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Notice of Funding Opportunity – 2024 AIT Soccer Girls Program
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January 19, 2024

American Institute in Taiwan

Notice of Funding Opportunity

 

Funding Opportunity Title: 2024 AIT Soccer Girls Program

Funding Opportunity Number: PD-TAIPE-FY24-001

Deadline for Applications: February 20, 2024

CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs

Total Amount Available: Up to $30,000

 

 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Public Diplomacy Section is pleased to announce an open competition for organizations to submit applications to create and implement follow-on programming for AIT’s 2024 Soccer Girls Program. Please carefully follow all instructions below. 

Priority RegionTaiwan

Program Objectives:

Female athletes in Taiwan, particularly female soccer players, face significant challenges in terms of resource allocation, opportunities to participate in international competitions, access to quality coaching, lack of soccer fields, and limited opportunities to join university or professional leagues in Taiwan.  AIT will select up to five female soccer players ages 13-18 and one adult chaperone to attend a soccer training and leadership camp in the United States in June 2024.  This project includes creating and implementing follow-on programs after their return.  These follow-on programs must be aimed at empowering young female athletes, promoting gender equality, and fostering youth leadership and development.  These programs could include in-person and/or virtual events like workshops, sports knowledge and skills development sessions, English language proficiency training, soccer games or tournaments, or global network building with mentors, coaches, and fellow athletes.  The award will also include reimbursing the participants with pre-departure costs such as travel to Taipei for visa interviews and $150 pre-departure allowance fees for each participant prior to the program in the United States.  The programs can be conducted in Chinese or English.  Grant documents and instructions will be provided only in English.

Participants and Audiences:

The target audience for this program is high school- or middle school-aged female soccer players currently living on Taiwan.  The program description must explain how reaching the selected target audience will achieve the goals of program.


B. 
FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION

Length of performance period: From the date of grant signing to December 31, 2024.

Number of awards anticipated: one award

Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000

Total available funding: $30,000

Type of Funding:  FY24 Public Diplomacy Funds

Anticipated program start date:  March 2024

 

This notice is subject to availability of funding. 

Funding Instrument Type:  Grant 

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed by December 31, 2024.


C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION

Eligible Applicants:  An ideal organization or individual is someone who has participatory experience in an AIT or Department of State ECA sports-related exchange program, such as Global Sport Mentoring Program or another sports-related exchange program. Knowledge of Taiwan’s sports culture and work with young people on Taiwan is required.

The following organizations are eligible to apply:  

  • Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations
  • Public and private educational institutions
  • For-profit organizations (only if allowed by appropriation – not for PD funds)
  • Individuals
  • Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions
  1. Cost Sharing or Matching

Cost sharing is not required. However, proposals with cost-sharing elements will be viewed favorably.

  1. Other Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier (Data Universal Numbering System/DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet), as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.3 for information on how to obtain these registrations.  Individuals are not required to have a unique entity identifier or be registered in SAM.gov.


D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

  1. Address to Request Application Package

Application forms required below are available at https://www.ait.org.tw/education-exchanges/ait-aps/

  1. Content and Form of Application 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

Please ensure:

  • The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity
  • All documents are in English
  • All budgets are in U.S. dollars
  • All pages are numbered
  • All documents are formatted to 8 ½ x 11 paper, and
  • All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12-point Calibri font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.

The following documents are required: 

  1. SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations)or SF-424-I (Application for Federal Assistance –individuals)at Organization form Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424)
  2. Summary Page: 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.
  3. Proposal (4 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.  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.  Include a logic model as appropriate.
  • Proposed Program Schedule and Timeline:  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.
  1. Budget Justification Narrative: After filling out the SF-424A Budget (above), use a separate sheet of paper to describe each of the budget expenses in detail. See section H. Other Information: Guidelines for Budget Submissions below for further information.
  2. 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
  • If your organization has a NICRA and includes NICRA charges in the budget, your latest NICRA should be included as a PDF file.
  • Official permission letters, if required for program activities
  1. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM.gov)


Required Registrations:

Any applicant listed on the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) in the System for Award Management (SAM) is not eligible to apply for an assistance award in accordance with the OMB guidelines at 2 CFR 180 that implement Executive Orders 12549 (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.” Additionally, no entity listed on the EPLS can participate in any activities under an award.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to review the EPLS in SAM to ensure that no ineligible entity is included.

