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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
July 22, 2019

Grant Opportunity
Grant Opportunity

Regional Model United Nations Conference 2020
Funding Opportunity Number:      PAS_KTM_2019_004
Deadline for Applications:               August 21, 2019
CFDA Number:                                19.040
Total Amount Available:                 $60,000

The U.S. Embassy Kathmandu announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting proposals to organize a comprehensive Indo-Pacific Regional Model United Nations (MUN) conference. The conference will provide university level students from the Indo-Pacific region with skills and knowledge to become leaders in the region’s economic, political, and civic development. 

Program Objectives:
The U.S. Embassy Kathmandu has convened Regional Model UN conferences each year for the past four years with the goal of cultivating leadership skills, team building skills, conflict resolutions and diplomacy skills, and creating ties among emerging leaders from across the Indo-Pacific Region.  The FY2020 conference should emphasize experiential learning and capacity development to equip participants with the tools for success in their professional and personal life.  The conference will be held in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Goals of the conference should include:

  • Developing life skills.
  • Ensuring emerging regional leaders view the United States and Nepal as partners in regional and global challenges.
  • Developing a Model UN culture among youth and students through a series of workshops and targeted MUN conferences leading up to the main conference day. 

The conference should be organized around several major themes relevant to the region. Proposals should include a plan to contact alumni of prior conferences to solicit input in determining those themes.  Potential options could include but are not limited to; economic growth, regional integration, good governance, and cybersecurity.

Interested organizations should submit a proposal that fully describes how each of the following activities will be administered;

  • Design and implement a 5-day residential MUN conference for 200 university level students between May to August 2020. Applicants are encouraged to include opening and closing events, welcome reception, key speakers and a broad, inclusive cross section of the host-country community in their proposal.
  • Conduct a series of MUN workshops in various areas in Nepal and in the region.
  • Conduct provincial MUNs in all seven provinces of Nepal and virtual sessions regionally, as appropriate
  • The program should include substantive interaction with U.S. Government representatives as well as non-government organizations, businesses and think tanks that focus on regional priorities.
  • The program should also include experiential learning days, enabling delegates to immerse themselves in relevant areas of the host-country’s community, as pertains to the thematic areas.
  • The program will not include the travel expenditure of international delegates in the budget.

Participants and Audiences:
The intended audience for this conference will be university level students between the ages of 18-25 from across the Indo-Pacific Region. The U.S. Embassies across the region will be expected to help with the participant selection.


Length of performance period: October 2019 to September 2020 (12 months)
Total available funding: $60,000
Type of Funding:  FY19 Smith Mundt Public Diplomacy Funds

This notice is subject to availability of funding.


  1. Eligible Applicants

The following organizations are eligible to apply

  • Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations
  • Public educational institutions
  • International Organizations and Governmental institutions
  1. Cost Sharing or Matching

Applicants will be allowed to generate program income through the delegate registration and workshops to offset the total cost of organizing the year-long series of provincial MUNs leading up to the final MUN.  The U.S. Embassy also encourages projects that can use highly skilled volunteers as part of the cost-sharing.

  1. Other Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier (Data Universal Numbering System/DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet), as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov.  Please see guidelines below for information on how to obtain these registrations.  The organization should be legally registered in Nepal.  Applicants with proven experiences in managing international youth conferences will be given a priority.


Applicants must submit application, detailed budget and other relevant registration documents to culturektm@state.gov with a subject line Application for Organizing MUN2020 by August 21, 2019. Only electronic applications will be accepted.

Budget template (XLSX)

Content of Application
Please ensure:

  • The proposal clearly addresses followings;
    • The goals and objectives of this funding opportunity
    • Project activities in a chronological order
    • Participants selection plan for workshops, provincial MUNs, and the Final Indo-Pacific MUN
    • Project outreach plan
    • Sustainability plan
    • Monitoring and evaluation plan
  • All documents are in English
  • All budgets are in U.S. dollars
  • All pages are numbered
  • All documents are formatted to 8 ½ x 11 paper, and
  • All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins
  • The overall proposal does not exceed 10 pages max. 

SAM and DUNS Registration guidelines:

Any applicant listed on the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) in the System for Award Management (SAM) is not eligible to apply for an assistance award in accordance with the OMB guidelines at 2 CFR 180 that implement Executive Orders 12549 (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.” Additionally, no entity listed on the EPLS can participate in any activities under an award.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to review the EPLS in SAM to ensure that no ineligible entity is included.

All organizations applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain these registrations.  All are free of charge:

  • Unique entity identifier from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number)
  • NCAGE/CAGE code
  • SAM.gov registration

Step 1: Apply for a DUNS number and an NCAGE number (these can be completed simultaneously)

DUNS application: Organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet. If your organization does not have one already, you may obtain one by calling 1-866-705-5711 or visiting http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform

NCAGE application: Application page here: https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx
Instructions for the NCAGE application process:

For NCAGE help from within the U.S., call 1-888-227-2423
For NCAGE help from outside the U.S., call 1-269-961-7766
Email NCAGE@dlis.dla.mil for any problems in getting an NCAGE code.

Step 2: After receiving the NCAGE Code, proceed to register in SAM.gov by logging onto: https://www.sam.gov.  SAM registration must be renewed annually.

  1. Submission Dates and Times 

Applications are due no later than Wednesday, August 21, 2019.