(RFA) for for Revitalizing Rwanda’s Agricultural Lime Industry and Ensure Use of Quality-assured Lime

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CNFA is a not-for-profit international agricultural development organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. and dedicated to increasing rural incomes by empowering farmers and rural entrepreneurs. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations, and strengthened linkages to markets. CNFA has a successful track record of implementing agricultural development programs in 43 countries.

USAID/Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity

Request for Applications (RFA) No. HWRFA 2020-01-32 for Revitalizing Rwanda’s Agricultural Lime Industry and Ensure Use of Quality-assured Lime.

 

Issuance Date:                                                Monday, January 13, 2020

Applicant Workshops:                                  Wednesday, January 29, 2020 (Hinga Weze Kigali office)

Thursday, January 30, 2020 (Hinga Weze Nyabihu office)

Deadline for Questions:                    Friday, February 14, 2020

Deadline for Submissions:                Friday, February 28, 2020

Dear Applicant,                                                                                      

The Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze (Hinga Weze) Activity is releasing a Request for Applications (RFA) to award grants in support of its activities. The grants will be awarded and implemented in accordance with the USAID and US Government regulations governing grants and Hinga Weze internal grants management policies.

This RFA seeks to solicit applications from Rwandan-based entities for activities aimed at Revitalizing Rwanda’s Agricultural Lime Industry and Ensure Use of Quality-assured Lime.

Applicants will have the opportunity to learn more about the solicitation and to ask questions during Applicant Workshops, which will be held at the Hinga Weze Kigali office on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, and the Hinga Weze Nyabihu office on Thursday, January 30, 2020. The workshops are an opportunity to ask for any additional information in accordance with the Deadline for Questions provided above. Further information regarding the applicant workshops is provided in this RFA.

Hinga Weze investments in individual grant activities are anticipated to range from $10,000 - $100,000 USD. Hinga Weze will accept applications that are above or below this threshold at their discretion. The period of performance is anticipated to be one to two (1-2) years from June 2020 to June 2022.

Please note that applications in response to this RFA are due by 1:00pm, Kigali time, on Friday, February 28, 2020. This RFA contains the following documents

  • Annex A – Grant Application
  • Attachment 1: Grant Application Instructions
  • Attachment 2: Grant Application Checklist
  • Attachment 3: Applicant Cover Letter

For any questions during the grant application process, please contact apps@cnfarwanda.org.

I. Program Description

IA. ABOUT HINGA WEZE

Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity (Hinga Weze) is a five (5) year, USAID-funded activity that started in June 2017. Hinga Weze is implemented by Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA). The primary objective of Hinga Weze is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve the nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of the agriculture and food systems to the changing climate. These outcomes will be achieved through combining capacity building with grants and technical support to strengthen agricultural extension, improve agricultural infrastructure, and facilitate linkages among value chain actors.

IB. GRANT PROGRAM DESCRIPTION 

In agriculture, lime plays great importance in improving soil fertility and plant nutrition. The use of liming materials in Rwanda (Yamoah et al.,1992) demonstrates that even small, locally produced lime and liming materials can be used to increase crop production on acidic soils. In Rwanda, there are relatively good sources of travertine (unburned limestone) located mainly in the Western (Karongi and Rusizi) and Northern districts (Musanze). However, the capacity to produce and supply enough lime in order for it to be affordable (cost-effectiveness) is very low. Furthermore, producers and agro-dealers are facing many constraints such as production techniques and commercialization channels. The Government of Rwanda, through the crop intensification program (CIP), has singled out lime use given its impact on crop productivity. Currently, the Government is providing some lime to smallholder farmers (SHFs) through a subsidy program.

To that end, Hinga Weze is currently accepting applications from eligible lime producers to provide increased quantities of quality-assured lime that will be distributed to SHFs through different channels including agro-dealers, agro-dealer cooperatives at the district level, and specifically to farmer cooperatives in Hinga Weze target districts. Therefore, applicants should have already established or should plan to establish good working relationships with agro-dealers and their cooperatives as well as farmers’ cooperatives or clearly show strategies in place for engaging SHFs in Hinga Weze targeted districts to access quality lime.

