Bureau of INL announces “Logistics, Travel and Support for Law Enforcement and Rule of Law Programs in the Caribbean” Program


Deadline: 14 June 2019

The United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is seeking applications from qualified U.S. and non-U.S. based non-governmental (NGOs)/non-profit organizations or Educational Institutions for a Cooperative Agreement to implement a program entitled “Logistics, Travel and Support for Law Enforcement and Rule of Law Programs in the Caribbean.”

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The United States Government represented by the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Office of Western Hemisphere Programs, (INL/WHP) directs and oversees foreign assistance programs pertaining to rule of law, law enforcement, and justice sector development in the Caribbean (Jamaica, Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Guyana, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Grenada).

In these countries, INL is building the capacity of law enforcement, corrections and justice sector personnel through training, technical assistance, and mentoring, among other activities. As part of a regional platform, INL supports the travel of partner-nation personnel to attend trainings in other countries, furthering sharing of best practices. To facilitate this capacity-building work, and to accelerate implementation of training through travel, INL seeks to award a cooperative grant award for administering the logistics and travel of trainers going to the Caribbean and trainees attending programs from the Caribbean.

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The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) announces an open competition for an assistance award in the Caribbean. Organizations may submit grant proposals for a program to facilitate the implementation of law enforcement and rule of law assistance programs. The activities under this award shall primarily take place within the Caribbean, but may include activities in other areas. Travelers may be arriving to the Caribbean from the United States or a third region, or program participants from the Caribbean may be traveling outside the region, including to the U.S., to attend trainings. Applicants must submit only ONE proposal that covers all countries in the region. Country-specific proposals are not permitted and will be deemed technically ineligible.

Project Goal

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INL is building the capacity of law enforcement personnel through training, technical assistance, and mentoring, among other activities. INL supports the travel of host-nations personnel to attend trainings in other countries, furthering sharing of best practices. In support of this capacitybuilding work, and to accelerate implementation of training through travel, INL seeks to award a cooperative agreement for capacity-building training that includes a travel element.

Throughout the award period, the INL Western Hemisphere Programs (INL/WHP) Office in Washington, D.C. will work with the recipient on the selection of trainings, participants, authorized costs, and other program requirements.

Project Objectives

  • Objective 1: Provide effective travel and logistical support for training personnel.
  • Objective 2: Provide conference planning and event support for training personnel.
  • Objective 3: Provide effective data management through a user-friendly software portal for entering and approving travel grant requests and tracking traveler data and grant usage.

Funding Information

The anticipated total federal funding amount is not to exceed $2,150,000 USD. The period of performance is two year(s) with an anticipated start date of July 2019.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants that qualify to receive U.S. grants (such as U.S. not-for-profit/nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or U.S.-based educational institutions subject to section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code; foreign not-for-profits/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or foreign based educational institutions, with the ability to develop and successfully implement a project in the Caribbean and meet INL’s reporting requirements
  • Applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Be a registered U.S. non-profit organization meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c) (3). Applicants in the process of registration must submit proof that they are seeking non-profit status from the Internal Revenue Service at the time of proposal submission. Should the applicant be selected for a cooperative agreement award, funding will be contingent upon 501(c)(3) status; or
    • Be a U.S. university or research institution meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c) (3); or
    • Be a local in-country non-profit organization in the Caribbean that can demonstrate current country registration, competent programmatic ability, and meet reporting requirements; or
    • Be an international non-governmental organization that can demonstrate current country registration, competent programmatic ability, and meet reporting requirements.
    • Have demonstrated experience administering similar successful projects, preferably targeting the requested country and/or region, or similarly challenging program environment.
    • Have demonstrated experience implementing projects of similar dollar amount as the one being announced.
    • Have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with organization(s) in the target country and/or region such as travel agencies, in order to successfully fulfill the proposed program.
    • Applicants must have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with stakeholders in order to successfully carry out the proposed program.
    • Organizations may form a consortium and submit a combined proposal. However, one organization should be designated as the lead applicant and other members as sub-award partners.
    • Applicants must be able to respond to the NOFO and be able to mobilize in a short period.
  • Please Note: Public International Organizations (PIOs) and For-Profit Organizations are excluded from applying to this grant announcement.
  • To be eligible for a grant award, in addition to other conditions of this NOFO, organizations must have a commitment to non‐discrimination with respect to beneficiaries and adherence to equal opportunity employment practices. INL is committed to an anti-discrimination policy in all of its programs and activities. INL welcomes applications irrespective of an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or other status.
  • Applicants are reminded that U.S. Executive Orders and U.S. law prohibits transactions with, and the provision of resources and support to, individuals and organizations associated with terrorism. It is the legal responsibility of the recipient to ensure compliance with these Executive Orders and laws. This provision must be included in any sub‐awards issued under this grant award.
  • INL encourages applications from potential new partners.

How to Apply

To apply for a grant, applicant’s organization must complete the Grants.gov registration process via given website.

For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315976

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