All organizations applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain these registrations.  All are free of charge:

  • Unique entity identifier from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number)
  • NCAGE/CAGE code
  • SAM.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 visiting http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform

NCAGE application: Application page here: https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx

Instructions for the NCAGE application process:

https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/Docs/US%20Instructions%20for%20NSPA%20NCAGE.pdf

For NCAGE help from within the U.S., call 1-888-227-2423

For NCAGE help from outside the U.S., call 1-269-961-7766

Email NCAGE@dlis.dla.mil for any problems in getting an NCAGE code.

 

Step 2: After receiving the NCAGE Code, proceed to register in SAM.gov by logging onto: https://www.sam.gov.  SAM registration must be renewed annually.

  1. Submission Dates and Times 

Applications are due no later than February 20, 2024

  1. Funding Restrictions

Award funds may not be used to pay for food or alcohol, nor for paid media participation or endorsement. 

  1. Other Submission Requirements

All application materials must be submitted by email to AITPDGrants@state.gov with the subject line: PD-TAIPE-FY24-001_SoccerGirls_Name of applicant or organization


E. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION

  1. Criteria: Each application will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the evaluation criteria outlined below. The criteria listed are closely related and are considered as a whole in judging the overall quality of an application.

Organizational capacity and record on previous grants: The organization has expertise in its stated field and PDS is confident of its ability to undertake the program. This includes a financial management system and a bank account.

Program Planning/Ability to Achieve Objectives Goals and objectives are clearly stated and program approach is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results.

AIT priorities: Applicant has clearly described how stated goals are related to and support AIT’s policy goals 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.

Innovation & Sustainability: Program activities will continue to have positive impact after the end of the program. Program shows innovation in design, audience reached, problem to be solved, or method of solving.

DEIA: Program reaches diverse audiences and or includes diverse grantees/implementers, including ethnic, racial, gender, and socioeconomic diversity. Proposals should clearly demonstrate how the program will support and advance DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility) principles in program administration, design, and implementation.

Communications & Outreach: Proposal clearly describes how information, results, and success stories will be collected and disseminated before, during and after the project; Discusses how program outreach will leverage a range of outreach tools to amplify messaging to a defined target audience; Discusses how project activities will be communicated to stakeholders to foster continued engagement with the project.

 

  1. Review and Selection Process

A Grants Review Committee will evaluate all eligible applications.


F. FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION

  1. 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.

Payment Method: AIT will disburse funds through electronic fund transfers. Payment frequency will be discussed upon grantee selection. 

  1. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

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

2 CFR 200, 2 CFR 600, Certifications and Assurances, and the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions, all of which are available at:  https://www.statebuy.state.gov/fa/pages/home.aspx

Note the U.S Flag branding and marking requirements in the Standard Terms and Conditions.

  1. Reporting

Reporting Requirements: Recipients will be required to submit financial reports and program reports.  The award document will specify how often these reports must be submitted.

Applicants should be aware of the post award reporting requirements reflected in 2 CFR 200 Appendix XII—Award Term and Condition for Recipient Integrity and Performance Matters.


G. FEDERAL AWARDING AGENCY CONTACTS

If you have any questions about the grant application process, please contact: tsaovhl@state.gov.

 

H. OTHER INFORMATION

Guidelines for Budget Justification

Personnel and Fringe Benefits: 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, for program staff, consultants or speakers, and participants/beneficiaries. 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” 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.