(1) Grant Activities

Hinga Weze will award in-kind grants or fixed amount awards (with technical assistance provided under both) to support the revitalization of Rwanda’s agricultural lime industry and to facilitate farmers to access high of quality-assured lime through the following activities:

  1. Establishment of a lime processing plant (equipped with modern crushing and processing machines and related materials or accessories required for the lime processing): this will mainly target established lime producers (being registered companies/enterprises, cooperatives, NGOs, individuals or other legal entities that are licensed to carry out lime production/processing activities) who are struggling to provide quality lime to buyers with acceptable standards and track records in lime sector;
  1. Establishment of mini-laboratory for lime quality testing at lime processing plant: this will mainly target established lime producers (being registered companies/enterprises, cooperatives, NGOs, individuals or other legal entities that are licensed to carry out lime production/processing activities) who are struggling to provide quality lime to buyers with acceptable standards and track records in lime sector;
  1. Provision of equipment and materials for excavation of raw liming materials: this will mainly target established lime producers (being registered companies/enterprises, cooperatives, NGOs, individuals or other legal entities that are licensed to carry out lime production/processing activities) who are struggling to provide quality lime to buyers with acceptable standards and track records in lime sector;
  1. Building/strengthening capacity of lime value chain actors: this will mainly target established lime producers (being registered companies/enterprises, cooperatives, NGOs, individuals or other legal entities that are licensed to carry out lime production/processing activities) who are struggling to provide quality lime to buyers with acceptable standards and track records in the lime sector to enable capacity building/strengthening in various areas of the lime production process (production, quality testing, grinding, handling and safety, storage, marketing, use, research and development, etc). One example of where Hinga Weze can provide support is with the hiring of consultants to provide technical assistance.

To be a successful applicant, the following must be considered:

  1. Applicants should be legally registered entities with proper licensing to carry out lime production/processing activities.
  1. Applicants should have already established or should plan to establish good working relationships with agro-dealers, agro-dealer cooperatives, as well as farmers’ cooperatives; or they must clearly show strategies in place for engaging smallholder farmers in Hinga Weze targeted districts to access quality lime.
  1. Applicants should demonstrate a profitable and sustainable business model.
  1. Applicants should demonstrate a market of established or potential smallholder farmer buyers.

(2) Grant Activities Timing

Grant activities are expected to begin in June 2020. Therefore, applicants should plan their grant implementation activities accordingly.

(3) Grant Expected Outcomes

Successful applicants will align their grant activities with the following expected outcomes:

Indicator #

Indicator

Targets (by end of grant award)

Assumptions

#2

Value of annual sales of farms and firms receiving USG assistance.

 

 

#3

Number of individuals participating in USG food security programs;

 

 

#5

Yield of targeted agricultural commodities among program participants with USG assistance;

 

 

#6

Number of individuals in the agriculture system who have applied improved management practices or technologies with USG assistance;

 

 

#7

Number of hectares under improved management practices or technologies as a result of USG assistance

 

 

#10

Number of agro-dealers with improved capacity to sell appropriate inputs to SHFs for CSA as a result of USG assistance;

 

 

AUTHORITY AND GOVERNING REGULATIONS

Hinga Weze grant awards are made under the authority of the US Foreign Affairs Act, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) (2 CFR 200), and USAID’s Automated Directive System (ADS) Chapter 303, “Grants and Cooperative Agreements to Non-Governmental Organizations.” Grants administered under Hinga Weze will adhere to the terms of the applicable USAID Standard and Required as Applicable Provisions, as well as Hinga Weze grants procedures.

Hinga Weze is required to ensure that all applicants receiving USAID grant funds comply with the requirements found in these regulations, as applicable to the respective terms and conditions of individual grant awards. Under the Hinga Weze grants program, USAID will retain the right, at all times, to terminate, in whole or in part, Hinga Weze grant-making authorities or any grants in progress.

II. Eligibility

  1. ELIGIBLE RECIPIENTS

(1) Legally Registered Entities: Applicants that submit applications in response to this RFA must be legally registered entities in Rwanda and must submit registration documents as a pre-requisite for receiving grants resources.

(2) Entity Type: As stated in the previous section, Hinga Weze grants under this solicitation will be awarded to the following beneficiaries:

  • Lime producer cooperatives;
  • Lime producer enterprises;
  • Lime producer local NGOs;
  • Individual lime producers;
  • Lime producer women’s groups (in cooperatives, NGOs, enterprises, associations);
  • Lime producer youth associations/networks/enterprises

(3) Eligible Locations: The proposed activity/service must be implemented and support farmers in one or more of the following districts of Rwanda: Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero, Nyamasheke, Karongi (Western Province) and Nyamagabe (Southern Province). Particular focus will be on areas identified as having high lime availability.

