Middle East Partnership Initiative
The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative supports organizations and individuals in their efforts to promote political, economic, and social engagement in the Middle East and North Africa.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, Public Law 87-195, 22 U.S.C. 2151, Statute 75,
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
MEPI supports projects in Algeria, Bahrain, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen. Regional and multi-country projects may include Iraqi participants, but we currently do not fund Iraq-specific projects. Any award made using State/NEA funds requires the full complement of standard federal forms and budget documents, CVs of main program staff, as dictated by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Administration, and the relevant OMB circulars. See www.grants.gov for specific announcement. 2 CFR 200 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. 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. See www.grants.gov for specific announcement instructions. 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."
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards 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. 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.
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 2 CFR 200.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. N/A
From 90 to 120 days. Based on program needs and availability of funding.
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?
The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) addresses U.S. national security and economic objectives by advancing stability and prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa region. MEPI leverages strategic partnerships and cost sharing agreements with the interagency, international organizations, governments, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations, to maximize efficacy and efficiency of assistance funding. MEPI projects partner with governments, civil society, international organizations and the private sector to improve governance and strengthen institutions, asserting U.S. leadership and influence and fostering U.S. economic opportunities. Among other activities, these projects include supporting legal, economic, and regulatory reforms to improve the business-enabling environment; advancing transparent and efficient governance; and strengthening partnerships between citizens, civil society, the private sector, and government institutions in the areas of governance, civil leadership development and civic education.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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, project/program reports may be required either quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. 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, project/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.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 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 $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Recipients must maintain all grant files for three years after the final report date. Please refer to 2 CFR 200 for specific records retention requirements.
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
Although the average length is 24 months, the specific length of time for a MEPI grant may vary from one award to another. Details for each can be found on the respective announcements. All assistance for Centralized Payments, Cash Management, Financial Reporting, Debt Management, and Audit Assistance is with the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Payment Management one of the two non-DoD grants payment systems for use by the entire Federal Government. All assistance for Centralized Payments, Cash Management, Financial Reporting, Debt Management, and Audit Assistance is with the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Payment Management one of the two non-DoD grants payment systems for use by the entire Federal Government.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
MEPI has Regional Offices in Rabat, Morocco, and Kuwait City, Kuwait.
2430 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20037 US
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$40,117,224.00; FY 19 est $920,934.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17 Estimate Not Available - N/A
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
From $10,000 to $9,600,000; average approximately $3,100,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Guidelines for grants and cooperative agreements are distributed in conjunction with the request for applications or program announcements. Extensive background and program information is available on www.mepi.state.gov.
Examples of Funded Projects