Food for Peace Development Assistance Program (DAP)


To improve access, availability and utilization of food in food insecure environments abroad. The priority for Title II development programs is a focus on improving household nutrition and health status, especially in children and mothers, and on increasing agricultural productivity, including field production, post-harvest handling and transformation and marketing.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Agency for International Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants; Sale, Exchange, or Donation
of Property and Goods.
Program Accomplishments
The current program assists PVOs to identify, assess, and respond effectively to developmental food insecurity situations using P.L. 480, Title II food assistance in developing countries.
Agriculture, Trade and Development Assistance Act of 1954, as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Private non-profit institutions/organizations are eligible for this program. Specifically, an organization must be a Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) or cooperative. PVOs must be registered with USAID as of the date of its application. In order to be awarded a program the organization must also be registered with the Office of Food for Peace.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Private, non-profit institutions/organizations will benefit from this program along with vulnerable and food insecure populations in low income food deficit countries (LIFDCs) and least developed countries (LDCs).
USAID Registration; Evidence of legal capacity, economic feasibility, and financial responsibility relative to the activity for which assistance is required.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Not required. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Submission of Application (including SF 424 and 424a) as required by DAP guidelines and application instructions.
Award Procedure
Applications are submitted to the Office of Food for Peace. All applications are reviewed for completeness by the recipient office and then given to a technical review committee for a competitive review.
Applications have been due on or about May 15th each year for the start date of October 1st the following year.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Up to 120 days following submission.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are selected based upon assessed need, technical and programmatic merit, organizational background, competence and experience, past performance and financial plan. This is not a formula program.
How may assistance be used?
U.S. and local Private Voluntary Organizations registered with USAID may submit proposals requesting commodities and cash to carry out food aid programs in food insecure countries. The activities outlined in new DAPs should be in conformity with USAID, host government and multilateral food security assessments and strategies. Coordination with USAID Mission development priorities for the associated countries is highly desirable; program and resources integration is encouraged. However, no proposal will be disapproved solely because it is not integrated. Proposals will be reviewed and considered eligible for approval so long as they do not violate the Bellmon Amendment or other statutory provisions, are consistent with the Food Aid Food Security policy paper, and address the host country's most serious problems in the areas of food access, availability, and utilization.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Each award recipient is required to provide an annual narrative progress report as well as quarterly financial report (SF 269, SF 269a (as applicable) and SF 272. Annual work-plans must be approved on by the Cognizant Technical Officer on an annual basis.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB circular No A-133 (Revised June 23, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments and Non-Profit Organizations, non-federal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-federal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year except as noted in OMB Circular A-133.
The grantee shall maintain adequate records and accounts to assure that grant funds and commodities are used for authorized purposes.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula, though cost-sharing is encouraged.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
This funding is available for up to five years under the current program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Not applicable.
Headquarters Office
Office of Food for Peace; Development Programs Division; USAID; 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; Washington, DC 20523.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
FY 07 $350,000,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$1,000,000 to $25,000,000 over 3-5 years.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Code of Federal Regulations Title 22, 211, 226 and 228 Volume 1 Parts 1 to 299 (Revised as of April 1, 1999); USAID ADS 300 and cross references.
Examples of Funded Projects
Funded activities have included: direct food distribution, health, nutritional and agricultural training, food for work, food for training, monetization.


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