Grants

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. EMBASSY SKOPJE, PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION
Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Funding Opportunity Title:                U.S. Embassy Skopje PAS Annual Program Statement
Funding Opportunity Number:         PAS-800-FY24-02
Deadline for Applications:                 August 15, 2024
CFDA Number:                                    19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs
Total Amount Available:                   $100,000.00
Maximum for Each Award:                $20,000.00

 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The U.S. Embassy Skopje 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 funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding.  Please carefully follow all instructions below.

Purpose of Small Grants: PAS Skopje invites proposals for programs that strengthen people-to-people ties between the U.S. and North Macedonia through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American cultural element, or 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
  • Programs focused on entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Programs focused on diversity and empowerment of youth and underserved communities
  • Programs focused on democratic processes and values
  • Programs focused on gender issues
  • Programs focused on human and equal rights
  • Programs focused on media literacy
  • Programs focused on strengthening resiliency against disinformation; and malign influence
  • Programs focused on environment protection
  • Programs that support North Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic integration process

Priority Program Areas:

The objectives of the Public Diplomacy Grant Program are to promote positive relations between North Macedonia and the United States; to reinforce shared values; and to connect North Macedonia’s emerging leaders to the American people.  We fund projects that:

  • Help North Macedonia’s youth build and develop skills to improve their potential through innovative science (especially environmental and health awareness), technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEM) programs, as well as through entrepreneurship programs and vocational training.
  • Focus on educating youth and publics about current environmental issues, including crafting creative solutions to environmental challenges, green energy initiatives and energy conservation, climate change adaptation strategies, as well as action plans to deal with water scarcity exacerbated by climate change and urbanization.
  • Encourage North Macedonia’s youth to participate in civic life through social entrepreneurship, volunteerism, and community engagement.
  • Strengthen understanding of U.S. values and institutions; highlight US culture, including American Studies, English language teaching/learning, and study in the United States; as well as support diversity through the acceptance of minority groups, including individuals with special needs or handicapping conditions, and other areas of mutual interest.

Participants and Audiences:

US Mission North Macedonia encourages not only diverse applicants to apply to our grants programs but would also like to see diverse target audiences and trainers.  Diversity can be defined by different geographic regions, ethnicities, religious orientations, gender, physical disabilities including visual, hearing, speech, and other physically handicapping conditions.

The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:

    • Printing or promotion of books or manuscripts
    • Travel to the United States for professional development
    • Promotion of local arts scenes
    • Projects that are inherently political in nature or that contain the appearance of partisanship/support to individual or single-party electoral campaigns
    • Charitable or development activities
    • Construction programs
    • Programs that support specific religious activities
    • Fund-raising campaigns
    • Lobbying for specific legislation or programs
    • Scientific research
    • Commercial or trade activities
    • Individual travel to conferences and meetings
    • Social welfare projects
    • Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization
    • Ongoing salary costs and office equipment
    • Paying to complete activities that were begun with other funds or
    • Programs that duplicate existing programs

Authorizing legislation, type and year of funding:

Funding authority rests in the Smith-Mundt Act.  The source of funding is FY2024 Public Diplomacy Funding.

 B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION

Length of performance period: 1 to 12 months
Number of awards anticipated: 12 awards (dependent on amounts)
Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $20,000
Total available funding: $100,000
Type of Funding:  Fiscal Year 2024 Public Diplomacy Funding
Anticipated program start date:  January 22, 2024
This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Funding Instrument Type:  Grant or Fixed Amount Award (FAAs)

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months or less.  PAS will entertain 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.

C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION

  1. Eligible Applicants

The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from U.S. and North Macedonia:

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

For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.  

  1. Cost Sharing or Matching

Cost sharing is not required.

  1. Other Eligibility Requirements

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization.  If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number issued via www.SAM.gov as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov.  Please see Section D.3 for more information.  Individuals are not required to have a UEI 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.grants.gov/web/grants/forms/sf-424-family.html .

  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. Mandatory application forms
  • SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations)or SF-424-I (Application for Federal Assistance –individuals) at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms/sf-424-family.html.
  • SF424A(Budget Information for Non-Construction programs) at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms/sf-424-family.html.
  • SF424B(Assurances for Non-Construction programs) at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms/sf-424-family.html.
  1. 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.
  2. Proposal: 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 XXX 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 time frame 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 SustainabilityApplicant’s plan for continuing the program beyond the grant period, or the availability of other resources, if applicable.

PAS is providing an application form for proposals.  Please note that this form is not required; however, you may use it as a template to submit the project proposal.

