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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
Funding Opportunity Title: Strengthening ties between the U.S. and Cyprus
Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-CY600-FY22-0002
CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs
Deadline for Applications: August 22, 2022
Total Amount Available: $60,000
Maximum for Each Award: $15,000
A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Cyprus is pleased to announce an open competition for Federal Awards (Grants) through the Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program, aiming to support the strengthening of ties and advancing relations between the U.S. and Cyprus. This notice is an Annual Program Statement, outlining the Embassy’s funding priorities, strategic goals, and procedures for submitting funding proposals. Please carefully follow all instructions below.
PAS invites proposals that strengthen ties and advance relations between the U.S. and Cyprus through programs in priority areas that highlight shared values and promote bilateral cooperation.
Priority Program Areas:
To achieve the objective of the Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program, grant proposals that advance the following themes will be considered:
Participants and Audiences:
The Public Affairs Section will give consideration to the full range and diversity of U.S. and Cypriot non-profit organizations.
For-profit institutions, such as those registered as commercial and/or private businesses, are not eligible to receive funding.
Priority will be given to:
Categories that are not eligible for funding under this NOFO:
Authorizing legislation, type, and year of funding:
Funding authority rests in the Smith-Mundt.
Source of funding is FY2022 Public Diplomacy Funding.
B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION
This notice is subject to availability of funding.
Length of performance period: 2 to 24 months
Number of awards anticipated: 10 awards (dependent on amounts).
Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $2,000 to a maximum of $15,000
Total available funding: $60,000
Type of Funding: Fiscal Year 2022 Public Diplomacy Funding
Anticipated program start date: September 30, 2022
Funding Instrument Type: Grant, Fixed Amount Award, or Cooperative agreement. Federal Awards glossary and definitions of each type of award are available at https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?gp=&SID=f7536843d8a3ffffda55fdbc50e85407&mc=true&n=pt2.1.200&r=PART&ty=HTML#se2.1.200_11
Federal award terminology and definitions are available at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/learn-grants/grant-terminology.html
Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 24 months or less.
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.
C. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
1. Eligible Applicants
The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from:
2. Cost Sharing or Matching: While cost sharing is not required, it is encouraged and may be taken into consideration during the proposal assessment and selection.
3. Other Eligibility Requirements: Applicants are only allowed to submit up to two proposals per organization or individual for this specific funding opportunity. If more than two proposals are submitted from an organization or individual, all proposals from that institution or individual will be considered ineligible for funding. Organizations applying for awards must register for an NCAGE/CAGE code, and a valid registration from SAM.gov. Please see Section D (3) below for information on how to obtain these registrations. Individuals are not required to be registered in SAM.gov.
D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION
All application forms required below are available for download at https://cy.usembassy.gov/grants/.
In case you are unable to download the packages online, please contact us via email email@example.com and we can forward all forms via email.
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 not be considered for funding.
2. Content and Form of Application Submission: The following documents are required for applications from both organizations and individuals:
i. Mandatory SF424 application forms:
ii. A Proposal document following the template available at https://cy.usembassy.gov/grants/ including:
Summary Cover Page: Stating the applicant’s name and organization, proposal date, program title, proposed start and end dates, program locations, requested amount and brief purpose of the program.
Proposal Information: The proposal should contain sufficient information to allow anyone to understand the project specifics and objectives. Please use the provided Embassy proposal template.
Applicants must ensure:
All mandatory forms required for application are available at https://cy.usembassy.gov/grants/. Mandatory forms must be filled out and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org before they can be reviewed for eligibility.
3. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM) required Registrations:
All organizations applying for grants must obtain the following registrations. All are free of charge. Individuals do not need to obtain these registrations.
Please note the U.S. Embassy cannot assist applicants with registering. These organizations are independent of the Department of State.
The entire registration process can require up to five weeks for the registration to be validated and confirmed. Please begin the registration process immediately to ensure that you can be eligible to receive USG funds.
4. Submission Dates and Times: Applications may be submitted for consideration at any time before the closing date of August 22, 2022. No proposals will be accepted after that date. Successful applicants will typically receive a notice within 4 weeks of the corresponding deadline, or as funds become available.
The time required to finalize an award and disburse funds after a proposal is selected for funding ranges from one to two months. Applicants are, therefore, encouraged to apply four to six months before the start date of the proposed activity.
5. Intergovernmental Review: N/A
6. Funding Restrictions: Award funds cannot be used for purchasing alcoholic beverages, construction, vehicle purchases, or property, etc. as described under section A of this Notice. Federal Award funds cannot be used for reimbursement of expenses incurred before the start of the award period.
7. Other Submission Requirements: All mandatory forms must be filled out and submitted via email to email@example.com before they can be reviewed for eligibility.
E. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION
1. Criteria: Each application will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the evaluation criteria outlined below. The criteria are designed to assess the quality of the proposed project, and to determine the likelihood of its success.
2. Review and Selection Process: A technical review panel will review the proposal based upon the criteria noted in Section E 1 above. A determination will be made regarding the program’s proposed area of activity and the Mission’s strategic goals, and those proposals that are the best fit will be given additional consideration.
If an applicant fails to adhere to the application instructions or eligibility requirements or if an application is incomplete, the application will be considered technically ineligible, and the application will not be considered by the merit review panel for possible funding.
F. FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
G. FEDERAL AWARDING AGENCY CONTACTS
If you have any questions about the grant application process, please contact the Public Affairs Section through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: PAS does not provide any pre-consultation for application related questions that are addressed in the NOFO. Once an application has been submitted, Department of State officials and staff – both in the U.S. and at U.S. Embassies overseas – may not discuss this competition with applicants until the entire proposal review process is completed. Questions may be directed to email@example.com.
H. OTHER INFORMATION
This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is an Annual Program Statement dependent on availability of funds. The Federal Government is not obligated to make any Federal Award as a result of this announcement. Only certified Grants Officers can bind the Federal Government to the expenditure of funds. All U.S. Embassy Cyprus Federal Award funding opportunities and amendments are publicized at https://cy.usembassy.gov/grants. The webpage also includes links to U.S. Federal Award regulations, necessary forms, and guides.
Guidelines for Budget Categories:
Alcoholic Beverages: Please note that award funds cannot be used for alcoholic beverages.
If your proposal is selected for funding:
If your proposal is selected for funding:
4. The Embassy will send you the Federal Assistance Award (grant contract). Review the document and regulations, sign and date the award, and return it to the Public Affairs Section via email to firstname.lastname@example.org within 10 days.
5. Review the U.S. Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions (pdf-545kb) for Federal Awards.
6.Request the award funds using the SF-270 form (pdf-185kb) – Filling Instructions (pdf-329kb). For long-term projects (longer than 3 months) it is best that funds are requested and disbursed in installments.