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Notice of Funding Availability: Inviting Applications for the Food for Progress Program; Correction

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Notice; Correction.

Summary

The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) published a notice in the Federal Register on July 28, 2011, inviting proposals for the Food for Progress (FFPr) program. The notice stated that eligible applicants could submit proposals through October 26, 2011. This date was incorrect and, by this notice, FAS is correcting the due date to September 30, 2011. Also, this notice serves to inform all applicants of the eligibility requirements, makes minor changes to the application and review process, and provides updates to web links for helpful documents.

 

Table of Contents Back to Top

DATES: Back to Top

Effective: September 9, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Food Assistance Division, Office of Capacity Building and Development, Foreign Agricultural Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 1034, Washington, DC 20250; or by phone: (202) 720-4221; or by fax: (202) 690-0251; or by e-mail at: ppded@fas.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

Correction Back to Top

In the Federal Register of July 28, 2011, in FR Doc. 2011-19141, on page 45221, in the first column, correct the DATES section to read:

DATES: Back to Top

All applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on September 30, 2011. Applications received after this date will not be considered. More information can be found at http://www.fas.usda.gov/food-aid.asp.

I. Funding Opportunity Description Back to Top

In the Federal Register of July 28, 2011, in FR Doc. 2011-19141, on page 45222 in the first column, correct the Web site in “D. Priorities” section to read:

D. Priorities

http://w2.fas.usda.gov/excredits/FoodAid/2012Solicitation/FFPrPriorities.pdf

In the Federal Register of July 28, 2011, in FR Doc. 2011-19141, on page 45222, in the first column, correct the “III. Eligibility Information” section to read:

III. Eligibility Information Back to Top

Compliance With 2 CFR 25.200

For eligibility requirements, see the Food for Progress regulations (7 CFR 1499.3) and regulations for compliance to 2 CFR 25.200 and 25.110. All applicants submitting applications for the Food for Progress Program under this notice must comply with 2 CFR 25.200 which requires that all entities that apply for the program and do not have an exemption under 2 CFR 25.110 to:

(1) Be registered in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) prior to submitting an application or;

(2) Maintain an active CCR registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by an agency; and

(3) Provide its Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in each application or plan it submits to the agency.

Compliance With 2 CFR 25.110

Any applicant seeking an exemption to 2 CFR 25.200 may request one in accordance with 2 CFR 25.110(2) by sending a written request to: Director, Food Assistance Division, FAS, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Stop 1034, Washington, DC 20250; or by e-mail at: ppded@fas.usda.gov.

IV. Application and Submission Information Back to Top

In the Federal Register of July 28, 2011, in FR Doc. 2011-19141, on page 45222, in the first column, correct Web site in the second paragraph in “A. Application Content” and “C. Deadline for Submission” section to read:

A. Application Content

http://w2.fas.usda.gov/excredits/FoodAid/2012Solicitation/EvalPolicy.pdf

C. Deadline for Submission

All applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, September 30, 2011. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

V. Selecting Project Objectives and Results Back to Top

In the Federal Register of July 28, 2011, in FR Doc. 2011-19141, on page 45222, in the second column, correct the “A. Results Framework” and “B. Incorporating Results Into Proposals” sections and correct the Web site in “C. Additional Information” section to read:

A. Results Frameworks

In an effort to use scarce resources more strategically, FAS has developed two results frameworks for the FFPr Program. These frameworks correspond to the highest-level objectives that the FFPr Program strives to achieve: (1) Increase agricultural productivity and (2) expand trade of agricultural products (domestically, regionally, and internationally). Applications that do not contribute to one of these highest-level objectives will not be funded in FY 2012. The results frameworks are available on the FAS Web site at: http://w2.fas.usda.gov/excredits/FoodAid/2012Solicitation/FFPrRFs.pdf

B. Incorporating Results Into Proposals

Applicants must submit a framework that shows the intended results for the proposed project. The project framework submitted by the applicant must be consistent with one of the program-level frameworks that FAS has developed. Applicants may add results to or subtract results from the framework as appropriate but may not modify any of the remaining results. As an attachment to the Introductory Statement, applicants must provide a strategic analysis of how the proposed project will contribute to one of the highest-level results of the FFPr Program frameworks. The strategic analysis should focus on the country-specific context for the project and discuss key problems or barriers that might affect the applicant's ability to achieve the highest-level result. The strategic analysis should explain why the application includes results for specific portions of the frameworks and excludes results from others. Applicants should include a discussion of existing strengths in the host country or investments by other donors that justify excluding certain results. The strategic analysis should allow FAS to understand what results are addressed by the applicant with FFPr Program funds and which are addressed by other means. Also, the strategic analysis should allow FAS to make sure the application addresses key problems, barriers, or weaknesses in the country.

C. Additional Information

http://w2.fas.usda.gov/excredits/FoodAid/2012Solicitation/ROMPolicyGuidance.pdf

VI. Application Review Criteria Back to Top

In the Federal Register of July 28, 2011, in FR Doc. 2011-19141, on page 45222, in the third column, add new element (k) under “2. Indicators for Proposed Activities and FFPr Results (23 percent)” section to read:

(k) Does the applicant have a qualified monitoring team?

In the Federal Register of July 28, 2011, in FR Doc. 2011-19141, on page 45222, in the third column, correct element (a) of “3. Overall Application Quality (9 percent)” to read:

(a) Does the application contain all of the components and information required by 7 CFR part 1499 and this notice?

In the Federal Register of July 28, 2011, in FR Doc. 2011-19141, on page 45223, in the second column, correct the “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 USDA.” section to read:

8. The following factors may negatively reflect on an applicant's ability to successfully implement and complete a grant agreement with FAS. When one or more of these factors applies to an applicant, FAS will consider such factor(s) and may deduct points when evaluating the applicant's proposal against certain of the criteria outlined above. The presence of one or more of these factors will not automatically preclude the applicant from receiving a grant.

(a) FAS has terminated an agreement with the organization within the past 3 years as a result of a violation of the agreement by the organization.

(b) The organization has failed to pay a single substantial debt, or a number of outstanding debts (not including sums owed the Federal Government under the Internal Revenue Code) owed to any Federal agency or instrumentality, provided the debt is uncontested by the organization or, if contested, provided that the organization's legal and administrative remedies have been exhausted.

(c) The organization has failed to submit to FAS, or has submitted more than 5 business days after the due date, at least two required reports within the past 3 years (unless, prior to the due date for a report, the organization obtained written permission from FAS to submit the report after such date).

(d) The organization has, on at least two occasions within the past 3 years, failed to respond, or responded more than 5 business days late, to an FAS deadline for documents required to close out an agreement.

Dated: August 30, 2011.

Bruce Quick,

Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.

[FR Doc. 2011-23040 Filed 9-8-11; 8:45 am]

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