Contributions to International Organizations for Overseas Assistance


Provision of voluntary and assessed contributions to Public International Organizations to carry out humanitarian assistance activities overseas benefitting refugees, victims of conflict, and other persons of concern.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Department of State
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, as amended, Public Law 87-510, 22 U.S.C. 2601
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Voluntary and assessed contributions to Public International Organizations to provide assistance to refugees and victims of conflict overseas.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Refugees, victims of conflict, and other persons of concern requiring protection and assistance.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
As authorized, the Bureau provides funds multilaterally as voluntary and assessed contributions to international organizations (IOs). To ensure that the international system is effectively and efficiently addressing the humanitarian needs of refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), victims of conflict, stateless persons, and vulnerable migrants, the Bureau ensures that the U.S. Government (USG) works closely with other donor governments to achieve a common understanding of humanitarian requirements and what constitutes satisfactory performance in responding to them by the international humanitarian system. Through its active participation in international organizations' governing boards, the USG promotes efforts to strengthen the UN system and increase the effectiveness of multilateral humanitarian action. The Bureau makes USG contributions to major IO partners including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and other international organizations. To demonstrate continued U.S. leadership and commitment to these institutions, the U.S. contributions aim to constitute a fair share of the IOs funding requests and appeals with the expectation that other donors -- in the spirit of responsibility sharing -- will support the remaining funding request. Each contribution funding decision is based on Bureau budget and policy prioritization considerations. Each contribution action contains award conditions that are signed and countersigned by authorized representatives of the Bureau and the recipient organization.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Voluntary and assessed contributions provide funds to key international organizations to address pressing humanitarian needs overseas and to resettle refugees in the United States. These funds support programs that sustain life; provide protection and assistance to the most vulnerable, particularly women and children and the elderly; assist refugees with voluntary repatriation, local integration, or permanent resettlement in a third country; and foster the humane and effective management of international migration policies. These contributions meet the international organization's objectives as approved by the Bureau. Funding documents approved by the Bureau authorize funds based on the organization's budget submission, funding request or appeal document.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Monitoring programs funded through contributions to international organizations remains a Bureau priority to ensure that funds meet core objectives of providing protection and assistance to populations of concern. The Bureau pursues its monitoring of its primary IO partners, as applicable, by negotiating frameworks for cooperation between the USG and the IO incorporating rigorous, mutually-agreed strategic goals, indicators, and performance targets for the year. With these organizations, the Bureau plays an important role in shaping and supporting strategic planning and performance management. The Bureau monitors its programs closely using a range of performance measures to gauge humanitarian impact, assess progress toward strategic priorities, and ensure accountability to beneficiaries and American taxpayers. IO programs are monitored by routine visits of agency staff to program sites and to IO headquarters and regional/country offices.
Annual and/or bi-annual audits are required depending on the PIO. External audits may also be required. The contribution agreement states that in addition to the published financial and program reports, the Recipient agrees to provide copies of its external audit report prepared for donors to the Bureau.
Program and financial reports are maintained for 10 years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Each voluntary and assessed contribution contains award conditions that are accepted by the recipient organization. Most contribution award agreements stipulate that funds may be used to continue authorized designated activities beyond the initial time period of the appeal, if needed. Recipients should request funds based on immediate disbursement requirements and disburse funds as soon as possible to minimize the Federal cash on hand in accordance with the established policies. Payment requests should be submitted only in amounts that are required to meet the immediate cash needs of the contribution.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Eric Hembree
2025 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20522-0908 US
Phone: 2024539239
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 18$2,381,533,248.00; FY 19 est $1,433,197,106.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 13$1,780,736,111.00; FY 12$1,313,962,613.00; FY 14$2,275,509,158.00; FY 16$2,585,558,782.00; FY 17 est $2,600,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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