  1. Budget Justification Narrative: After filling out the SF-424A Budget (above), use a separate file to describe each of the budget expenses in detail. See section H. Other Information: Guidelines for Budget Submissions below for further information.
  2. Attachments:
  • Court Registry (if registered in North Macedonia)
  • 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
  1. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM.gov)

Required Registrations:

All organizations, whether based in the United States or in another country, must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and an active registration with the SAM.gov. A UEI is one of the data elements mandated by Public Law 109-282, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA), for all Federal awards.

Note:  As of April 2022, a DUNS number is no longer required for federal assistance applications.

The 2 CFR 200 requires that sub-grantees obtain a UEI number.  Please note the UEI for sub-grantees is not required at the time of application but will be required before an award is processed and/or directed to a sub-grantee.

 Note:  The process of obtaining or renewing a SAM.gov registration may take anywhere from 4-8 weeks.  Please begin your registration as early as possible.

  • Organizations based in the United States or that pay employees within the United States will need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and a UEI number prior to registering in SAM.gov.
  • Organizations based outside of the United States and that do not pay employees within the United States do not need an EIN from the IRS but do need a UEI number prior to registering in SAM.gov.
  • Please note that as of November 2022 and February 2022 respectively, organizations based outside of the United States that do not intend to apply for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awards are no longer required to have a NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) code or CAGE code to apply for non-DoD foreign assistance funding opportunities. If an applicant organization is mid-registration and wishes to remove a CAGE or NCAGE code from their SAM.gov registration, the applicant should submit a help desk ticket (“incident”) with the Federal Service Desk (FSD) online at fsd.gov using the following language: “I do not intend to seek financial assistance from the Department of Defense. I do not wish to obtain a CAGE or NCAGE code. I understand that I will need to submit my registration after this incident is resolved in order to have my registration activated.”

Organizations based outside of the United States and that DO NOT plan to do business with the DoD should follow the below instructions: 

Step 1:  Proceed to SAM.gov to obtain a UEI and complete the SAM.gov registration process.  SAM.gov registration must be renewed annually.

Organizations based outside of the United States and that DO plan to do business with the DoD in addition to Department of State should follow the below instructions:

Step 1:  Apply for an NCAGE code by following the instructions on the NSPA NATO website linked below:

NCAGE Homepage:
https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/sc/CageList.aspx
NCAGE Code Request Tool (NCRT):

Exemptions
An exemption from the UEI and sam.gov registration requirements may be permitted on a case-by-case basis if:

  • An applicant’s identity must be protected due to potential endangerment of their mission, their organization’s status, their employees, or individuals being served by the applicant.
  • For an applicant, if the Federal awarding agency makes a determination that there are exigent circumstances that prohibit the applicant from receiving a unique entity identifier and completing SAM registration prior to receiving a Federal award. In these instances, Federal awarding agencies must require the recipient to obtain a unique entity identifier and complete SAM registration within 30 days of the Federal award date.

Organizations requesting exemption from UEI or SAM.gov requirements must email the point of contact listed in the NOFO at least two weeks prior to the deadline in the NOFO providing a justification of their request. Approval for a SAM.gov exemption must come from the warranted Grants Officer before the application can be deemed eligible for review.

  1. Submission Dates and Times

Applications may be submitted for consideration on a rolling basis at any time before the closing date of August 15, 2024.  No applications will be accepted after that date.

  1. Funding Restrictions

Award funds cannot be used for construction or vehicle purchases.

  1. Other Submission Requirements

All application materials must be submitted by email to SkopjeGrants@state.gov.

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 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 XXX’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.

  1. Review and Selection Process

A Grants Review Committee will evaluate all eligible applications.

  1. Responsibility/Qualification Information in SAM.gov (formerly, FAPIIS)

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 over the period of performance (see §200.01 Simplified Acquisition Threshold), this section must also inform applicants that:

i. 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 U.S. government designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM.gov (see 41 U.S.C. 2313);

ii. An applicant, at its option, may review and comment on any information about itself in the designated integrity and performance systems accessible through SAM that a Federal awarding agency previously entered;

iii. 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.

Anticipated Announcement and Federal Award Dates

The Embassy will accept proposals on a rolling basis throughout the year until August 15, 2024.  The panel will review proposals, subject to the availability of funds, regularly.

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

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

  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.state.gov/about-us-office-of-the-procurement-executive/. 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.

G. FEDERAL AWARDING AGENCY CONTACTS

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

Note:  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.

