Sunday, April 17, 2016

American embassy in Havana offers grants

The American and Cuban flags few side by side in August 2015
The U.S. Embassy in Havana is passing out grants ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 to individuals and organizations based in Cuba and non-profit organizations in the U.S.
Two project announcements, reproduced below, say that "projects that are inherently political in nature" aren't likely to be funded.
I doubt this means that the State Department and the Agency for International Development have ended other more expansive programs that are political. But the goal of these embassy projects is to strengthen U.S.-Cuba bilateral relations.
Applications for the embassy projects "will be considered on a rolling basis up until August 15, 2016," the announcement said.
All projects must start before Sept. 30. See below for details:

Large Grants Program Funding Opportunity

U.S. Department of State
U.S. Embassy Cuba Public Affairs Section

Announcement Type: Grant/Fixed Amount Award

Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Mission to Cuba Public Affairs Large Grants Program Statement


Funding Opportunity Number: SCU-040-016-GR000

CFDA Number: 19.040 -- General Department of State Assistance

Date Opened: February 15, 2016

Closing Date and Time for Submission of Application: Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis up until August 15, 2016, 18:00 EDT, depending on funds availability. All projects must begin before September 30, 2016. This does not mean that the activity being funded must be completed before September 30, 2016, but that preparation for the activity must begin before that date.

AWARDS ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS

Eligibility Category: Eligible institutions, organizations, and individuals will propose activities in Cuba pertaining to the arts, academia, sports, entrepreneurship, technology, education, and youth. Applicants include individuals and organizations based in Cuba and U.S. non-profit organizations.

Est. Project Start Date: Rolling, starting April 1, 2016

Est. Project End Date: January 1, 2017

Award Ceiling: U.S. $100,000.00

Award Floor: U.S. $15,000.00

Electronic Requirement: Yes (applications must be submitted by email to: CubaGrants@State.gov)



Announcement Type: New Announcement

Federal Agency Contact: Grants Officer Bruce Kleiner

Email: CubaGrants@state.gov

I. Funding Opportunity Description

Background Information

The U.S. Embassy to Cuba Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that limited funding is available through the U.S. Embassy to Cuba Public Affairs Large Grants Program to support activities that promote U.S.-Cuba bilateral relations in the following three priority areas:

Increase entrepreneurship and economic opportunities, especially among youth and underserved communities;
Institutional linkages between academic or nonprofit organizations to enhance bilateral partnerships through the promotion of education, the access and use of technology, sports, and partnerships across the Americas.
Promote cultural exchange and enhance understanding of our shared history, traditions, and values through innovative means.
Eligibility is limited to those who qualify to receive U.S. grants, and have the ability to develop and implement their proposed programs in Cuba. The U.S. Embassy in Cuba and the Department of State encourage organizations that have not previously received international program funding from the U.S. Government to apply under this announcement.

II. Purpose of Grant

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

Proposals to expand U.S.-Cuba exchange programs with a focus on sustainable institutional relationships;
Capacity-building projects with a focus on science, entrepreneurship, and information technology;

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

Social welfare projects;
Paying to complete activities begun with other funds;
Projects that are inherently political in nature;
International travel, unless specifically justified within the project;
Citizen exchange programs with foreign countries that do not have an American angle;
Political party activities; and,
Projects that support specific religious activities.
III. Award Information

PAS reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described in the absence of worthy applications or under such other circumstances as it may deem to be in the best interest of the U.S. government.

Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis until August 15, 2016, at 18:00 (EDT). All applicants are typically contacted 4-6 weeks after they submit a proposal and informed whether their proposal was selected. Therefore proposals must be submitted at least 6 to 8 weeks before the start of the program.

The PAS may make the award on the basis of initial applications received, without discussions or negotiations. Each initial application should contain the applicant's best terms from a cost and technical standpoint. PAS reserves the right to enter into discussions with one or more applicants to obtain clarification, additional details, or to suggest refinements in the program description, budget, or other aspects of the application.

IV. Eligibility Information

The U.S. Embassy to Cuba encourages applications from all sectors in Cuba, as well as U.S. not-for-profit organizations, and Cuban organizations.

To be eligible for a grant award, in addition to other conditions of this request for applications, organizations must have a commitment to non-discrimination with respect to beneficiaries and adherence to equal opportunity employment practices. Non-discrimination includes equal treatment without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and political affiliation. Commercial firms are ineligible to receive funding through this award mechanism.

V. Application Submission

How to Apply
Proposals should be entered in English onto the Grants Application template.

