U.S. Embassy to Switzerland and Liechtenstein: Annual Program Statement

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U.S. Embassy to Switzerland and Liechtenstein: Annual Program Statement: A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONThe Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Embassy to Switzerland and Liechtenstein is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Small Grants Program. This is an Annual Program Statement, outlining our funding priorities, strategic themes, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding. Please carefully follow all instructions below.The U.S. Embassy invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the U.S. and Switzerland or Liechtenstein through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation and dialogue. All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with an American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives. The programs outlined above should be connected to one or more of our strategic priorities:STEM educationDiversity, equity, and inclusionClimate change, sustainability, and energy securityStrengthening cyber-securityCountering disinformation and malign influencePromotion of Human RightsInnovation and new technologies Participants and Audiences:Programs should be directed at Swiss and/or Liechtenstein audiences. PDS seeks to address a wide variety of people in Switzerland and Liechtenstein through its programs and we welcome proposals geared towards any type of audience. However, applicants should clearly state what audience(s) they aim to reach and should define the intended audience. Priority audiences include:Residents of Switzerland Liechtenstein, ages 14 to 35Emerging and established opinion leadersYoung entrepreneurs and innovatorsUnderrepresented and minority groupsB. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATIONLength of performance period: Up to 36 monthsNumber of awards anticipated: 5-10 (dependent on amounts)Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $2,000 to a maximum of $20,000Total available funding: $60,000 (depending on final confirmation of funds)Type of Funding: Fiscal Year 2023 Public Diplomacy Funding, authorized under Fulbright-Hays This notice is subject to availability of funding. Funding Instrument Type: Grant, Fixed Amount Award, or Cooperative agreement. Cooperative agreements are different from grants in that PDS staff are more actively involved in the grant implementation. Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 36 months or less. PDS will entertain applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the initial budget period on a non-competitive basis subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the program, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the U.S. Department of State. C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION 1. Eligible Applicants We encourage applications from the United States, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein from the following entities:Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience;Non-profit or governmental educational institutions and;Governmental institutions; NOTE: For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching Cost sharing is not mandatory, but highly encouraged. 3. Other Eligibility Requirements In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must be prepared to obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number issued via www.SAM.gov as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.2 for more information. Organizations do not need to obtain a UEI or a SAM registration before applying, but are encouraged to do so.D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION 1. Content and Form of Application Submission Please follow all instructions below carefully. Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible. Please ensure:The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunityAll documents are in EnglishAll budgets are in U.S. dollarsAll pages are numbered The following documents are required: a. Mandatory application formsSF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations)SF424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction programs) b. Summary Coversheet: Cover sheet stating the applicant's name and organization, proposal date, program title, program period proposed start and end date, and brief purpose of the program. c. Proposal: The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. You may use your own proposal format, but it must include all the following items:Proposal Summary: A short narrative that outlines the proposed program, including program objectives and anticipated impact.Introduction to the Organization or Individual applying: A description of past and present operations, showing ability to carry out the program, including information on all previous grants from the U.S. Embassy and/or U.S. government agencies.Problem Statement: Clear, concise, and well-supported statement of the problem to be addressed and why the proposed program is needed.Program Goals and Objectives: The goals describe what the program is intended to achieve. What aspect of the relationship between the U.S. and Switzerland/Liechtenstein will be improved? The objectives should be achievable and measurable.Program Activities: Describe the program activities and how they will help achieve the objectives.Program Methods and Design: A description of how the program is expected to solve the stated problem and achieve the goal.Proposed Program Schedule: The proposed timeline for the program activities. Include the dates, times, and locations of planned activities and events.Key Personnel: Names, titles, roles, and experience/qualifications of key personnel involved in the program.Program Partners: List the names and type of involvement of key partner organizations and sub-awardees.Program Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: This is an important part of successful grants. Throughout the timeframe of the grant, how will the activities be monitored to ensure they are happening in a timely manner, and how will the program be evaluated to make sure it is meeting the goals of the grant?Future Funding or Sustainability: Applicant's plan for continuing the program beyond the grant period, or the availability of other resources, if applicable. d. Budget Justification Narrative: After filling out the SF-424A Budget (see above), use a separate sheet of paper to describe each of the budget expenses in detail. See section H. Other Information: Guidelines for Budget Submissions below for further information. 2. