USAID-Pretoria – Local Partnerships for the Transformation of Water Annual Program Statement

USAID-Pretoria – Local Partnerships for the Transformation of Water Annual Program Statement

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Southern Africa (SA) has announced the Local Partnerships for the Transformation of Water Annual Program Statement (APS) to support the water sector for the Southern Africa region.

This Annual Program Statement (APS) invites civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations, education and research institutions, private businesses, financial institutions, chambers of commerce, industry associations, foundations, entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, and other private-sector organizations to submit concept papers to implement activities (i) to address key challenges in the Southern Africa region and (ii) that are aligned with USAID/SA’s development objectives.

USAID encourages the development of concept papers that advance these objectives through the development of a network of powerful and vibrant learning exchanges across identified communities throughout the Southern Africa region.

The purpose of the Local Partnerships for the Transformation of Water APS program is to create new partnerships between USAID and NGOs, including those that may have had limited or no prior funding from USAID. A key goal of this APS program is to expand USAID’s NGO network of development partners and provide capacity building support to the new partners. In doing so, USAID will enable a wider range of partners to better meet their constituents’ needs and contribute to development outcomes.


USAID envisions that activities under this APS will focus on transforming how people relate to, manage and benefit from water. It is envisioned that activities may focus on the following four objectives:

  • Enhanced ecosystem services;
  • Increased individual and institutional resilience;
  • Improved governance around water resource management and water security; and
  • Improved engagement of youth and local environmental champions.

Geographic Scope

The geographic scope for this APS includes the following SADC member states: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Eswatini and Zambia. Furthermore, in an effort to build off of existing and completed programs, the following SADC countries are considered priority geographies: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Eswatini.

Funding Information

  • USAID intends to provide an aggregate amount of up to $2,000,000 to fund all awards made under this APS.
  • USAID intends to make up to 2 awards pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity, with a period of performance per award of not more than three years.
  • Tranche 1: $1,059,000 of the potential funding available is restricted to New Entrants.
  • Tranche 2: $941,000 of the potential funding available is open to applicants without restriction to eligibility.
  • An applicant that qualifies as a New Entrant may submit an application for funding for both Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 potential funding amounts, up to the $2,000,000 ceiling.

Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S. and non-US organizations may participate under this APS.
    • Tranche 1: For concept papers submitted under Tranche 1, eligibility is restricted to New Entrants in order to expand the number and sustainability of development partners with which USAID works. ‘New Entrants’ are defined as: “organizations that have received USAID direct assistance as a primary recipient totaling in aggregate less than $1,500,000 over the course of the past three years.”
      • Applicants that have received indirect USAID assistance (including sub-awards or other indirect assistance) totaling more than $1,500,000 over the three years prior to the award date are eligible under Tranche 1.
    • Tranche 2: Eligibility under Tranche 2 is not restricted. Applicants which fit the criteria of ‘New Entrants’, as defined above, may seek funding under both Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 in a single application.
  • While this APS is open to worldwide competition, USAID/SA is particularly interested in working with Southern African local and regional organizations.
  • There is no limitation to the number of applications an applicant may submit under this APS.

How to Apply

All concept papers must be submitted electronically as a Word document or pdf attachment via email at the address given on the website.

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