(4) Required Grant Applicant Contribution: Hinga Weze highly recommends a contribution of 50% or more of the total grant value. Contributions help to ensure that applicants are both committed to achievement of the activity and financially capable to implement and sustain the activity after the grant agreement ends.

The applicant contribution should have a direct link to the proposed grant activities. The applicant’s proposed contributions may include project costs to be incurred by the applicant, if selected for award, from its own funds, project costs financed with cash, services, or property contributed or donated to the applicant from other non-US Government sources.

In general, the applicant’s proposed contributions should adhere to the following criteria:

  1. Are verifiable from the applicant’s records;
  2. Are not included as contributions for any other US Government-assisted program;
  3. Are necessary and reasonable for proper and efficient accomplishment of this grant’s objectives;
  4. Are considered allowable costs consistent with the cost principles contained in 2 CFR 200 and other relevant regulations;
  5. Are not paid by the US Government under another grant or agreement; and
  6. Are included in the approved grant agreement budget.

 IIB. ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY

To be considered eligible for grant receipt, applicants must also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have organizational objectives which contribute to Hinga Weze’s objectives and results; 
  • Submit an application responding to Hinga Weze’s requirements and conditions; 
  • Be committed to adhering to high ethical business standards, including transparency in business dealings and record keeping; 
  • Be prepared to undertake an independent financial review or audit, as requested; 
  • Commit the necessary contribution depending on beneficiary and grant type, per the solicitation;
  • Demonstrate ability and/or willingness to learn how to maintain business, financial, and technical records, either manually or electronically, during grant implementation; 
  • Ensure compliance with relevant environmental protection requirements, including the Environmental and Social Screening (ESS), and verified through an Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation Plan (EMMP) or Environmental Review Checklist (ERC); 
  • Complete and pass a site-visit and pre-award assessment, prior to grant award;  
  • Agree to and sign the applicable certifications, such as the Certification Regarding Lobbying; Certification Regarding Terrorist Financing; Prohibition on Assistance to Drug Traffickers; and Certification of the Recipient; 
  • Agree to the terms and conditions of the Mandatory Standard Provisions and Required as Applicable Provisions for Non-US NGOs, if applicable; and 
  • Certify that the organization/individual is not debarred, suspended, or proposed for debarment from receipt of USG funds.

IIC. INELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES AND UNALLOWABLE COSTS

Applicants may NOT use grant funds for any of the following:

  • Private ceremonies, parties, celebrations, or “representation” expenses;
  • Purchases of restricted goods, which include agricultural commodities, motor vehicles, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, used equipment, or fertilizers, without the prior waiver and approval provided by Hinga Weze. Purchase of these goods requires additional approvals from USAID before they may be allowed and procured.;
  • Ineligible goods under USAID regulations, including but not limited to: military equipment; surveillance equipment; police or law enforcement equipment; abortion equipment and services; weather modification equipment; luxury goods; and gambling equipment;
  • Any purchases or activities deemed unnecessary to accomplish grant purposes as determined by Hinga Weze, including any applicant headquarters’ expenses that are not directly linked to the implementation of the proposed project;
  • Previous obligations and/or bad debts;
  • Fines and/or penalties;
  • Creation of endowments;
  • Profit or fee;
  • Any other costs unallowable per 2 CFR 200 Subpart E – Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, for Federal Awards.

 III. Application Submission Information

 IIIA. APPLICANT WORKSHOP

 As part of this RFA, applicants will have the opportunity to visit the Hinga Weze Kigali or Nyabihu office for an applicant workshop to learn more about the solicitations and to ask questions. Attending a workshop is not a requirement to submit an application; however, it is highly encouraged. If you need directions to any of the Hinga Weze offices, please call our Kigali office at 0788-310-516.

No

District

Date for the Workshop

Time

1

Kigali

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

9H 00 AM -12H 30 PM

2

Nyabihu

Thursday, January 30, 2020

9H 00 AM -12H 30 PM

 

IIIB. QUESTIONS AND APPLICATION SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 Any questions related to this RFA must be submitted to apps@cnfarwanda.org no later than 1:00 pm, Kigali, on Friday, February 14, 2020.