H. OTHER INFORMATION

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” 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.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. Embassy in North Macedonia
Notice of Funding Opportunity for USG Alumni Organizations only
Number SMK800-24-PAS001

 

Funding Opportunity Title:  Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund Program FY 2024
Funding Opportunity Number:  SMK800-24-PAS001
Deadline for Applications:  January 30, 2024
Assistance Listing Number:  19.022
Total Amount Available:  $70,000 (estimated)

 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Embassy of the United States in North Macedonia announces an open competition for past participants (“alumni”) of U.S. government-funded and U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to submit applications to the 2024 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF 2024). We seek proposals from teams of at least two alumni that meet all program eligibility requirements below. Exchange alumni interested in participating in AEIF 2024 should submit proposals to SkopjeGrants@state.gov by January 30, 2024.

 Priority Region:  North Macedonia

Program Objectives:
AEIF provides alumni of U.S. government-sponsored and facilitated exchange programs with funding to expand on skills gained during their exchange experience to design and implement innovative solutions to global challenges facing their community. Since its inception in 2011, AEIF has funded nearly 500 alumni-led projects around the world through a competitive global competition. This year, the U.S. Embassy will accept public service projects proposed by local USG Alumni organizations and managed by teams of at least two (2) alumni which directly support the Embassy’s goals and foreign policy objectives, promote shared interests, and benefit local communities.  This year, AEIF 2024 will support United States’ commitment to “Deepen North Macedonia’s democracy and implementation of reforms to improve its reliability and capability as a U.S. partner”. Proposals are expected to address a specific theme such as:

  • Reinforcing democratic values;
  • Promoting rule of law and anti-corruption;
  • Increasing social cohesion among ethnic and political groups and regional partners;
  • Empowering youth, women, and other marginalized groups;
  • Supporting North Macedonia’s transition to diversified, sustainable, and renewable sources of energy in order to accelerate regional energy independence;
  • Countering disinformation; and
  • Fostering ties between North Macedonia and U.S.A.

Proposals must address the themes listed here. Proposals that do not address the theme as outlined in the program objectives will be deemed ineligible. All project activities must take place outside of the United States and its territories.

Participants and Audiences:
Applicants should clearly define specific, realistic, target audience(s).  Broad target audiences such as general public, youth, everyone etc. should be avoided.

Audiences who are considered a priority for grants funded under this NOFO are:

  • Youth and young adult leaders between 13 and 30 years;
  • Community leaders and local officials; and
  • Teachers and academic professionals.

Please note that proposals addressing audiences not listed above can still be eligible, but such proposals must clearly indicate why addressing the proposed audience is especially important to achieving the goals stated in this NOFO.

 B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION

Length of performance period: Proposed programs should be completed in twelve (12) months or less.
Number of awards anticipated: Two awards (dependent on amounts).
Award amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $35,000.
Total available funding: $70,000 (estimated).
Type of Funding:  Overall grant making authority for this program is contained in the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, Public Law 87-256, as amended, also known as the Fulbright-Hays Act.
Anticipated program start date:  September 2024.

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Funding Instrument Type:  Grant.

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in twelve months or less.

C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION

  1. Eligible Applicants

Non-for-profit originations meeting the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Organization is from North Macedonia.
  • Applications must be submitted by alumni associations of USG exchange alumni or by a team of at least two exchange alumni (individuals) through a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, think tank, or academic institution that will serve as partner for implementing project activities.
  • Applicant key staff/ project teams must be alumni of a U.S. government-funded or sponsored exchange program (https://alumni.state.gov/list-exchange-programs) or a U.S. government-sponsored exchange program (https://j1visa.state.gov/).
  • Projects teams must include at least two (2) alumni.
  • Alumni who are U.S. citizens may not participate as primary applicants but may participate as team members in a project.
  • Alumni teams may be comprised of alumni from different exchange programs and different countries.
  1. Cost Sharing or Matching

Inclusion of cost share is not a requirement of this opportunity.

  1. Other Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number issued via www.SAM.gov as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.3 for more information. Individuals are not required to have a UEI or be registered in SAM.gov.

Organizations must have a commitment to equal opportunity employment practices and to non-discrimination practices with regard to beneficiaries, without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal.

D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Applications and budgets must be submitted using the official AEIF 2024 application and budget forms.

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;
  • The proposal addresses all questions in the official AEIF 2024 application form;
  • All documents are in English;
  • The budget is in U.S. dollars and is submitted using the designated AEIF 2024 budget form;
  • All pages are numbered.

