Only Local NGOs (LNGOs) are eligible for awards. USAID encourages applications from potential new partners. LNGOs are defined as organizations that meet the below definition of “local organization” and are not government controlled or government owned (i.e. where the majority of the members of the governing body are government employees or the recipient government owns a majority interest).
USAID defines a “local entity” as an individual, a corporation, a nonprofit organization, or another body of persons that:
(1) Is legally organized under the laws of; and
(2) Has as its principal place of business or operations in; and
(3) Is majority owned by individuals who are citizens or lawful permanent residents; and
(4) Is managed by a governing body the majority of who are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the country receiving assistance.
For purposes of this section, ‘majority owned’ and ‘managed by’ include, without limitation, beneficiary interests and the power, either directly or indirectly, whether exercised or exercisable, to control the election, appointment, or tenure of the organization's managers or a majority of the organization's governing body by any means.
These eligibility requirements apply to only the principal applicant.
USAID welcomes applications from organizations that have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.