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Small Grants Program - Request for Applications, Round II

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications from eligible organizations and institutions in South Asia that seek to address and advance pertinent regional and local energy concerns, with marked focus on community-based clean energy implementation initiatives. Projects will be funded through the South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy (SARI/Energy) Small Grants Program (SGP) under grant from USAID (Grant no. 386-C-00033-00).

All details regarding application submission including the objective, activities, eligible countries, eligibility criteria, and clearly defined evaluation criteria are included in the Request for Application (RFA) document. The deadline for submission of applications is September 25, 2009. The RFA can be downloaded below:



Request for Application
in Adobe Acrobat format (.pdf)

(to save the .pdf link, right click and select "Save As":)
The timetable for the Round - 2 selection process is as follows:

RFA announced

20 August 2009

Applications due

25 September 2009

Revised applications submitted (if required)

A fortnight from the request of revised applications

Short-listed applications selected

October 2009

Awardees selected

End of October 2009

SGP Activities

The SARI/Energy Small Grants Program will award grants on a competitive basis to local/regional not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities / academic institutions / training institutions, and/or autonomous bodies on their initiative and capabilities to address the following indicative areas:

  • Improved access to clean energy alternatives and quality of services for men and women
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation among urban and/or rural beneficiary bases
  • Increased awareness and civil participation on energy generation and sustainability issues
  • Environmental impacts of natural resource utilization and energy use
  • Introduction of renewable / clean energy applications through active community mobilization
  • Enhancement of  income-generation and livelihood opportunities by ensuring productive enterprise development for rural and underserved sections of society
  • New and innovative approaches in enhancing energy access to under-served communities and women

These suggested activities are not exhaustive and other innovative approaches to deal with SARI/Energy’s overarching objectives will be awarded due consideration.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria. Each applicant organization must:

  • Be registered with the applicable local authorities or in the event of international organizations must demonstrate local presence and organization to deliver; (Where SARI/Energy’s input in the process would strengthen the organization this will be forthcoming)
  • Be non-profit, non-political, non-police and non-military in purpose and organization
  • Be in existence for at least two years
  • Be responsible and accountable for all monies distributed under this activity
  • Be organized to serve legitimate and socially desirable community functions, particularly those that promote socioeconomic equity
  • If a school, must be a non-government school
  • If a religious or church organization, the activity for which funds are requested must be a community-based activity that serves all people in the community without regard for membership in that religious organization (e.g., a day-care center that is open to all children of the community)
  • While one application per lead institution per round will be accepted, there is no limit on the number of applications the applicant could be included in as a partner.
  • Provide at least 50% cost sharing in cash or kind for the proposed activity.  

Applicants must note that the SARI/Energy Small Grants Program will NOT fund:

  • Government agencies or political organizations, or organizations that lobby the U.S. Government
  • Organizations known to or believed to sponsor terrorism
  • Purely religious, police or military activities
  • Activities that create profit for the organization or constitute income generating activities for its personnel
  • Equipment that is not explicitly required to complete the work outlined in the RFA (equipment may be purchased only to support the sub-grant activities, and the sub-grantee must follow U.S. Government procurement regulations)
  • Personnel or administrative expenses that are not related to the project; or
  • Activities that are financed by other U.S. Government sources or that duplicate other USAID funding

All applications must be drafted in accordance with the guidelines stipulated by the RFA document. Non compliance of the same could lead to the application being rejected by the Program Office.

Duly completed applications will be judged on the basis of the following weighted criteria:

  • Demonstrated sustainability of the project (Maximum 20 points)
  • Organization and qualifications related to the activity (Maximum 15 points)
  • Clear explanation of how the implementation plan will contribute to meeting project goals and component objectives (Maximum 20 points)
  • Feasibility of Implementation Plan (Maximum 20 points)
  • Cost Realism/Cost-Effectiveness of budget and Cost Sharing (if cost sharing is applicable) (Maximum 15 points)
  • Participation of and positive impact on women and underserved segments of community in project activities (Maximum 10 points)

The Small Grants Program has a minimum threshold of 70 points for projects to be considered for further consideration. Applications that fall short of the threshold post evaluation will be returned.

Applicants are advised to ensure that they furnish the following attachments along with the application:

  • Proof of Not-for-profit/non-government registration
  • Certification regarding Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility matters (Duly signed by the authorized signatory)
  • Certification regarding compliance with Executive Order (13224) on Terrorism Financing (Duly signed by the authorized signatory)
  • Key Individual Certification-Narcotics offenses and Drug trafficking (Duly signed by the authorized signatory)
  • Liability Waiver and Indemnification (Duly signed by the authorized signatory)
  • New Vendor Request (Wire transfer details)
For further information, please contact:

Ritesh Kr. Singh
Manager, Small Grants Task Order - SARI/Energy
Tetra Tech

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