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PRM’s General NGO Guidelines

PRM’s General NGO Guidelines provide an overview of PRM’s NGO funding priorities and sectors and will answer many questions on the application process. All current and prospective applicants for PRM funding should read the Guidelines in their entirety when they are updated each fiscal year and if modifications are required during the course of the fiscal year.

The FY 2018 version of PRM’s General NGO Guidelines is now posted. The Guidelines contain a “What’s New” section which summarizes the major updates since the previous version of the Guidelines was posted. Prospective applicants should review the section entitled “Application Process” which provides resources and tips for first-time applicants. Existing PRM partners are advised to re-read this section as a refresher and to ensure they are aware of changes to automated platforms used in the federal grant process.

NGO Frequently Asked Questions on Concept Notes

Applicant Registration

The multiple steps of the registration process can take anywhere from several days to months depending on the country in which your organization is legally domiciled.

*We urge you to begin the process early, even before you see a funding opportunity announcement to which you would like to apply.*

NGO proposals in response to PRM’s advertised funding opportunity announcements must be submitted through the  website. Unsolicited proposals are occasionally accepted although the vast majority of PRM’s NGO funding is awarded through the competitive process. Subscribing to the Department of State’s email listserv  will allow you to receive a notification as soon as new PRM funding opportunity announcements are issued and when the NGO Guidelines are updated.

Applicants for PRM’s NGO funding must register with  in order to be eligible to apply. To register with , your organization must first have a DUNS number and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) . See the SAM User Guide  and Video Tutorial for New Applicants  for details on how to set up a SAM account.

Applicants may also refer to the Department of State’s Office of the Procurement Executive website to find information on U.S. federal grant regulations.

Troubleshooting and Technical Support

The  website has an Applicants  page that includes useful information such as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for applicants, a training video on the registration process, and troubleshooting tips.

Some top issues that organizations have faced in the past that have caused them to miss application deadlines are:

  • File Names: When submitting documents on, please pay close attention to the file naming conventions. If these guidelines are not followed, your application may be rejected: File attachment names longer than approximately 50 characters are problematic. Limit file attachment names. Do not use any special characters (example: &,?,*,%,/,#,’,) or spacing followed by a dash in the file (example: Application – 1). For word separation, use underscore (example: Attached_File.pdf) in naming the attachments.
  • Wrong version of Adobe Reader: has created a test package to check whether applicants are using the compatible version of Adobe software to view their application package. We recommend that applicants do not wait until the last minute to test the compatibility of their Adobe Reader.
  • Expired SAM registration: All applicants must be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM ). An authorizing official of your organization must be the one to register. The entire registration process can take days, weeks, or months.

If you do encounter technical problems with SAM  or  registration or with application submission, contact the relevant technical support team directly.

For technical support issues with SAM , users should contact the Federal Service Desk (FSD)  by phone (U.S. calls: 866-606-8220; international calls: +1-334-206-7828) or through an online webform on the FSD website.

For technical support issues with , users should contact technical support by phone (U.S. calls: 1-800-518-4726; international calls: +1-606-545-5035) or via email at

*Once again, we urge all prospective applicants to begin the registration and application submission process early.*

PRM Recommended Proposal Templates

PRM has developed recommended proposal narrative and budget templates. These are not mandatory but are recommended to ensure that applicants include all relevant information in their proposal submissions. To receive copies of PRM’s recommended proposal narrative, budget, and reporting templates, email PRM’s NGO Coordinator with the phrase “PRM NGO Templates” in the subject line of the email, to generate an automated reply.

Additional Policy Guidance

Gender: PRM requires applicant to include a gender analysis in all proposals for PRM assistance and to estimate the level of funding attributable to GBV response in relevant applications. Please see PRM’s Gender and Gender-based Violence (GBV) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and our General NGO Guidelines for more information on our new gender requirements.

Codes of Conduct: Applicants for PRM funding are also required to submit an organization-specific Code of Conduct as an attachment to their proposal. The Codes of Conduct must be consistent with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s (IASC) six core principles  to protect beneficiaries of humanitarian assistance from sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA). Please refer to PRM’s General NGO Guidelines for details.

Organizational Framework on Accountability to Affected Populations: In FY 2017, PRM established new requirements for applications to submit an organization framework on Accountability to Affected Populations as an attachment to their proposal. We encourage partners to align their AAP frameworks with the IASC’s Five Commitments to Accountability to Affected Populations, available here . Additional resources on accountability to affected populations can be found at the Core Humanitarian Standard Alliance Frequently Asked Questions on AAP resource page. 

Policy Issues: Applicants for PRM funding should regularly refer to the Key Topics section of PRM’s website for updated information on our approach to Statelessness, Refugee Protection in Urban areas, and other key issues facing our populations of concern around the world.

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