Vulnerable Communities Engagement Program
A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:The U.S. Embassy Tbilisi of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to support vulnerable communities and promote peace, civic integration of people with disabilities, inclusion of ethnic and religious minorities, diversity, and participation. Please follow all instructions below. Priority Region: Priority will be given to regions with conflict affected population, and areas with large community of ethnic and religious minorities. Program Objectives: The Vulnerable Communities Engagement Program promotes peace, conflict resolution, civic engagement, and social inclusion between communities that do not often work together. This includes activities promoting peace and conflict resolution between people from different countries and regions in the Caucuses, but can also include Georgia’s ethnic and religious minorities, people with disabilities, populations in rural areas, and communities along the ABLs. Participants and Audiences: · Conflict affected communities · People with disabilities · Ethnic and religious minorities · Other underserved communities. B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION Application Submission: June 8, 2022 - July 15, 2022. Length of performance period: Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months or less Number of awards anticipated: up to ten (dependent on amounts) Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $50,000 Total available funding: $150,000 Type of Funding: 19.900 Economic Support Funds under the Foreign Assistance Act/PDS of the U.S. Embassy Tbilisi reserves the right to use FY22 Smith Mundt Public Diplomacy Funds to support selected projects. Anticipated program start date: October 1, 2022 Funding Instrument Type: Grant, grant to individuals, fixed amount award, or cooperative agreement. Cooperative agreements are different from grants in that bureau/embassy staff are more actively involved in the grant implementation. Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months or less. 1. Eligible Applicants · Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations · Public and private educational institutions · USG Alumni . Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions All application materials must be submitted by email to Tbilisigrants@state.gov no later than July 15, 2022 11:59 p.m. Georgia Standard Time Please include the funding opportunity number in the subject line. The application package must be archived only into ZIP archive. RAR archived packages will not be accepted. Emails exceeding 6MB and RAR/ZIP files will not be accepted. If you have any questions about the grant application process, please contact: TbilisiGrants@state.gov Please include the funding opportunity number in the subject line. Note: 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. The U.S. Embassy Tbilisi Public Diplomacy Section will not be providing individual feedback on proposals received and reasons for rejection.