U.S. Department of State Notice of Funding Opportunity



 Funding Opportunity Title:            U.S. Embassy Bamako PAS Annual Program Statement

Funding Opportunity Number:      Bamako-PAS-SMLGR2020-001

Deadline for Applications:              Rolling Basis until August 1, 2020

CFDA Number:                                19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs

Average Amount of Each Award:  $10,000 to $20,000


The U.S. Embassy Bamako Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. This is an Annual Program Statement, outlining our strategic funding priorities and the procedures for submitting requests for funding.  Please carefully follow all instructions below.

Purpose of Small Grants

PAS Bamako invites proposals for projects that strengthen ties between the United States and Mali by highlighting shared values and promoting bilateral cooperation. All programs must advance a U.S. Mission goal, include an American cultural element, or have a connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

Examples of PAS Small Grants Program programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic and professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs;
  • Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions;
  • Cultural heritage conservation and preservation programs;
  • Professional and academic exchanges and programs;
  • Civic engagement and social activism

 Priority Program Areas

  • Strengthening independent media through media literacy, training and other engagement;
  • Ensuring participation of citizens, especially women and youth, in the democratic process through education and outreach;
  • Supporting freedom of speech and expression, including via civic education;
  • Economic growth and entrepreneurship;
  • Promoting bilateral trade and investment;
  • Promoting inclusive social development, particularly through empowering women and girls;
  • Engaging underserved populations, including persons with disabilities, through art, sports, culture and other creative programs;
  • Promoting tolerance and peace through dialogue;
  • Promoting sustainable policies to protect the environment;
  • Strengthening community resilience to extremism through preservation / promotion of traditional cultural practices that reinforce community stability and peace; and
  • Promoting English language study and acquisition.

Participants and Audiences

All programs should target primarily Malian audiences. The following types of programs are NOT eligible for funding:

  • Programs relating to partisan political activity;
  • Charitable or development activities;
  • Construction projects;
  • Programs that support specific religious activities;
  • Fund-raising campaigns;
  • Lobbying for specific legislation or programs;
  • Scientific research;
  • Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization; or
  • Programs that duplicate existing programs. 

Authorizing Legislation, Type and Year of Funding

Funding authority rests in the Smith-Mundt or Fulbright-Hays. The source of funding is FY2020 Public Diplomacy Funding.


Length of Performance Period: 1 to 12 Months

Number of Awards AnticipatedMultiple awards (dependent on amounts)

Award Amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $300,000

Type of Funding:  Fiscal Year 2020 Public Diplomacy Funding

Anticipated Program Start Date:  Flexible

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Funding Instrument Type:  Grant, Fixed Amount Award, or Cooperative Agreement.

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in one year or less.

PAS will accept applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the initial budget period on a non-competitive basis subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the program, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the U.S. Department of State.


3A. Eligible Applicants

For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply. The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from U.S. and Malian applicants from:

  • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience
  • Individuals
  • Non-profit or public educational institutions

 3B. Cost Sharing or Matching

 Cost sharing is not required. However, proposals that can demonstrate effective and sustainable cost sharing will be given priority.

3C. Other Eligibility Requirements

 In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet, as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section 4D for information on how to obtain these registrations.  Individuals are not required to have a DUNS number or be registered in SAM.gov.


 4A. Content and Application Form Submission

 Please follow all instructions below carefully. Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.

  • Content of Application:

All applications must meet the below requirements in order to be considered.