 Applications and any required supporting documentation must be submitted no later than 1:00 pm, Kigali time, on Friday, February 28, 2020. Grant applications will be accepted only in the application format given in Annex A, Grant Application. Electronic applications should be submitted to apps@cnfarwanda.orgHard-copy applications should be in a sealed envelope, with the RFA number on the envelope (NO NAMES) when submitted to any Hinga Weze district or Kigali offices. Applicants should be sure to request a confirmation of receipt from Hinga Weze when submitting applications, to ensure their submission was received. Please reference the RFA number when submitting the questions or the application. Applications received after the specified time and date will be considered late and will be considered only at the discretion of CNFA. Applicants must strictly follow the provided deadlines to be considered for award.

IV. Evaluation, Selection, and Award Information

Hinga Weze will evaluate applicants using the trade-off evaluation methodology to identify grant applications considered to be of best value and quality when considering both technical and cost factors. Selection criteria include the following:

Criteria

Weight

Past Performance/Organizational Capacity

30 points

Technical Soundness/Relevance with GOR Agricultural Strategy and policy

25 points

Technical Merit of the project

15 points

Sustainability of the project

15 points

Cost Competitiveness of the project

15 points

Total points possible

100 points

Once applications have been submitted to CNFA, members of the Hinga Weze Grant Selection Committee will evaluate applications in accordance with the above selection criteria. Applicants that pass evaluation will be contacted within 1-2 weeks after the submission deadline for a site visit. A site visit is conducted to confirm the accuracy of the application. Hinga Weze may contact the applicant to discuss details of the grant. A site visit and/or discussion on grant details is NOT a commitment to funding. If you are not contacted by Hinga Weze within 60 days of the application deadline, then your application was rejected.

V. Terms and Conditions

Applicants understand, by submitting a response to this RFA, that application submission does not constitute an award or commitment on the part of Hinga Weze, nor does it commit Hinga Weze to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application. Further, Hinga Weze reserves the right to accept or reject any or all applications received, as well as issue amendments revising the terms of this RFA before or after receipt of applications. In submitting an application, Applicants understand that USAID is not a party to this solicitation and the Applicant agrees that any communications regarding this solicitation will be conducted with Hinga Weze, and not USAID. Applicants will be informed in writing of the decision made regarding their application.

USAID/Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity

Request for Applications (RFA) No. HWRFA 2020-01-31

For Lime

ANNEX A – GRANT APPLICATION FORM

Section I(a): Organizational Information

  1. Organization’s name:
  1. Address:
  1. Telephone: Fax:                                          E-mail:
  1. Key contact person and title:
  1. Organization Type: (choose all that are applicable)

( ) Lime producer cooperatives;

( ) Lime producer enterprises;

( ) Lime producer local NGOs;

( ) Individual lime producers;

( ) Lime producer women’s groups (in cooperatives, NGOs, enterprises, associations,..,,,);

( ) Lime producer youth associations/networks/enterprises

(  ) Other: please describe: _________________________________________

Section I (b): Documentation – Checklist

  1. Incorporation Documents (Registration Certificates from RCA, RDB or RGB)
  2. TIN and VAT ID depending on the type of organization and tax regime
  3. Application’s property right registration or proof of concept and system ownership
  4. Certificate for lime mining delivered by the district

 Section I(c): Organization Experience

  1. Organization Background. Please include a list of lime sold over the course of one year (ideally in 2018). Include quantity, buyers information (name, location) and lime grade.
  1. Organizational Chart (description or graphic representation):
  1. Previous or current U.S. Government or other, Funding or assistance (include total funding amount, if applicable):

Section II: Grant Application – Technical

  1. Grant Activity Title:
  1. Challenges (Problem analysis):
  1. Grant Summary - Goals and Objectives:
  1. Grant Activity (description):
  1. Implementation Plan (timeline):
  1. Monitoring and Evaluation: (indicators) – Please only fill out the Expected Outcomes and Assumptions. These are the expected outcomes/assumptions during the life of the grant.

Indicator number

Description

Expected outcomes

Assumptions

No 2

Value of annual sales of farms and firms receiving USG assistance.

