The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified entities to implement the Asia Resilient Cities (ARC) activity.
Potential focal areas include, but are not limited to:
- Equitable access to quality, affordable social services (eg health, including support for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV), education, etc.);
- Sustainability of the urban environment, especially energy and other natural resource use (water and green spaces), and climate change related issues (eg urban heat);
- Addressing the unique needs of rural to urban migrants and residents of informal settlements;
- Economic development that stimulates business and job creation (eg “care economy” opportunities for women and youth);
- Enhanced food value chain resilience and improved access to nutritious food;
- Local policy initiatives;
- Sustainable municipal financing modalities; and
- Urban stakeholder capacity at the individual and institutional levels.
- Award Ceiling: $15,000,000
- Award Floor: $10,000,000
The activity should aim to work in secondary cities with the exception noted below:
- The definition of secondary cities is contextual and varies by country, but often relates to population size (less than 5 million), and sub-national economic or political influence in relation to larger “primary” cities.
- For the purpose of this activity, a “primary city” with a population under 5 million people may be considered for inclusion if there is considerable need that meets the project goals and objectives, and strong engagement from the municipal government.
- ARC will work with three or more cities (one city per country) in Asia to address their most pressing urban development challenges. Countries for consideration under this award include Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, and Vietnam. Asia region countries not listed in this“Short-list” will not be excluded from future activity implementation but will not be engaged during the initial selection of cities where the first set of collaborative approaches will be launched.
- The implementing partner(s) must have an ability to operate on a regional scale in Asia across a selection of the countries.
- US and non-US nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are eligible to apply. USAID welcomes applications from organizations that have not previously received financial assistance from USAID with experience in urban development, sustainable urban financing, participatory governance with
- Municipal stakeholders, urban resilience, urban systems design, urban social services, or similar areas. An NGO means any nongovernmental organization or entity, whether nonprofit or profitmaking. Eligibility for this NOFO is not restricted.
- USAID will not accept applications from individuals. All Applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable US law.
- Applicants must have established financial management, monitoring and evaluation processes, internal control systems, and policies and procedures that comply with established US Government standards, laws, and regulations. The successful applicant(s) may be subject to a preaward risk assessment (Pre-award Survey) by the AO.
- Faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for federal financial assistance on the same basis as any other organization and are subject to the protections and requirements of Federal Law.
- If profit-making organizations apply for funding under this NOFO, no profit or fee will be authorized under the activity.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=339897