Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to request proposals for funding for its Grants program.

U.S. Embassy Dakar Notice of Funding Opportunity:

Funding Opportunity Title: University Partnerships Initiative
Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-DKR-NOFO-FY20-03
Deadline for Applications: July 24, 2020. All projects must begin before September 30, 2020. This does not mean that the activity must be completed before September 30, 2020, but preparation for the activity must begin before that date. We recommend submitting your proposal early to allow time to address any difficulties that may arise.

CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs

Total Amount Available: $75,000

Minimum Amount for Award:  $50,000

Please include the title of this Funding Opportunity (University Partnerships Initiative) as the subject line of your email to

Eligibility Information

The Public Affairs Section encourages proposals from:

  • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/nongovernmental organizations with programming experience
  • Individuals
  • Non-profit or governmental educational institutions. For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Dakar requests proposals for funding for its  University Partnerships Initiative. Please read and follow all instructions carefully.

Program Description

The Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy Dakar is seeking proposals to carry out a program focused on strengthening existing ties and fostering new collaborations between U.S. and African universities. Project activities must take place in Senegal or Guinea Bissau and the United States and be directed primarily at Senegalese and Bissau Guinean audiences/participants.

Proposals should address how relationships between institutions will be sustained after U.S. government funded efforts are concluded.

Focus areas:

– Promote partnerships with U.S. higher education institutions

– Establish Senegalese or Bissau Guinean student and faculty exchanges, including in-person and virtual exchange opportunities

– Facilitate joint research, especially in agriculture, food security, and STEM

– Provide training and transfer skills in all aspects of university education through subject matter exchange programs

– Explore public-private partnerships, with an emphasis on commercialization, technology transfer, and job creation.

The following activities to do not qualify for Public Affairs funding:

  • Fees and travel costs to attend conferences in the United States
  • Organizational start-up costs
  • Ongoing salaries, operating costs or capital improvements
  • Office equipment
  • Paying to complete activities begun with other funds
  • Projects of a commercial or profit-making nature
  • Projects that are inherently political in nature or that contain the appearance of partisanship or support to individual or single party electoral campaigns
  • Projects that support specific religious activities
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Academic or analytical research (if not part of a larger project)
  • Construction projects
  • Vehicles
  • Scholarships
  • Projects whose primary aim is the institutional development of the organization itself
  • Any fees for news coverage
  • Representational expenses, such as receptions

(Exceptions: expenses for coffee breaks and working lunches can be funded; alcohol, however, cannot)

Preference will be given to projects that incorporate some element of American content. “American content” may take the form of American partners, or American themes and materials. Preference will also be given to proposals that involve alumni of U.S. government exchange programs (e.g., YALI Mandela Washington Fellows, YALI Regional Leadership Center, Fulbright, International Visitor Leadership Program, etc.).

Funding Information Minimum Award Amount: $50,000

Maximum Award Amount: $75,000

Projects that include cost-sharing from the applicant or third-party funders will be given preference. Proposals should explain clearly other likely sources of funding or in-kind participation. All grant awards are subject to the availability of funds from the U.S. Department of State. Budgets must be submitted in U.S. dollars.

Project and Budget Periods

PAS may consider proposals for continuation grants, beyond the initial budget period, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the applicants, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the U.S. government. Because grants are contingent on the availability of funds from the U.S. Department of State, applicants are encouraged to submit proposals with flexible start dates.

Proposals that are selected for funding must be initiated no later than September 30, 2020, and generally be completed within one-two years of their commencement.

Proposal Submission and Deadline

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
  • The proposal form is returned as a Word document
  • The line item budget form is returned as an Excel document
  • The SF-424, 424A, and 424B are returned as Adobe Acrobat documents
  • Copies of emails showing proof of: DUN number, NCAGE code, entity registration

The following documents are required: 

Required application forms

Required Registrations:

All organizations applying for grants must obtain these registrations.  All are free of charge:

  • Unique Identifier Number from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number)
  • NCAGE/CAGE code
  • 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 at:

NCAGE application: Application page here

Instructions for the NCAGE application process:

Email for any problems in getting an NCAGE code.

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

Submission Dates and Times

Applications may be submitted for consideration at any time before the closing date of July 24, 2020 at 1800 GMT.  No applications will be accepted after that date.

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.

Supplies: List and describe all the items and materials, including any computer devices, that are needed for the program.

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.

Review and Selection Process

Each proposal submitted under this announcement will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the criteria outlined below. The criteria are designed to assess the quality of the proposed project and to determine the likelihood of its success. The criteria are closely related and are considered as a whole in judging the overall quality of a proposal. Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of their completeness, coherence, clarity, and attention to detail.

The narrative should be accompanied by a detailed budget that includes all program costs and clearly indicates the proposing organization’s cost-share and/or in-kind participation.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria:

Audiences – The project should seek to influence a specific group of Senegalese or Bissau Guinean residents (based on age, profession, geographic location, gender, and/or other demographic factor) directly relevant to achieving the strategic goals noted above.

Goals and Objectives – The project addresses one or more of the strategic goals outlined above and is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results.

U.S. Content – Projects that include significant American content (such as American speakers, American materials, U.S. Embassy participation, or a theme or topic originating in, or inspired by, U.S. history or society) will also be more favorably evaluated.

Strengths and Innovation – The proposal should clearly describe how the applicant will execute the program within the proposed time frame and articulate an innovative strategy or plan. Projects that reflect geographic diversity and gender equality will be more favorably evaluated.

Organizational Capacity – The individual or organization applying for the grant has expertise in one or more of the areas falling under the Embassy’s strategic goals and demonstrates the ability to perform the proposed activities.

Sustainability – The applicant demonstrates a clear plan for sustainable activity or impact of the activity after the grant period of performance.

Budget and Budget Justification – The budget and narrative justification are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities. The budget does not include funding for non-allowable activities. Proposals that include cost-sharing with the applicant or third-parties will be viewed more favorably.

Publicity/Media Plan – The applicant should include a plan to amplify the impact of the program on specific audiences.

Monitoring and Evaluation – The applicant should outline how specifically the grant will be monitored and evaluated for its overall effectiveness and impact, with specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely indicators, whenever possible.

Award Administration

The grant award shall be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the Grants Officer (GO). The GO is the U.S. government official delegated the authority by the U.S. Department of State Procurement Executive to write, award, and administer grants. The GO is assisted by the Grants Officer Representative (GOR), who works with the GO to make sure that all assistance awards are administered correctly. The GOR may be the primary point of contact for grantees. The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document and it will be provided to the recipient. Organizations whose proposals will not be funded will also be notified in writing.

We will make all funding decisions by September 30, 2020. 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.

Annual Program Statement

Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Embassy Dakar Public Affairs Section Request for Statements of Interest: Annual Program Statement

Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-DKR-RSOI-FY20-02

Deadline for Applications:  Applications will be accepted on rolling basis, but must be submitted before May 31, 2020

CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs

Total Amount Available: $100,000

Maximum for Each Award:  $25,000

The U.S. Embassy Dakar Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State announces a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) from organizations interested in applying for funding for program proposals that strengthen cultural ties between the United States and Senegal or between the United States and Guinea-Bissau through cultural, educational, capacity building and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. PAS invites organizations interested in potential funding to submit SOI applications outlining program concepts that reflect this goal. Please carefully follow all instructions below.

The submission of a Statement of Interest (SOI) is the first step in a two-part process. Applicants must first submit a SOI, which is a concise concept note (maximum two-pages) designed to clearly communicate a program idea and its objectives before the development of a full proposal application. The purpose of the SOI process is to allow applicants the opportunity to submit program ideas for PAS to evaluate prior to requiring the development of full proposal applications. Upon review of eligible SOIs, PAS will invite selected applicants to expand their ideas into full proposal applications.

Purpose: PAS Dakar invites SOIs for programs that strengthen cultural, educational, or professional ties between the people of Senegal and the United States or between the United States and Guinea-Bissau. Programs must highlight shared values and promote 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.  This can also include the involvement of Senegalese or Bissau-Guinean alumni of U.S. government exchange programs.

Examples of PAS-funded programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic and professional lectures, seminars, and speaker programs;
  • Capacity-building workshops and programs;
  • Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances, and exhibitions;
  • Professional and academic exchanges, partnerships, and programs;

Priority program areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Advancing democratic values through the promotion of human rights, civil society, and good governance;
  • Promoting inclusive economic growth;
  • Advancing the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM);
  • Increasing opportunities for youth;
  • Promoting women’s empowerment;
  • Celebrating 60 years of U.S.-Senegalese diplomatic relations. 

Participants and audiences include, but are not limited to:

  • Youth;
  • Civil society actors;
  • Local leaders;
  • Journalists. 

The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:

  • Programs relating to partisan political activity;
  • Charitable or development activities;
  • Construction programs;
  • 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
  • Travel of non-U.S. citizens from the U.S. to Senegal or to Guinea-Bissau
  • Projects consisting of a single meeting or brief conference
  • Projects or events that require participants pay for entrance or participation
  • Projects or events benefitting a for-profit enterprise 

Authorizing legislation, type and year of funding:

The Statutory Authority for this program is the Smith-Mundt Act. The source of funding is FY2020 Public Diplomacy Funding.


Length of performance period: 3 to 12 months

Number of awards anticipated: 5 awards (dependent on amounts)

Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $25,000

Total available funding: $100,000

Type of Funding:  Fiscal Year 2020 Public Diplomacy Funding

Anticipated program start date:  On or before September 30, 2020

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

 Funding Instrument Type:  Grant, Fixed Amount Award, or Individual Grant 

This notice is subject to availability of funds.


  1. Eligible Applicants

The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. U.S. citizens may apply in conjunction with Senegalese or Bissau-Guinean groups or organizations.

  • 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. When cost sharing is offered, it is understood and agreed that the applicant must provide the amount of cost sharing as stipulated in its proposal.

  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.


The U.S. Embassy Dakar Public Affairs Section will accept proposals on a rolling basis through May 31, 2020. A grants committee including U.S. Embassy employees will review eligible applications after March 15 and May 31. The review and selection process may take up to three months from submission of the proposal. All application materials must be submitted by email to

All SOIs should ensure that the following requirements are met:

Please follow all instructions below carefully. SOIs 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 SOI 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 Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.

The following document is required: 

  1. Program Statement (not to exceed two pages in Microsoft Word) that includes:
  • A table listing:
    • Name of the organization;
    • The target country/countries;
    • The total amount of funding requested from PAS, total amount of cost-share (if any), and total program amount (PAS funds + cost-share); and,
    • Program length;
  • A synopsis of the program, including a brief statement on how the program will have a demonstrated impact and engage relevant stakeholders;
  • A concise breakdown explicitly identifying the program’s objectives and the activities and expected results that contribute to each objective; and,
  • A brief description of the applicant(s) that demonstrates the applicant(s) expertise and capacity to implement the program and manage a U.S. government award. 

An organization or individual may submit no more than one SOI per year.


  1. Quality of Program Idea: Short narrative that outlines the proposed program, including program objectives and anticipated impact. The SOI should explain why the proposed program is needed.
  2. Program Planning: A description of how the program is expected to work to solve the stated problem and achieve the objectives. A proposed timeline for the program activities should include the dates, times, and locations of planned activities and events.
  3. Ability to Achieve Objectives/Institutional Capacity: A demonstration of the organization’s or individual’s expertise and previous experience in administering programs.

A Grants Review Committee will evaluate all eligible applications. SOI applicants will be notified of the decision to present a full submission within three months of the email confirmation of the proposal receipt. Instructions on the requirements of a full application submission will be provided at that time.

*Please note, an invitation to present a full submission does not guarantee funding.*

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“FY19- FY20 Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program: Military Specific HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care, and Treatment Program for PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) Funded Countries”

E-mail address for submission of Concept Papers:

The full solicitation is available at:

Deadline for submission: December 20, 2019.

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The Bureau of the Fiscal Service, on behalf of the United States African Development Foundation (USADF), is posting this job vacancy to seek a qualified individual to serve as a Country Program Coordinator (CPC) for its field office in Dakar, Senegal under a personal service contract for a base period of 12-months and four 12-month option periods.
The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) is an agency of the United States Government. USADF provides grant funding to private businesses, farmers’ cooperatives, associations, and various community-based organizations, especially those serving marginalized peoples engaged in economic and social development activities.
The Foundation started its funding activities in Senegal in 1986. USADF’s office in Dakar provides on-going support to projects that have been financed and also continues to identify viable local community development and small and medium-sized enterprises that show potential to create employment opportunities, generate incomes and have broad social impact beyond the project activity.

1. Citizen of the Country of Senegal
2. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in agriculture, business administration, management, public administration, finance, accounting, community development, economics, or a related field
3. High level of motivation, personal commitment, and ethical standards.
4. Fluency in spoken and written French.
5. Good working knowledge of English and a high level of fluency at least one major national language.
6. Willingness to travel extensively throughout Senegal.
7. Demonstrated ability to operate independently in high visibility, high-pressure environments and operate in a complex office environment, emergency and/or political crisis situations with minimal supervision;
8. Knowledge of grant management or commercial/micro-lending;
9. Experience working with marginalized groups and/or community-based enterprises.
10. Experience managing client relationships, especially in a grants management, banking, business development, or international development context.
11. Experience with or education related to financial management/accounting
12. Experience auditing, monitoring, or evaluating international development programs.
13. Five years of professional experience in business development, finance, banking, auditing, monitoring and evaluation, and/or management of international development programs
14. Knowledge of community needs assessment, mobilization, community enterprise participatory development, and/or monitoring the implementation of an assistance activity under a grant or cooperative agreement.

This job announcement is solely intended to advertise the Senegal Country Program Coordinator (CPC) position opening. To apply for this position, YOU MUST RESPOND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SOLICITATION RFP-ADF-FOP-18-0024 POSTED AT
USADF Senegal Field Office
Villa No. 8333 Sacre Coeur 1 Dakar, Senegal




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