To be eligible all proposals should include the following sections:

Cover Page: This page should include the following information:
Project Title;
Name of Project Manager;
Contact Information (e-mail, phone number)
Project Summary: Description of project in 100 words or less.
PAS Grants Application Template (Suggested format)
Detailed Budget: The budget for the U.S. Mission in Cuba should be prepared in U.S. dollars.
SF-424 & SF-424 Instructions
Institutions: Forms SF-424, SF-424A and SF-424B
Individuals: Form SF424i
Instructions: SF-424, SF-42A, and SF-424I
SAM: Proof of active registration in sam.gov. Instructions on how to register can be found at www.sam.gov.

Proposals must be submitted electronically to the U.S. Embassy in Havana at the following email address: CubaGrants@State.gov. Applications are accepted in English only, and final grant agreements will be concluded in English.

Applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail from the U.S. Embassy Havana (PAS) to indicate that we have received the proposal. There is no need to contact the Mission to ask about the status of your proposal once you have received the confirmation e-mail acknowledging receipt of your proposal.

VI. Review and Selection Process

Each application submitted under this announcement will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the following evaluation criteria. The criteria are designed to assess the quality of the proposed project, and to determine the likelihood of its success. The 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 fullness, coherence, clarity, and attention to detail.

Each application submitted under this announcement will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the following evaluation criteria:

Goals and Objectives: The project is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results. The project addresses one or more of the PAS thematic priorities outlined in the "Funding Opportunity Description." Applicant demonstrates she/he is able to measure program success against key indicators and provide milestones to indicate progress toward U.S. Mission Cuba goals.

Strengths and Innovation: Applicant clearly describes how his/her proposal will accomplish the requested program within the proposed time-frame, and articulates an innovative strategy or plan. The project builds civil society leadership and capacity, and demonstrates sustainable capacity building.

Organizational Capacity: The organization has expertise in one or more of the U.S. Mission to Cuba's thematic priorities and demonstrates the ability to perform the proposed activities. The applicant details each partner's respective role and provides curriculum vitas (CVs) for persons responsible for the project and financial administration. Each key person responsible for the proposed project and its financial administration is listed and a CV for these persons is provided.

Budget and Budget Justification: The budget and narrative justification are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results, and the plan for services is realistic and allowable, please see Department of State's Standard Terms and Conditions.

VII. Award Administration

Award Notices: The grant award or cooperative agreement shall be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the Grants Officer. The Grants Officer is the U.S. government official delegated the authority by the U.S. Department of State Procurement Executive to write, award, and administer grants and cooperative agreements. The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document and it will be provided to the recipient. Organizations whose applications will not be funded will also be notified in writing.

Reporting Requirements: All awards issued under this announcement will require both program and financial reports on a frequency specified in the award agreement. 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 award agreement as well.

VIII. Contact

All questions regarding eligibility and submission guidelines should be directed to CubaGrants@state.gov.

Small Grants Program Funding Opportunity

U.S. Department of State
U.S. Embassy Cuba Public Affairs Section

Announcement Type: Grant/Fixed Amount Award

Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Mission to Cuba Public Affairs Small Grants Program Statement

Funding Opportunity Number: SCU-040-016-GR000

CFDA Number: 19.040 -- General Department of State Assistance

Date Opened: February 15, 2016

Closing Date and Time for Submission of Application: Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis up until August 15, 2016, 18:00 EDT, depending on funds availability. All projects must begin before September 30, 2016. This does not mean that the activity being funded must be completed before September 30, 2016, but that preparation for the activity must begin before that date.

AWARDS ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS

Eligibility Category: Eligible institutions, organizations, and individuals will propose activities in Cuba pertaining to the arts, academia, sports, entrepreneurship, technology, education, and youth. Applicants include individuals and organizations based in Cuba and U.S. non-profit organizations.

Est. Project Start Date: Rolling, starting April 1, 2016

Est. Project End Date: January 1, 2017

Award Ceiling: U.S. $15,000.00

Award Floor: U.S. $1,000.00

Electronic Requirement: Yes (applications must be submitted by email to: CubaGrants@State.gov)

Announcement Type: New Announcement

Federal Agency Contact: Grants Officer Bruce Kleiner

Email: CubaGrants@state.gov

I. Funding Opportunity Description

Background Information

The U.S. Embassy to Cuba Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that limited funding is available through the U.S. Embassy to Cuba Public Affairs Small Grants Program to support activities that promote U.S.-Cuba bilateral relations in the following four priority areas:

Increase entrepreneurship and economic opportunities, especially among youth and underserved communities;
Enhance bilateral partnerships through the promotion of education, the access and use of technology, sports, and partnerships across the Americas.
Promote cultural exchange and enhance understanding of our shared history, traditions, and values through innovative means.
Eligibility is limited to those who qualify to receive U.S. grants, and have the ability to develop and implement their proposed programs in Cuba. The U.S. Embassy in Cuba and the Department of State encourage organizations that have not previously received international program funding from the U.S. Government to apply under this announcement.

