Public Affairs Section Grants Program

OPEN CALL FOR GRANTS UNTIL DECEMBER 21, 2018

A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The U.S. Embassy Argentina Public Affairs Section (PAS) announces the availability of funding through its Public Diplomacy Grants Program. This Annual Program Statement outlines funding priorities, strategic themes, and procedures for submitting requests for funding. PAS will accept applications on a rolling basis until December 21, 2018. Please read and follow all of the instructions below.

Purpose of Grants: The Grants Program supports projects proposed by U.S. and Argentine academic, cultural, educational, and other non-profit organizations and/or individuals that fulfill U.S. Embassy goals and objectives: to promote security and economic prosperity through academic and cultural initiatives seeking to promote and increase understanding between U.S. and Argentine people and institutions.

The Grants Program assists Argentine organizations in carrying out programs aimed at developing communities, providing new opportunities for citizen engagement, and promoting and advancing issues of public importance, focusing on the following topics:

  • Workforce development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Women’s empowerment
  • English language teaching and learning; (priority: training secondary school teachers of undeserved populations and English language teaching in institutions of higher education);
  • Democracy
  • Transparency
  • Cultural, artistic, and athletic activities (priority: those aimed at improving social inclusion and integration for marginalized groups)
  • Science & technology cooperation

Examples of prior projects include, but are not limited to:

  • U.S. experts conducting speaking tours/public talks or round table discussions with counterparts in Argentina;
  • Joint U.S.-Argentina conferences or meetings that produce concrete advances or other results;
  • Projects showcasing U.S. models or curricula;
  • Development of initiatives aimed at maintaining contact with alumni of our prior exchange programs;
  • Creative projects that advance one or more of the priority areas.

Priority Audiences:

  • Youth (13-25), including students;
  • Emerging voices, including civil society leaders;
  • Business leaders and entrepreneurs;
  • Established opinion leaders, including cultural and/or academic institution leadership;
  • Residents of Argentine provinces outside of Buenos Aires.

Activities that are not typically approved include, but are not limited to:

  • Investments that primarily benefit only one or a few businesses or individuals,
  • Scholarships for the study of English; conference attendance or study tours to the United States,
  • Proposals that are inherently political in nature or that contain the appearance of partisanship/support or electoral campaigns,
  • Proposals with the main purpose of publication of books/pamphlets/websites/applications,
  • Exclusively scientific research projects,
  • Projects that require more than two years to implement,
  • Purchase of equipment, vehicles, construction, or construction materials,
  • Exchange programs with countries other than the U.S. and Argentina,
  • Programs or exchanges focused on children under 13 years of age,
  • Projects that support specific religious activities.

Authorizing legislation, type and year of funding:

Funding authority rests primarily in Smith-Mundt Fiscal Year 2019 Public Diplomacy funding. PAS will consider applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the initial budget period on a non-competitive basis subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the program, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the U.S. Department of State.

Grants will be awarded in amounts between $10,000 and $100,000 U.S. dollars, disbursed in Argentine pesos at the official current exchange rate at the moment of the transfer to successful Argentine grantees, and in U.S. dollars to successful U.S. based applicants. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate cost-sharing, public-private partnerships, cooperation among multiple partners, or innovative means to implement cost savings in their proposals.

PAS reserves the right to award less or more than the funds requested. In general, up to 20% of the award total is withheld as a final payment to ensure final reports completion. All successful applicants receive the terms and conditions of the award upon selection.

A review committee will evaluate each application submitted under this annual program statement. The evaluation criteria assesses the quality and likelihood of a proposal’s success. The specific criteria are closely related and are considered as a whole in judging the overall quality of an application. Applications will be reviewed on the basis of their coherence, clarity, and attention to detail. Selection decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

To submit applications, both Argentine and U.S. applicants must have a current DUNS registration number (obtained through: https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform) and registration for a SAM logon at https://www.sam.gov. Both registrations are free of charge.

Argentine applicants, NGOs, higher education institutions, or local provincial governments, must present a valid Inspección General de Justicia registration when submitting the application. Absence of this proof will disqualify your application.

U.S. applicants may be registered 501c3 not-for-profit organizations, including think-tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience; individuals; or educational institutions.
For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.

In those cases where a legal representative signs the agreement, s/he must be duly empowered to execute agreements on behalf of the organization.

PAS will consider all applications received through December 21, 2018 (5 P.M. local Argentine time), and will reply in writing to selected grantees before March 4, 2019. We are unable to provide individual feedback on proposals that are not accepted. Proposals may be submitted preferably in English, although they can also be submitted in Spanish.

APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

I. Grants Program Form 

Application for Funding – Program of Funds for Projects of Cooperation and Exchange – U.S. Embassy – Argentina

II. Content and Form of Application Submission

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.

The following documents are required:

Mandatory application forms:

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Proposals will be considered and evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Completeness: The proposal must complete all of the requirements outlined in this call.
  • Clarity of purpose: The proposal must explain why the project is important and how it responds to a specific need as well as how it seeks to address one of the above mentioned priority areas.
  • Attainable objectives: The objectives must be realistic and measurable. Proposals must demonstrate how the activities will meet project objectives and how these objectives will be measured. The staff and budget of the proposal must be adequate and appropriate to meet project objectives.
  • Project planning and development: The project must be well-designed and provide a work plan with specific details, including project activities, schedule and itemized budget.
  • Monitoring: The proposal must demonstrate how the project will be monitored. A commitment to submit a Narrative and a Financial Report in the middle and at the end of the program is required.
  • Sustainability: The proposal must describe how the project will continue in long-term, with or without the U.S. grant funding.
  • Innovation: The proposal presents an innovative strategy; new and creative activities.

Reporting Requirements: All awards issued under this announcement will require both digitalized program and financial reports on a frequency specified in the award agreement signed. The disbursement of funds may be tied to submission of these reports in a timely manner. All other details related to award administration will be specified in the award agreement as well.

For more information or inquiries, contact us by email to US-Argentinagrants@state.gov

FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION

1. Federal Award Notices

The grant award or cooperative agreement will be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the Grants Officer. The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document and it will be provided to the recipient for review and signature by email. The recipient may only start incurring project expenses beginning on the start date shown on the grant award document signed by the Grants Officer.

If a proposal is selected for funding, the Department of State has no obligation to provide any additional future funding. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the discretion of the Department of State.

Issuance of this NOFO does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the U.S. government, nor does it commit the U.S. government to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of proposals. Further, the U.S. government reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received.

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

Terms and Conditions: Before submitting an application, applicants should review all the terms and conditions and required certifications which will apply to this award, to ensure that they will be able to comply. These include:
2 CFR 200, 2 CFR 600, Certifications and Assurances, and the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions, all of which are available here. Note the U.S Flag branding and marking requirements in the Standard Terms and Conditions.

Note the U.S Flag branding and marking requirements in the Standard Terms and Conditions.