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FINAL ADVERTISEMENT - USAID Call for Concepts 2011

Monday | April 4, 2011


The United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Development Partners (ODP), Division of Private and Voluntary Cooperation (PVC), is seeking applications from prospective partners that are either indigenous local NGOs (LNGOs) or Private and Voluntary Organizations based in the United States (US PVOs) for the Development Grants Program (DGP).

Subject to the availability of funds, USAID intends to provide approximately $54 million worldwide in total USAID FY2011 funding. Awards funded under this Request for Applications (RFA) will support activities for up to a five-year period. USAID anticipates awarding small grants of $2,000,000 or less. USAID reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted. Focal areas related to Jamaica are Climate Change Adaptation, Microenterprise, and Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene and Environment. See Funding Opportunity # M-OAA-GRO-EGAS-DGP-11-0001 “Development Grants Program (DGP)” for the full RFA.

Dowload the relevant PDF documentation by clicking on the links below:

A. Climate Change Adaptation

USAID/Jamaica is interested in concept papers that address climate change risks to communities through sustainable natural resource management in agricultural areas. Climate change adaptation activities aim to help households, communities, societies, and economies cope with these impacts. Examples of adaptation activities include but are not limited to: working with farmers and local planners to better estimate water needs of horticultural production; agroforestry interventions such as rehabilitation of tree crops including cocoa and coffee to provide farmers with a steady source of income; agroforestry interventions to condition and protect soils and improve water infiltration thereby recharging groundwater supplies; alteration of planting dates and crop varieties.

B. Microenterprise

USAID/Jamaica is interested in providing assistance to small-scale businesses in urban areas, specifically in the Government of Jamaica’s Community Renewal Program (CRP) communities [see RFA for full listing]. Priority sectors include, but are not limited to, those identified by Jamaica’s National Export Strategy, for example: entertainment, aquaculture, fashion, arts and craft targeting the tourism sector, ICT and agro-processing. Added consideration will be given to applications which incorporate increased youth/women engagement.

C. Water

USAID/Jamaica is interested in receiving concept papers on Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene and Environment, with particular focus on CRP communities. Examples of activities include, but are not limited to: urban water supply, including access to multiple use of water service for both domestic use and productive use needs; community mobilization for sustained management of drinking water supply and sanitation facilities, water wells and water points; water harvesting and transmission in under-served communities; latrines and toilets; point of use and other drinking water treatment; water infrastructure finance; water supply and wastewater utility governance reform including municipal and small scale community management waste water collection and treatment infrastructure.

USAID encourages cost sharing with non-USG partners and the creation of alliances, particularly public private partnerships where appropriate. Both US PVOs and LNGOs are encouraged to consider alliances with private partners and foundations as a means of leveraging DGP program funding for greater impact and sustainability. The eligibility criteria apply to both the applicant and partners.

Pre-Proposal Question & Answer Session

USAID/Jamaica will host a Pre-Proposal Question & Answer session at the Wyndham Hotel, 77 Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston, on April 7, 2011 from 9:00am to 12:00pm, to share information and answer questions on the application process. All interested organizations which meet the application criteria stated in the RFA are invited to attend.

Concept Paper Submission Information
APRIL 25, 2011 AT 5:00 PM.

  1. Submit one (1) original plus two (2) paper copies of the Concept Paper to USAID/Jamaica, 142 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6, in a sealed envelope with the name of the program (DGP-3), and the name, address and telephone number of the organization and contact person; and
  2. Send one electronic copy by email to USAID/Jamaica at; and
  3. Send one electronic copy by email to;

In addition, applicants may upload concept papers to [Funding Opportunity # M-OAA-GRO-EGAS-DGP-11-0001 Development Grants Program (DGP)]. In the subject line of your email submissions, please include: “Concept Paper for DGP-3, submitted by: [name of your organization]”. Faxed concept papers will not be accepted.

Project concepts will be screened and applicants will be notified of the acceptance/decline of their project concept within five weeks of the date received by the USAID/Jamaica office. If accepted, the applicant will be asked to submit a project proposal. Both concept and proposal templates can be accessed from

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