Assisting Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Institutions in Ukraine in Investigating and Prosecuting of War Crimes

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Kyiv is inviting non-for-profit organizations to submit proposals for programs aimed at providing critical support to Ukraine’s law enforcement and criminal justice agencies in their pursuit of investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating war crimes committed by Russian federation and bringing perpetrators of the grave atrocities to accountability. This may include providing expert and mentoring assistance to prosecutors and investigators of Ukraine, offering specialized training modules to enhance their skills in handling complex cases, conducting activities aimed at advancing the rule of law and fair trial in the newly de-occupied territories and increasing society’s awareness about adjudication of the war criminals. The initiative also seeks to foster international cooperation by facilitating partnerships with relevant agencies and organizations, encouraging the exchange of best practices and collaborative strategies in the pursuit of justice. Additionally, the program also seeks assistance in documenting efforts, employing cutting-edge open-source intelligence (OSINT) techniques and IT solutions to gather and analyze information crucial for building strong legal cases. Through these comprehensive activities, the program aims to fortify Ukraine’s legal infrastructure, empowering its authorities to pursue accountability for war crimes and uphold the principles of international humanitarian law. All programs should be drafted in close coordination with respective GOU stakeholders.

Length of performance period:  12-24 months
Number of awards anticipated: dependent on amounts
Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $250,000
Total available funding: $2.000,000
Type of Funding: 22-24 INCLE UKRAINE SUPPLEMENTAL

Anticipated program start date: January 1, 2024
Deadline for Applications: on-going basis
This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Participants and Audiences:

The intended target audiences for this program should be Ukrainian entities: local and national state authorities’ representatives, journalists, decision makers, regional or national opinion leaders.

Funding Restrictions:

Funding can be provided to both Ukrainian and foreign non-governmental organizations, but the final beneficiary of the program should be Ukrainian citizens. Funding cannot be spent for political purpose as well as call to the actions that are contradicting the official position of the State Department.

Eligible Applicants: Both Ukrainian non-governmental organizations registered in accordance with local legislations and with programming experience are eligible to apply. All organizations must have a unique entity identifier (also known as UEI), as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. For-profit or commercial entities, governmental institutions, individuals are not eligible to apply. For more details on eligibility refer to the section E of the full NOFO.

How to Apply: 

The submission of the Statement of Interest (SOI) is the first step in a two-step selection process.  Applicants must first submit a concise 1-3 page statement of interest designed to clearly communicate program idea and objectives.  This is not a full proposal.  The purpose of the SOI process is to allow applicants to submit program ideas for evaluation prior to requiring the development of a full proposal application.  Upon a merit review of eligible SOIs, selected applicants will be invited to expand on their program idea(s) by submitting a full proposal application.  Full proposals will go through a second merit review before final funding decision are made.

Mandatory documents to submit:

  • Filled and signed SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations)
  • Statement of Interest (SOI) up to 3 pages long.

SF-424 Guidance

The SF-424 is required for all applications for federal assistance. A template is included within the grants.gov posting, under the “Related Documents” tab. The SF-424 must be signed and dated by an authorized representative of your organization.

Content of SOI must include:

The Statement of Interest (SOI) must be 1-3 pages long and it should include the following:

  • A brief project description summarizing goals, objectives outcomes, performance indicators, beneficiaries, and proposed timeline.
  • A clear statement of the applicant’s organizational capacity to carry out the proposed activity and manage U.S. Government funds.
  • A summary budget that estimates expenses, at least among the following OMB-approved budget categories (in U.S. dollars).
CATEGORY ESTIMATED FEDERAL AMOUNT APPLICANT COST SHARE PROPOSED
A Personnel $X $X
B Fringe Benefits $X $X
C Travel $X $X
D Equipment $X $X
E Supplies $X $X
F Contractual $0 $0
G Construction $X $X
H Other Direct Costs $X $X
I Indirect Costs $X $X
J Total Cost $X $X

 

IMPORTANT! All application materials should be in English and must be submitted by email to KyivINLGrants@state.gov.

The complete version of the NOFO.