and how the effectiveness of project activities will be measured. The review panel will be viewing the implementation plan in terms of how well it addresses the problem statement, relevance of the goals and objectives, feasibility of the proposed activities, and their timeline for completion. Another important factor is the impact of the project will continue beyond the conclusion of the funding period. Applicants must demonstrate how their resources, capabilities, and experience will enable them to achieve the stated goals and objectives. In addition, applicants should describe how and with whom they will collaborate to meet project goals.



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