USAID generally undertakes direct assistance programs to benefit developing countries through competitive grants and cooperative agreements. This ensures that all activities are concentrated on specific objectives to maximize impact and that they are consistent, mutually reinforcing, and draw support from the best available sources.
Visit www.usaid.gov/locations to see if USAID and your organization are currently working in the same country and to ensure that your organization’s goals align with the USAID priorities for that country. Establish a relationship with the USAID Mission in the countries where you work; set up meetings with them and invite them to see your operation.
Grant Seeking Advice for NGOs
Visit Grants.gov to find and apply for federal grants.
NGOs that seek to compete for USAID grants and cooperative agreements must be registered in USAID’s Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) online registry. USAID seeks to work with partners willing to collaborate with other organizations. Explore the PVO registry and research USAID-funded groups that you may want to partner with to complete common development objectives. Alliances with other organizations can make your organization more competitive when applying for funding.
Sign up for the International GrantStation Insider. This monthly newsletter provides the latest information on new funding programs and upcoming grant deadlines, as well as general information that benefit all grant-seekers.
All companies must register with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR). The U.S. Government has two central web portals for companies interested in business opportunities. When USAID posts solicitations, notices of contract opportunities and corresponding solicitations are available at FedBizOps, the single source for federal procurement opportunities. Notices of federal grant and cooperative agreement opportunities are listed there.
Get to Know USAID.
Explore the pages on the USAID website. Read about our ongoing programs and the work we do as well as the successes we see in development partnerships every day through our efforts. Also, explore our USAID Mission directory and Mission websites to engage with our country and regional programs.
Check the Forecast.
USAID issues a Business Forecast that shares some of the opportunities we will be making available throughout the year from our Washington D.C. headquarters and from Missions worldwide.
Sign up for Notification Services.
Information on how to register for notification services can be found on the FedBizOpps.gov and Grants.gov home pages. You will receive notices on pre-solicitation materials, the solicitation itself, modifications to solicitations, and general procurement announcements.
Note US Federal Regulations & Policies
If you wish to work with USAID as a development partner in any location around the world, you must be familiar with U.S. federal regulations that govern the way USAID conducts its business.
For all contracts, USAID refers to the U.S. Government Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and USAID’s Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR). For all grants and cooperative agreements (assistance mechanisms), USAID uses the U.S. Government Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). For all acquisition and assistance awards (contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements), USAID refers to USAID policy and guidance found in the Automated Directives System (ADS), specifically Series 300.