The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation, Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DDI/DRG) Center is inviting applications for the Justice, Rights, and Security (JRS) Annual Program Statement (APS).
The purpose of the JRS APS is to empower USAID and its Missions to seek solutions to JRS-related challenges, to engage new and underutilized partners, to solve problems not adequately addressed by other USAID investments, and to offer USAID Missions and USAID/Washington Offices a mechanism through which such work can be innovatively accomplished with dedicated support and expertise from USAID Washington DRG Center’s JRS team.
- Promote Justice, including the following objectives:
- To ensure the independent, efficient, and open administration of justice.
- To enhance the quality and accessibility of justice.
- To guarantee impartial application of the law and due process.
- To improve justice seeker experiences and outcomes.
- To strengthen effective checks and balances and accountable institutions as foundations of democratic governance.
- Protect Rights, including the following objectives:
- To improve enabling environments for the protection and advancement of human rights.
- To facilitate, develop, and implement effective remedies to address human rights violations and abuses to ensure non-recurrence.
- To promote equal and equitable enjoyment of human rights by all.
- To empower people to know, use, and shape the law in their daily lives to protect and advance human rights.
- To facilitate the work of all types of human rights defenders and activists.
- Promote Security, including the following objectives:
- To constrain the arbitrary exercise of power and tempering the use of force by civilian law enforcement.
- To strengthen the accountability, professionalism, capacity, and integrity of police and other civilian law enforcement actors.
- To safeguard all members of society from crime and violence, including gender-based violence, so they may live safely and recognize their full potential.
Award Ceiling: $100,000,000
The following types of organizations are eligible to apply for this APS:
- U.S. and Non-U.S. Non-Profit Organizations: Qualified U.S. and non-U.S. not-for-profit NGOs may apply for funding under this APS. Foreign government-owned parastatal organizations from countries that are ineligible for assistance under the FAA or related appropriations acts are ineligible.
- U.S. and Non-U.S. For-Profit Organizations: Qualified U.S. and non-U.S. private for-profit organizations may apply for funding under this APS. Foreign government-owned parastatal organizations from countries that are ineligible for assistance under the FAA or related appropriations acts are ineligible. Potential for-profit applicants should note that, pursuant to 22 CFR 226.81, the payment of fee/profit to the prime recipient under grants and cooperative agreements is prohibited.
- U.S. and Non-U.S. Colleges and Universities: Qualified U.S. and non-U.S. colleges and universities may apply for funding under this APS. U.S. Government and USAID regulations generally treat colleges and universities as NGOs, rather than governmental organizations; hence, both public and private colleges and universities are eligible. NonU.S. colleges and universities in countries that are ineligible for assistance under the FAA or related appropriations acts are ineligible.
- Private Voluntary Organizations: A local or indigenous private voluntary organization (PVO), which by definition is a non-U.S. PVO operating in the same foreign country in which it is organized, is eligible to receive funding. Local PVOs are not required to register with USAID. In accordance with 2 CFR 203, a U.S. PVO and an “International PVO,” which by definition is a non-U.S. PVO that performs development work in one or more countries other than the country in which it is domiciled, must be registered with USAID to be eligible to receive funding.
- Public International Organizations: Public International Organizations are eligible to apply for funding under this APS. Please see Automated Directives Series (ADS) 308 for USAID policy on defining PIOs.
- New and Underutilized Partners: USAID encourages applications from and partnerships with new and underutilized partners. A “new partner” is defined for purposes of this APS as an organization that has never received direct or indirect awards from USAID. An “underutilized partner” is defined for purposes of this APS as an organization that has received less than $25 million in direct or indirect awards from USAID over the five years preceding the organization’s application to a USAID procurement/funding opportunity.
- Local Engagement (only applicable for International Organization applicants): International Organizations that apply under this APS must consider local engagement as an effort to promote sustainability. Their concepts must describe strategies that will be employed to sustain the activities beyond USAID funding and contribute to building self-reliance and sustainability.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=340272