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM.gov) All organizations applying for grants must be prepared to obtain these registrations, at the latest when they have been selected for funding. Registration is free of charge.www.SAM.gov registration which will generate a UEINCAGE/CAGE code Any applicant with an exclusion in the System for Award Management (SAM) is not eligible to apply for an assistance award in accordance with the OMB guidelines at 2 CFR 180 that implement Executive Orders 12549 (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.” The Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) is one of the data elements mandated by Public Law 109-282, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA), for all Federal awards. SAM.gov is the Federal government's primary database for complying with FFATA reporting requirements. OMB designated SAM.gov as the central repository to facilitate applicant and recipient use of a single public website that consolidates data on all federal financial assistance. Under the law, it is mandatory to register in SAM.gov.US-based organizations: A CAGE code will be automatically assigned when the U.S. organizations registers in www.sam.gov. CAGE must be renewed every 5 years. Site for CAGE: https://cage.dla.mil/Home/UsageAgree. Grantees may be asked for more information to finalized and must comply. Foreign-based organizations: Must apply for a NCAGE code before registering in SAM.gov. Go to : https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/CageTool/home to apply for a NCAGE code. NCAGE codes must be renewed every 5 years. If an organization plans to issue a sub-contract or sub-award, those sub-awardees must also have a unique entity identifier (UEI number). Those entities can register for a UEI only at SAM.gov.3. Submission Dates and Timeline The Public Diplomacy Section will accept proposals throughout the year and will review proposals on a rolling basis. Submission deadlines will be 11:59 p.m. on January 15, April 15, July 15, and August 30. Notifications will be sent to no later than two weeks after the submission deadline. All application materials must be submitted by email to [email protected]. E. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION 1. Criteria Each application will be evaluated and rated based on the evaluation criteria outlined below. The criteria listed are closely considered in judging the overall quality of an application. Completeness of proposal and quality (25): The applicant has submitted a proposal following the guidelines above, which includes all mandatory documents and information. The proposal clearly states the program goal, audiences, and objectives. The program idea and timeline are well developed, with details about how program activities will be carried out. Feasibility and Relevancy of Program (25): The proposal states the project activities and how they will be implemented. The program ideas are relevant to the Swiss or Liechtenstein context and tie into the Embassy's strategic priorities. The project includes U.S. components. Budget (10): The budget justification is detailed. Costs are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results. The budget is realistic, accounting for all necessary expenses to achieve proposed activities. Organizational Capacity (15): The organization has expertise in its stated field and PDS is confident of its ability to undertake the program. The key staff involved in the program have subject matter expertise and the organization has experience managing similar projects. The organization has internal control mechanism in place to manage federal funds. Implementation and Evaluation (15): The proposal includes a schedule for when the activities will occur and defines expected milestones, outputs, and outcomes. The applicant specifies how performance data will be evaluated and presents a reporting plan, including a schedule for interim reports and a final report. Sustainability (10): The application details how program activities will continue to have positive impact after the end of the program. 2. Review and Selection Process A Grants Review Committee will evaluate all eligible applications no later than two weeks after the above identified submission deadlines. F. FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION 1. Federal Award Notices The grant award or cooperative agreement will be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the Grants Officer. The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document and it will be provided to the recipient for review and signature by email. The recipient may only start incurring program expenses beginning on the start date shown on the grant award document signed by the Grants Officer. If a proposal is selected for funding, the Department of State has no obligation to provide any additional future funding. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the discretion of the Department of State. Issuance of this NOFO does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the U.S. government, nor does it commit the U.S. government to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of proposals. Further, the U.S. government reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received. Organizations whose applications will not be funded will also be notified via email. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements Terms and Conditions: Before submitting an application, applicants should review all the terms and conditions and required certifications which will apply to this award, to ensure that they will be able to comply. These include:2 CFR 200, 2 CFR 600, Certifications and Assurances, and the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions, all of which are available at: https://www.state.gov/about-us-office-of-the-procurement-executive/. Note the U.S Flag branding and marking requirements in the Standard Terms and Conditions. 3. Reporting Reporting Requirements: Recipients will be required to submit financial reports and/or program reports. The award document will specify how often these reports must be submitted.
Federal Grant Title: U.S. Embassy to Switzerland and Liechtenstein: Annual Program Statement
Federal Agency Name: US Mission to Switzerland (DOS-CHE)
Grant Categories: Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification)
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: BERN-PDS-FY23-01
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 19.040
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: September 29th, 2023
Original Application Deadline: September 29th, 2023
Posted Date: February 16th, 2023
Creation Date: February 16th, 2023
Archive Date: October 29th, 2023
Total Program Funding: $60,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $20,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $2,000
Expected Number of Awards: 10
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: February 16th, 2023
Category Explanation
Public Diplomacy
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity below), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"
Additional Information on Eligibility
We encourage applications from the United States, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein from the following entities: 1. Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience; 2. Non-profit or governmental educational institutions and; 3. Governmental institutions;
Grant Announcement Contact
U.S. Embassy to Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Sulgeneckstrasse 19
3007 Bern
Public Diplomacy Inbox
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