Notice of Funding Availability: Inviting Applications for the Food for Progress Program, 45221-45223 [2011-19141]

Download as PDF 45221 Notices Federal Register Vol. 76, No. 145 Thursday, July 28, 2011 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Office of Advocacy and Outreach; Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers; Notice of Meeting Office of Advocacy and Outreach, USDA. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO). Notice of the meetings are provided in accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2). This meeting will be open to the public. As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the OAO announces a public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers (Committee) to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on: (1) The implementation of section 2501 of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2279; (2) methods of maximizing the participation of minority farmers and ranchers in Department of Agriculture programs; and (3) civil rights activities within the Department as such activities relate to participants in such programs. DATES: The meeting will be held on August 11, 2011, and August 12, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., respectively. The meeting will be open to the public for public comment on August 11, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza, 300 North Second Street, Memphis, TN 38105. The hotel’s telephone number is 901 525–1800. Written comments may be submitted to: Henry Searcy, Jr., Designated Federal Officer, OAO, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Whitten Bldg., 520–A, Washington, DC 20250, 202–692–4119. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions should be directed to Phyllis rmajette on DSK89S0YB1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:51 Jul 27, 2011 Jkt 223001 Morgan, Executive Assistant, OAO, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Whitten Bldg., 520–A, Washington, DC 20250, 202–692–4119, Fax: 202–720–7136 email: Phyllis.Morgan@osec.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee was established pursuant to section 14008 of the Food Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Public Law 110–246, 122 Stat. 1651, 2208. The Secretary of Agriculture selected a diverse group of members representing a broad spectrum of persons interested in providing solutions to the challenges of the aforementioned agenda topics (1), (2) and (3). Equal opportunity practices were considered in all appointments to the Committee in accordance with USDA policies. The Secretary selected the members in January 2011. On August 11, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., there will be an opportunity for public comments. Interested persons may present views, orally or in writing, on issues relating to the above agenda topics (1), (2) and (3) before the committee. Written submissions may be submitted to the contact person on or before August 1, 2011. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Those individuals interested in making formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the issue they wish to present and the names and addresses of proposed participants. (All oral presentations will be given three minutes. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than what can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session timeframe, OAO may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session.) The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by August 5, 2011. OAO will make all agenda topics available to the public via the OAO Web site (https://www.outreach.usda.gov/ oasdfr) no later than 10 business days before the meeting and at the meeting. OAO welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Phyllis Morgan at least 7 days in advance of the PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 meeting. OAO is committed to the orderly conduct of the advisory committee meeting. Please visit our Web site at https://www.outreach.usda.gov/ oasdfr for procedures on public conduct during the advisory committee meeting. Walt Douglas, Director, Office of Advocacy and Outreach. [FR Doc. 2011–19172 Filed 7–27–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Foreign Agricultural Service Notice of Funding Availability: Inviting Applications for the Food for Progress Program Announcement Type: New. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.606. The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) announces it is inviting proposals for the Food for Progress (FFPr) program. The total resources available are estimated at about $160 million. The FFPr Program is administered by FAS. DATES: All applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time October 26, 2011. Applications received after this date will not be considered. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Food Assistance Division, Office of Capacity Building and Development, Foreign Agricultural Service, 1250 Maryland Avenue, Suite 400, SW., Washington, DC 20024; or by phone: (202) 720–4221; or by fax: (202) 690– 0251; or by e-mail at ppded@fas.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Funding Opportunity Description A. Authority: The FFPr program is authorized by the Food for Progress Act of 1985, as amended. B. Purpose: The FFPr program provides for the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities to developing countries and countries that are emerging democracies that have made commitments to introduce or expand free enterprise in their agricultural economies. Donated commodities are typically ‘‘monetized’’ (or sold on the local market), and the proceeds are used E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 45222 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 145 / Thursday, July 28, 2011 / Notices to fund agricultural development activities. C. Objectives: For this notice, FAS is concentrating FFPr resources toward achieving two high-level objectives: (1) Increase agricultural productivity and (2) expand trade of agricultural products (domestically, regionally, and internationally). For more information on the two objectives, please see Section V of this notice. D. Priorities: FAS will give priority consideration to otherwise acceptable applications that support results for priority countries, regions, and objectives sectors listed at: https:// www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/FoodAid/ FFP/FFPrPriorities.asp. II. Award Information A. Award Size: Grants provided under the FFPr program normally range from $5–$15 million. B. Type of Award: All awards will be made in the form of competitive grants. rmajette on DSK89S0YB1PROD with NOTICES III. Eligibility Information For eligibility requirements, see the FFPr program regulations (7 CFR 1499.3). IV. Application and Submission Information A. Application Content: An applicant for funding under FFPr shall submit an application that contains the information specified in 7 CFR 1499.4 which includes a completed form SF– 424, an Introductory Statement, a Plan of Operation, and a proposed budget. Guidance on preparing the Introductory Statement, Plan of Operation, and a budget can be found in the proposal entry module of the Food Aid Information System (FAIS) at the following address: https:// www.fas.usda.gov/fais/public. Additionally, the application shall include a plan to monitor the implementation of all program activities, a Performance Monitoring Plan, and a plan to evaluate all activities and report to FAS on the impact, in accordance with the policy found at: https://www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/ FoodAid/FFP/MEPolicy.asp. B. Method of Submission: The entire application package must be submitted electronically to FAS’s online proposal entry system, the FAIS, located at https://www.fas.usda.gov/fais/public. C. Deadline for Submission: All applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, October 26, 2011. Applications received after this date will not be considered. D. Frequently Asked Questions: Please see the FAS Web site for frequently asked questions on applying for the VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:51 Jul 27, 2011 Jkt 223001 Food for Progress program, available at: https://www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/ FoodAid/FFP/ApplicationFAQs.asp. V. Selecting Project Objectives and Results A. Results Frameworks: In an effort to use scarce resources more strategically, FAS has developed two results frameworks for the FFPr program. The two frameworks correspond to the FFPr program’s two high-level objectives: (1) Increase agricultural productivity and (2) expand trade of agricultural products (domestically, regionally, and internationally). Applications that do not contribute to one of these two highlevel objectives will not be funded. The results frameworks are available on the FAS Web site at: https:// www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/FoodAid/ FFP/ResultsFrameworks.pdf. B. Incorporating Results Into Applications: Applicants must submit an illustration(s) of a framework(s) that shows the intended results for the proposed project. The project framework(s) submitted by the applicant must be consistent with the programlevel frameworks that FAS has developed. However, applicants can add or subtract results from/to the frameworks as appropriate but cannot modify any of the remaining results. Within the Introductory Statement, applicants must also provide an assessment of how the proposed project will contribute to the high-level objective(s) of the FFPr program frameworks. The assessment should focus on the country specific context for the project including key problems or barriers that limit an applicant’s ability in achieving the high-level objective addressed. The assessment should provide to USDA an understanding of why the application will include results for specific portions of the frameworks and exclude results from others. The assessment will allow USDA to follow the contributions of the application in the frameworks and to make sure the application addresses key problems, barriers, or weaknesses in the country. Applicants should also list strengths in the countries or investments by other donors that explain the rationale for excluding results. C. Additional Information: For specific guidance on how to incorporate the frameworks into a proposal and for a list of performance management indicators, please see our application guidance at: https://www.fas.usda.gov/ excredits/FoodAid/FFP/ FrameworkGuidance.asp. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 VI. Proposal Review Criteria A. Review Process: FAS will review all responsive proposals that are submitted by the deadline. FAS will invite comments from other U.S. Government agencies (USG) on its award recommendations, but FAS will make the final determination about which proposals to fund. B. Criteria: FAS will review and evaluate each proposal using the following criteria: 1. Project Design and Alignment with the Solicitation (18 percent) (a) Does the project design incorporate the solicitation’s priority countries, geographic regions, and objectives? (b) Does the application explain the need for the proposed activities? (c) Are objectives and activities clearly defined, achievable? (d) Does the application clearly explain how the applicant will implement the project? (e) Does the application explain how the applicant will use its resources to assure that program objectives are met? (f) Is the plan of operation costeffective, given the proposed objectives and activities? 2. Indicators for Proposed Activities and FFPr Results (23 percent) (a) Are the proposed results achievable, realistic, and meaningful? (b) Does the application provide an illustration of the results framework for the application? (c) Does the application include an assessment that addresses the need for specific results and the reasoning for including or excluding portions of the program frameworks? (d) Does the application contain an estimated number of beneficiaries? (e) Is the number of beneficiaries realistic for the proposed activities? (f) Are the beneficiaries and criteria for selection explicit? (g) Does the application incorporate results and corresponding indicators from the FFPr results frameworks? (h) Does the application explain how the proposed activities directly contribute to the selected results from the FFPr results frameworks? (i) Does the application present a comprehensive plan to monitor proposed activities and performance indicators? (j) Does the application present a comprehensive plan to evaluate the proposed program and its impact? 3. Overall Application Quality (9 percent) (a) Is each necessary section in the application completed? (b) Is each section of the application consistent with the other sections? E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 rmajette on DSK89S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 145 / Thursday, July 28, 2011 / Notices (c) Is the application clearly written? 