Mobile Programming Space Question & Answer Session Notes

Who and what should the focus of the curriculum be?
In their proposal, applicants are responsible for the design and content of their proposed curriculum, addressing the six major program areas and the target audience. The target audience can also include teachers, local government officials, business and civil society leaders, and the general public, but should not be the focus of any proposal.

How will the relationship between the U.S. Embassy and grantee work?
The award will take the form of a cooperative agreement. The U.S Embassy will oversee and monitor the selected grantee and work closely with the partner organization to make sure that programming is effective and meeting agreed upon goals.

How do applicants demonstrate “evidence of partnerships?”
Applicants may present examples of past collaborations, projects with other organizations as evidence of partnerships. Formalized agreements, such as existing and/or past memorandums of understanding (MOUs) can be a good way of showing evidence of partnership, but they are not required.
Are joint-proposals and proposals from Public-Private Partnerships eligible to apply?
Joint-proposals may be submitted. While the mobile programming platform must be run as a non-profit entity, proposals from applicants with partnerships that leverage the skills, resources and networks of the private sector are also welcome. If two organizations present equally persuasive proposals which can address different aspects of the project, the applicants may be asked to consider creating a partnership to run the mobile platform.

Can organizations currently receiving funding from the U.S. government apply?
Yes, organizations currently receiving funding from the U.S. government may still apply. Recipients of previous U.S. government funding should indicate this in their proposals.

Are organizations submitting a proposal required to have a D-U-N-S Number?
Organizations bidding on government grant opportunities need to obtain a Dun & Bradstreet, or D-U-N-S, number. A D-U-N-S number is a unique nine-digit identification number for each physical location of your business. D-U-N-S Number assignment is free for all businesses required to register with the federal government for contracts or grants. Applicants can register for a D-U-N-S number by visiting D-U-N-S Request Service.

What is the definition of “U.S. culture and values?”
The culture and values of the United States encompasses a rich and diverse array of subjects and topics. Applicants are therefore encouraged to draw upon their own experiences, knowledge, and research related to the United States and U.S government priorities to enrich the programming and curriculum of their proposals. It is important that you have a good sense of how the programming fits with the objectives and goals of the U.S. Mission.

What are the financial parameters for the budget?
A detailed budget and budget narrative is required in each proposal; there is no minimum or maximum budget requirement. Good proposals will have well-researched cost projections and realistic, detailed budgets. Budget items should be specified in U.S. dollars.

What is cost sharing?
Cost-sharing (also known as matching) means that a portion of project or program costs are not borne by the funding agency. It can include all contributions, including cash and in-kind, that a recipient makes towards the implementation of an award. Only acceptable non-federal costs qualify as cost sharing and must conform to other necessary and reasonable provisions to accomplish the program objectives. Cost-sharing or matching is encouraged but not required.

How will the design of the bus be decided?
The requirements of the selected proposal will be considered to determine the design and overall layout of the vehicle, and there will be a period of consultation with the grantee.

When will the successful grantee be notified?
The time line for evaluation of proposals and notifications is generally four weeks from the close of the application period. If no applications meet the requirements of the posted notice, the notice will be reposted with a new application period.