Ocean Freight Reimbursement Program (OFR)
Reimburses registered U.S. private voluntary organizations (PVOs) to ship commodities overseas for use in privately funded development and humanitarian assistance programs.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency For International Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
U.S. Foreign Assistance Act of 1961
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicants must be a U.S. PVO registered with USAID's Office of Private and Voluntary Cooperation; receive at least 20 percent of its total annual financial support for its international programs from non-U.S. government sources; ship only those commodities and only to those countries approved by USAID; have staff or consignees in-country to ensure proper pick-up and distribution of commodities; and provide Duty-Free Certification with the application for each country to which commodities will be shipped.
Registered PVOs in the United States, as well as people located in USAID eligible countries who are in need of humanitarian assistance or relief, benefit from these grants.
Evidence of legal capacity, economic feasibility, and financial responsibility relative to the activity for which assistance is requested.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. As specified in a published Request for Applications. This would include the applicant organization's name, address, contact person and information; project objectives; funding and budget; proposed partners; executive summary, organizational overview, program description, program management and structure; monitoring and consignee receiving distribution system.
Awards are made on the basis of competitive Technical Evaluation Committee review of applications. Each application is scored using criteria incorporated in the Request for Applications. Awards are given based on relative scores.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Approximately five to seven months from the receipt of applications.
If an application is rejected, the reasons for rejection are fully stated. Applicants may request a debriefing of the RFA on the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal. Such requests will be routed to the OFR program officer.
OFR Program grant agreements are for a period of two years. Once awarded, projects will not compete for funding the second year. Funding for projects beyond the first year is contingent upon the availability of program funds, the extent to which the recipient meets program objectives and the recipients ability to utilize OFR funds in a timely manner.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Grant funds may be used to pay transportation charges on shipments by PVOs registered with USAID to further the efficient use of U.S. voluntary contributions for development, relief, and the rehabilitation of friendly people. Participating PVOs are responsible for ancillary costs such as commodity acquisition, warehousing, insurance, local transportation and distribution. OFR awards will not exceed $150,000 per year.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
OFR grant awards will not exceed $150,000 for each 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 OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised June 27, 2003 in Federal Register).
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
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
OFR Program grant agreements are for a period of two years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
301 4th Street SW
Washington, DC 20547 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$88,570,532.00; FY 19 est $90,000,000.00; FY 20 est $91,000,000.00; FY 17 FY 16 -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects