Notice of Funding Opportunity: Advancing Arts for Youth in Pemba and Metuge

U.S. Embassy Mozambique
Public Diplomacy Section
Notice of Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity Title: Advancing Arts for Youth in Pemba and Metuge
Funding Opportunity Number: DOS-AF-MAP-PD-FY23-07
Deadline for Applications: July 17, 2023 at 23:59 GMT+2
Assistance Listing Number: 19.979 – Foreign Assistance Act, Regional Peace and Security
Total Amount Available: $400,000.00
Number of Awards: 01


Executive Summary:
The U.S. Embassy in Mozambique of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit proposals to advance U.S. government stabilization goals through support for the youth arts program at the Provincial Cultural Center in Pemba in Cabo Delgado Province. This support is essential to providing the growing number of children and young adults living in the provincial capital with life skills and a safe outlet for self-expression, in the face of violent extremism ongoing in the region. This award will support the existing music, dance, and visual arts classes for youth in Pemba and will expand the classes to youth in Metuge. Part of the support includes furnishing the center to ensure proper equipment and conditions are in place for programming. A grant for up to $400,000 U.S. Dollars (USD) will be awarded (pending availability of funds) for work that will support program objectives. The period of performance is 18 months. Funding authority rests in Global Fragility Act (U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability).

Contact Person:         For questions on the application and technical content please contact

Priority Region: Cabo Delgado – Pemba


The U.S. Embassy in Mozambique is accepting proposals to equip the Cabo Delgado Provincial Cultural Center with necessary support to expand its arts program for youth in Pemba and to implement the local government’s Mobile Artist initiative in Metuge. The Cultural Center is managed by the Provincial Directorate for Culture and Tourism in the province and serves as the main cultural center for residents in and around the provincial capital, Pemba. It also oversees a district cultural center in Chiure and is responsible for implementing cultural programs in Metuge.

The ISIS-Mozambique insurgency has committed heinous acts of violence in Mozambique’s northern provinces, displacing nearly one million people, mainly women and children. The number of young people has increased exponentially in Pemba. Many are battling trauma from the violence they experienced in their communities of origin, struggling to settle in their new home, and living with limited employment opportunities, education, and other social services.

Program Description & Objectives:

The overarching long-term goal of the U.S. Government’s Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability (SPCPS) is: Mozambican individuals, communities, and institutions are strengthened and empowered to foster enduring stability through the development of open political participation and governance, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, accountable security and justice sectors, and resilient social cohesion. To achieve this goal, this award seeks to increase the number of young Mozambicans aged 7 to 21 years old who participate in the Cultural Center’s arts classes, which teach life skills, offer a path towards economic self-sufficiency, promote self-expression for all, and use arts as a way to help heal from trauma.

The Provincial Cultural Center currently accommodates children and youth between the ages of 7 and 21 for various cultural activities and lessons including: music, dance, and visual arts. However, the Center is facing the following challenges: shortage of musical instruments for music lessons, shortage of materials for lessons of visual arts and crafts, lack of a recording studio, damaged classroom furniture, no access to internet, and no proper storage facility for books and equipment.  Interventions should respond to these challenges, to include training for staff to maintain the updated spaces and new equipment.

This award would cover the costs to:

  • Refurbish outdoor seating.
  • Refurbish the stage platform.
  • Outfit three arts classrooms, a storage room, and recording studio with the equipment needed to improve arts teaching.
  • Launch the “Artistical Movel” initiative that allows already-trained Center staff to conduct art therapy activities for the thousands of internally displaced children and young adults in Metuge.

Note: Detailed plans for these three projects are available to interested applicants. Please email to request these documents.

Applicants are expected to present clear and detailed description of all the activities they expect to do within the total amount available listed. Applicants should take into consideration that this Provincial Cultural Center caters mostly to children, teens, and young adults. As such, all safety measures should be taken into consideration.

We highly recommend the involvement of local labor, implementing partners, and service providers. Inclusion of American culture and expertise is strongly encouraged.

The Embassy will not cover pre-award costs incurred by applicants when doing the initial work survey to prepare an application.

Participants and Audiences:

Children and youth aged 7-21 who frequent the Provincial Cultural Center in Cabo Delgado.


Length of performance period: 18 months
Number of awards anticipated: 01
Total available funding: $400,000
Type of Funding: FY22 Economic Support Funds under the Foreign Assistance Act
Anticipated program start date: 01 October 2023

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Funding Instrument Type: Grant or cooperative agreement. Cooperative agreements and are different from grants in that bureau/embassy staff are more actively involved in the grant implementation (“Substantial Involvement”).

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 18 months or less.


1. Eligible Applicants

The following organizations are eligible to apply:
• Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations;
• For-Profit organizations;
• Public and private educational institutions;
• Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions; and
• U.S., international, and Mozambican organizations are eligible to apply.

2. Cost Sharing or Matching

Cost sharing or matching is not a requirement.

3. Other Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number issued via as well as a valid registration on Please see Section D.3 for more information. Individuals are not required to have a UEI or be registered in All organizations considering proposal submission are strongly encouraged to register in advance on

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.

Mozambican organizations that apply must be duly registered with the government of Mozambique and have prior experience in conducting similar projects.

U.S. and other international organizations that apply must demonstrate prior experience in conducting similar projects, have official representation in Mozambique or partner with a Mozambican organization that is legally registered with the government of Mozambique.


1. Address to Request Application Package

Application forms required below are available at and

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

Please follow all instructions below carefully. Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.

Content of Application
Please ensure:
• The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity.
• All documents are in English.
• All budgets are in U.S. dollars.
• All pages are numbered.
• All documents are formatted to 8 ½ x 11 paper, and
• All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12-point Calibri font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.

The following documents are required:
1. Mandatory application forms
SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations PDF 145KB) at
SF-424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction programs PDF 132KB) at
SF-424B (Assurances for Non-Construction programs PDF 65KB) at

2. Summary Page: Cover sheet stating the applicant name and organization, proposal date, program title, program period proposed start and end date, and brief purpose of the program.

3. Proposal (10 pages maximum): The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. You may use your own proposal format, but it must include all the items below.
• Proposal Summary: Short narrative that outlines the proposed program, including program objectives and anticipated impact.
• Introduction to the Organization or Individual applying: A description of past and present operations, showing ability to carry out the program, including information on all previous grants from the U.S. Embassy and/or U.S. government agencies.
• Problem Statement: Clear, concise, and well-supported statement of the problem to be addressed and why the proposed program is needed.
• Primary Target Audience: What is the single specific group people your proposal seeks to influence? How many are they? What do they have in common? Are they men, women, or both? What is their relationship to the problem statement?
• Program Goals and Objectives: The “goals” describe what the program is intended to achieve. The “objectives” refer to the intermediate accomplishments on the way to the goals. These should be realistic, achievable, and measurable.
• Program Activities: Describe the program activities and how they will help achieve the objectives, include a detailed timeline.
• Program Methods and Design: A description of how the program is expected to work to solve the stated problem and achieve the goal. Include a logic model as appropriate.
• Proposed Program Schedule and Timeline: The proposed timeline for the program activities. Include the dates, times, and locations of planned activities and events.
• Key Personnel: Names, titles, roles, and experience/qualifications of key personnel involved in the program. What proportion of their time will be used in support of this program?
• Program Partners: List the names and type of involvement of key partner organizations and sub-awardees.
• Program Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: This is an important part of successful grants. Throughout the timeframe of the grant, how will the activities be monitored to ensure they are happening in a timely manner, and how will the program be evaluated to make sure it is meeting the goals of the grant?
• Future Funding or Sustainability: Applicant’s plan for continuing the program beyond the grant period, or the availability of other resources, if applicable.
• Detailed Budget: Provide a clear budget breakdown that is reasonable, allowable, and allocable. The costs should relate to the activities and goal of the project.

4. Budget Justification Narrative: After filling out the SF-424A or Budget (above), use a separate file to describe each of the budget expenses in detail. See section H. Other Information: Guidelines for Budget Submissions below for further information.

5. Attachments:
• 1-page CV or resume of key personnel who are proposed for the program
• Letters of support from program partners describing the roles and responsibilities of each partner
• If your organization has a Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA) and includes NICRA charges in the budget, your latest NICRA should be included as a PDF file.
• Official permission letters, if required for program activities.

3. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (

Required Registrations:

All organizations, whether based in the United States or in another country, must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and an active registration with the A UEI is one of the data elements mandated by Public Law 109-282, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA), for all Federal awards.
Note: As of April 2022, a DUNS number is no longer required for federal assistance applications.
The 2 CFR 200 requires that sub-grantees obtain a UEI number. Please note the UEI for sub-grantees is not required at the time of application but will be required before an award is processed and/or directed to a sub-grantee.
Note: The process of obtaining or renewing a registration may take anywhere from 4-8 weeks. Please begin your registration as early as possible.
• Organizations based in the United States or that pay employees within the United States will need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and a UEI number prior to registering in

• Organizations based outside of the United States and that do not pay employees within the United States do not need an EIN from the IRS but do need a UEI number prior to registering in

Please note that as of November 2022 and February 2022 respectively, organizations based outside of the United States that do not intend to apply for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awards are no longer required to have a NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) code or CAGE code to apply for non-DoD foreign assistance funding opportunities. If an applicant organization is mid-registration/renewal and wishes to remove a CAGE or NCAGE code from their registration, the applicant should submit a help desk ticket (“incident”) with the Federal Service Desk (FSD) online at using the following language: “I do not intend to seek financial assistance from the Department of Defense. I do not wish to obtain a CAGE or NCAGE code. I understand that I will need to submit my registration after this incident is resolved in order to have my registration activated.”

Organizations based outside of the United States and that DO NOT plan to do business with the DoD should follow the below instructions:

Step 1: Proceed to to obtain a UEI and complete the registration process. registration must be renewed annually.

Organizations based outside of the United States and that DO plan to do business with the DoD in addition to Department of State should follow the below instructions:

Step 1: Apply for an NCAGE code by following the instructions on the NSPA NATO website linked below:

NCAGE Homepage:
NCAGE Code Request Tool (NCRT):

An exemption from the UEI and registration requirements may be permitted on a case-by-case basis if:
• An applicant’s identity must be protected due to potential endangerment of their mission, their organization’s status, their employees, or individuals being served by the applicant.
• For an applicant, if the Federal awarding agency makes a determination that there are exigent circumstances that prohibit the applicant from receiving a unique entity identifier and completing SAM registration prior to receiving a federal award. In these instances, Federal awarding agencies must require the recipient to obtain a unique entity identifier and complete SAM registration within 30 days of the Federal award date.

Organizations requesting exemption from UEI or requirements must email the point of contact listed in the NOFO at least two weeks prior to the deadline in the NOFO providing a justification of their request. Approval for a exemption must come from the warranted Grants Officer before the application can be deemed eligible for review.

4. Submission Dates and Times

Applications are due no later than July 17, 2023.

5. Funding Restrictions

Award Funds cannot be used for:
• Purchasing of alcohol;
• Prizes and awards;
• Funding political campaigns or politics related activities;
• Funding terrorist activities or related activities; and
• Other activities and goods that are not related to the program and its objective.

6. Other Submission Requirements

All application materials must be submitted by email to or electronically through


1. Criteria

Each application will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the evaluation criteria outlined below.

Quality and Feasibility of the Program Idea – 20 points: The program idea is well developed, with detail about how program activities will be carried out. The proposal includes a reasonable implementation timeline.
Organizational Capacity and Record on Previous Grants – 20 points: The organization has expertise in its stated field and has the internal controls in place to manage federal funds. This includes a financial management system and a bank account.

Program Planning/Ability to Achieve Objectives – 15 points: Goals and objectives are clearly stated, and program approach is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results.
Budget – 10 points: The budget justification is detailed. Costs are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results. The budget is realistic, accounting for all necessary expenses to achieve proposed activities.
Monitoring and evaluation plan – 15 points: Applicant demonstrates it is able to measure program success against key indicators and provides milestones to indicate progress toward goals outlined in the proposal. The program includes output and outcome indicators and shows how and when those will be measured.
Sustainability – 10 points: Program activities will continue to have positive impact after the end of the program.

Support of Equity and Underserved Communities – 10 points: Proposals should clearly demonstrate how the program will support and advance equity and engage underserved communities in program administration, design, and implementation.

2. Review and Selection Process

A review committee will evaluate all eligible applications.

3. Responsibility/Qualification Information in (formerly, FAPIIS)

i. The Federal awarding agency, prior to making a federal award with a total amount of Federal share greater than the simplified acquisition threshold, is required to review and consider any information about the applicant that is in the U.S. government designated integrity and performance system accessible through (see 41 U.S.C. 2313).

ii. An applicant, at its option, may review and comment on any information about itself that a federal awarding agency previously entered. Currently, federal agencies create integrity records in the integrity module of the Contractor Performance Assessment and Reporting System (CPARS) and these records are visible as responsibility/qualification records in

iii. The Federal awarding agency will consider any comments by the applicant, in addition to the other information in the designated integrity and performance system, in making a judgment about the applicant’s integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal awards when completing the review of risk posed by applicants as described in §200.206 Federal awarding agency review of risk posed by applicants.

4. Anticipated Announcement and Federal Award Dates

Review and selection will take place in the month of July 2023. Applicants will be notified of the selection results in August 2023.


1. Federal Award Notices

The grant award or cooperative agreement will be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the Grants Officer. The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document, and it will be provided to the recipient for review and signature by email. The recipient may only start incurring program expenses beginning on the start date shown on the grant award document signed by the Grants Officer.

If a proposal is selected for funding, the Department of State has no obligation to provide any additional future funding. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the discretion of the Department of State.

Issuance of this NOFO does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the U.S. government, nor does it commit the U.S. government to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of proposals. Further, the U.S. government reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received.

