USAID FUNDING for Disability Inclusion Available
[Edited Dec 20 ’07 to note: This post has now been edited to incorporate more clarifying detail.]
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been advocating for and working toward fuller inclusion of people with disabilities in their foreign policy and development efforts.
In support of these efforts, USAID announced to Missions and Washington Offices the availability of funds to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities within its development activities. Qualified U.S. or non-U.S. entities, such as private, non-profit organizations (or for-profit companies willing to forego profits), including private voluntary organizations, disabled persons organizations (DPOs), universities, research organizations, professional associations, and relevant special interest associations are eligible to submit concept papers to participating Missions USAID Missions within the field and USAID Washington Operating Units (WOUs) (ie Regional or Technical Offices and Bureaus that are headquartered in Washington D.C. such as Democracy and Governance Office, Global Health, Economic Growth and Trade, among others).
The announcement given to USAID Missions and WOUs outlined the broad funding objectives of:
- a) increasing inclusive development programs and practices within USAID Missions and WOUs;
- b) strengthening the capacity disabled persons organizations (DPOs) to promote inclusion and equality; and
- c) supporting data collection and/or assessments that will assist USAID Missions and WOUs to improve the inclusion of people with disabilities in future programs, policies or practices.
USAID missions and WOUs have been invited to identify suitable local partners and solicit applications for assistance.
Please note the following:
- Missions and WOUs will solicit proposals from and/or consult with potential implementers (i.e., Disabled People’s Organizations, NGOs, etc.) in preparing concept papers. Concept papers can only be submitted through participating, individual Missions or Washington Operating Units. Not all Missions or WOUs may choose to participate in this process.
- The deadlines for submission of concept papers will set by the relevant participating Missions or WOUs. Once concept papers are submitted, the Mission or WOU will review and select concept papers based upon the selection criteria that were outlined in notification. USAID Missions or WOUs may choose to expand the selection criteria as appropriate to their work and funding interests.
- Concept papers generally should be no more than 10 pages. However, offices and Missions may request that they be shorter in length. A concept paper ceiling of $300,000 was also provided in the notification. Note that a more robust proposal and/or a lower funding ceiling may be requested by the Mission or WOU.
- Missions and/or WOUS will submit their selected concept papers to a Review Committee in Washington DC. This committee will make final selections for funding keeping in mind a thematic and geographical distribution.
- The Washington panel will inform the USAID Missions of their final selection. Those concept papers selected for funding will be informed by the Mission.
Please contact USAID Missions or WOUs to see if they are participating in this Request for Concept Paper process and for additional information.
Not sure which USAID Mission is relevant for your country? The USAID Mission Directory lists the various USAID Missions for different countries; follow the link to:
Organizations that already have an on-going relationship with a USAID Mission should communicate with their contacts at the mission to ask whether they are participating in this funding opportunity. If your relevant USAID Mission is involved, then they would be the best source of advice for the criteria and application process that they require.
If you are involved with a small organization that has not worked with a USAID Mission in the past then you may wish to try communicating with other Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in your country that are receiving USAID funds. Ask if they can introduce you to the right contact people at USAID. You may also want to discuss the option of forming a partnership with more experienced NGOs to start a project together. If your organization has never received international funding in the past, then forming a partnership with a more experienced NGO could help improve your chances of receiving funding now.
Be aware that it may be very challenging to receive funding through this opportunity, particularly for organizations with little prior experience running a project, managing a budget, or handling prior funding money.
You can also learn more about the work USAID does with disabled people in developing countries at:
EDITED December 27, 2007 to add: Please remember that We Can Do is not responsible for this or any other opportunity announced at this blog. Inquiries should always be directed to the appropriate parties. I am unable to assist with your questions. Everything I know about this particular opportunity is already in this announcement. Please read the above announcement carefully for instructions and advice, particularly if your organization has had little experience working with USAID in the past. Consult the USAID Mission Directory (<– follow this link!) to find the most appropriate USAID Mission for your country.
EDITED January 21, 2008: Please note that any comments left at this blog WILL NOT BE SEEN by USAID or any other funding source. Comments left at this blog WILL NOT BE TREATED as formal applications for funding or other assistance. In order to receive funding assistance, please contact the funding source directly. The We Can Do blog is NOT A FUNDING SOURCE. It is not even an official organization! Please read the above information carefully for instructions and advice. Thank you.
EDITED December 20, 2007: I edited this post to remove a link to a document after I learned this document was not relevant to this funding opportunity. The person who originally distributed this announcement to the disability community also later added some detail advising how smaller organizations with little prior experience with USAID can try to get involved. I added this information above.
We Can Do learned about this funding opportunity through the Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD) email discussion list. Most of this text was taken from the original announcement as it was first circulated on the GPDD list. I made some minor modifications, primarily to add relevant links at the end.