Which application forms should be submitted?
Per the Application Requirements on page 5 of the Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI), in order for an application to be completed, the following 5 documents must be submitted:
- MEPI Local Grants Program Project Narrative Template
- MEPI Local Grants Program Budget Narrative Template
- Application for Assistance Form (SF424).
- Budget Information (SF424A)
- Assurances (SF424B)
All the documents are available on our website: https://il.usembassy.gov/education-culture/middle-east-partnership-initiative-mepi/2017-mepi-local-grants-annual-program-statement-aps/
Print, sign, and scan a copy of the Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424) and the Assurances (SF424B).
In addition to those documents, you can send additional required information and attachments up to 10 pages total. For more details please refer to Item 7 on page 5 of the Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI).
All applications should be sent by email to MEPI firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 20:00 on January 8, 2017.
Can I apply if I don’t have yet the required DUNS number or registered in SAM?
Yes, but you should start the process before you submit the application.
What are the Allowable Project Activities? And what are the cost and Activity Restrictions?
Check the Cost and Activity Restrictions section, page 2 in our Annual Program Statement (APS) on our website: https://il.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2016/12/2017-MEPI-Local-Grants-Program-APS.pdf
Is MEPI exclusive to certain communities in Israel?
MEPI can provide funding directed toward all diverse communities in Israel with preference given to projects that promote MEPI’s goals especially within vulnerable communities across Israel. See Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) page 3.
What is MEPI priority for programs in Israel for 2016?
In addition to the general project priority areas outlined in the Annual Program Statement (APS), U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv has identified the following project priority areas in its Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) page 3.:
- Preference will be given to projects that promote MEPI’s goals especially within vulnerable communities across Israel that have partnerships and cooperation with community, officials, decision making leadership, and institutions. The most competitive projects will complement one another and work together to address a single issue from different angles.
- Projects that encourage the representation of all sectors of society in decision-making, including national governance and politics and policy discussions; Promote dialogue between relevant authorities and communities; Address at-risk youth populations and prevent violent extremism.
- Projects that address gender, political orientation, and national diversity within social, economic, and policy groups; Advocate for public accountability and the rule of law; Work on prompting tolerance, respect and combating racism through community projects and educational initiatives.
- Projects that work on the advancement of entrepreneurship, business development and economic advocacy, as well as forging relevant public and private partnerships through holistic approaches.
These U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv project priority areas are designed to provide further guidance and clarification to the information already provided in the 2016 MEPI Annual Program Statement.
Can “cross-border” projects be considered?
Can applications be submitted in Hebrew or Arabic?
As stated in the Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI), on page 3, proposals focusing on conflict resolution, coexistence, shared society, and reconciliation, while extremely worthwhile, usually do not meet MEPI Israel main criteria. If this is your key objective, we encourage you to consider applying for USAID Conflict Management and Mitigation Grants or check the Embassy’s on going Public Diplomacy Grants Program.
Can applications be submitted in Hebrew or Arabic?
Per the instructions provided in the Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI), all applications and supporting documents must be submitted in English, and all of the amounts in the budget must be in U.S dollars.
Can two NGOs submit a joint project to the MEPI Local Grants?
Partnerships are encouraged. Two organizations can submit a proposal for a joint project but only one NGO can be the primary applicant.
Can one organization submit more than one proposal?
Yes, but it is recommended that each organization submits only one application as the primary applicant.
Is a Local Authority in Israel eligible as an applicant for the MEPI Local Grants competition?
Local authorities in Israel cannot be the main applicant for the MEPI Local Grants program, but can be partners in a project.
Is cost-sharing required for MEPI Local Grants projects?
Cost-sharing is not required, but can be included as relevant
Can a relatively small or new organization be eligible to apply?
Yes. We encourage all NGOs to apply, including small and new ones.
Can MEPI support on-going projects?
No, MEPI funds do not support a continuation of an on-going project. As per the “Proposal Review Criteria” section on page 8 of the Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI), the MEPI Program prioritizes innovative and creative approaches rather than projects that simply duplicate or add to efforts by other entities. This does not exclude projects that clearly build off existing successful projects in a new and innovative way from consideration. Where similar activities are already taking place, an explanation should be provided as to how new activities will not duplicate or merely add to existing activities and how these efforts will be coordinated.
Can follow-on MEPI projects be funded?
Yes, however as stated in the previous question, follow-on projects should not be a continuation of an existing grant, but one that is “Phase 2” or one that needs different activities to be effective. Follow-on previous MEPI grant/project applications will be processed as a new proposal.
What is the expected project period?
Most projects financed by MEPI Local Grants are approximately one-year in duration.
Can projects be funded for more than one year?
Per the Annual Program Statement (APS), page 3, projects are usually funded for one year, but the project and budget periods can be a minimum of six months and up to two years if a longer time period would yield more significant or better results.
Assuming the project gets approved for funding, when can it start?
Projects should aim for a starting date around August 2017. The timeframe of each project will be determined upon receiving the final approval for the application.
Does MEPI fund research projects?
Per the Annual Program Statement (APS) page 2, MEPI cannot fund academic or analytical research as stand-alone projects. However, if the research suggested is simply a small portion of the larger project proposed, the need for such a research and the effect of its results on the project must be reflected in the overall goals and objectives of the project.
When will decisions be sent out?
MEPI expects to notify applicants about the status of their application by April 1, 2017.