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Grant Opportunities

Ineligible Applicants & Activities

U.S. Executive Orders and U.S. law prohibits transactions with, and the provision of resources and support to, individuals and organizations associated with terrorism. DISP will conduct checks in the System for Awards Management (SAM), Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury, and the United Nations Security Council consolidated list. 

Individual and entities ineligible to apply include the following:

  • Political parties 
  • Armed Forces (State and Non-state Armed forces)
  • Government institutions (this includes entities that the Government of Burma owns at least 50% share of or receive at least 50% of their financial support from the Government of Burma)

Outside of activities which do not contribute to the objectives of GUCs under DISP’s BED and HE funding, activities and costs that are ineligible/unallowable for grant funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Creation of endowments (Note: financing of loan portfolios is not an endowment).
  • Any previous obligations by USAID to the beneficiary.
  • The bad debts of the beneficiary.
  • Fines imposed on the beneficiary.
  • Penalties imposed on the beneficiary.
  • Any expenses related to ceremonies, parties, and celebrations.
  • The purchase of any goods restricted and prohibited under USAID regulations such as alcoholic beverages.
  • The purchase of surveillance equipment, military equipment, or arms whether new or surplus, police or law enforcement equipment, abortion equipment and services, weather modification equipment, luxury goods and gambling equipment.
  • The purchase of goods from prohibited sources.
  • Expenses related to purchases or activities which are illegal under Burmese or U.S. law. 
  • Promotion of political parties, religion, or commercial interests.
  • Fundraising.
  • Payments made to government employees.
  • Funds paid as profit to any recipient. Profit is any amount in excess of allowable direct and indirect costs.
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