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(Thursday, July 28, 2011)]
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[FR Doc No: 2011-19141]
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Foreign Agricultural Service
Notice of Funding Availability: Inviting
Applications for the
Food for Progress Program
Announcement Type: New.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)
SUMMARY: The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)
announces it is
inviting proposals for the Food for Progress (FFPr)
program. The total
resources available are estimated at about $160
million. The FFPr
Program is administered by FAS.
DATES: All applications must be received by 5
p.m. Eastern Standard
Time October 26, 2011. Applications received
after this date will not
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Food
Assistance Division, Office of
Capacity Building and Development, Foreign
Agricultural Service, 1250
Maryland Avenue, Suite 400, SW., Washington, DC
20024; or by phone:
(202) 720-4221; or by fax: (202) 690-0251; or by
I. Funding Opportunity Description
A. Authority: The FFPr program is authorized by
the Food for
Progress Act of 1985, as amended.
B. Purpose: The FFPr program provides for the
donation of U.S.
agricultural commodities to developing countries
and countries that are
emerging democracies that have made commitments
to introduce or expand
free enterprise in their agricultural economies.
are typically "monetized" (or sold on the local
market), and the
proceeds are used
to fund agricultural development activities.
C. Objectives: For this notice, FAS is
concentrating FFPr resources
toward achieving two high-level objectives: (1)
productivity and (2) expand trade of
(domestically, regionally, and internationally).
For more information
on the two objectives, please see Section V of
D. Priorities: FAS will give priority
consideration to otherwise
acceptable applications that support results for
regions, and objectives sectors listed at:
II. Award Information
A. Award Size: Grants provided under the FFPr
range from $5-$15 million.
B. Type of Award: All awards will be made in the
III. Eligibility Information
For eligibility requirements, see the FFPr
program regulations (7
IV. Application and Submission Information
A. Application Content: An applicant for funding
under FFPr shall
submit an application that contains the
information specified in 7 CFR
1499.4 which includes a completed form SF-424,
Statement, a Plan of Operation, and a proposed
budget. Guidance on
preparing the Introductory Statement, Plan of
Operation, and a budget
can be found in the proposal entry module of the
Food Aid Information
System (FAIS) at the following address:
Additionally, the application shall include a
plan to monitor
the implementation of all program activities, a
Plan, and a plan to evaluate all activities and
report to FAS on the
impact, in accordance with the policy found at:
B. Method of Submission: The entire application
package must be
submitted electronically to FAS's online
proposal entry system, the
FAIS, located at
C. Deadline for Submission: All applications
must be received by 5
p.m. Eastern Standard Time, October 26, 2011.
after this date will not be considered.
D. Frequently Asked Questions: Please see the
FAS Web site for
frequently asked questions on applying for the
Food for Progress
program, available at:
V. Selecting Project Objectives and Results
A. Results Frameworks: In an effort to use
scarce resources more
strategically, FAS has developed two results
frameworks for the FFPr
program. The two frameworks correspond to the
FFPr program's two high-
level objectives: (1) Increase agricultural
productivity and (2) expand
trade of agricultural products (domestically,
internationally). Applications that do not
contribute to one of these
two high-level objectives will not be funded.
The results frameworks
are available on the FAS Web site at:
B. Incorporating Results Into Applications:
Applicants must submit
an illustration(s) of a framework(s) that shows
the intended results
for the proposed project. The project
framework(s) submitted by the
applicant must be consistent with the
program-level frameworks that FAS
has developed. However, applicants can add or
subtract results from/to
the frameworks as appropriate but cannot modify
any of the remaining
results. Within the Introductory Statement,
applicants must also
provide an assessment of how the proposed
project will contribute to
the high-level objective(s) of the FFPr program
assessment should focus on the country specific
context for the project
including key problems or barriers that limit an
applicant's ability in
achieving the high-level objective addressed.
The assessment should
provide to USDA an understanding of why the
application will include
results for specific portions of the frameworks
and exclude results
from others. The assessment will allow USDA to
follow the contributions
of the application in the frameworks and to make
sure the application
addresses key problems, barriers, or weaknesses
in the country.
Applicants should also list strengths in the
countries or investments
by other donors that explain the rationale for
C. Additional Information: For specific guidance
on how to
incorporate the frameworks into a proposal and
for a list of
performance management indicators, please see
our application guidance
VI. Proposal Review Criteria
A. Review Process: FAS will review all
responsive proposals that
are submitted by the deadline. FAS will invite
comments from other U.S.
Government agencies (USG) on its award
recommendations, but FAS will
make the final determination about which
proposals to fund.
B. Criteria: FAS will review and evaluate each
proposal using the
1. Project Design and Alignment with the
Solicitation (18 percent)
(a) Does the project design incorporate the
countries, geographic regions, and objectives?
(b) Does the application explain the need for
(c) Are objectives and activities clearly
(d) Does the application clearly explain how the
implement the project?