4. Commodity Management and Appropriateness (14 percent) (a) Does the application demonstrate that the commodity type and tonnage are appropriate for the market and will not disrupt commercial sales? (b) Does the applicant have a clear plan to monetize or distribute the commodity? (c) Does participant have monetization experience or plans to hire an experienced agent? (d) Does the application address specific country concerns, including customs exemptions, import barriers, tariffs, etc.? (e) Does the application include port, warehouse, and handling capacity in country as it relates to the commodity, tonnage, and packaging? 5. Organizational Capability and Experience (18 percent) (a) Does the application establish the organization’s project management capability, including its ability to implement, supervise, and support projects? (b) Does the applicant have sufficient financial management capability to implement the proposed program? (c) Does the applicant have past experience or expertise in the program objectives and/or activities proposed? (d) If the applicant has had programs with USDA or USAID, was this a productive collaboration with positive outcomes? (e) Is applicant registered in country or does it offer a plan to become registered? (f) Does the organization have experience working in the country of the proposed program? 6. In-Country Coordination (9 percent) (a) Does the organization have a working relationship with and support from the recipient government? (b) Did the organization work with the recipient government to develop the proposed activities? (c) Does the application explicitly describe its coordination with published USG and host government development strategies? (d) Does the application describe what other stakeholders (host government, USG, other donors, private sector, etc.) are already doing to address agricultural development, and explain how the proposed program will complement these activities? (e) Does the proposed program have private and public sector support? (f) Does the proposed program have established partnerships with and buyin from beneficiary groups/ communities? 7. Sustainability Plan/Objectives (9 percent) VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:51 Jul 27, 2011 Jkt 223001 (a) Does the applicant provide a satisfactory plan for continuation of projects beyond Food for Progress support? If the project is not sustainable, is there an explanation? (b) Does the organization have a plan for securing local support (public, private, other) to maintain programming after the grant’s completion? (c) For an organization that has received previous FFPr grants, does the proposal reference sustainable activities launched under earlier agreements? 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. (a) FAS has terminated an agreement with the organization for violations within the last 3 years. (b) The organization owes USDA a debt that is not covered by a payment plan or other method of resolution. (c) The organization has submitted late or has not submitted at all two or more required reports in the last three years. (d) The organization has not responded to FAS’s deadlines for documents required to close an agreement on two or more occasions within the last 3 years. VII. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices: FAS will notify each applicant in writing of the final decision regarding its application. FAS will send a letter to each approved applicant that will specify the amount of funding. Once the approved applicant receives this letter, FAS will begin negotiations with the applicant to develop a grant agreement. The agreement will incorporate the details of the project as approved by FAS and in accordance with the FFPr program regulations, 7 CFR part 1499. 2. Reporting: An organization receiving funding under the FFPr program will be required to provide quarterly financial reports, semi-annual logistics and monitoring reports, a baseline study, a mid-term evaluation, and a final evaluation report, as provided in the grant agreement. All reports must be submitted using the FAIS. All organizations receiving funding will be required to report against the indicators in the agreement at each reporting cycle. Changes in the original project timelines and adjustments within project budgets must be approved by FAS prior to their implementation. 3. Monitoring and Evaluation: A program participant shall submit to FAS, in the manner specified in the agreement, an annual financial audit in PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45223 accordance with 7 CFR § 1599.13(d). If FAS requires an annual financial audit with respect to a particular agreement, and FAS provides funds for this purpose, the participant shall arrange for such audit and submit it to FAS, in the manner specified in the agreement. The participant shall provide to FAS additional information or reports relating to the agreement if requested by FAS. Signed at Washington, DC, on July 15, 2011. Suzanne E. Heinen, Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service. [FR Doc. 2011–19141 Filed 7–27–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–10–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Foreign Agricultural Service Notice of Funding Availability: Inviting Applications for McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program Announcement Type: New. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.608. The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) announces it is inviting applications for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition program (McGovernDole). Total resources are expected to be about $190 million, but are contingent on final FY 2012 appropriations action. Eligible applicants may submit applications through October 26, 2011. The McGovern-Dole program is administered by FAS. DATES: All applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, October 26, 2011. Applications received after this date will not be considered. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Food Assistance Division, Office of Capacity Building and Development, Foreign Agricultural Service, 1250 Maryland Avenue, Suite 400, SW., Washington, DC 20024; by phone: (202) 720–4221; by fax: (202) 690–0251; or by e-mail at: ppded@fas.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Funding Opportunity Description A. Authority: The McGovern-Dole program is authorized by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, as amended. B. Purpose: The McGovern-Dole program promotes education, child development, and food security for poor E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Foreign Agricultural Service


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

    Announcement Type: New.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.606.

SUMMARY: The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) announces it is 
inviting proposals for the Food for Progress (FFPr) program. The total 
resources available are estimated at about $160 million. The FFPr 
Program is administered by FAS.

DATES: All applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard 
Time October 26, 2011. Applications received after this date will not 
be considered.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Food Assistance Division, Office of 
Capacity Building and Development, Foreign Agricultural Service, 1250 
Maryland Avenue, Suite 400, SW., Washington, DC 20024; or by phone: 
(202) 720-4221; or by fax: (202) 690-0251; or by e-mail at 
ppded@fas.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    A. Authority: The FFPr program is authorized by the Food for 
Progress Act of 1985, as amended.
    B. Purpose: The FFPr program provides for the donation of U.S. 
agricultural commodities to developing countries and countries that are 
emerging democracies that have made commitments to introduce or expand 
free enterprise in their agricultural economies. Donated commodities 
are typically ``monetized'' (or sold on the local market), and the 
proceeds are used

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to fund agricultural development activities.
    C. Objectives: For this notice, FAS is concentrating FFPr resources 
toward achieving two high-level objectives: (1) Increase agricultural 
productivity and (2) expand trade of agricultural products 
(domestically, regionally, and internationally). For more information 
on the two objectives, please see Section V of this notice.
    D. Priorities: FAS will give priority consideration to otherwise 
acceptable applications that support results for priority countries, 
regions, and objectives sectors listed at: https://www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/FoodAid/FFP/FFPrPriorities.asp.

II. Award Information

    A. Award Size: Grants provided under the FFPr program normally 
range from $5-$15 million.
    B. Type of Award: All awards will be made in the form of 
competitive grants.

III. Eligibility Information

    For eligibility requirements, see the FFPr program regulations (7 
CFR 1499.3).

IV. Application and Submission Information

    A. Application Content: An applicant for funding under FFPr shall 
submit an application that contains the information specified in 7 CFR 
1499.4 which includes a completed form SF-424, an Introductory 
Statement, a Plan of Operation, and a proposed budget. Guidance on 
preparing the Introductory Statement, Plan of Operation, and a budget 
can be found in the proposal entry module of the Food Aid Information 
System (FAIS) at the following address: https://www.fas.usda.gov/fais/public. Additionally, the application shall include a plan to monitor 
the implementation of all program activities, a Performance Monitoring 
Plan, and a plan to evaluate all activities and report to FAS on the 
impact, in accordance with the policy found at: https://www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/FoodAid/FFP/MEPolicy.asp.
    B. Method of Submission: The entire application package must be 
submitted electronically to FAS's online proposal entry system, the 
FAIS, located at https://www.fas.usda.gov/fais/public.
    C. Deadline for Submission: All applications must be received by 5 
p.m. Eastern Standard Time, October 26, 2011. Applications received 
after this date will not be considered.
    D. Frequently Asked Questions: Please see the FAS Web site for 
frequently asked questions on applying for the Food for Progress 
program, available at: https://www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/FoodAid/FFP/ApplicationFAQs.asp.

V. Selecting Project Objectives and Results

    A. Results Frameworks: In an effort to use scarce resources more 
strategically, FAS has developed two results frameworks for the FFPr 
program. The two frameworks correspond to the FFPr program's two high-
level objectives: (1) Increase agricultural productivity and (2) expand 
trade of agricultural products (domestically, regionally, and 
internationally). Applications that do not contribute to one of these 
two high-level objectives will not be funded. The results frameworks 
are available on the FAS Web site at: https://www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/FoodAid/FFP/ResultsFrameworks.pdf.
    B. Incorporating Results Into Applications: Applicants must submit 
an illustration(s) of a framework(s) that shows the intended results 
for the proposed project. The project framework(s) submitted by the 
applicant must be consistent with the program-level frameworks that FAS 
has developed. However, applicants can add or subtract results from/to 
the frameworks as appropriate but cannot modify any of the remaining 
results. Within the Introductory Statement, applicants must also 
provide an assessment of how the proposed project will contribute to 
the high-level objective(s) of the FFPr program frameworks. The 
assessment should focus on the country specific context for the project 
including key problems or barriers that limit an applicant's ability in 
achieving the high-level objective addressed. The assessment should 
provide to USDA an understanding of why the application will include 
results for specific portions of the frameworks and exclude results 
from others. The assessment will allow USDA to follow the contributions 
of the application in the frameworks and to make sure the application 
addresses key problems, barriers, or weaknesses in the country. 
Applicants should also list strengths in the countries or investments 
by other donors that explain the rationale for excluding results.
    C. Additional Information: For specific guidance on how to 
incorporate the frameworks into a proposal and for a list of 
performance management indicators, please see our application guidance 
at: https://www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/FoodAid/FFP/FrameworkGuidance.asp.

VI. Proposal Review Criteria

    A. Review Process: FAS will review all responsive proposals that 
are submitted by the deadline. FAS will invite comments from other U.S. 
Government agencies (USG) on its award recommendations, but FAS will 
make the final determination about which proposals to fund.
    B. Criteria: FAS will review and evaluate each proposal using the 
following criteria:
    1. Project Design and Alignment with the Solicitation (18 percent)
    (a) Does the project design incorporate the solicitation's priority 
countries, geographic regions, and objectives?
    (b) Does the application explain the need for the proposed 
activities?
    (c) Are objectives and activities clearly defined, achievable?
    (d) Does the application clearly explain how the applicant will 
implement the project?
    (e) Does the application explain how the applicant will use its 
resources to assure that program objectives are met?
    (f) Is the plan of operation cost-effective, given the proposed 
objectives and activities?
    2. Indicators for Proposed Activities and FFPr Results (23 percent)
    (a) Are the proposed results achievable, realistic, and meaningful?
    (b) Does the application provide an illustration of the results 
framework for the application?
    (c) Does the application include an assessment that addresses the 
need for specific results and the reasoning for including or excluding 
portions of the program frameworks?
    (d) Does the application contain an estimated number of 
beneficiaries?
    (e) Is the number of beneficiaries realistic for the proposed 
activities?
    (f) Are the beneficiaries and criteria for selection explicit?
    (g) Does the application incorporate results and corresponding 
indicators from the FFPr results frameworks?
    (h) Does the application explain how the proposed activities 
directly contribute to the selected results from the FFPr results 
frameworks?
    (i) Does the application present a comprehensive plan to monitor 
proposed activities and performance indicators?
    (j) Does the application present a comprehensive plan to evaluate 
the proposed program and its impact?
    3. Overall Application Quality (9 percent)
    (a) Is each necessary section in the application completed?
    (b) Is each section of the application consistent with the other 
sections?

