Iraq Assistance Program

 

To promote democracy, political development and reconciliation, economic development and rule of law in Iraq.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
19.016
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of State
Office: Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Section 634 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, Executive Order Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2010, Public Law 110-161, U.S.C 7015, Part 2, Section 531, 22 U.S.C 2346.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
U.S. or foreign non-profit organizations; for-profit organizations; private institutions of higher education, public or state institutions of higher education; public international organizations; and small businesses with functional and regional experience. Each solicitation outlines who is eligible and what types of experience are needed to apply for funding.
Beneficiary Eligibility
U.S. or foreign non-profit organizations; for-profit organizations; private institutions of higher education, public or state institutions of higher education; public international organizations; and small businesses with functional and regional experience. Each solicitation outlines who is eligible and what types of experience are needed to apply for funding.
See www.grants.gov for specific announcement.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. 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
Pre-award coordination is required for all grantees applying for foreign assistance grants through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC) . This coordination will take place between program officers in the field and the recipient agencies, or between program officers in Washington, DC and the recipient organizations. See www.grants.gov for specific announcement. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. NEA/AC solicits proposals via program announcements posted on www.grants.gov, www.grantsolutions.gov, and on the websites of NEA/AC, and posts in the region. NEA Iraq programming implementers are selected through open competitions, directed, or limited solicitations. Occasionally, NEA/AC will issue sole source awards. NEA/AC also enters into a limited number of Interagency Acquisition Agreements with other U.S.G. Federal agencies. See www.grants.gov for specific announcement.
Award Procedure
Solicitations are reviewed by panels comprised of area and subject matter experts drawn from both inside and outside the State Department, including from NGOs and the private sector. Award procedures are defined by the U.S. Department of State, Administration Bureau in accordance with relevant OMB Circulars.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. See program announcements on Grants.gov.
Appeals
No appeals.
Renewals
From 60 to 90 days. Renewals are based on performance, need and funds availability. Renewals must be coordinated with the State/NEA program officer, the Representative of State/Administration Bureau grants officer, and the recipient.
How are proposals selected?
Project specific, depends on the program. All awards are screened for terror finance and/or support per the relevant U.S. Department of State and federal guidelines and regulations. See www.grants.gov for specific announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Seeking well designed projects that support democratic and political development, reconciliation, economic development and rule of law in Iraq.

All funds for grants will comply with the restrictions on foreign assistance, as specified in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended. See www.grants.gov for specific announcement. This depends on the individual award. No funds may be used for police, military or para-military activities. No funds may be used to influence Iraqi national policy. All funds are discretionary. Possible micro finance projects may be funded.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Depending on the size of the awards and length of the project period, as dictated in the official U.S. Department of State Notice Award, program reports may be required either quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. See www.grants.gov for specific announcement. Required quarterly for all awards. At the discretion of the listed Grants Officer. Depending on the size of the awards and length of the project period, as dictated in the official U.S. Department of State Notice Award, cash reports may be required either quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. See www.grants.gov for specific announcement. Required quarterly for all awards. At the discretion of the listed Grants Officer. Depending on the size of the awards and length of the project period, as dictated in the official U.S. Department of State Notice Award, progress reports may be required either quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. See www.grants.gov for specific announcement. Required quarterly for all awards. At the discretion of the listed Grants Officer. Depending on the size of the awards and length of the project period, as dictated in the official U.S. Department of State Notice Award, expenditure reports may be required either quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. See www.grants.gov for specific announcement. Required quarterly for all awards. At the discretion of the listed Grants Officer. Depending on the size of the awards and length of the project period, as dictated in the official U.S. Department of State Notice Award, performance monitoring reports may be required either quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. See www.grants.gov for specific announcement. Required quarterly for all awards. At the discretion of the listed Grants Officer.
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. 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 if applicable.
Records
Per OMB regulations. All records must be kept for 3 years beginning from the expiration date of the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 50.%. Projects benefiting the Government of Iraq may be subject to a 50% matching requirement.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Award funds must be expended no more than 7 years from date of award. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Eddie H Whitehurst, 2430 E Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20037 Email: WhitehurstEH@state.gov Phone: (202) 776-8627 Fax: (202) 776-8500.
Website Address
http://www.state.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
19-7289-9-1-037 - Economic Support Funds.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 13 Not Available; FY 14 Estimate Not Available; and FY 15 Estimate Not Available - See announcement for programs at grants.gov for more information.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Estimated range for awards is $500,000 to $4,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
OMB and Department of State regulations and guidelines will apply to all funded proposals.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 



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