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YALI John Paul Usman Award for Civic Leadership for Nigerians 2017

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The U.S. Embassy Abuja Public Affairs Section (PAS) is glad to invite applications for funding opportunity for the John Paul Usman Award for Civic Leadership.

Eligible Countries: Nigeria

About the Award: The purpose of this grant is to memorialize the late John Paul Usman, 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow, by funding project(s) submitted by YALI Network members from Nigeria focusing on his areas of interest listed below.

Purpose of Funding:

  1. Children’s rights issues
  2. Peace building.

Grant proposals must demonstrate how projects support these thematic areas.  Any project outside these areas will not be considered.

Additional activities not eligible for funding include, but are not limited to: 

  • Social welfare projects;
  • Individual travel to conferences;
  • Construction projects;
  • Completion of activities for projects begun with other funds;
  • Projects that are inherently political in nature or that contain the appearance of partisanship/support to individual or single party electoral campaigns; and
  • Political party activities.

Public diplomacy grant funding from the U.S. government may not be used for any commercial, for-profit activity or business operations.  All events, conferences, workshops, training, or other engagement activities must be free of charge to participants and audiences.

Type: Grants

Eligibility: PAS encourages applications from Nigeria YALI Network members or their organizations located in Nigeria including:

  1. Registered not-for-profit and civil society/non-governmental organizations with at least two years of programming experience;
  2. Individuals with two years of not-for-profit, project management, or education; experience.

This award is open to RLC alumni but NOT open to alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship program or their organizations.

Selection Criteria: Applications will be reviewed on the basis of their completeness, coherence, clarity and attention to detail. Each application submitted under this announcement will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the evaluation criteria outlined below.

  • Organizational Capacity: The organization has expertise in its stated field and PAS is confident of its technical capacity to undertake the project.
  • Goals and Objectives: Goals and objectives are clearly stated and the project approach is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results.
  • Embassy Priority: The applicant has clearly described how stated goals are related to and support the award’s priority areas.
  • Sustainability: Project activities will continue to have positive impact after the end of the project.
  • Feasibility: Analysis of the project’s economic, organizational, and technical feasibility. This is related to the project approach, budget items requested, and technical/human resource capacity of the organization.
  • Budget: The budget justification is both reasonable and realistic in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results.  Grants will be awarded to programs with the highest impact per dollar spent.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: The 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 project includes a systematic recording and periodic analysis of selected information on the project activities.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Grants: 

Funding Instrument Type:  Fixed amount award
Floor of Individual Award Amounts:  N500,000
Ceiling of Individual Award Amounts: N1,500,000

Duration of Grants: Grant projects must be completed before September 30, 2017.

How to Apply: Proposals should be submitted online to U.S. Embassy Abuja at the following email address: AbujaYALI@state.gov using the attached proposal and budget templates. Applicants are also required to fill out the attached SF-424 form and submit with their application. Applications are accepted in English only.  Final grant agreements will be concluded in English.  Applications that do not use the proposal and budget templates and do not submit the SF-424 will not be considered.

Depending on the response, U.S. Embassy Abuja will attempt to notify those proposals not selected.  Proposals will be accepted until April 14, 2017 and with positive responses issued by April 30, 2017.

The application form requires a DUNS number, a unique nine-digit identification number.  DUNS Number assignment is free for organizations required to register with the federal government for grants.

It is important to visit the Grants Webpage for Application Instructions before applying.

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Award Provider: U.S. Embassy Nigeria

Application Deadline: 14th April 2017

Important Note: This award is NOT open to alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship program or their organizations.

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