  • The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity.
  • All documents are in English or French. Please note that while applications may be submitted initially in either French or English, if your application is selected for subsequent review, you will be contacted and required to submit your proposal in English.
  • All budgets are in U.S. dollars.
  • All pages are numbered.
  • All proposals are submitted in Word Document or PDF format.
  • The following documents are required:
  • Mandatory application forms: Upon submission and acceptance of a proposal meeting all requirements, PAS Bamako will provide mandatory forms to complete prior to continuing review.
  • Summary Coversheet: Cover sheet stating the applicant name and organization, proposal date, program title, program period proposed start and end date, and brief purpose of the program.
  • Proposal (10 pages maximum): The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. You may use your own proposal format, but it must include all the items below.
  • Proposal Summary: Short narrative that outlines the proposed program, including program objectives and anticipated impact.
  • Introduction to the Organization or Individual applying: A description of past and present operations, showing ability to carry out the program, including information on all previous grants from the U.S. Embassy and/or U.S. government agencies.
  • Problem Statement: Clear, concise and well-supported statement of the problem to be addressed and why the proposed program is needed
  • Program Goals and Objectives:  The “goals” describe what the program is intended to achieve.  What aspect of the relationship between the U.S. and Mali will be improved? The “objectives” refer to the intermediate accomplishments on the way to the goals. These should be achievable and measurable.
  • Program Activities: Describe the program activities and how they will help achieve the objectives.
  • Program Methods and Design: A description of how the program is expected to work to solve the stated problem and achieve the goal.
  • Proposed Program Schedule:  The proposed timeline for the program activities.  Include the dates, times, and locations of planned activities and events.
  • Key Personnel: Names, titles, roles and experience/qualifications of key personnel involved in the program.  What proportion of their time will be used in support of this program?
  • Program Partners: List the names and type of involvement of key partner organizations and sub-awardees.
  • Program Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: This is an important part of successful grants. Throughout the timeframe of the grant, how will the activities be monitored to ensure they are happening in a timely manner, and how will the program be evaluated to make sure it is meeting the goals of the grant?
  • Future Funding or Sustainability: Applicant’s plan for continuing the program beyond the grant period, or the availability of other resources, if applicable.

 4B. Budget and Budget Justification Narrative

Provide a detailed, itemized budget and a description and justification of all costs included in the budget. See section Other Information: Guidelines for Budget Submissions below for further information regarding the budget and allowable costs.

4C. Attachments 

  • 1-page CV or resume of key personnel who are proposed for the program
  • Letters of support from program partners describing the roles and responsibilities of each partner
  • Official permission letters, if required for program activities

4D. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM.gov)

Organizations selected for funding must already have or obtain the below registrations. All are free of charge.  Note: this does not apply to individual persons, only to organizations.

  • Unique Identifier Number from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS Number)
  • gov Registration

Step 1: Apply for a DUNS number and an NCAGE number (these can be completed simultaneously)

  • DUNS Application: Organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet. If your organization does not have one already, you may obtain one by calling 1-866-705-5711 or by visiting http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.

Step 2: After receiving the NCAGE Code, complete the SAM Registration at https://www.sam.gov.  SAM registration must be renewed annually.


The Public Affairs Section will accept proposals throughout the year and review them on a rolling basis until August 1, 2020.


Award funds may not be used for construction projects, vehicle purchases, or the purchase of alcohol. Other restrictions may apply.


All application materials must be submitted by email to PASBamako@state.gov with the subject line “ATTN: SMALL GRANT PROPOSALS.” Please allow ten (10) business days before inquiring about the status of your proposal.


8A. Criteria

 Each application will be evaluated and rated based on the evaluation criteria outlined below. The criteria listed are closely related and are considered collectively in judging the overall quality of an application.

  • Organizational capacity and record on previous grants: The organization has expertise in its stated field and PAS is confident of its ability to undertake the program.  This includes a financial management system and a bank account.
  • Quality and Feasibility of the Program Idea: The program idea is well developed, with detail about how program activities will be carried out. The proposal includes a reasonable implementation timeline.
  • Goals and objectives:Goals and objectives are clearly stated and program approach is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results.
  • Embassy priorities:Applicant has clearly described how stated goals are related to and support U.S. Embassy Bamako’s priority areas or target audiences.
  • Budget:The budget justification is detailed.  Costs are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results. The budget is realistic, accounting for all necessary expenses to achieve proposed activities.
  • Monitoring and evaluation plan:Applicant demonstrates it is able to measure program success against key indicators and provide milestones to indicate progress toward goals outlined in the proposal. The program includes output and outcome indicators and shows how and when those will be measured.
  • Sustainability:Program activities will continue to have positive impact after the end of the program.

 8B. Review and Selection Process

 A Grants Review Committee will evaluate all eligible applications.