(e) Does the application explain how the
applicant will use its
resources to assure that program objectives are
(f) Is the plan of operation cost-effective,
given the proposed
objectives and activities?
2. Indicators for Proposed Activities and FFPr
Results (23 percent)
(a) Are the proposed results achievable,
realistic, and meaningful?
(b) Does the application provide an illustration
of the results
framework for the application?
(c) Does the application include an assessment
that addresses the
need for specific results and the reasoning for
including or excluding
portions of the program frameworks?
(d) Does the application contain an estimated
(e) Is the number of beneficiaries realistic for
(f) Are the beneficiaries and criteria for
(g) Does the application incorporate results and
indicators from the FFPr results frameworks?
(h) Does the application explain how the
directly contribute to the selected results from
the FFPr results
(i) Does the application present a comprehensive
plan to monitor
proposed activities and performance indicators?
(j) Does the application present a comprehensive
plan to evaluate
the proposed program and its impact?
3. Overall Application Quality (9 percent)
(a) Is each necessary section in the application
(b) Is each section of the application
consistent with the other
(c) Is the application clearly written?
4. Commodity Management and Appropriateness (14
(a) Does the application demonstrate that the
commodity type and
tonnage are appropriate for the market and will
not disrupt commercial
(b) Does the applicant have a clear plan to
monetize or distribute
(c) Does participant have monetization
experience or plans to hire
an experienced agent?
(d) Does the application address specific
including customs exemptions, import barriers,
(e) Does the application include port,
warehouse, and handling
capacity in country as it relates to the
commodity, tonnage, and
5. Organizational Capability and Experience (18
(a) Does the application establish the
management capability, including its ability to
and support projects?
(b) Does the applicant have sufficient financial
capability to implement the proposed program?
(c) Does the applicant have past experience or
expertise in the
program objectives and/or activities proposed?
(d) If the applicant has had programs with USDA
or USAID, was this
a productive collaboration with positive
(e) Is applicant registered in country or does
it offer a plan to
(f) Does the organization have experience
working in the country of
the proposed program?
6. In-Country Coordination (9 percent)
(a) Does the organization have a working
relationship with and
support from the recipient government?
(b) Did the organization work with the recipient
develop the proposed activities?
(c) Does the application explicitly describe its
published USG and host government development
(d) Does the application describe what other
government, USG, other donors, private sector,
etc.) are already doing
to address agricultural development, and explain
how the proposed
program will complement these activities?
(e) Does the proposed program have private and
(f) Does the proposed program have established
and buy-in from beneficiary groups/communities?
7. Sustainability Plan/Objectives (9 percent)
(a) Does the applicant provide a satisfactory
plan for continuation
of projects beyond Food for Progress support? If
the project is not
sustainable, is there an explanation?
(b) Does the organization have a plan for
securing local support
(public, private, other) to maintain programming
after the grant's
(c) For an organization that has received
previous FFPr grants,
does the proposal reference sustainable
activities launched under
8. The following factors will reduce a
proposal's score because
they reflect negatively on an organization's
ability to successfully
implement and complete a grant agreement with
(a) FAS has terminated an agreement with the
violations within the last 3 years.
(b) The organization owes USDA a debt that is
not covered by a
payment plan or other method of resolution.
(c) The organization has submitted late or has
not submitted at all
two or more required reports in the last three
(d) The organization has not responded to FAS's
documents required to close an agreement on two
or more occasions
within the last 3 years.
VII. Award Administration Information
1. Award Notices: FAS will notify each applicant
in writing of the
final decision regarding its application. FAS
will send a letter to
each approved applicant that will specify the
amount of funding. Once
the approved applicant receives this letter, FAS
negotiations with the applicant to develop a
grant agreement. The
agreement will incorporate the details of the
project as approved by
FAS and in accordance with the FFPr program
regulations, 7 CFR part
2. Reporting: An organization receiving funding
under the FFPr
program will be required to provide quarterly
financial reports, semi-
annual logistics and monitoring reports, a
baseline study, a mid-term
evaluation, and a final evaluation report, as
provided in the grant
agreement. All reports must be submitted using
the FAIS. All
organizations receiving funding will be required
to report against the
indicators in the agreement at each reporting
cycle. Changes in the
original project timelines and adjustments
within project budgets must
be approved by FAS prior to their
3. Monitoring and Evaluation: A program
participant shall submit to
FAS, in the manner specified in the agreement,
an annual financial
audit in accordance with 7 CFR Sec. 1599.13(d).
If FAS requires an
annual financial audit with respect to a
particular agreement, and FAS
provides funds for this purpose, the participant
shall arrange for such
audit and submit it to FAS, in the manner
specified in the agreement.
The participant shall provide to FAS additional
information or reports
relating to the agreement if requested by FAS.
Signed at Washington, DC, on July 15, 2011.
Suzanne E. Heinen,
Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural
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