U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY RABAT
Notice of Funding Opportunity
Funding Opportunity Title: USG Exchange Programs Integration & Leadership Seminar 2021
Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-MOROCCO-FY21-04
Deadline for Applications: Sunday August 01, 2021
CFDA Number: 19.040
Total Amount Available: TBD
A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Public Affairs Office of the U.S Mission Morocco is pleased to announce an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out 2 separate events for a total of approximately 65 participants of U.S. Department of State exchange programs in 2021. These two events would consist of a 2-day seminar for finalists of youth exchange programs, and a 2-day seminar for finalists of professional exchange programs. Please carefully follow all instructions below.
Priority Region: Morocco
· Logistical Support: Provide program logistical support, including transportation arrangement or reimbursement to cover travel to and from the seminar, hotel accommodation for participants, conference space, meals, supplies and insurance for each event.
· Program design: In close consultation with the U.S. Embassy Morocco, design and execute a seminar program that addresses the following areas:
Two-day Seminar for youth:
1- Integration: Provide approximately 40 finalists of U.S. Government youth exchanges, who did not get to participate in in-person programs in the U.S. due to the Covid-19 pandemic with opportunities to network with each other; to meet with Moroccan role models and leaders in different fields, preferably established alumni leaders; and to identify strategies for creating sustainable project ideas and building mutually beneficial networks. Organize activities that stimulate finalists to start joint initiatives and collaborate with alumni of exchange programs.
2- Giving back: Provide workshops that enhance the ability of virtual exchange participants to initiate and implement projects to address community challenges based on models or approaches they learned during their programs.
3- Future educational and professional opportunities: Introduce virtual exchange alumni to opportunities and resources available to support their future academic and professional development.
Two-day seminar for professionals:
1- Integration: This seminar will provide 25 finalists of virtual professional exchanges, aged 25-40 and who did not get to participate in in-person programs in the U.S. due to the Covid-19 pandemic with opportunities to network with each other; to meet with Moroccan leaders in different fields relevant to their exchange programs and backgrounds, preferably established alumni leaders; and to identify strategies for dealing with and overcoming impact of Covid-19 challenges. Organize activities that allow finalists to share and discuss their follow-on projects’ ideas and stimulate collaboration with alumni of exchange programs.
2- Giving back: Provide workshops and possibly a site visit that enhance the ability to initiate and implement projects to address community challenges based on models or approaches they learned during their virtual programs. This can include a site visit to an organization working on projects and initiatives with a strong community service component (Possible themes: women empowerment, economic development, climate change and environment, cultural heritage, etc.)
3- Future educational and professional opportunities: Introduce professional alumni to opportunities and resources available to support their future academic and professional development.
We will review each proposal based on these following components:
· The degree to which the proposed project addresses the above objectives;
· Its ability to manage the seminar and the participants during the three-day program;
· The ability to support, monitor and evaluate the seminar, including the administration of an online survey that evaluates the organizational aspects of the seminar.
· The ability to design compelling content and a stimulating seminar agenda.
· The extent to which it will create strong ties between alumni and the U.S. Embassy Rabat and ties among the Morocco alumni community.
B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION
· Length of performance period: 6 to 12 months
· Number of awards anticipated: one award (dependent on amounts)
· Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $20,000 to a maximum of $50,000
· Total available funding: TBD
· Type of Funding: FY21 Smith Mundt Public Diplomacy Funds
· Anticipated program start date: Fall 2021
This notice is subject to availability of funding.
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement. The Public Affairs Office will be more actively involved in the grant implementation. The Public Affairs Office will provide the list of seminar participants; will provide input on the seminar program and potential speakers; and will consult with the awardee on venue and other logistical details.
Program Performance Period: Proposed program activities should be completed in 12 month or less.
C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION
The following organizations are eligible to apply:
1. Eligible Applicants
The Public Affairs Office encourages applications from all sectors: committed and organized civil-society organizations with familiarity and experience with USG exchange programs. All grantees must have a non-profit status.
Other Eligibility Requirements: Applicants should carefully review all elements of the USG Exchange Programs Integration Seminar Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and be sure to fulfill all “Eligibility Requirements” – including obtaining a DUNS and NCAGE numbers – before applying (See bottom of the Announcement for more details on the eligibility requirements and see under Additional resources for guidance on how to apply for DUNS and NCAGE codes)
2. Cost Sharing or Matching
There is no minimum or maximum percentage required for this competition.
D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION
• Applications are due by Sunday, August 01, 2021.
• The proposal should be $20,000-$50,000.
• Complete DUNS, NCAGE and SAM registration.
• The project should not have an intended start date before October 15, 2021.
• All proposals must adhere to the policy explained in the USG Exchange Programs Integration Seminar Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) including the “eligibility requirements.” Please review these requirements carefully.
• Upload and complete the required forms:
· SF424 (Application for Federal Assistance)
· SF424A (Budget Information)
· SF424B (Assurances)
· Project Narrative Form (in English)
· Applicant Organizational Information Form
· Budget Proposal (in USD)
Submit all forms in electronic format to Rabatgrants@state.gov no later than Sunday August 01, 2021 at midnight.
All questions about the 2021 Exchange Programs Integration & Leadership Seminar Program should be addressed to:
Fatima-Zahra Slimani at SlimaniFZ@state.gov or
Majda Bourich at email@example.com
- Unique entity identifier from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number)
- NCAGE/CAGE code
- www.SAM.gov registration