 For any Federal award under a notice of funding opportunity, if the Federal awarding agency anticipates that the total Federal share will be greater than the simplified acquisition threshold on any Federal award under a notice of funding opportunity may include, over the period of performance (see §200.88 Simplified Acquisition Threshold), this section must also inform applicants:

  1. That the Federal awarding agency, prior to making a Federal award with a total amount of Federal share greater than the simplified acquisition threshold, is required to review and consider any information about the applicant that is in the designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM (currently FAPIIS) (see 41 U.S.C. 2313);
  2. That an applicant, at its option, may review information in the designated integrity and performance systems accessible through SAM and comment on any information about itself that a Federal awarding agency previously entered and is currently in the designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM;
  3. That the Federal awarding agency will consider any comments by the applicant, in addition to the other information in the designated integrity and performance system, in making a judgment about the applicant’s integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal awards when completing the review of risk posed by applicants as described in §200.205 Federal awarding agency review of risk posed by applicants.

 9A. Federal Award Notices

 The grant award or cooperative agreement will be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the Grants Officer. The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document and it will be provided to the recipient for review and signature by email. The recipient may only start incurring program expenses beginning on the start date shown on the grant award document signed by the Grants Officer.

If a proposal is selected for funding, the Department of State has no obligation to provide any additional future funding. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the discretion of the Department of State.

Issuance of this NOFO does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the U.S. government, nor does it commit the U.S. government to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of proposals. Further, the U.S. government reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received.

Organizations whose applications will not be funded will also be notified via email.

Payments will be made in at least two installments, as needed to carry out the program activities.

9B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

 Terms and Conditions: Before submitting an application, applicants should review all the terms and conditions and required certifications that will apply to this award to ensure that they will be able to comply.  These include:

  • 2 CFR 2002 CFR 600, Certifications and Assurances, and the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions, all of which are available at:  https://www.state.gov/m/a/ope/index.htm.
  • Note the U.S flag branding and marking requirements in the Standard Terms and Conditions.

9C. Reporting Requirements 

All awards issued under this announcement will require both program and financial reports on a frequency specified in the award agreement.  The disbursement of funds may be tied to submission of these reports in a timely manner.  All other details related to award administration will be specified in the award agreement.


If you have any questions about the grant application process, please contact PAS at: PASBamako@state.gov. Please note that we do not provide any pre-consultation for application related questions that are addressed in the NOFO. Once an application has been submitted, State Department officials and staff — both in the Department and at embassies overseas — may not discuss this competition with applicants until the entire proposal review process is completed.


 Guidelines for Budget Justification

  • Personnel: Describe the wages, salaries, and benefits of temporary or permanent staff who will be working directly for the applicant on the program, and the percentage of their time that will be spent on the program.
  • Travel: Estimate the costs of travel and per diem for this program. If the program involves international travel, include a brief statement of justification for that travel.
  • Equipment: Describe any machinery, furniture, or other personal property that is required for the program, which has a useful life of more than one year (or a life longer than the duration of the program), and costs at least $5,000 per unit.
  • Supplies: List and describe all the items and materials, including any computer devices, that are needed for the program. If an item costs more than $5,000 per unit, then put it in the budget under Equipment.
  • Contractual: Describe goods and services that the applicant plans to acquire through a contract with a vendor.  Also describe any sub-awards to non-profit partners that will help carry out the program activities.
  • Other Direct Costs: Describe other costs directly associated with the program, which do not fit in the other categories. For example, shipping costs for materials and equipment or applicable taxes. All “Other” or “Miscellaneous” expenses must be itemized and explained.
  • Indirect Costs:  These are costs that cannot be linked directly to the program activities, such as overhead costs needed to help keep the organization operating.  If your organization has a Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate (NICRA) and includes NICRA charges in the budget, attach a copy of your latest NICRA. Organizations that have never had a NICRA may request indirect costs of 10% of the modified total direct costs as defined in 2 CFR 200.68.
  • Cost Sharing: “Cost Sharing” refers to contributions from the organization or other entities other than the U.S. Embassy.   It also includes in-kind contributions such as volunteers’ time and donated venues.
  • Alcoholic Beverages:  Please note that award funds cannot be used for alcoholic beverages.

 PAS Bamako will confirm receipt of your application via the email address provided on your submission package within 10 business days.  If you have not heard from us within that timeframe, please feel free to ask for confirmation of receipt via PASBamako@state.gov PASBamako@state.gov. Due to the large number of proposals we receive, we are unable to provide individualized feedback on proposals.