USAID Promoting the Rule of Law in Myanmar Activity: Seeking Applications for Grants

Deadline: 18 February 2019

The USAID Promoting Rule of Law in Myanmar Activity, implemented by Chemonics International, is currently inviting applicants for implementation of activities that address human trafficking and provide victims/survivors’ assistance in Myanmar.

The grants will be awarded and implemented in accordance with USAID and U.S. Government regulations governing grants under contracts and the Activity’s internal grant management policies.

The Promoting the Rule of Law in Myanmar Activity plans to award grants to Myanmar organizations to mitigate the impacts of trafficking. The objective of the grant activities is three-fold:

  • to mitigate the risks of unsafe migration
  • increase access to legal services for victim/survivors
  • to advocate for legislative and regulatory reform necessary to align with international standards and meet the needs of the people of Myanmar. Work with police and/or military groups, including ethnic armed groups, is excluded.

Funding Information

  • The Activity anticipates awarding up to 775,000,000 MMK under this RFA, although the final amount will be based off the negotiations with the selected grantees.
  • The duration of any grant award under this solicitation is expected to be up to 3 years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In general, the Activity’s grant support may be extended to Burmese not-for-profit and for-profit CSOs, NGOs, associations, and firms. Illustrative types of organizations may include:
    • CSOs and NGOs (not-for-profit and for-profit)
    • Industry/sector, trade, or other private sector associations or syndicates
    • Educational institutions
    • Private sector entities
  • For this RFA, targeted grant recipients include local private sector organizations (PSOs); associations; NGOs and community-based organizations (CBOs); civil society organizations (CSOs); and education and training institutions.
  • Grantees should demonstrate familiarity with working in the proposed intervention areas. Grantees may be newly emerging groups who are working with donors for the first time; well-established organizations with a long history of implementing USAID-funded programs; or organizations somewhere in the middle.
  • No grants will be given to Myanmar government entities, including but not limited to public universities, district and regional offices, and/or national ministries.
  • Applicants must:
    • Be a local or international organization operating in Myanmar.
    • Be able to demonstrate potential and relevant capability and performance related to the Activity’s priority areas, and/or actual successful past performance in implementation of integrated development programs related to the Activity’s priority areas.
    • Demonstrate outreach capabilities with linkages to the beneficiary group(s) identified in the program description. This should be reflected by the incorporation of the beneficiary perspective in the application.
    • Display sound management in the form of financial, administrative, and technical policies and procedures, as well as present a system of internal controls that safeguard assets; protect against fraud, waste, and abuse; and support the achievement of program goals and objectives. The Activity will assess this capability prior to awarding a grant. The Activity will build the capacity of nascent organizations during the life of a grant award. All applicants are encouraged to specify their needs for technical assistance and/or training in their application.
    • Sign and submit—as part of the application package in response to this RFA—the following certifications found in Annex B.
      • Representation by Organization Regarding a Delinquent Tax Liability or a Felony Criminal Conviction (AAPD 14-03, August 2014)
      • Prohibition on Providing Federal Assistance to Entities that Require Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements – Representation (May 2017)
    • Be prepared to sign the following required certifications prior to receiving a grant, as applicable. The certifications are attached to this solicitation (Annex E) for informational purposes only. The Activity will review them with selected grantees prior to signing.
      • Certification on Lobbying
      • Certification Regarding Terrorist Financing
      • Certification of Recipient
  • Faith-based and community groups will receive equal opportunity for funding in accordance with the mandated guidelines laid out in ADS 303.3.28, except for faith-based organizations whose objectives are for discriminatory and religious purposes, and whose main objective of the grant is of a religious nature.
  • The Activity encourages applications from new organizations who meet the above eligibility criteria.
  • Sustainability is a core part of the Activity’s implementation principles. For the purpose of this activity, sustainability will be achieved when local counterparts and beneficiaries are empowered to take ownership of development processes, and maintain project results and impacts beyond the life of any USAID activity. The Activity’s focus is on building institutional and individual capacity, which ensures USAID’s investments are sustainable over the long-term.

How to Apply

Materials should be submitted in electronic copy only at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit https://themimu.info/calls-for-proposals

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