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Rise Against Hunger: Inviting applications for ‘Empowering Communities Annual Program Statement (APS)’ to increase food security and incomes through agricultural and livelihoods programs by promoting improved agricultural techniques, business development skills, and market access.

Rise Against Hunger: Inviting applications for ‘Empowering Communities Annual Program Statement (APS)’ to increase food security and incomes through agricultural and livelihoods programs by promoting improved agricultural techniques, business development skills, and market access.

Funding brief: Rise Against Hunger partners with nonprofits around the world to provide food and other life-changing aid to those in need. These partners support a variety of development programs that work with members of the community to meet their basic needs and create long-term, sustainable change. Potential partnerships are evaluated by the level of need within the community, the sustainability of the organization’s program, its ability to import and manage in-country distribution of food assistance, as well as conduct monitoring and evaluation on the use and impact of Rise Against Hunger meals within their program.

Subject: Rise Against Hunger Annual Program Statement for Agriculture/Livelihoods Development Programming in West Africa, South Asia, Southern Africa, Philippines, and Haiti

Rise Against Hunger (RAH) is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. The mission of the donor is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. RAH has a growing portfolio of programs aimed at eliminating chronic hunger and malnutrition around the world through sustainable community development that addresses the drivers of food insecurity. They are committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of ending hunger by 2030.

Rise Against Hunger aims to increase food security and incomes through agricultural and livelihoods programs by promoting improved agricultural techniques, business development skills, and market access. This programming helps smallholder producers build resilience to the shocks and stresses of climate change by promoting climate smart ecological approaches to agriculture as well as diversification.

This Annual Program Statement (APS) solicits concept papers for activities to be funded under RAH’s Empowering Communities portfolio, specifically in one or more of the following areas:

The portfolio will seek to implement programming that increases food security through crop  and livestock production (e.g., increasing gross margin yields), reduces post-harvest losses and creates value added products in the food security value chain. The portfolio will also focus on   vertical and horizontal market linkages, market acceleration, and provide business development services utilizing push and pull marketing strategies. While production programming will likely target rural areas, post production and processing activities will be implemented in more urban and peri-urban settings, with a preference given to peri-urban settings when possible, to support the creation of more economically active communities where employment is available.

RAH strongly encourages concept notes that consider cross-cutting themes such as nutrition-sensitive agriculture, gender, youth, partnerships, government integration, climate adaptation, and learning.

Donor Name: Rise Against Hunger
Funding name: Empowering Communities Annual Program Statement (APS)

Deadline:
● First Closing Date: November, 4th, 2018
● Second Closing Date: April, 4th, 2019
● Third Closing Date: July, 4th, 2019
● Fourth Closing Date: October, 4th, 2019

Funding limit: RAH will provide funds via a cooperative agreement that will be cost-reimburseable. RAH anticipates that individual cooperative agreements will range between US$75,000 to US$100,000, with initial project length being a minimum of 9 months and a maximum of 18 months duration. However, on a case-by-case basis, applications that are below $75,000 or exceed $100,000 or 18 months in duration may be considered.  Preference will be given to partners that conceptualize a multi-year ag/livelihoods program design, as RAH’s intends to fund multiple iterative cooperative agreements. Successful applicants must be operational and legally registered in the country/ies in which they are applying.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: project length being a minimum of 9 months and a maximum of 18 months duration.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: RAH’s APS targets Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), provided that they are legally registered and recognized under the laws of their respective countries and not prohibited from receiving funding as a result of being on a UN or US government sanctions list. Applicants may include:
● National, regional, and local organizations;
● Non-US NGOs;
● US NGOs;
● Foundations and universities;
● Private enterprises or firms (however, profit cannot be included via RAH funding);
● Business associations; and
● Legally-organized associations of the above organizations.

In addition, the Applicants must demonstrate that they:
● Possess sound managerial, technical, and institutional capacities to achieve project results;
● Possess and apply a system of internal controls in order to safeguard assets and to protect against fraud, waste, and conflicts of interest;
● Are in good standing with all civil and fiscal authorities;
● Possess financial accountability and maintain detailed records of all expenses; and
● Are willing to sign applicable assurance certifications.

Ineligible applicants: The following organizations are not eligible for RAH cooperative agreement funding:
● Political parties, their subsidiaries, or affiliates;
● Organizations that appear on the UN Security Council Consolidated Sanctions List
● US Gov’t System for Award Management, or US Treasury Dept. Office of Foreign Assets Control
● Organizations that promote or engage in illegal activities or anti-democratic activities;
● Faith-based organizations that are not in compliance with Automated Directives System (ADS) 303.3.28, which is in accordance with Executive Order 13279,Equal Protection for the Laws of Faith-based Community Organizations;
● Any governmental organization; and
● Any Public International Organization (PIO).

Eligible Country:
● Africa: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland/eSwatini, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe
● Asia: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka
● North America: Haiti

How to apply: All concept papers are to be submitted via e-mail to: empoweringcommunities@riseagainsthunger.org. Please include “RAH-EC-APS001” in the subject line. Any questions regarding this APS should be submitted to the above e-mail address, and questions will be answered two weeks prior to each closing date, as they are received, and will be disseminated to all interested organizations.

Interested applicants should submit a concept paper written in English and not to exceed five pages (excluding the cover page, annexes, and certifications) typed, single-spaced, 1-inch margins, in a font and size not smaller than Times New Roman 11. Concept papers exceeding the five-page limit will not be reviewed.  Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF formats are accepted.

Attachments:
● CVs of key project staff or detailed position descriptions with qualifications required;
● Confirmation letters from partners detailing their role and contribution; and
● Funding information/Past Performance References.
● Copies of business registration in country/countries in which the project will be implemented.

Annexes
● Log Frame
● Work Plan
● Budget
 A summary budget page of total costs by major line item;
 A detailed budget of all anticipated costs;
 Cost share; and
 Detailed budget notes and supporting justification of all proposed budget line items.
● Pre-Award Risk Assessment Form (provided during final evaluation)

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