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Expanding Participation of People with Disabilities

Request for Concept Papers

The U.S. Mission in Sierra Leone is seeking request for concept papers on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development /Sierra Leone to increase participation of people with disabilities (PWDs) in USAID activities and strengthen the capacities of disabled people’s organizations (DPOs).

Subject to the availability of funds, USAID/Sierra Leone anticipates awarding one grant in response to this announcement. All awards (grants or cooperative agreements) under this request for concept papers will be administered through USAID/Sierra Leone. Concept papers of $20,000 to $300,000 will be considered for period not exceeding three years.  Any requests over $300,000 for the total project period will not be reviewed. Concept papers will be considered for “one time grants”, with no expectations for follow-on funding.

Ideally, activities should compliment USAID/Sierra Leone strategic objectives in Program Areas that include education, health, governance, civil society building, HIV/AIDS, agriculture, natural resources management and employment opportunities. Capacity building programs for DPOs may include organizational capacity, advocacy efforts, coordination, and leadership.

The two main areas of interest are to:

  • Increase participation of people with disabilities in current USAID programs
  • Strengthen the capacity of disabled people’s organizations (DPOs).

Application process:

The detailed Request for Concept Papers is available on the U.S. Embassy, Freetown website:  http://freetown.usembassy.gov/expandingparticipation.html 

All submissions must include the proposed project title and must be received no later than January 14, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Applications may be sent electronically to the following address: Bjalloh@usaid.gov. Applicants may submit questions by email to Bjalloh@usaid.gov. Please note that all communications need to include name of the organization and contact information.

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