The United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, is seeking applications from qualified U.S. and non-U.S. based non-governmental (NGOs)/non-profit organizations or Educational Institutions for a grant to implement a program entitled “Supporting Criminal Justice Reform and Strengthening Anti corruption Efforts in 3 Moldova.”
The project aims to:
- Support continued reform, and increased professionalism and integrity, in the Prosecution Service and the judiciary;
- Build the capacities of key justice sector entities, and the skills and competencies of staff working in these entities, to more effectively combat corruption;
- Support law reform initiatives in the criminal, criminal procedure and other justice sector spheres to better align Moldovan law with European standards; and
- Promote expanded access to justice, in particular through support to state Legal Aid and law faculty legal clinics.
Objective 1: Support increased integrity and professionalism, and further reform, within the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Superior Council of Prosecutors and the Superior Council of Magistrates.
Objective 2: Build capacity of key justice sector entities to more effectively combat corruption.
Objective 3: Support criminal, criminal procedure and other justice sector law reform initiatives meeting European standards.
Objective 4: Support lawyers, other legal professionals and others working in the Legal Aid system and law faculty legal clinics to improve professional standards and increase their capacity to appropriately protect the rights of eligible clients, thus expanding access to justice.
- The anticipated total federal funding amount is not to exceed $1,500,000.
- The period of performance is two (2) years with an anticipated start date of September 2020.
- Applicants should identify target audiences, specific demographics, and the region(s) in which the project will be implemented. It is particularly important to specify the approximate number of beneficiaries to be directly and indirectly impacted by project activities.
- Applicants that qualify to receive U.S. grants (such as U.S. not-for-profit/nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or U.S.-based educational institutions subject to section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code; foreign not-for-profits/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or foreign based educational institutions, with the ability to develop and successfully implement a project in Moldova and meet INL’s reporting requirements. Organizations must also be able to demonstrate current (or pending) country registration in Moldova, if required by the country of project implementation.
- Applicants must have demonstrated experience implementing similar education or capacity building programs, preferably in Moldova. INL reserves the right to request additional background information on organizations that do not have previous experience administering similar programs and/or federal grant awards.
- Applicants must have the ability to produce course materials, deliver training, and conduct evaluations in Romanian, English and, where appropriate, Russian. The applicant’s staff should be proficient in English in order to fulfill reporting requirements.
- Applicants must have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with stakeholders in order to successfully carry out the proposed program.
- Organizations may form a consortium and submit a combined proposal. However, one organization should be designated as the lead applicant and other members as sub-award partners.
- Applicants must be able to respond to the NOFO and be able to mobilize in a short period.
Note: Public International Organizations (PIOs) and For-Profit Organizations are excluded from applying to this grant announcement.
- To be eligible for a grant award, in addition to other conditions of this NOFO, organizations must have a commitment to non‐discrimination with respect to beneficiaries and adherence to equal opportunity employment practices. INL is committed to an anti-discrimination policy in all of its programs and activities. INL welcomes applications irrespective of an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or other status. Applicants are reminded that U.S. Executive Orders and U.S. law prohibits transactions with, and the provision of resources and support to, individuals and organizations associated with terrorism. It is the legal responsibility of the recipient to ensure compliance with these Executive Orders and laws. This provision must be included in any sub‐awards issued under this grant award.
- INL encourages applications from potential new partners.