Lifeline: Embattled NGO Global Assistance Fund

The summary for the Lifeline: Embattled NGO Global Assistance Fund grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data FederalGrants.com provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
Lifeline: Embattled NGO Global Assistance Fund: DRL seeks proposals for effective and rapid methods to conduct the following two activities: 1) provide emergency assistance for embattled local civil society organizations; and 2) provide small grants to local civil society organizations for discrete program activities. First, the Lifeline program will provide watchdog and advocacy NGOs and their staff under siege with small amounts of emergency assistance including, but not limited to, providing funds for legal representation, appeals, and trial monitoring; medical bills arising from abuse; transportation costs for prison visitation for incarcerated members; and equipment replacement for equipment damaged or confiscated as a result of harassment. Second, in addition to providing support to meet emergency needs, the program will provide small grants to local civil society organizations to support discrete project activities including, but not limited to, sending a delegation of local NGO representatives to international meetings to raise international awareness about and foster support for civil society; initiating a public advocacy campaign within countries to oppose repressive measures; and providing opportunities to network regionally with other civil societies under siege to exchange best practices and share legal expertise. DRL will award a cooperative agreement to a consortium of international NGOs with global reach, with one lead organization serving as the primary recipient/applicant. The consortium must include a minimum of at least three international NGOs from other (non-U.S.) geographic regions who will participate in implementing program activities. Consortium members must demonstrate strong ties to local NGOs across the globe who can serve as local partners as appropriate. The lead NGO will be required to develop a detailed program plan outlining the role and responsibilities of the other international NGO partners in the consortium and the review criteria for emergency assistance and small grants. The lead applicant should submit a letter of intent from each international partner organization in the consortium. The primary applicant must be a non-profit organization registered in the U.S. and meet the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c) (3) and have demonstrated experience administering successful projects in various countries. (See section on Applicant/Organization below for more information.) Proposals should allocate requested funding to provide as much direct assistance to embattled NGOs as possible and keep overhead costs to a minimum. The emergency support funds would be distributed to recipients through the recipient(s)' local partners and/or networks. The recipient shall obtain receipts and/or reimbursement documentation for all expenditures over $10,000 and for those under $10,000 to the fullest extent possible. Organizational Expertise: The consortium should ensure that it has a solid reach in all geographic regions and can maintain, through a demonstrated track record, strong relationships with experienced, reliable, local partner NGOs across the globe. Strategies to develop stronger contacts to improve the administration of the program can be included, but associated costs must be reasonable and kept to a minimum. Organization Vetting: Vetting will be required in accordance with the Department's standard vetting procedures. Funding Process for Emergency Assistance: DRL will negotiate with the recipient the conditions and criteria under which emergency assistance will be provided. The DRL recipient must transmit information to the appropriate DRL officer who would work with the relevant USG officers to vet and evaluate the legitimacy of the request. Applicants should include their plan for publicizing/raising awareness of the Fund's existence in the Program Planning section of the proposal. Funding Process for Small Grants: DRL will negotiate with the recipient the conditions and criteria under which these small grants will be awarded. Activities that may be considered for support include, but are not limited to, sending a delegation of local NGO representatives to international meetings to raise international awareness about and foster support for civil society; initiating a public advocacy campaign within countries to oppose repressive measures; and providing opportunities to network regionally with other civil societies under siege to exchange best practices and share legal expertise. All final decisions are made by DRL and all recipients will comply with the same standards, laws, and regulations with which other DOS grantees/recipients comply.
Federal Grant Title: Lifeline: Embattled NGO Global Assistance Fund
Federal Agency Name: Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor
Grant Categories: Other
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: DRL-10-PROP-01-LIFELINE-110207
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 19.345
CFDA Descriptions: International Programs to Support Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Current Application Deadline: Mar 07, 2011
Original Application Deadline: Mar 07, 2011
Posted Date: February 7th, 2011
Creation Date: Feb 07, 2011
Archive Date: Apr 06, 2011
Total Program Funding: $2,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $2,000,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $2,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Category Explanation
DRL seeks proposals for effective and rapid methods to conduct the following two activities: 1) provide emergency assistance for embattled local civil society organizations; and 2) provide small grants to local civil society organizations for discrete program activities.
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility
Lead applicants submitting proposals must meet the following criteria: *Be a U.S. non-profit organization meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c) (3) or a comparable organization headquartered internationally. *Have demonstrated experience administering successful and preferably similar projects. DRL reserves the right to request additional background information on organizations that do not have previous experience administering federal grant awards. These applicants may be subject to limited funding on a pilot basis. *Be a registered user of grants.gov. *Have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with in-country entities and relevant stakeholders including industry and non-government organizations. *Organizations must form consortia and submit a joint proposal. However, one organization must be designated as the lead applicant. *An OMB policy directive published in the Federal Register on Friday, June 27, 2003, requires that all organizations applying for Federal grants or cooperative agreements must provide a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number when applying for all Federal grants or cooperative agreements on or after October 1, 2003. Please reference http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/fedreg/062703_grant_identifier.pdf for the complete OMB policy directive.
Link to Full Grant Announcement
Information not provided
Grant Announcement Contact
Emily Stanfield Program Analyst Phone 202-663-2886

Please contact DRL/P Emily Stanfield with questions. [stanfielde@State.gov]
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