Payment Method:

Payments will be made via EFT. Grantees should submit a duly filled and signed SF-270 Request for Advance or Reimbursement Form. After the first payment, subsequent payments will only be authorized after submission and approval of a Narrative Project Report and Financial Project Report.

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

Before submitting an application, applicants should review all the terms and conditions and required certifications which will apply to this award, to ensure that they will be able to comply.

These include:

In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s guidance located at 2 CFR part 200, all applicable Federal laws, and relevant Executive guidance, the Department of State will review and consider applications for funding, as applicable to specific programs, pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity in accordance with the following: NOTE:
Guidance for Grants and Agreements in Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR), as updated in the Federal Register’s 85 FR 49506 on August 13, 2020, particularly on:
o Selecting recipients most likely to be successful in delivering results based on the program objectives through an objective process of evaluating Federal award applications (2 CFR part 200.205),
o Prohibiting the purchase of certain telecommunication and video surveillance services or equipment in alignment with section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (Pub. L. No. 115—232) (2 CFR part 200.216),
o Promoting the freedom of speech and religious liberty in alignment with Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty (E.O. 13798) and Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities (E.O. 13864) (§§ 200.300, 200.303, 200.339, and 200.341),
o Providing a preference, to the extent permitted by law, to maximize use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States (2 CFR part 200.322), and
o Terminating agreements in whole or in part to the greatest extent authorized by law, if an award no longer effectuates the program goals or agency priorities (2 CFR part 200.340).

In accordance with the Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Underserved Communities, proposals should demonstrate how the program advances equity with respect to ethnicity, religion, income, geography, gender, and disability. The proposal should also demonstrate how the program will further engagement in underserved communities and with individuals from underserved communities. Proposals should demonstrate how addressing racial equity and underserved communities will enhance the program’s goals and objectives, as well as the experience of participants.

The support of underserved communities will be part of the review criteria for this opportunity. Therefore, proposals should clearly demonstrate how the program will support and advance equity and engage underserved communities in program administration, design, and implementation.

3. Reporting

Reporting Requirements: Recipients will be required to submit financial reports and program reports. The award document will specify how often these reports must be submitted. The reports should be submitted on a Quarterly basis. Financial reports should be in USD and consist of the SF425- Federal Financial Report. Program Report should be in English, indicate the milestones achieved and how the program the program is geared towards achieving the objectives, and outline the challenges faced.

Foreign Assistance Data Review: As required by Congress, the Department of State must make progress in its efforts to improve tracking and reporting of foreign assistance data through the Foreign Assistance Data Review (FADR). The FADR requires tracking of foreign assistance activity data from budgeting, planning, and allocation through obligation and disbursement. Successful applicants will be required to report and draw down federal funding based on the appropriate FADR Data Elements, indicated within their award documentation. In cases of more than one FADR Data Element, typically program or sector and/or regions or country, the successful applicant will be required to maintain separate accounting records.

If you have any questions about the grant application process, please contact:

Guidelines for Budget Justification
Personnel and Fringe Benefits: Describe the wages, salaries, and benefits of temporary or permanent staff who will be working directly for the applicant on the program, and the percentage of their time that will be spent on the program.
Travel: Estimate the costs of travel and per diem for this program, for program staff, consultants or speakers, and participants/beneficiaries. If the program involves international travel, include a brief statement of justification for that travel.
Equipment: Describe any machinery, furniture, or other personal property that is required for the program, which has a useful life of more than one year (or a life longer than the duration of the program), and costs at least $5,000 per unit.
Supplies: List and describe all the items and materials, including any computer devices, that are needed for the program. If an item costs more than $5,000 per unit, then put it in the budget under Equipment.
Contractual: Describe goods and services that the applicant plans to acquire through a contract with a vendor. Also describe any sub-awards to non-profit partners that will help carry out the program activities.
Other Direct Costs: Describe other costs directly associated with the program, which do not fit in the other categories. For example, shipping costs for materials and equipment or applicable taxes. All “Other” or “Miscellaneous” expenses must be itemized and explained.
Indirect Costs: These are costs that cannot be linked directly to the program activities, such as overhead costs needed to help keep the organization operating. If your organization has a Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate (NICRA) and includes NICRA charges in the budget, attach a copy of your latest NICRA. Organizations that have never had a NICRA may request indirect costs of 10% of modified total direct costs as defined in 2 CFR 200.68.
“Cost Sharing” refers to contributions from the organization or other entities other than the U.S. Embassy. It also includes in-kind contributions such as volunteers’ time and donated venues.
Alcoholic Beverages: Please note that award funds cannot be used for alcoholic beverages.

Enquiries:  For more information on current conditions of the facilities, and documents on program details of the cultural center please e-mail