The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL, or the Department), has invited applications to fund technical assistance projects to increase the downstream tracing of goods made by child labor or forced labor.
ILAB leads the U.S. Government’s (USG) efforts to improve working conditions and fight labor exploitation around the world. ILAB’s mission is to promote a fair global playing field for workers in the United States and around the world by enforcing trade commitments, strengthening labor standards, and combating international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. ILAB’s Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking (OCFT) works to eliminate child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking through international research, policy engagement, and technical cooperation.
This FOA solicits applications to implement a project with the objective of increase the downstream tracing of goods made by child labor or forced labor. In support of achieving the objective, the project should be designed to achieve the following outputs:
- increasing the number of tested supply chain tracing methodologies;
- increasing the number of piloted tools for supply chain tracing;
- increasing the dissemination of supply chain tracing tools and methodologies to a broad range of stakeholders.
- Approximately $8,000,000 total costs is expected to be available to fund up to two awards.
- Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $4,000,000 total costs.
- The period of performance is a maximum of 4.5 years (54 months) from the effective date of the award.
The following organizations are eligible to apply:
- U.S. organizations:
- Nonprofits, including any faith-based organizations or community-based organizations
- Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
- Private Institutions of Higher Education
- For-Profit Organizations
- Non-U.S. organizations:
- Non-U.S. Entities, including PIOs.
- Applicants do not need previous experience managing federal awards, but they must speak persuasively about their ability to leverage other previous experience and bring it to scale in support of a large federal investment.
The following types of organizations are not eligible to apply:
- Organizations designated by the U.S. Government to be associated with terrorism.
- Organizations designated by the U.S. Government to have been debarred or suspended.
- Organizations planning to charge a fee (profit) associated with a project funded by a USDOL award.
- Foreign governments and entities that are agencies of, or operated by or for, a foreign state or government are not eligible to apply. However, they may be eligible to participate as a sub-recipient in certain instances, subject to USDOL approval.
NOTE: If an exception to this sub-recipient eligibility criterion might be appropriate, the application must include a detailed justification for the possible exception. USDOL funds are not intended to duplicate existing foreign government efforts or substitute for activities for which such governments have already assumed responsibility. USDOL will make eligibility decisions on a case-by-case basis after receiving the application.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328321