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    (c) Is the application clearly written?
    4. Commodity Management and Appropriateness (14 percent)
    (a) Does the application demonstrate that the commodity type and 
tonnage are appropriate for the market and will not disrupt commercial 
sales?
    (b) Does the applicant have a clear plan to monetize or distribute 
the commodity?
    (c) Does participant have monetization experience or plans to hire 
an experienced agent?
    (d) Does the application address specific country concerns, 
including customs exemptions, import barriers, tariffs, etc.?
    (e) Does the application include port, warehouse, and handling 
capacity in country as it relates to the commodity, tonnage, and 
packaging?
    5. Organizational Capability and Experience (18 percent)
    (a) Does the application establish the organization's project 
management capability, including its ability to implement, supervise, 
and support projects?
    (b) Does the applicant have sufficient financial management 
capability to implement the proposed program?
    (c) Does the applicant have past experience or expertise in the 
program objectives and/or activities proposed?
    (d) If the applicant has had programs with USDA or USAID, was this 
a productive collaboration with positive outcomes?
    (e) Is applicant registered in country or does it offer a plan to 
become registered?
    (f) Does the organization have experience working in the country of 
the proposed program?
    6. In-Country Coordination (9 percent)
    (a) Does the organization have a working relationship with and 
support from the recipient government?
    (b) Did the organization work with the recipient government to 
develop the proposed activities?
    (c) Does the application explicitly describe its coordination with 
published USG and host government development strategies?
    (d) Does the application describe what other stakeholders (host 
government, USG, other donors, private sector, etc.) are already doing 
to address agricultural development, and explain how the proposed 
program will complement these activities?
    (e) Does the proposed program have private and public sector 
support?
    (f) Does the proposed program have established partnerships with 
and buy-in from beneficiary groups/communities?
    7. Sustainability Plan/Objectives (9 percent)
    (a) Does the applicant provide a satisfactory plan for continuation 
of projects beyond Food for Progress support? If the project is not 
sustainable, is there an explanation?
    (b) Does the organization have a plan for securing local support 
(public, private, other) to maintain programming after the grant's 
completion?
    (c) For an organization that has received previous FFPr grants, 
does the proposal reference sustainable activities launched under 
earlier agreements?
    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.
    (a) FAS has terminated an agreement with the organization for 
violations within the last 3 years.
    (b) The organization owes USDA a debt that is not covered by a 
payment plan or other method of resolution.
    (c) The organization has submitted late or has not submitted at all 
two or more required reports in the last three years.
    (d) The organization has not responded to FAS's deadlines for 
documents required to close an agreement on two or more occasions 
within the last 3 years.

VII. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: FAS will notify each applicant in writing of the 
final decision regarding its application. FAS will send a letter to 
each approved applicant that will specify the amount of funding. Once 
the approved applicant receives this letter, FAS will begin 
negotiations with the applicant to develop a grant agreement. The 
agreement will incorporate the details of the project as approved by 
FAS and in accordance with the FFPr program regulations, 7 CFR part 
1499.
    2. Reporting: An organization receiving funding under the FFPr 
program will be required to provide quarterly financial reports, semi-
annual logistics and monitoring reports, a baseline study, a mid-term 
evaluation, and a final evaluation report, as provided in the grant 
agreement. All reports must be submitted using the FAIS. All 
organizations receiving funding will be required to report against the 
indicators in the agreement at each reporting cycle. Changes in the 
original project timelines and adjustments within project budgets must 
be approved by FAS prior to their implementation.
    3. Monitoring and Evaluation: A program participant shall submit to 
FAS, in the manner specified in the agreement, an annual financial 
audit in accordance with 7 CFR Sec.  1599.13(d). If FAS requires an 
annual financial audit with respect to a particular agreement, and FAS 
provides funds for this purpose, the participant shall arrange for such 
audit and submit it to FAS, in the manner specified in the agreement. 
The participant shall provide to FAS additional information or reports 
relating to the agreement if requested by FAS.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on July 15, 2011.
Suzanne E. Heinen,
Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-19141 Filed 7-27-11; 8:45 am]
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