Updated Apr 16, 2019CLOSED

Restoring Fisheries for Sustainable Livelihoods in Lake Malawi (REFRESH)

Offered by U.S. Agency for International Development

The purpose of the REFRESH activity is to conserve the freshwater biodiversity of Lake Malawi by restoring the natural fisheries productivity in the lakeshore districts of Karonga, Rumphi, Likoma, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Salima, Dedza and Mangochi. Its sub-purposes are: a) the targeted Lake Malawi aquatic habitats are healthy and well-managed; b) the endemic fish populations of targeted parts of Lake Malawi are healthy and self-sustaining; and c) the fisheries in the targeted parts of Lake Malawi are managed sustainably by 2024.
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CLOSEDMay 29, 2019Deadline
$11,000,000 - $12,000,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 5: Scaling and Stage 6: Sustained Scale
Implemented In:
Focus AreasAquaculture (Agriculture)
Biodiversity (Environment)
Eligibility for this opportunity is not restricted. USAID/Malawi welcomes applications from organizations
that have not previously received financial assistance from USAID. It is a requirement that the
organization is legally registered in the country of Malawi. If the applicant is a U.S. Organization and it
is not registered in the country at the time of the award, the registration process should be completed
during the first year of project implementation or sooner.

Other Requirements

Financial StatementsApplicant that does not have an approved Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement must provide additional supporting information, including financial statements and audits, (for the past 3 years), should the application still be under consideration after the merit review.
Evidence/Proof of ConceptIt is recommended that integrated Lake Malawi management planning should be informed by scientific evidence.
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Reporting Requirements
Financial Reporting - The Recipient must submit quarterly financial reports to USAID within 30 calendar days following the end of each quarter using the Office of Management and Budget SF-425. Financial reports are due January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 31. The SF 425 (and SF 425a if necessary) must be submitted via electronic format to the Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) and the Agreement Officer (AO). The Federal Financial Report (FFR/SF-425) is available in PDF or Excel format at the OMB website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_forms/

Performance Reporting- The Recipient will adhere to all reporting requirements listed below. All reports as required under Substantial Involvement shall be submitted by the due date for approval of the USAID AOR (Agreement Officer Representative) designated by the Agreement Officer. The AOR can request Ad Hoc reports throughout the life of the activity and as needed but will endeavor to limit these requests when regular reporting can provide the same information. The Recipient will consult with the AOR on the format and expected content of reports prior to submission

Annual Reports - The Quarter Four Report will serve as the Annual Report for the concluding year, and shall be submitted within 30 days following the close of the fourth quarter (within 30 days of the end of the USG fiscal Year or by November 1). In addition to meeting the above requirements for Quarterly Reports, the Annual Report shall include a discussion, supported with quantitative and qualitative evidence, of progress against indicators and/or impacts achieved to‐date as detailed in the corresponding year’s Activity MEL Plan. This Report will be instrumental in helping the Mission to complete Annual Reports to USAID/Washington on overall project impacts.

Final Report: Upon completion of the USAID REFRESH Lake Malawi Activity, the Recipient must submit a final performance report. The final performance report, to include the final version of all published reports and products produced under the award is due 90 calendar days after the expiration or termination of the contract in accordance with 22 CFR 226.51.

Application Directions

Submissions must be in electronic format.


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