II. Purpose of Grant

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

Proposals to expand U.S.-Cuba exchange programs;
Youth and community capacity-building projects with a focus on science, entrepreneurship, and information technology;
Projects that enhance understanding through arts and culture.

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

Social welfare projects;
Paying to complete activities begun with other funds;
Projects that are inherently political in nature;
International travel, unless specifically justified within the project;
Citizen exchange programs with foreign countries that do not have an American angle;
Political party activities; and,
Projects that support specific religious activities.
III. Award Information

PAS reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described in the absence of worthy applications or under such other circumstances as it may deem to be in the best interest of the U.S. government.

Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis until August 15, 2016, at 18:00 (EDT). All applicants are typically contacted 4-6 weeks after they submit a proposal and informed whether their proposal was selected. Therefore proposals must be submitted at least 6 to 8 weeks before the start of the program.

The PAS may make the award on the basis of initial applications received, without discussions or negotiations. Each initial application should contain the applicant's best terms from a cost and technical standpoint. PAS reserves the right to enter into discussions with one or more applicants to obtain clarification, additional details, or to suggest refinements in the program description, budget, or other aspects of the application.

IV. Eligibility Information:

The U.S. Embassy to Cuba encourages applications from all sectors in Cuba, as well as U.S. not-for-profit organizations, and Cuban organizations.

To be eligible for a grant award, in addition to other conditions of this request for applications, organizations must have a commitment to non-discrimination with respect to beneficiaries and adherence to equal opportunity employment practices. Non-discrimination includes equal treatment without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and political affiliation. Commercial firms are ineligible to receive funding through this award mechanism.

V. Application Submission

How to Apply

Proposals should be entered in English onto the Grants Application template.

To be eligible all proposals should include the following sections:

Cover Page: This page should include the following information:
Project Title;
Name of Project Manager;
Contact Information (e-mail, phone number)
Project Summary: Description of project in 100 words or less.
PAS Grants Application Template (Suggested format)
Detailed Budget: The budget for the U.S. Mission in Cuba should be prepared in U.S. dollars.
SF-424 & SF-424 Instructions
Institutions: Forms SF-424, SF-424A and SF-424B
Individuals: Form SF424i
Instructions: SF-424, SF-42A, and SF-424I
SAM: Proof of active registration in sam.gov. Instructions on how to register can be found at www.sam.gov.

Proposals must be submitted electronically to the U.S. Embassy in Havana at the following email address: CubaGrants@State.gov. Applications are accepted in English only, and final grant agreements will be concluded in English.

Applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail from the U.S. Embassy Havana (PAS) to indicate that we have received the proposal. There is no need to contact the Mission to ask about the status of your proposal once you have received the confirmation e-mail acknowledging receipt of your proposal.

VI. Review and Selection Process

Each application submitted under this announcement will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the following evaluation criteria. The criteria are designed to assess the quality of the proposed project, and to determine the likelihood of its success. The 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 fullness, coherence, clarity, and attention to detail.

Each application submitted under this announcement will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the following evaluation criteria:

Goals and Objectives: The project is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results. The project addresses one or more of the PAS thematic priorities outlined in the "Funding Opportunity Description." Applicant demonstrates she/he is able to measure program success against key indicators and provide milestones to indicate progress toward U.S. Mission Cuba goals.

Strengths and Innovation: Applicant clearly describes how his/her proposal will accomplish the requested program within the proposed time-frame, and articulates an innovative strategy or plan. The project builds civil society leadership and capacity, and demonstrates sustainable capacity building.

Organizational Capacity: The organization has expertise in one or more of the U.S. Mission to Cuba's thematic priorities and demonstrates the ability to perform the proposed activities. The applicant details each partner's respective role and provides curriculum vitas (CVs) for persons responsible for the project and financial administration. Each key person responsible for the proposed project and its financial administration is listed and a CV for these persons is provided.

Budget and Budget Justification: The budget and narrative justification are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results, and the plan for services is realistic and allowable, please see Department of State's Standard Terms and Conditions.

VII. Award Administration

Award Notices: The grant award or cooperative agreement shall be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the Grants Officer. The Grants Officer is the U.S. government official delegated the authority by the U.S. Department of State Procurement Executive to write, award, and administer grants and cooperative agreements. The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document and it will be provided to the recipient. Organizations whose applications will not be funded will also be notified in writing.

Reporting Requirements: All awards issued under this announcement will require both program and financial reports on a frequency specified in the award agreement. 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 award agreement as well.

VIII. Contact

All questions regarding eligibility and submission guidelines should be directed to CubaGrants@state.gov.

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