 

 

 

No 3

Number of individuals participating in USG food security programs

 

 

No 5

Yield of targeted agricultural commodities among program participants with USG assistance

 

 

No 6

Number of individuals in the agriculture system who have applied improved management practices or technologies with USG assistance

 

 

No 7

Number of hectares under improved management practices or technologies as a result of USG assistance

 

 

No 8

Number of hectares under improved management practices or technologies that promote improved climate risk reduction and/or natural resources with USG

 

 

No 10

Number of agro-dealers with improved capacity to sell appropriate inputs to SHFs for climate sensitive agriculture CSA as a result of USG assistance

 

 

  1. Identify target beneficiaries –

19a. Beneficiary - List

19b. Describe how grant activities will increase availability, accessibility and affordability of quality assured lime by smallholder farmers

  1. Business Plan (i.e. Sustainability Plan)
  2. Gender and Youth sensitivity of the grant activities (description):

Section III: Grant Application – Budget

  1. Total Budget (table) Approximate cost of this activity (cash, in-kind, and third-party sources):

            Applicant Contribution                        =          RWF_________________

            Third-party resources (e.g. third party

loan, investment partners)                 =          RWF_________________ (identify source)

            CNFA contribution                               =          RWF_________________

            Total Estimated Cost                           =          RWF_________________

Third-Party resources source (describe):

  1. Detail Budget: The first two lines have been filled out as an example only. Please delete the example budget lines before submission.

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Item Description

Description

Unit Frequency

Unit Cost (RWF)

CNFA Grant Budget

Applicant Contribution (existing: in-kind)

Applicant Contribution (new: in-kind, cash)

Total Grant

1

Mini-laboratory Equipment (including…)

Unit

1

15,000,000

15,000,000

0

0

15,000,000

2

Generator

Unit

1

5,000,000

0

0

5,000,000

5,000,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Budget Notes: The first line has been filled out as an example only. Please delete the example budget notes before submission.

No.

Budget Item Description

Budget Notes

1

Mini-laboratory equipment

To test lime quality at a lime processing plant. Equipment includes….

The costs were based on market research. Pro formas have been included with this application to confirm technical specifications and unit cost from three different vendors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by: _________________________      Date   ______________________

 Attachment 1 – Grant Application Instructions

Attachment 2 – Grant Application Checklist

Attachment 3 – Applicant Cover Letter

[End of Grant Application]

 

ATTACHMENT 1. GRANT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

The Grant Application serves as a first-screening test for grant activities. The form is designed to gather essential basic information about the Applicant and what it is proposing to do. Only applications in English will be accepted, with a maximum of 10 pages (annexes are not counted in this limitation).

Instructions by Section:

 Section I(a): Organizational Information

 Item 1:             Legal entity that is applying (Applicant)

Item 2:             Address – description of the organization location, if a legal address does not exist. List the mailing address (such as a P.O. Box) if applicable or different from street address

Item 3:             Organization’s telephone, fax, email

Item 4:             Key contact person & title—The key contact person (agent) is responsible for communications between Hinga Weze and the Applicant. This applies to all aspects of the grant, from initial summary through completion. The agent must have full authority and responsibility to act on behalf of the Applicant. The agent should be someone who will be directly involved with the grant activity and has a proven, established relationship with the Applicant.

Item 5:             Organization type - choose all types that apply.

Section I(b): Documentation - Checklist

Items 6-9:        Applicant Documentation – provide a photocopy of the legal registration of the business, including TIN, and other applicable permits and certifications.

Section I(c): Organization Experience

Item 10:           Briefly describe organization and its activities— Introduce the Applicant and its background: How it was formed, its mission or purpose, major accomplishments in the    in the business of lime production and distribution, current activities, and clients. Hinga Weze encourages applicants to describe how the organization’s activities align with Hinga Weze project activities.

Item 11:           Organizational Chart – Please provide a copy of a graphic representation of the applicant’s organizational chart OR describe the employee structure within the organization. It is suggested (but not required) that the applicant provide information of the top 2-3 officials within the organization

Item 12:           Describe if the organization has received any type of United States government or other funding (i.e. Government of Rwanda, international foundations or governments, etc.)

Section II: Grant Application – Technical

Item 13:           Grant activity title—The title given to the activity should relate to the grant objective.

Item 14:           Challenges - Problem analysis and statement—Identify the problem that the grant activities       proposes to address.

