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Institutional Capacity Building (ICB)

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Institutional Capacity Building (ICB)


Federal Agency




Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, Public Law 480, Title II.






To strengthen the capacity of new and experienced Food for Peace Title II Partners, both to plan and implement effective food security programs which reduce vulnerability of food insecure populations, including in emergency situations.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Project funds can be used for establishing systems, training staff and strengthening mechanisms for implementing Title II food security programs. Ineligible activities/costs include: (1) Activities which are not in support of existing or planned Title II activities; (2) Disaster-related personnel or activities not associated with food assistance, which otherwise are the responsibility of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) or which may be funded by USAIDs Regional Bureaus; (3) Procurement of Motor Vehicles.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Private non-profit institutions/organizations are eligible for this program. Specifically, an organization must be a US Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) or cooperative headquartered in the US, that is registered with USAID as of the date of its application.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Private, non-profit institutions/organizations will benefit from this program along with vulnerable and food insecure populations in low income food deficit countries (LIFDCs) and least developed countries. (LDCs).


USAID Registration; Evidence of legal capacity, economic feasibility, and financial responsibility relative to the activity for which assistance is required.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Not required. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Submission of Technical and Cost Application (including SF 424 and 424a as required by a published Request for Applications.

Award Procedure

Applications are submitted to the Office of Procurement. All applications are reviewed for completeness by the recipient office and then given to a technical review committee for a competitive review. All committee members using criteria outlined in the Request for Applications score each application. Awards are negotiated based on the scoring of applications technical merit and cost.


This program is re-competed approximately every five years.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately three to four months from submission deadline.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula, however, a ten (10) percent cost-share is required for this program and a twenty-five (25) percent cost share is recommended.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

This funding is available for up to five years under the current program.


Post Assistance Requirements


Each award recipient is required to provide an annual narrative progress report as well as quarterly financial report (SF 269, SF 269a (as applicable) and SF 272. Annual work-plans must be approved on by the Cognizant Technical Officer on an annual basis as must all key personnel specified in the agreement. One midterm and one final evaluation are also required components.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB circular No A-133 (Revised June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments and Non-Profit Organizations," non-federal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-federal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year except as noted in OMB Circular A-133.


The grantee shall maintain adequate records and accounts to assure that grant funds are used for authorized purposes.


Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 est not available; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Up to $3.5 million per organization over five years.


Program Accomplishments

The current program assists PVOs to identify, assess and respond effectively to emergency and developmental food insecurity situations using P.L. 480 Title II food assistance in developing countries.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

Code of Federal Regulations Title 22, 226 and 228 Volume 1 Parts 1 to 299 (Revised as of April 1, 1999); USAID ADS 300 and cross references.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Office of Food for Peace; Grants Manager; Program Operations Division; USAID; 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; Washington, DC 20523.

Web Site Address


Related Programs



Examples of Funded Projects

Funded activities have included: provision of training in food security programming, food security assessments; food aid logistics, regulations; support for setting up food aid tracking systems, improvement of capacity in monitoring and evaluation and conducting studies and assessments to show how food can best be used to decrease food insecurity.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are selected based upon technical and programmatic merit, organizational background, competence and experience, past performance and financial plan.


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