Approval of Helping Survivors Heal Activity Agency for International Development
United States - Agency for International Development
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Closing Date : July 28 2021, Wednesday


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified entities to implement the Approval of Helping Survivors Heal (HSH) activity.

Goal: The goal of HSH is to expand access to appropriate evidence based MHPSS services to all survivors of torture in need.
To achieve this goal, the objectives of this activity are to: 
  • Provide MHPSS services to help restore the functioning and wellbeing of those affected by torture and trauma,
  • Enhance the effectiveness of community-based and local organizations through targeted capacity-building efforts, and 
  • Build the capacity of the MHPSS workforce.
These objectives can be achieved through capacity building at two levels: organizational-level capacity (i.e., building the leadership, management, and administrative functions of the organization) and technical and clinical capacity (i.e., building the technical knowledge and skills of the clinical staff).
All activities that support these objectives should be culturally grounded and inclusive of marginalized groups and/or individuals in vulnerable situations, with consideration of gender. Applicants should also ensure the sustainability of the activity, including analyzing potential barriers to achieving the program objectives and building elements to address these barriers into the program design.
Funding Information
USAID intends to award one (1) Cooperative Agreement pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity. Subject to funding availability and at the discretion of the Agency, USAID intends to provide $17,000,000.00 in total USAID funding over a five (5) year period. Applications for renewal or supplementation of existing projects are not eligible to compete with applications for new Federal awards.
Geographic Focus: This activity is expected to be global in scope and address the needs of victims of torture in multiple countries and regions. The applicant should propose countries to establish programming based on the following criteria: 
  • Demonstrated need of MHPSS services: Selecting countries with a significant portion of the local population (either a specific sub-group or widespread) that is affected by torture or trauma and/or selecting countries where recent uptick in human rights violations has led to greater MHPSS needs by marginalized groups or individuals in vulnerable situations. 
  • Partnering with local organizations: Existence of organizations with an enduring incountry presence that serve the MHPSS needs of victims of torture and trauma
Eligibility Criteria
  • Eligibility for this NOFO is not restricted.
  • U.S. and non-U.S. non-governmental organizations are eligible to apply.
  • Public International Organizations (PIOs) may not apply for funding under this opportunity.
  • USAID welcomes applications from organizations that have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.
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