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Countering Corruption Amid COVID-19

Grant to a USA, Canada, or International Nonprofit, IHE, or
Business to Increase Government Accountability During COVID-19

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)

Deadline Date:

06/12/20 11:59 PM EST

Description:

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Grant to a USA, Canada, or International nonprofit organization, IHE, or business for a project that increases transparency in government responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. DRL seeks a project to enhance transparency and empower civil society and media to monitor and promote accountability of government responses to COVID-19.

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications in support of the goal of combatting corruption arising in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Countries around the world are grappling with unprecedented challenges as they tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.  While the first responsibility of every government is to care for its people, an effective response to a public health crisis like COVID-19 requires government transparency and accountability, the full participation of civil society, and access to information.  Corruption in particular thrives during times of crisis and makes governments and the international community less able to respond swiftly and effectively.  Governments and international donors are now providing unprecedented sums of money to support COVID-19 response efforts, sometimes without necessary anti-corruption safeguards.  Emergency procurement processes and the suspension of oversight measures in many cases are further heightening corruption risks.  This is providing new opportunities for corrupt government officials and criminal organizations to enrich themselves at the expense of public health, as well as raising the potential for public officials to become involved in bribery and corruption by virtue of their position and influence, which can further erode public trust in government and undermine the COVID-19 response.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189825

Number of Grants:

1

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Funding Floor: $1,000,000
- Funding Ceiling: $1,000,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: 24 – 36 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses. DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.

Applications submitted by for-profit entities may be subject to additional review following the panel selection process. Additionally, the Department of State prohibits profit to for-profit or commercial organizations under its assistance awards.

Any applicant listed on the Excluded Parties List System in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov) (https://sam.gov/) and/or has a current debt to the U.S. government is not eligible to apply for an assistance award.

Activities that are not typically allowed include, but are not limited to:
- The provision of humanitarian assistance;
- English language instruction;
- Development of high-tech computer or communications software and/or hardware;
- Purely academic exchanges or fellowships;
- External exchanges or fellowships lasting longer than six months;
- Off-shore activities that are not clearly linked to in-country initiatives and impact or are not necessary per security concerns;
- Theoretical explorations of human rights or democracy issues, including projects aimed primarily at research and evaluation that do not incorporate training or capacity-building for local civil society;
- Micro-loans or similar small business development initiatives;
- Initiatives directed towards a diaspora community rather than current residents of targeted countries.

For a full list of funding restrictions, see pages 11-12 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity in Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), on Friday, June 12, 2020 on Grants.gov or SAMS Domestic.

Anticipated Time to Award, Pending Availability of Funds: 4 – 5 months

Primary organizations can submit 1 application in response to the NOFO.

- All prime organizations, whether based in the United States or in another country, must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), formerly referred to as DUNS, and an active registration with the SAM.gov before submitting an application. DRL may not review applications from or make awards to applicants that have not completed all applicable UEI and SAM.gov requirements. A UEI is one of the data elements mandated by Public Law 109-282, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA), for all Federal awards.
- The 2 CFR 200 requires that subgrantees obtain a UEI number. Please note the UEI for subgrantees is not required at the time of application but will be required before the award is processed and/or directed to a subgrantee.
- Note: The process of obtaining a SAM.gov registration may take anywhere from 4-8 weeks. Please begin your registration as early as possible.
- For further guidance on the registration process, please see the SAM.gov Registration Guide on DRL’s website: https://www.state.gov/resources-for-programs-and-grants/.
- Please be advised that completing all the necessary registration steps for obtaining a username and password from Grants.gov can take more than two (2) weeks.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327013
For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Link to opportunity in SAMS Domestic: https://mygrants.servicenowservices.com/grants?id=grants_funding_opportunity&table=u_domestic_funding_opportunity&sys_id=76d899101b305c904e7185dae54bcbed&view=Default

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For technical submission questions related to this NOFO, please contact DRL-GP-EAP@state.gov.

For assistance with Grants.gov, please call the Contact Center at +1 (800) 518-4726 or email support@grants.gov.

For assistance with SAMS Domestic accounts and technical issues related to the system, please contact the ILMS help desk by phone at +1 (888) 313-4567 (toll charges apply for international callers) or through the Self Service online portal that can be accessed from https://afsitsm.service-now.com/ilms/home.

CFDA Number:

19.345

Funding or Pin Number:

SFOP0006927

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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