Institutional Capacity Building (ICB)


To strengthen the capacity of new and experienced Food for Peace Title II Partners, both to plan and implement effective food security programs which reduce vulnerability of food insecure populations, including in emergency situations.

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.
Program Accomplishments
The current program assists PVOs to identify, assess and respond effectively to emergency and developmental food insecurity situations using P.L. 480 Title II food assistance in developing countries.
Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, Public Law 480, Title II.
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 US Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) or cooperative headquartered in the US, that is registered with USAID as of the date of its application.
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 Technical and Cost Application (including SF 424 and 424a as required by a published Request for Applications.
Award Procedure
Applications are submitted to the Office of Procurement. All applications are reviewed for completeness by the recipient office and then given to a technical review committee for a competitive review. All committee members using criteria outlined in the Request for Applications score each application. Awards are negotiated based on the scoring of applications technical merit and cost.
This program is re-competed approximately every five years.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately three to four months from submission deadline.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are selected based upon technical and programmatic merit, organizational background, competence and experience, past performance and financial plan.
How may assistance be used?
Project funds can be used for establishing systems, training staff and strengthening mechanisms for implementing Title II food security programs. Ineligible activities/costs include: (1) Activities which are not in support of existing or planned Title II activities; (2) Disaster-related personnel or activities not associated with food assistance, which otherwise are the responsibility of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) or which may be funded by USAIDs Regional Bureaus; (3) Procurement of Motor Vehicles.
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 as must all key personnel specified in the agreement. One midterm and one final evaluation are also required components.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB circular No A-133 (Revised June 27, 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 are used for authorized purposes.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula, however, a ten (10) percent cost-share is required for this program and a twenty-five (25) percent cost share is recommended.
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; Grants Manager; Program Operations Division; USAID; 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; Washington, DC 20523.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
FY 07 est not available; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Up to $3.5 million per organization over five years.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Code of Federal Regulations Title 22, 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: provision of training in food security programming, food security assessments; food aid logistics, regulations; support for setting up food aid tracking systems, improvement of capacity in monitoring and evaluation and conducting studies and assessments to show how food can best be used to decrease food insecurity.


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