THE INFORMATION SAFETY AND CAPACITY (ISC) PROJECT
REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA) #19-2
The ISC Project is soliciting applications from information technology developers. This Request for Applications outlines the information required by the applicant for the development and submission of a proposal for consideration. The potential applicant is expected to review, understand, and conform with specifications contained in this RFA. Failure to do so will be at the applicant’s own risk.
All reasonable, allocable, and allowable expenses, both direct and indirect, which are related to the grant program and are in accordance with applicable cost standards (2 CFR 200 Subpart E Cost Principles or the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 31 for-profit organizations), may be charged under the grant. Construction is not eligible for reimbursement under this award. For US and non-US organizations, the Standard Provisions for Fixed Amounts Award for Nongovernmental organizations will apply: http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/300/303mab.pdf
Grant Program Name: Small Technology Grants
Grant Value: $2,000 USD to $24,000 USD, based on the availability of funding and quality of applications. The grant pool for this round of grants is $100,000 USD total. The ISC Project reserves the right to fund multiple grants or none at all.
Duration of Grant: Up to 12 months
Grant Description: Small Technology Grants support one of the ISC Project’s four program objectives, specifically: foster the development of improved technology-based solutions to information security threats. The grants are aimed at helping improve existing tools and/or services that will benefit the ISC Project’s in-country beneficiaries around the world – civil society organizations (CSOs), human rights groups, and independent media. The grants will not focus on the development of new technologies. Instead, they will address the following four themes, and requested grant applications should match at least one of them:
1. Technical testing of existing tools
2. Linguistic translation of existing software interface, documentation, or training materials
3. Creation of product documentation or training materials
4. Customization or improvement of existing tools
Grants will be evaluated by an independent selection committee. The ISC Project may participate in the grantee selection process.
Required Documents: For an application to be considered, the applicant must submit a complete application form and all other required documents listed in the application template. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Important Dates & Deadlines:
Deadline to submit questions: May 15, 2019
Answers will be posted on the ISC Project website by: May 20, 2019
Application submission deadline: June 09, 2019
About the ISC Project
The ISC Project provides advanced, sustained information security and capacity building assistance to civil society organizations, human rights activists, and independent media in countries where free expression, journalistic reporting, online communications, and advocacy are critical to societal liberalization and development but potentially risky to personal safety. Through mentoring and support services, the ISC Project assists stakeholders in securing their online and mobile communications so that these platforms can be safely employed in support of civil society development and the protection of human rights.
Application Eligibility Requirements:
Applications must comply with the requirements listed below. If the application satisfies these basic criteria, it will be submitted for review and evaluation by the independent Selection Committee.
1. Applications are requested from individual technology developers or those representing a company, business, association, non-profit organization, non-governmental organization, union, media organization, professional association, or partnership of such entities.
2. The applicant / application must be officially registered and working in compliance with all applicable civil and fiscal regulations, including, but not limited to pertinent local laws and status. In lieu of official registration, a grantee may show proof of effort to secure registration, exemption from registration, or show cause why such registration is either not optional or practicable
3. The ISC Project does not employ, conduct business with, or provide funds or resources to aid or support any individuals, countries, or entities on the public watch lists maintained by the U.S. Government, the United Nations, the European Union, Interpol, or other similar body. Applicants must ensure that the names associated with the applicant entity (individuals, organization, and its principals, as applicable) are not listed as excluded parties on these public lists, including OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List (https://sanctionssearch.ofac.treas.gov/) and exclusion records from EPLS (www.sam.gov). A legal ID such as a valid passport or another similar document, as well as a proof of registration in the country of operations, if applicable, may be requested from selected applicants.
4. The proposal must comply with the guidelines and directions described in this RFA and the application. Proposals that do not comply with the guidelines described in this RFA will not be considered.
5. The complete application contains electronic versions of all necessary documents (the application form, detailed budget/budget notes, and resumes/CVs of key staff).
DOWNLOAD FULL RFA, ANNEX I, AND ANNEX II HERE:
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