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Request for Applications

Request for Applications

“Actions to Address Community Safety, Prevention of Violent Extremism, and Religious Radicalism”

The USAID Accelerated Civic Development and Cooperation Project in Albaniaprovides grants for civil society organizations to enable them to carry out their initiatives. In the framework of the current RFA, it seeks to award grants to Albanian civil society organizations (CSOs), working alone or in partnerships with other CSOs, in the areas of Good Governance and Community Safety, Prevention of Violent Extremism and Religious Radicalism.

Deadline for submission of Applications: September 15, 2017

Types of activities that can be supported through the grants include:

  • Good governance monitoring (including surveys, production of analysis, community  safety assessment reports);
  • Activities that counteract the ideologies and recruitment agendas of radical religious groups by establishing forums in which active opinion makers, religious leaders and theologians take part;
  • Activities that establish and promote models at community level for preventing violent extremism, strengthening public safety and community resistance.
  • Promotion of public information on religious radicalization processes, their causes and consequences;
  • Promotion of forums of discourses on religion, society, state, and democracy values.
  • Activities aiming at establishing and institutionalizing the citizen-government engagement;
  • Activities aiming at alleviating of perceptions and effects of social exclusion and marginality, particularly among youth.
  • Programs on promotion of gender equality; awareness against discrimination; voluntarism; advocacy of youth issues; civic participation and activism; involvement in policymaking;
  • Addressing concerns over denial of political and human rights, and representing the interests and challenges of the vulnerable communities.

The USAID Accelerated Civic Development and Cooperation Project plans to award multiple grants for projects up to 12 (twelve) months. Grant funds may be used only for activities directly related to the implementation of the project.

The maximum grant amount is 20,000 USD.

Applicant organizations should also meet the following criteria:

  • Only CSOs that are legally registered in Albania are eligible to apply under this RFA.
  • Have at least one year of operational experience.
  • Have a governance structure that ensures proper rotation of leadership and delegation of power, including, at least: a Board of Directors, a Chairperson, and/or an Executive Director.
  • Have a transparent system of bookkeeping that complies with Albanian legislation and International Accounting Standards (IAS).
  • Must not be a debtor, and must have cancelled any debt to the state or arranged for full debt payment prior to receiving the first disbursement of the USAID Accelerated Civic Development and Cooperation project grant funds.
  • Must operate as an independent non-politically affiliated organization.
  • Must not be debarred, suspended, excluded or otherwise ineligible to receive US Federal funding.
  • Members of public administration and/or leaders of political parties cannot participate in a grant project, as a director or as grant-remunerated participant.

CSOs that represent women, sexual minorities, disabled persons, remote regions, and ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

Applications will undergo a comprehensive evaluation including the initial review and technical evaluation. For details, see REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS-2017-1

Indicative timelines of the grant administration process are:

  • Information meetings: July 20 – August 15, 2017
  • Deadline for requesting any clarifications: August 15, 2017
  • Last date on which clarifications are issued: August 31, 2017
  • Deadline for submission of Applications: September 15, 2017
  • Information to applicants on eligibility evaluation: September 22, 2017
  • Information to applicants on the technical evaluation: October 20, 2017
  • Improve and finalize the applications: October 27, 2017
  • Conduct risk assessment, grant agreement, and vetting: November 3, 2017
  • Getting final approvals and signing grant awards: November 15, 2017

Questions relating to the RFA can be sent to ngocenter@icc-al.org. Answers will be published at htpp://anttarc.org.

Applications will be accepted no later than September 15, 2017, 17:00 hrs,Tirana time. Late or unresponsive applications will not be considered.

The USAID Accelerated Civic Development and Cooperation Project will accept proposals in English only.

Prepare your application according to the forms provided.

Download Project Proposal Form

Download Project Proposal Budget Template and Budget Guidelines

Applicants should submit their proposal and required documents via:

  1. e-mail to the USAID Accelerated Civic Development and Cooperation Project at ngocenter@icc-al.org. E-mails must reference “RFA–USAID Accelerated Civic Development and Cooperation—2017—01” in the subject line.
  2. Alternatively, applications may be submitted during regular business hours and in a sealed envelope to:

USAID Accelerated Civic Development and Cooperation Project in Albania

Rruga Reshit Collaku, Pallati Bores, 1/20

Tirane, Shqiperi