Grant Cycle 001


We thank all those who have shown interest in the Citizens’ Voice Project or have applied for the first grant cycle.

The applications under the second grant cycle are currently being processed.

The next grant cycle is likely to be announced soon.
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The Citizens’ Voice Project


December 01,2011


RFA Title: Citizens’ Voice Project – Grant Cycle 001


Ladies and Gentlemen:

Please refer to the above mentioned RFA, Section A – INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION FORMAT, paragraph 2 – PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES, whereby applicants are required to acknowledge receipt of this amendment as a part of their application on the form attached herewith. Please upload the receipt acknowledgement on the project website as a part of your application. For applicants preferring submission by hard copies, the receipt acknowledgement of this amendment must also be submitted.

The subject RFA is hereby modified as follows:


Delete “18 NOV 2011, 1600 hrs” and insert “08 DEC 2011, 1600 hrs” in lieu thereof for the RFA Clarification Questions Due Date.

Delete “02 DEC 2011, 1600 hrs Islamabad, PST” and insert “15 DEC 2011, 1600 hrs Islamabad, PST” in lieu thereof for the closing time for application submission.

End of Amendment

For applicants who have already submitted their applications: Applications submitted before the original close date are preserved in the system “as is”. Applicants may reapply or revise their applications in light of this extension in application submission date.


Issuance Date: 3 NOV 2011

RFA Clarification Questions Due: 18 NOV 2011, 1600 hrs

Closing Time for Application Submission:02 DEC 2011, 1600 hrs Islamabad, PST

Subject: Request for Applications (RFA) Number:TDEA-CVP-Cycle-1-10-2011

RFA Title: Citizens’ Voice Project – Grant Cycle 001

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA) is seeking applications for grants from all eligible and qualified organizations for funding to support programming in selected thematic areas for its program entitled “Citizens Voice Project” being managed under a contract with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The authority for the RFA is found in the contract number AID-391-C-11-00001 between TDEA and the USAID. TDEA has the Asia Foundation (TAF) and Grant Thornton – Anjum Asim Shahid Rahman Chartered Accountants (GT-AASR) as subcontractors in different technical areas of the project. These organizations will also be involved at different steps in the grant cycle.

The purpose of this RFA is to disseminate information to prospective applicants so that they may develop and submit applications for TDEA funding. This RFA: (A) describes the types of activity for which applications will be considered; (B) describes the funding available and the process and requirements for submitting applications; (C) explains the criteria for evaluating applications; and (D) refers prospective applicants to relevant documentation available on the Internet.

The successful Applicant will be responsible for ensuring achievement of the program objectives described in Section – C of this RFA. Subject to the availability of funds, TDEA intends to provide approximately PKR221,000,000 in total funding for the activities outlined in the Section – C.

TDEA reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted with or without giving any reasons. Although it is planned to make multiple grant awards under this RFA, TDEA might make no award or fund parts of an application. The actual number of awards made under this RFA is subject to the viability of applications received, availability of funds, as well as the interests and requirements of TDEA/USAID.

Profit or fees will not be allowed under the grants to be executed. However, in accordance with applicable cost standards, all reasonable, allowable, and allocable expenses, both direct and indirect, which are related to the grant awards, may be recognized.

Applicants under consideration for an award that have never received funding from USAID will be subject to pre-award responsibility determination exercises of different types to determine fiscal responsibility, ensure adequacy of financial controls.

Applications must be directly responsive to the terms and conditions of this RFA. Eligible organizations interested in submitting an application must read this RFA thoroughly to understand the type of project sought and the application submission requirements and the evaluation criteria. To be considered for the award, the applicant must provide all required information in its application including the requirements laid down in any of the attachments to this RFA and subsequent amendments to it, if any.

This RFA consists of this cover letter plus the following sections which are an integral part of this RFA:

1. Section – A: Instructions for application format.

2. Section – B: Selection Criteria.

3. Section – C: Program Summary/ Program Description

4. Section – D: Pre-award Certifications, Assurances and other statements of applicant/ recipient.

5. Section – E: Annexes

TDEA reserves the right to make any final decisions with respect to this solicitation and intends to fund the application(s) which meet the criteria laid down in the RFA, are deemed as most-advantageous for project objectives and provide(s) the best value for money. Issuance of this RFA does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the TDEA or USAID, nor does it commit the TDEA or USAID to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application. In addition, award of the agreement contemplated by this RFA cannot be made until funds have been appropriated, allocated and committed through internal TDEA procedures. While TDEA anticipates that these procedures will be successfully completed, potential Applicants are hereby notified of these requirements and conditions for the award. No costs chargeable to the proposed Agreement may be incurred before receipt of a fully executed Agreement.

In the event of an inconsistency between the documents comprising this RFA, it shall be resolved at the discretion of the Chief of Party. It is the responsibility of the recipient of this RFA document to ensure that it has been downloaded in entirety from the project website. TDEA bears no responsibility for data errors resulting from transmission or conversion processes associated with electronic submissions.

All guidance included in this RFA takes precedence over any reference documents referred to in the RFA. If there are problems in downloading the RFA from the Internet, please email for technical assistance.

The applicant shall submit applications online in electronic copy by uploading to project website. Applications submission in hard copy format is accepted if submission in electronic format is not practicable as described in Section A. Applicants should submit in hard form ONE COMPLETE ORIGINAL APPLICATION (technical and cost) duly marked as “ORIGINAL” and THREE COPIES of only technical proposal, duly marked as “COPY” and a soft copy on a CD ROM having complete application (technical and cost) enclosed with the hard copies to the GPO Islamabad Box number provided in this letter. In case of discrepancies between the original and copies, the original documents will take precedence. Applicants must retain a copy of their application and accompanying enclosures for their records.

Prospective Applicants who have questions concerning the contents of this RFA shall submit them in writing no later than date above to Grants Management Committee (GMC) at by email ONLY. No questions will be answered over the telephone or prior to question closing date. Question answers will be posted via the “FAQs” section through the project website. No questions after the closing date or pre-application program orientation conference will be accepted.

Applications must be received by the closing date and time indicated at the top of this cover letter. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for award. Telegraphic or fax applications are not authorized for this RFA and will not be accepted.

Thank you for your consideration of this TDEA initiative towards a national cause. We look forward to your participation.


Grants Management Committee

citizens’ Voice Project

GPO Box Number 2101, Islamabad