Financial Management Capacity Building for Implementing Partners IRF


United States Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)


May 31, 2017


The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces “Financial Management Capacity Building for Implementing Partners,” an open competition for a cooperative agreement to provide technical assistance and financial management capacity building to organizations working on international religious freedom programs globally. The funding for the proposal should not exceed $600,000 for a period of 18- 24 months. It is anticipated that there will be substantial involvement between the agency and the recipient during performance in areas such as organization selection, technical direction, and programmatic control.

Proposed funding would promote process improvement and increase the financial management capacity of organizations working to promote international religious freedom globally by reviewing compliance with USG grant regulations, and formulating training documents such as self-assessment tools and best practices for financial management. The implementer will conduct this capacity building and assessment for approximately 20 grantees/organizations. These grantees and organizations are largely located in the U.S. and also include organizations in multiple regions of the world.


Applicants must have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with thematic or in-country partners, entities and relevant stakeholders, including private sector partners and NGOs, and have demonstrable experience in administering successful and preferably similar projects. DRL encourages applications from foreign-based NGOs headquartered in the geographic regions/countries relevant to this NOFO. Applicants may form consortia and submit a combined application. However, one organization should be designated as the lead applicant with the other members as sub-award partners. DRL reserves the right to request additional background information on applicants that do not have previous experience administering federal grant awards, and these applicants may be subject to limited funding on a pilot basis.

Available Funding:

DRL anticipates having approximately $600,000 available to support approximately one successful application submitted in response to this NOFO, subject to the availability of funding. Applicants can submit one application in response to the solicitation.

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