Item 15:           Grant Goals and Objectives – Provide information on the goals of the grant (solutions to the above stated problem)

Item 16:           Grant Activity – Describe activities that will be conducted, including responsible parties (i.e. applicant, Hinga Weze, third party, etc.) during the life of the grant. Describe HOW results will be achieved, with linkage to overall grant objective. Must be linked to Hinga Weze’s objectives. Include anticipated duration of each ‘sub activity’ from start to finish as well as the target location(s) of implementation.

Item 17:           Implementation Plan (Timeline) – List out the main tasks over the life of the grant. Also include total anticipated duration of the grant – check page 1 of solicitation for further guidance on timeframe. Please check the listed grant activity start date on the first page of this solicitation – planned grant activities cannot be any earlier than this date.

Item 18:           Monitoring and Evaluation – list the expected outcomes Include an estimate expected target assumptions based on the life of the grant.

Item 19:           Grant Indirect Beneficiaries – Groups, individuals etc. that the Applicant will work with during the life of the grant. For example – smallholder farmers, aggregators, input suppliers, etc. (depending on the activities of the Applicant). Provide a description how each group will benefit from the grant and their participation in the grant activities.

Item 20:           Business Plan (i.e. Sustainability Plan) – Describe how the organization is planning for the long-term viability and how the grant will support such the business in growing. Applicants may include a general business plan, financial projections, etc. Include information on any bank loans that the applicant has applied for and their status. Please include financial projections and income statement (audited).

Item 21:           Gender and Youth Sensitivity of the Grants Activities - How will the grant activity be gender and youth inclusive.

Section III: Grant Application – Budget

Item 22:           Total Budget (Table) - Approximate cost of this activity (cash, in-kind, and third-party sources)—Applicant must submit a rough estimate of the cost of the proposed activity and sources of funds, specifying how much will come from Hinga Weze, the Applicant’s contribution, and any third-party contributions.

Item 23:           Detailed Budget (Excel) - A detailed budget should be filled out in an excel document.

Item 24:           Budget notes – Description of how each cost was estimated. This can be based on sample pro formas, market research, previous experience, etc.

ATTACHMENT 2. GRANT APPLICATION CHECKLIST

Grantees must ensure they submit the following documentation in order to be considered eligible for grant award:

  1. Cover Letter (Attachment 3) on Company Letterhead, signed by an authorized representative of the Applicant
  2. Grant Application (Annex A) with all questions answered.
  3. Copy of Applicant’s registration or business license
  4. Three contacts for references from organizations or individuals for which the applicant has successfully worked with/for before.

ATTACHMENT 3. APPLICANT COVER LETTER

The following cover letter must be placed on letterhead and completed/signed/stamped by a representative authorized to sign on behalf of the applicant

To:                   Ms. Amanda Muncil

Kimihurura, former RPF secretariat on KG 28 Avenue No. 7, Kigali, Rwanda

Reference:      RFA no. [enter RFA number]

To Whom It May Concern:

We, the undersigned, hereby provide the attached application to perform all work required to complete the activities and requirements as described in the above-referenced RFA. Please find our application attached.

We hereby acknowledge and agree to all terms, conditions, special provisions, and instructions included in the above-referenced RFA. We further certify that the below-named firm—as well as the firm’s principal officers and all commodities and services offered in response to this RFA—are eligible to participate in this procurement under the terms of this solicitation and under USAID regulations.

Furthermore, we hereby certify that, to the best of our knowledge and belief:

  • We have no close, familial, or financial relationships with any CNFA or Hinga Weze project staff members;
  • We have no close, familial, or financial relationships with any other applicants submitting proposals in response to the above-referenced RFA; and
  • The prices in our offer have been arrived at independently, without any consultation, communication, or agreement with any other applicant or competitor for the purpose of restricting competition.
  • All information in our application and all supporting documentation is authentic and accurate.
  • We understand and agree to CNFA’s prohibitions against fraud, bribery, and kickbacks.
  • We understand and agree to CNFA’s prohibitions against funding or associating with individuals or organizations engaged in terrorism or trafficking in persons activities.

We hereby certify that the enclosed representations, certifications, and other statements are accurate, current, and complete:

Authorized Signatory:

Name and Title of Signatory:

Date:

Company Registration or Taxpayer ID Number: