IDEAL is pleased to announce the release of the first RFA through its Small Grants Program! 

With generous support from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, we are inviting emergency and development organizations to apply for Micro Grant awards up to $50,000. In this first round of Micro Grants, we expect to award more than a dozen grants to eligible organizations of all sizes around the world. These Fixed Amount Awards (FAAs) can help develop tools, conduct topic-specific learning events, or fund practical field-level approaches that address capacity and knowledge gaps in food and nutrition security programming in emergency and development contexts. 

The purpose of this request for applications (RFA) is to solicit applications that support the development of tools and topic-specific learning events to strengthen the capacity of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Food for Peace (FFP) grantees, and the broader food and nutrition security implementing partner community.

IDEAL is a five-year USAID FFP funded activity that aims to address knowledge and capacity gaps expressed by the food and nutrition security implementing community. The goal of IDEAL is to strengthen food and nutrition security among FFP-target populations through promotion of systems-level approaches to improve the design, implementation and overall effectiveness of emergency and development food and nutrition security activities. It seeks to achieve this through four pathways: (A) capacity strengthening; (B) peer-to-peer learning; (C) small grants program (SGP); and (D) stakeholder consultations.

  • Prime applicants may be U.S. and non-U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), for-profit organizations, or institutions of higher education that can contribute to IDEAL’s strategic objective of promoting systems-level approaches to improving the design, implementation and overall effectiveness of emergency and development food and nutrition security activities.
  • Experience with USAID or FFP funding is not required to apply.
  • Applications by for-profit organizations cannot include profit in the proposed budget.
  • IDEAL will not accept applications from individuals. All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law. Applicants must comply with all applicable Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM). Applicants are not required to have a DUNS number at the time of application but must have a DUNS number at the time of the award. Hence, applicants should be in the process of receiving a DUNS number to avoid any delays in the award process.
  • Applicants must have completed all required steps (if any) with the host government to legally operate their program by the time of award.

For more details about this request for applications, please refer to the documents below:

IDEAL Micro Grant Request for Applications (RFA)
Attachment 1: Application Template
Attachment 2: Detailed Budget Template
Attachment 3: Budget Narrative
Attachment 4: USAID Standard Provisions for FAAs for NGO

How to Apply

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More information on application process