Overseas Refugee Assistance Program for South Asia

The Bureau will continue support for the return and reintegration programs for Afghan refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The Bureau will also continue supporting protection and assistance activities for refugees who remain in Pakistan and Iran and who may not repatriate.

The Bureau provides reception, health care, education, and livelihood services for Tibetans living outside Tibet, most in Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) sponsored refugee settlements in India, Nepal, and Bhutan.

Agency - Department of State

The Department of State strives to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.




Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The cooperative agreement, grant, or contribution provides funds to meet the organization's objectives as approved by the Bureau.

Funding documents authorize funds based on the organization's budget submission after Bureau approval. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

United Nations (UN), international organization (IO), and non-governmental organizations(NGO).

MRA designates primary UN or IO recipient organizations.

NGO activities must be complementary to and coordinate with, UN programs. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Refugees and victims of conflict requiring assistance. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must comply with the PRM NGO Guidelines. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) must submit proposals for the Bureau's consideration via Grants.gov (international organizations submit appeals to the Bureau). NGOs may submit proposals in response to funding opportunity announcements posted by the Bureau on Grants.gov to fill critical needs, with Bureau review occurring following the deadline of the funding announcement. (Funding announcements are also posted at http://www.state.gov/.) NGO representatives are also encouraged to communicate directly with Bureau program officers regarding priorities and funding time lines. NGOs that have never received PRM funding must be prepared to demonstrate that their organizations meet the financial and accounting requirements of the U.S. Government before they can be eligible to receive Bureau funding. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement

Award Procedures

The Assistant Secretary of the Bureau makes funding decisions based on recommendations from the Bureau's Office of Policy and Resource Planning and warranted grants officers within the Bureau sign the cooperative agreement. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

The Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, as amended (MRA), 22 U.S.C 2601 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Renewals or extensions require additional approval. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. Although there are no matching requirements PRM looks favorable on cost-sharing efforts and seeks to support projects with a diverse donor base and/or resources from the submitting organization. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Generally, funds are awarded for a 12-month period. Shorter time periods may also be authorized. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance awards are issued in the U.S. Department of State's on-line assistance management system - State Assistance Management System (SAMS Domestic). Payments will be made through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Payment Management System (PMS). Recipients request funds based on immediate disbursement requirements and disburse funds as soon as possible to minimize the Federal cash on hand in accordance with the policies established by the U.S. Treasury Department and mandated by the OMB Circulars. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

PRM requires program reports describing and analyzing the results of activities undertaken during the validity period of the agreement.

A program report is required within thirty (30) days following the end of each three month period of performance during the validity period of the agreement.

The final program report is due ninety (90) days following the end of the agreement.

The submission dates for program reports will be written into the grant or cooperative agreement. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.

Financial reports are required within thirty (30) days following the end of each calendar year quarter during the validity period of the agreement (January 30th, April 30th, July 30th, October 30th).

The final financial report covering the entire period of the agreement is required within ninety (90) days after the expiration date of the agreement.

For agreements containing indirect costs, final financial reports are due within 60 days of the finalization of the applicable negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA). See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.

No progress reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Financial reports are required within thirty (30) days following the end of each calendar year quarter during the validity period of the agreement (January 30th, April 30th, July 30th, October 30th).

The final financial report covering the entire period of the agreement is required within ninety (90) days after the expiration date of the agreement.

For agreements containing indirect costs, final financial reports are due within 60 days of the finalization of the applicable negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA).

The general performance of the Recipient's operations will be evaluated and monitored to ensure that the established objectives are being successfully met and to determine whether the performance is in compliance with the terms of the award. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Bureau funds must be included in an appropriate audit or audits performed by independent public accountants in accordance with U.S. Government Auditing Standards established by the Comptroller General of the United States covering financial audits. The audit report is due 30 days after issuance or nine months after the end of the audit period. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement

Records

Retention and access requirements for records are set forth in 22 CFR 145.53.

Financial Information

Account Identification

19-1143-0-1-151.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 17 $23,099,109; FY 18 est $23,100,000; and FY 19 est $23,100,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

All inquires should be directed to the information contacts listed below. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Emily A. Mestetsky Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), Office of Assistance for Europe, Central Asia, and Americas, 2025 E St. NW, 8th Floor SA-9, Washington, District of Columbia 20520 Email: MestetskyEA@state.gov Phone: (202) 453-9282

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The Bureau's main objective is to help ensure that refugees and victims of conflict have access to basic life sustaining resources in ways that meet internationally accepted standards of care in shelter, food supply, nutrition, water supply, sanitation, and public health. NGO proposals should clearly use SPHERE standards as the basis for design, implementation, and evaluation, including proposed objectives and indicators. Underlying PRM's support for humanitarian assistance is a commitment to protection, targeted support to women, vulnerable individuals, coordination with relevant UN agencies and other NGOs, sustainability of programming, security, and capacity building. NGOs in search of Bureau funding would do well to address these specific areas in any proposals sent for funding. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.



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