The following documents and information are required:

  1. Mandatory application forms
  1. 2024 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund Proposal Form
    1. About your Project: Please provide information on the title of your project, the requested budget total, and the primary location of the project. Projects need to take place outside of the U.S. or its territories.
    2. Project Team Information: At least two exchange alumni team members are required for a project to be considered for funding. Applications need to provide the name and contact information, describe the role each team member will have in the project, and their experience, qualifications, and ability to carry out that role. Applicants need to indicate what proportion of the team member’s time will be used in support of the project.
    3. Problem Statement: A short narrative which outlines the proposed project, including challenge/s to be addressed, project objectives, and anticipated impact.
    4. Project Goals and Objectives: The goal/s of the proposed project need to describe what the project is intended to achieve and include the objectives which support the goal/s. Objectives should be specific, measurable, and realistically achievable in a set time frame.
    5. Project Methods, Design, and Timeline: A description of how the project is expected to work to solve the stated problem and achieve the goal/s. This should include a description of the project’s direct and indirect beneficiaries as well as a plan on how to continue the program beyond the grant period, or the availability of other resources, if applicable. The proposed timeline for the project activities should include the dates, times, and locations of planned activities and events. Applicants may also submit proposed workshop or training agendas and materials.
    6. Project Timeline: A timeline of your project activities.
    7. Beneficiaries: An estimated number of direct and indirect beneficiaries of your proposed project.
    8. Local Project Partners: A list of partners who will support the proposed project, if applicable.
    9. Communication Plan: The communication plan should include a communication and outreach strategy for promoting the proposed project. It may include social media, websites, print news, or other forms of media intended to use to share information about the project to beneficiaries and the public.  Communications should include AEIF 2024, ExchangeAlumni, and U.S. Embassy branding.
    10. Project Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: The Monitoring and Evaluation component of the proposal should outline in detail how the proposal’s activities will advance the program’s goals and objectives. This should include any outcomes showing a change in knowledge, awareness, and attitudes; improved quality of services; increased capacity at a school, group; etc.  Proposals should also include how the grantee will measure the impact of planned activities.
  2. 2024 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund Budget Form with Budget Narrative: Applicants must submit a detailed budget and budget narrative justification utilizing the template provided. Line-item expenditures should be listed in the greatest possible detail. Budgets shall be submitted in U.S. dollars and final grant agreements will be conducted in U.S. dollars.
  3. Attachments:
  • Official permission letters, if required for program activities
  • Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM.gov)
  • Registration document

Required Registrations:

All organizations, whether based in the United States or in another country, must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and an active registration with the SAM.gov. A UEI is one of the data elements mandated by Public Law 109-282, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA), for all Federal awards.

Note:  As of April 2022, a DUNS number is no longer required for federal assistance applications.

The 2 CFR 200 requires that sub-grantees obtain a UEI number.  Please note the UEI for sub-grantees is not required at the time of application but will be required before an award is processed and/or directed to a sub-grantee.

 Note:  The process of obtaining or renewing a SAM.gov registration may take anywhere from 4-8 weeks.  Please begin your registration as early as possible.

  • Organizations based in the United States or that pay employees within the United States will need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and a UEI number prior to registering in SAM.gov.

Organizations based outside of the United States and that do not pay employees within the United States do not need an EIN from the IRS but do need a UEI number prior to registering in SAM.gov.

  • Please note that as of November 2022 and February 2022 respectively, organizations based outside of the United States that do not intend to apply for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awards are no longer required to have a NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) code or CAGE code to apply for non-DoD foreign assistance funding opportunities. If an applicant organization is mid-registration and wishes to remove a CAGE or NCAGE code from their SAM.gov registration, the applicant should submit a help desk ticket (“incident”) with the Federal Service Desk (FSD) online at fsd.gov using the following language: “I do not intend to seek financial assistance from the Department of Defense. I do not wish to obtain a CAGE or NCAGE code. I understand that I will need to submit my registration after this incident is resolved in order to have my registration activated.”

Organizations based outside of the United States and that DO NOT plan to do business with the DoD should follow the below instructions: 

Step 1:  Proceed to SAM.gov to obtain a UEI and complete the SAM.gov registration process.  SAM.gov registration must be renewed annually.

Organizations based outside of the United States and that DO plan to do business with the DoD in addition to Department of State should follow the below instructions:

Step 1:  Apply for an NCAGE code by following the instructions on the NSPA NATO website linked below:

NCAGE Homepage:
https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/sc/CageList.aspx
NCAGE Code Request Tool (NCRT):

Exemptions
An exemption from the UEI and sam.gov registration requirements may be permitted on a case-by-case basis if:

  • An applicant’s identity must be protected due to potential endangerment of their mission, their organization’s status, their employees, or individuals being served by the applicant.
  • For an applicant, if the Federal awarding agency makes a determination that there are exigent circumstances that prohibit the applicant from receiving a unique entity identifier and completing SAM registration prior to receiving a Federal award. In these instances, Federal awarding agencies must require the recipient to obtain a unique entity identifier and complete SAM registration within 30 days of the Federal award date.

Organizations requesting exemption from UEI or SAM.gov requirements must email the point of contact listed in the NOFO at least two weeks prior to the deadline in the NOFO providing a justification of their request. Approval for a SAM.gov exemption must come from the warranted Grants Officer before the application can be deemed eligible for review.

  1. Submission Dates and Times

Applications are due no later than January 30, 2024.

  1. Funding Restrictions

AEIF 2024 does not support the following activities or costs, and the selection committee will deem applications involving any of these activities or costs ineligible:

  • Any airfare to/from the United States and its territories
  • Activities that take place in the United States and its territories
  • Staff salaries, office space, and overhead/operational expenses
  • Large items of durable equipment or construction programs
  • Alcohol, excessive meals, refreshments, or entertainment
  • Academic or scientific research
  • Charitable or development activities
  • Provision of direct social services to a population
  • Individual scholarships
  • Social travel/visits
  • Gifts or prizes
  • Duplication of existing programs
  • Institutional development of an organization
  • Venture capital, for-profit endeavors, or charging a fee for participation in project
  • Support for specific religious activities
  • Fund-raising campaigns
  • Support or opposition of partisan political activity or lobbying for specific legislation
  1. Other Submission Requirements

All application materials must be submitted by email to SkopjeGrants@state.gov.

E. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION

  1. Criteria

Each application will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the evaluation criteria outlined below.

 

Relevance to Application Theme

The proposal provides sufficient information on how the activities will support the theme(s) of the competition. The narrative explains any relevant local context the D.C. Selection Committee may not be aware of in relation to this project.  Proposed project ideas must be public diplomacy in nature (i.e. not development or military).

Purpose and Summary, Description, and Implementation Plan

When developing the purpose, summary, description, and implementation plan, applicants should aim to make all descriptions clear, concise, and compelling.  Reviewers will judge the proposals based on the likelihood for the project to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the community where it is undertaken.  Does the project address an important gap of understanding or need?  If the aim of the project is achieved, how will existing knowledge or practice be improved?  What audience do the applicants hope to reach with this project?  How many will participate?  How will they be selected?

Degree of Alumni Involvement

Projects must include the involvement of at least two (2) exchange alumni.  They may be the project team leaders or collaborate directly with PAS in formulating the project.  More than two alumni may comprise the team, however, the minimum is two.  As the team leaders, the alumni must be closely involved in project planning, implementation, etc.  Applicants should ensure that the proposal includes the following information for each alumni team member: first name, last name, e-mail address, exchange program, country of citizenship, and roles and responsibilities.

Participation and Support from Local Partners

The proposal demonstrates buy-in and support from the community where the project will take place. Local partner involvement is a strong sign that there is community support and that the project will engage a broad array of experts, such as subject matter experts, community centers, academic institutions, businesses, local/national government, non-governmental organizations, American Spaces, etc.

Evaluation and Impact of the Project 

A monitoring & evaluation (M&E) plan is pivotal to project implementation and important tracking progress towards the project’s objectives and goals.  An M&E plan should consider the data needed to effectively monitor progress toward specific outputs and outcomes as well as how that data collection will be accomplished.  Well-crafted indicators should be used to understand a program’s progress toward the desired results.  An M&E plan should be reviewed for the following:

• Completion

• Applicability and logic of objectives and indicators

• Clear approach to monitoring

• Adherence to SMART criteria

• Feasibility of baselines and targets

• Data quality plan

• Capacity to implement plan

Communication, Media, and Outreach Plan

The project should include a clear plan and timeline for how and when the team will share information about the project.  It is important to ensure that the U.S. Embassy gets recognition throughout the process, if circumstances permit.

Budget and Budget Narrative

The budget and narrative justification are sufficiently 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.  The results and proposed outcomes justify the total cost of the project.  Budget items are reasonable, allowable, and allocable.

 

Disclaimer: This notice is subject to availability of funding. U.S. Embassy North Macedonia does not guarantee availability of funding by receiving applications under this announcement. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

  1. Review and Selection Process

A 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:  The Recipient must request payment under the award by completing form SF-270—Request for Advance or Reimbursement— and submit the form to the Grants Officer.  Unless otherwise stipulated in the award, the Recipient may request payments on a reimbursement or advance basis.  Advance payments must be limited to the minimum amounts needed and be timed to be in accordance with the actual, immediate cash requirements of the Recipient in carrying out the purpose of this award.  The timing and amount of advance payments must be as close as is administratively feasible to the actual disbursements by the Recipient for direct program or project costs and the proportionate share of any allowable indirect costs.

  1. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

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:

In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s guidance located at 2 CFR part 200, all applicable Federal laws, and relevant Executive guidance, the Department of State will review and consider applications for funding, as applicable to specific programs, pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity in accordance with the following:  NOTE:

  • Guidance for Grants and Agreements in Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR), as updated in the Federal Register’s 85 FR 49506 on August 13, 2020, particularly on:
    • Selecting recipients most likely to be successful in delivering results based on the program objectives through an objective process of evaluating Federal award applications (2 CFR part 200.205),
    • Prohibiting the purchase of certain telecommunication and video surveillance services or equipment in alignment with section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (Pub. L. No. 115—232) (2 CFR part 200.216),
    • Promoting the freedom of speech and religious liberty in alignment with Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty (E.O. 13798) and Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities (E.O. 13864) (§§ 200.300, 200.303, 200.339, and 200.341),
    • Providing a preference, to the extent permitted by law, to maximize use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States (2 CFR part 200.322), and
    • Terminating agreements in whole or in part to the greatest extent authorized by law, if an award no longer effectuates the program goals or agency priorities (2 CFR part 200.340).
  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.  All reports must be signed and certified by an authorized representative of the Recipient organization.  All financial reports must be submitted using form SF-425—Federal Financial Report.  As appropriate, performance reports must contain: a comparison of actual accomplishments to the objectives of the federal award established for the period; the reasons why established goals were not met; and additional pertinent information including an analysis and explanation of cost overruns or high unit costs.  The award document will specify additional reporting requirements.

Foreign Assistance Data Review: As required by Congress, the Department of State must make progress in its efforts to improve tracking and reporting of foreign assistance data through the Foreign Assistance Data Review (FADR). The FADR requires tracking of foreign assistance activity data from budgeting, planning, and allocation through obligation and disbursement.  Successful applicants will be required to report and draw down federal funding based on the appropriate FADR Data Elements, indicated within their award documentation.  In cases of more than one FADR Data Element, typically program or sector and/or regions or country, the successful applicant will be required to maintain separate accounting records.

 G. FEDERAL AWARDING AGENCY CONTACTS

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

H. OTHER INFORMATION

Guidelines for Budget Justification
Please refer back to Funding Restrictions in section D for costs not supported through the 2024 AEIF.
Venue Costs: Calculate costs for renting space for project-related activities such as workshops or other training activities.  Consider looking for donated space first. If donated space is not possible, costs should be reasonable based on the local environment. All expenses must be itemized and explained.
Promotional Items and Advertising:  These items aim to amplify your project.  All requests should be reasonable and relevant to the project. All expenses must be itemized and explained.
Meals and Beverage: Include reasonable costs for snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, and meals if essential to the project. Break down meals by the cost per person per meal.
All expenses must be itemized and explained.
Speaker/Consultant/Training Fees:  Speaker: Maximum of $250 per day for full programming.  Trainer: Maximum of $250 per day or $25 per hour.  Consider asking fellow Alumni with expertise to cost-share speaker/training fees.  Consultant:  A reasonable consultant fee may be included by Alumni for project management and oversight. However, consider cost-sharing as the AEIF cannot provide salary type expenses. All expenses must be itemized and explained.
Lodging and Per Diem: List per diem rates and hotel costs which directly support the implementation of the project and indicate single or double occupancy.  Per diem rates should be calculated according to the U.S. government allowable rates or be adjusted to local prices if appropriate. Please consult with your U.S. Embassy/Consulate. All expenses must be itemized and explained.
Travel: If the program involves travel, include a brief statement of justification for that travel.  Estimate the costs of travel for this project, consultants or speakers, and participants/beneficiaries. Costs can include in-country and intraregional air fare or local travel costs required for the actual implementation of the project. Travel between the U.S. and project country is not supported. The AEIF does not support travel in business class or higher. All expenses must be itemized and explained.
Supplies, Materials, Equipment:  Include general office supplies, computer software, consumable automotive supplies (i.e. fuel), small equipment such as laptops, projector, etc., and expendable materials (i.e. paper, paint). Rent equipment rather than purchase if it is more cost-efficient. All expenses must be itemized and explained.

Other: Describe other costs directly associated with the program, which do not fit in the other categories. Commonly cited items are administrative and accounting costs, shipping costs for materials and equipment, and monitoring and evaluation.  All expenses must be itemized and explained.

“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.

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. Embassy in North Macedonia

Notice of Funding Opportunity: Statement of Interest

Number PAS-800-FY24-03

 

Funding Opportunity Title:   Democracy Commission Small Grants Program 2024      

Funding Opportunity Number:  PAS-800-FY24-03  

Deadline for Applications:            May 31, 2024

CFDA Number:                              19.900                              

Total Amount Available:              $490,000

A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Embassy of the United States in North Macedonia announces an open competition for organizations/independent media to submit a statement of interest (SOI) to carry out a program (or programs) that support the development of democratic institutions. The FY 2024 program has five priority areas.

Please carefully follow all instructions below.

The submission of the SOI is the first step in a two-step process.  Applicants must first submit a concise one-page statement of interest designed to clearly communicate the program idea, audience, activities, locations, and objectives.  This is not a full proposal.  The purpose of the SOI process is to allow applicants to submit program ideas for evaluation prior to requiring the development of a full proposal application.  Upon a merit review of eligible SOIs, selected applicants will be invited to expand on their program idea(s) by submitting a full proposal application.  Full proposals will go through a second merit review before final funding decisions are made.

 

Priority Region: 

 Activities must be implemented in North Macedonia.

 

Program Objectives and priority areas:

 

Funding will be available for projects that address the priority areas below:

  • Strengthen democratic values, including security, anti-corruption, good governance, and transparency in elections;
  • Bolster civil society, foster volunteerism or activism in local communities;
  • Addressing social division, encourage social cohesion and/or combat intolerance;
  • Cyber security, media literacy, and/or anti-disinformation efforts focused on sustainable results; and
  • Environmental and health-focused initiatives.

Participants and Audiences:

Applicants should clearly define the target audience(s) which they are able to realistically reach/influence with the project activities.  Broad target audiences such as general public, youth, everyone etc. should be avoided.

B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION

Length of performance period:  One to twelve months

Number of awards anticipated:  approximately 15 awards (depending on availability of funding)

Award amounts:  awards may range from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $50,000. 

Type of Funding:  FY 23/24 Assistance to Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia (AEECA) under the Foreign Assistance Act

Anticipated program start date:  June/September 2024

 This notice is subject to availability of funding.

 Funding Instrument Type:  Grant, Fixed Amount Award, or Cooperative agreement. Cooperative agreements are different from grants in that embassy staff are more actively involved in the grant implementation.

 Program Performance Period:  Proposed programs should be completed in twelve months or less.

The Embassy of the United States in North Macedonia retains the right to execute non-competitive continuation amendment(s). Any amendment(s) is based on performance, pending availability of funds and is not guaranteed.

C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION

  1. Eligible Applicants

The following organizations are eligible to apply: 

  • Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations from North Macedonia only; and
  • Independent media from North Macedonia only.
  1. Cost Sharing or Matching

Inclusion of cost share is not a requirement of this opportunity.

  1. Other Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number issued via www.SAM.gov as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.3 for more information. Individuals are not required to have a UEI or be registered in SAM.gov.

 

D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Content of SOI must include: 

  • A brief project description summarizing goals, objectives outcomes, performance indicators, beneficiaries, and proposed timeline.
  • A clear statement of the applicant’s organizational capacity to carry out the proposed activity and manage U.S. Government funds.
  • Previous experience with U.S. Embassy funding should be stated, how many awards has the Embassy previously funded.
  • Documents in English.
  • The anticipated total budget amount (in U.S. dollars).
  1. Submission Dates and Times

SOIs are due no later than May 31, 2024.  However, awards will be made on a rolling basis, pending the availability of funds.  Anticipated review dates are March 15, April 30, and May 31.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

 

  1. Funding Restrictions

The Democracy Commission Grants Program cannot fund:

  • Projects supporting partisan political activity;
  • Humanitarian/social aid and charities or charitable activities;
  • Professional development for individuals, including conferences and trips abroad;
  • Commercial or trade activities;
  • Fundraising campaigns;
  • Scientific or medical research;
  • Institutional development or support of an organization;
  • Activities that duplicate existing projects; and
  • Individuals or organizations from outside of North Macedonia

3. Other Submission Requirements

All application materials must be submitted by email to DemComSkopje@state.gov.

E. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION

  1. Criteria

Each SOI will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the evaluation criteria outlined below.

  • Relevance of topic;
  • Clarity in goals, activities, and target group;
  • Clarity of the expected outcomes;
  • Sensible budgeting;
  • Longer-term sustainability, where applicable; and
  • The ability of the applicant to successfully implement the project activities.

 

  1. Review and Selection Process

A Grants Review Committee will evaluate all eligible SOIs. The awarding agency reserves the right to award lower/higher award amounts if recommended by the Grants Review Committee.

 

  1. Following the review, any successful SOI applicants will be contacted and instructed to submit full applications. A full application will include:
  • Narrative Application
  • Detailed Budget
  • Budget Narrative
  • SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations)
  • SF424A(Budget Information for Non-Construction programs)
  • SF424B(Assurances for Non-Construction programs) for individual or organization exempted from registering in SAM
  • Registration Document

 

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

 

Required Registration:

All organizations applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain this registration.  The registration is free of charge:

  • SAM.gov registration which will generate a UEI

Any applicant with an exclusion 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.”

The Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) is one of the data elements mandated by Public Law 109-282, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA), for all Federal awards.  SAM.gov is the Federal government’s primary database for complying with FFATA reporting requirements.  OMB designated SAM.gov as the central repository to facilitate applicant and recipient use of a single public website that consolidates data on all federal financial assistance.  Under the law, it is mandatory to register in SAM.gov.

Starting April 2022, the UEI is assigned when an organization registers or renews it’s registration in SAM.gov at www.SAM.gov.  To access SAM.gov an organization is required to have a Login.gov account. Organization can create an account at https://login.gov/.   As a reminder, organizations need to renew its sam.gov registration annually.

www.sam.gov requires all entities to renew their registration once a year in order to maintain an active registration status in SAM.gov.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure it has an active registration in SAM.gov.

If an organization plans to issue a sub-contract or sub-award, those sub-awardees must also have a unique entity identifier (UEI number).  Those entities can register for a UEI only at SAM.gov.

If an organization does not have an active registration in SAM.gov prior to submitting an application, the application will be deemed ineligible.  All organizations applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain these registrations, the latter are free of charge.

Note: As of April 2022, a DUNS number is no longer required.

However, if a SOI is accepted for a full proposal application, the organization must obtain a UEI and have an active SAM.gov registration before submitting its full proposal application.  Therefore, we recommend starting the process of obtaining a SAM.gov registration as soon as possible.  The process can take several weeks.  Please note there is no cost associated with UEI or SAM.gov registration.

 

      F. FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION

 

  1. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

Terms and Conditions: Before submitting the SOI, applicants should review all the terms and conditions and required certifications which will apply if a full proposal application is requested and awarded, to ensure that they will be able to comply.  These include:

2 CFR 200, 2 CFR 600, and the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions which are available at:  https://www.state.gov/about-us-office-of-the-procurement-executive/.

G. FEDERAL AWARDING AGENCY CONTACTS

If you have any questions about the SOI application process, please contact: DemComSkopje@state.gov.  Successful applicants will be informed by email and invited to send a full application.  Full instructions will be given at that stage of application.  The applicant will have two weeks to prepare a full application.

Frequently Asked Questions for USG funding opportunities

These Frequently Asked Questions were raised during the USG funding opportunities presentations in Tetovo, Ohrid and Bitola. For additional guidance please carefully read the announcements for funding posted on the U.S. Embassy North Macedonia website and at the downloadable presentation at the end of this page.      

How long does the organization needs to be registered to be eligible to apply for funding?
These is no requirement for how long an organization needs to be registered before they apply for funding for the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program and the Annual Program Statement (APS).

How many applications can one applicant submit?
There is no limit on the number of applications, and one applicant can submit multiple applications.

What is SAM.gov?
The System for Award Management (SAM.gov) is a system operated by the General Services Administration (GSA). Organizations are required to obtain a UEI and register in SAM.gov for a federal assistance action (Grants, contracts, etc.) to be obligated and for the Department of State to issue payments against those obligations.

What is the role of entity validation in obtaining a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)?
Entity Validation is required to obtain a UEI. This only needs to be done once, when validating an organization, the system may ask for date and state of incorporation, some entities may be asked to provide additional business documents to verify their identity.

Why do I need to validate my entity when I have been registered in SAM.gov for years?
On April 4, 2022, the federal government stopped using Dun and Bradstreet to verify entities. Even entities that were already registered in SAM.gov must validate their entity information through the new service provider. Data rights limitations require SAM.gov to collect the data from the user directly, not using previously validated data. This means entities may have to provide supporting documentation to update the new service provider’s data which is used to provide the UEI. This will only be needed the first time it renews.

How should self-certification be done?
Certification by Translator
I [insert typed name], certify that I am fluent (conversant) in the English and [insert foreign language] languages, and that the above/attached document is an accurate translation of the document attached entitled [insert translated document name].
[Signature]
[Typed Name]
[Address]
[Certification Date]”

2023 PAS Funding Opportunities Presentation