Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for Strategic Global Priorities

 

Bureau support under this program includes mostly contributions to the headquarters and global program costs of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the headquarters budget of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and to a smaller extent, the multiregional activities of other international and non-governmental organizations assisting refugees and other conflict victims. A particular emphasis of this support is to promote initiatives in areas that are cross-cutting, Bureau priorities, such as protecting refugee women and refugee children, preventing and responding to gender-based violence (including sexual exploitation), addressing statelessness, enhancing refugee protection, improving refugee health, including HIV/AIDS prevention and response, and advancing the use of standards and evidence in humanitarian assistance.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
19.522
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of State
Office: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2008: In FY08, the Bureau provided more than $1.4 billion multilaterally through the United Nations and international organizations and bilaterally to NGOs that fill gaps in the international community's multilateral response. Bureau funding was focused on three priority areas: (1) promoting access to effective protection and first asylum for refugees and conflict victims, with protection of women and children as a priority; (2) providing humanitarian assistance across geographic regions and according to internationally accepted standards; and (3) supporting durable solutions for refugees, including voluntary return and sustainable reintegration of refugees in countries of origin. Fiscal Year 2009: In FY08, the Bureau provided $1.74 billion multilaterally through the United Nations and international organizations and bilaterally to NGOs that fill gaps in the international community's multilateral response. Bureau funding was focused on three priority areas: (1) promoting access to effective protection and first asylum for refugees and conflict victims, with protection of women and children as a priority; (2) providing humanitarian assistance across geographic regions and according to internationally accepted standards; and (3) supporting durable solutions for refugees, including voluntary return and sustainable reintegration of refugees in countries of origin. Fiscal Year 2010: Estimate not available.
Authorization
The Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, as amended; (MRA) and 22 U.S.C. 2601 et seq., 22 U.S.C 2601.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
United Nations, international and non-governmental organizations. MRA designates primary UN or IO recipient organizations. NGO activities must be complementary to, and coordinated with, UN programs.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Refugees and victims of conflict requiring assistance.
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
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not 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. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Application Procedure: Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) must submit proposals via Grants.gov. International organizations submit appeals to the Bureau. NGOS may submit proposals in response to funding opportunity announcements posted by the Bureau on Grants.gov to fill critical needs, with Bureau review occurring following the deadline of the funding announcement. (Funding announcements are also posted at http://www.state.gov/g/prm/c27111.htm.) IO and NGO representatives are also encouraged to communicate directly with Bureau program officers regarding priorities and funding timelines. NGOs that have never received PRM funding must be prepared to demonstrate that their organizations meet the financial and accounting requirements of the U.S. Government before they can be eligible to receive Bureau funding.
Award Procedure
The Assistant Secretary of the Bureau makes funding decisions based on recommendations from the Bureau's Office of Multilateral Coordination and External Relations, Office of Policy and Resource Planning and other Bureau offices. The Comptroller or Deputy Comptroller of the Bureau signs the cooperative agreement.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Renewals or extensions require additional approval.
How are proposals selected?
Through humanitarian assistance, the Bureau aims to help ensure that refugees and victims of conflict have access to basic life-sustaining services that meet internationally-accepted standards of care in shelter, food supply, nutrition, water, sanitation, and health. NGO proposals should clearly use Sphere standards as the basis for design, implementation, and evaluation, including proposed objectives and indicators. At the core of PRM's humanitarian assistance is a commitment to protection, including support to women, stateless persons, and other vulnerable individuals, coordination with relevant UN agencies and other NGOs, sustainability of programming, security, and capacity building. NGOs in search of Bureau funding would do well to address these specific areas in any proposals sent for funding.
How may assistance be used?
The cooperative agreement, grant or contribution provides funds to meet the organization's objectives as approved by the Bureau. Funding documents authorize funds based on the organization's budget submission after Bureau approval.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
PRM requires program reports describing and analyzing the results of activities undertaken during the validity period of the agreement. A program report is required within thirty (30) days following the end of each three month period of performance during the validity period of the agreement. The final program report is due ninety (90) days following the end of the agreement. The submission dates for program reports will be written into the grant or cooperative agreement. Financial reports are required within thirty (30) days following the end of each calendar year quarter during the validity period of the agreement (January 30th, April 30th, July 30th, October 30th). The final financial report covering the entire period of the agreement is required within ninety (90) days after the expiration date of the agreement. For agreements containing indirect costs, final financial reports are due within 60 days of the finalization of the applicable negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA). No progress reports are required. Financial reports are required within thirty (30) days following the end of each calendar year quarter during the validity period of the agreement (January 30th, April 30th, July 30th, October 30th). The final financial report covering the entire period of the agreement is required within ninety (90) days after the expiration date of the agreement. For agreements containing indirect costs, final financial reports are due within 60 days of the finalization of the applicable negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA). The general performance of the Recipient's operations will be evaluated and monitored to ensure that the established objectives are being successfully met and to determine whether the performance is in compliance with the terms of the award.
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. Bureau funds must be included in an appropriate audit or audits performed by independent public accountants in accordance with U.S. Government Auditing Standards established by the Comptroller General of the United States covering financial audits. The audit report is due 30 days after issuance or nine months after the end of the audit period.
Records
Retention and access requirements for records are set forth in 22 CFR 145.53.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. Although there are no matching requirements, PRM looks favorably on cost-sharing efforts and seeks to support projects with a diverse donor base and/or resources from the submitting organization.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Generally, funds are awarded for a 12-month period. Shorter time periods may also be authorized. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments will be made through the Department of Health and Human Services Payment Management System (PMS). Recipients request funds based on immediate disbursement requirements and disburse funds as soon as possible to minimize the Federal cash on hand in accordance with the policies established by the Treasury Department and mandated by the OMB Circulars.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Guy Lawson, Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), Office of Multilateral Coordination and External Relations, 2401 E Street NW, L505, Washington, District of Columbia 20522-0105 Email: LawsonGM@state.gov Phone: (202) 663-1482. Fax: (202) 663-1002
Website Address
http://www.state.gov/g/prm
Financial Information
Account Identification
19-1143-0-1-151.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 08 $65,900,000; FY 09 est $98,000,000; and FY 10 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
All inquiries should be directed to the information contacts listed below.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 



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