Foreign Assistance to American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA)

 

The purpose of the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program is to furnish assistance to schools and libraries outside the United States founded or sponsored by United States citizens and serving as study and demonstration centers for ideas and practices of the United States, and to hospital centers for medical education and research outside the United States, founded or sponsored by United States citizens. Within this context of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Program, the objectives of the ASHA program are to strengthen overseas schools and hospitals that best demonstrate American ideas and practices, and are likely to survive over a long term.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
98.006
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Agency for International Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2010: Since the inception of the program, ASHA has assisted 237 institutions in over 70 countries, and facilitated the development and sustainment of superior libraries, schools, and medical centers, thus positively impacting the regions where these institutions are located. These include institutions in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Near East. The ASHA office currently manages a worldwide portfolio of over 200 grants and continues to award on average 38 new grants every year. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available
Authorization
The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, Section 214.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Pursuant to Section 214 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, grant assistance is made available to schools and libraries outside the United States founded or sponsored by United States citizens and serving as study and demonstration centers for ideas and practices of the United States, and to hospital centers for medical education and research outside the United States, founded or sponsored by United States citizens. Grants made under this program help such institutions demonstrate to people overseas the achievements of the United States in education and medicine.

The applicant must be a non-profit U.S. organization, which either founded or sponsors the institution for which assistance is sought. The applicant, for example, can be a nonprofit university or a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended.

The applicant must demonstrate a continuing supportive relationship with the overseas institution. Evidence of this would be the provision of financial and management support for the institution.

Other more detailed eligibility requirements are addressed in the published Request for Applications which appear on the USAID/ASHA web site and www.grants.gov.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries must be institutions located outside the U.S. and must not be under the control or management of a government or any other of its agencies. The majority of the users of these overseas institutions, e.g., students or patients, must be citizens of countries other than the U.S.
Credentials/Documentation
The overseas institutions must demonstrate competence in professional skills and exhibit sound management and financial practices. An applicant must present a strategy that demonstrates the ability to achieve professional competence, commitment to promote U.S. ideas and practices, and to operate in accordance with sound management and financial practices. Institutions must be open to all persons regardless of race, religion, sex, color, or national origin. All overseas institutions are expected to reflect favorably upon, and to increase the understanding as well as to enhance the image of the United States. An applicant requesting assistance must provide an estimate of the total cost (including cost share and U.S. contribution) for which assistance is requested. Such applicants must also provide information and assurances with respect to right to occupy the premises and/or the land upon which new construction is planned. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Per the United States Agency for International Development Environmental Compliance Procedures, 22 CFR 216. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applications are submitted in response to specific announcements (Requests for Applications) synopsized and published on the grants.gov web site. All applications must be submitted using the Standard Form 424. Each announcement provides specific instructions regarding the contents of the description of the activity, budget documentation and other required information.
Award Procedure
Following selection for award, a successful applicant will receive an electronic copy of the notice of award signed by the Agreement Officer which serves as the authorizing document. USAID will issue the award to the contacts specified by the applicant in it application documents and /or the Authorized Individuals submitted by the application.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The range is from 7 to 9 months.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Extensions to the project period may be made if deemed appropriate by the Agreement Officer.
How are proposals selected?
Detailed eligibility requirements are addressed in the published Request for Applications which appear grants.gov on the USAID/ASHA web site.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are authorized through grant agreements with private and non-profit U.S. organizations to carry out activities in line with the Agency's objectives. Funds are limited for direct support of activities conducted outside the United States in furtherance of the Agency's strategic objectives. ASHA grants are awarded through a competitive process.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Grantees must submit quarterly progress reports and annual organizational reports. Comprehensive final Project Reports are due no later than 90 days after the completion of projects. Expenditure reports are required 30 days after the end of each progress reporting period. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal 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. Nonfederal 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 Circular No. A-133. Foreign non-profit organizations, host governments, and sub-recipients that expend $300,000 or more in USAID awards (i.e., organizations that receive USAID funds either directly or through a prime contractor or recipient) during their fiscal year, must have an annual audit conducted of those funds in accordance with the Guidelines for Financial Audits Contracted by Foreign Recipients as issued in USAID’s official Agency regulations ADS Chapter 591.
Records
In accordance with 22 CFR Part 226.53, grantees are to maintain accounting records for a minimum of 3 years after the end of the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. Cost sharing is an important element of the USAID-recipient relationship. Although not required, applicants are encouraged to contribute resources from its own, private, or local sources for the implementation of this project. Contributions can be either cash or in kind (in accordance with OMB Circular A-110 and 22 CFR 226.23).
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants may be issued for up to a 5 year period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
USAID/DCHA/ASHA 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20523 Phone: 2027120510
Website Address
http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/cross-cutting_programs/asha/
Financial Information
Account Identification
72-1021-0-1-151.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 10 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 11 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 12 Not Separately Identifiable - FY 2008 $22,318,000; FY 2009 $22,500,000; FY 2010 $23,500,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range from $500,000 to $2,000,000 in total USAID funding for a performance period up to a 5 year period starting in fiscal year 2012.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Grant administration policies are in 22 CFR 226, and may be found at
http://www.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/index.html. Internal USAID policy directives, including standard formats, may be found in Automated Directive Systems (ADS) Chapter 303. The ADS is available on the USAID website at http://www.usaid.gov/pubs/ads/. Other information regarding USAID's program may be found at www.usaid.gov.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2010: Uganda Program on Cancer and Infectious Diseases (Uganda) – Construct operational outpatient cancer clinic and training facility in Kampala; Sihanouk Hospital Center of Hope (Cambodia) - Procure medical equipment for a women's health care facility; Robert College (Turkey) - Renovate campus water delivery infrastructure; Armenian American Wellness Center (Armenia) - Purchase commodities and hire U.S. medical professionals as consultants; St. Boniface Hospital (Haiti) - Construct Maternity Ward and Lab. Upgrade waste management system. Construct a central warehouse for medicines, supplies, food and vehicles; Feinberg Graduate School (Israel) - Procure critically-needed scientific instrumentation for educational and research activities in science education, energy/environment, and genome-based biomedicine programs; Sackler Faculty of Medicine of the Tel Aviv University (Israel) - Procure equipment to develop vaccines and drugs for HIV/AIDS; Bethlehem University (Israel) - Construct new floor to the Science Building and three floors to the Community Partnership Building. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

 



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