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USAID/ Bosnia and Herzegovina Annual Program Statement (APS) Number APS-168-11-000002 for Youth Leadership Development

April 15, 2011


  • APS Issuance Date: April 15, 2011
  • Deadline for Receipt of Questions: April 22, 2011
  • Closing Date: First Evaluation Round of Concept Papers: May 16, 2011, 3:00 PM Sarajevo time
  • Closing Date: Subsequent Evaluation Rounds of Concept Papers: TBD
  • APS Closing Date: December 31, 2011

Pursuant to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, the United States Government (USG), as represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina USAID/BiH), is seeking concept papers from qualified U.S. and non-U.S., nonprofit or for-profit non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international organizations to carry out youth leadership development activities throughout BiH.

This Annual Program Statement (APS) will be open until December 31, 2011, with potential for multiple rounds of applications. It is expected that the first awards under this APS will be made before September 30, 2011 and, USAID reserves the right to amend this APS to add subsequent application due dates, subject to funding availability. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the “First Round” published deadline of May 16 to ensure consideration. Closing dates for any subsequent rounds of applications will be determined by USAID and advertised by amendment to this APS o/a September 30, 2011.

Submission review under this APS is comprised of two phases: first phase consists of concept papers from prospective Applicants and, second phase is through an invitation process to submit Full Applications from Applicants with the most highly-rated concept papers. Concept papers must be received by the closing date(s) and time(s) specified in this cover letter in order to be considered for the respective round of review. The period of performance of Grants and Cooperative Agreements issued under this APS will be a minimum of 18 months and up to three years from the date of award. Subject to the availability of funds, USAID intends to provide approximately $2.5 million in total USAID funding via grants and cooperative agreements. It is expected that proposed projects could have a budget between $500,000 and up to, but not exceeding, $2.5 million per grant. USAID may make one or multiple awards per Evaluation Round.

An award must be made only by the USAID Mission/Regional Mission Agreement Officer upon his/her signature to incur costs. He/she will only do so after making a positive responsibility determination that the applicant possesses, or has the ability to obtain, the necessary management competence in planning and carrying out assistance programs and that it will practice mutually agreed upon methods of accountability for funds and other assets provided by USAID.

Pursuant to 22 CFR 226.81, USAID policy is not to award fee or profit under assistance instruments. As such, any for-profit organization receiving an award under this APS will not be eligible for fee or profit; however, all reasonable, allocable, and allowable expenses, both direct and indirect, which are related to the grant program and are in accordance with applicable cost standards (22 CFR 226, OMB Circular A-122 for non-profit organizations, OMB Circular A-21 for universities, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 31 for for-profit organizations) may be recognized.

Issuance of this APS does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the Government, nor does it commit the Government to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a concept paper or application. Concept papers are submitted at the risk of the applicant; should circumstances prevent award of a grant or cooperative  agreement, all preparation and submission costs are at the applicant's expense. USAID reserves the right not to enter into any awards.

This APS and any future amendments can be downloaded from webpage. All interested parties are highly encouraged to register on to receive automatic notification of amendments to this APS. It is the responsibility of the Recipient of the application document to ensure that they have received it from in its entirety and USAID bears no responsibility for data errors resulting from transmission or conversion processes. If you have difficulty accessing the APS, please contact Agnes Tusjak at and Shirley Baldwin at

Concept papers shall be submitted to USAID/BiH at by no later than May 16, 2011, 3 :00 PM Sarajevo time.

To be competitive under this solicitation, applications must be fully responsive to all directions in this APS document, as well as to the USAID/BiH-specific focus points outlined in Attachment

  1. Applicants should retain for their records a copy of all enclosures that accompany their application.

Thank you for your consideration of this USAID initiative. We look forward to your participation.

Shirley Baldwin Regional Agreement Officer
RSC/RCO Budapest

Full APS-168-11-000002 application. (PDF 1 MB)