Small Grants Program

The Ambassador’s PEPFAR Small Grants Program Fund 

The Ambassador’s PEPFAR Small Grants Program Fund is for projects that address challenges in providing community based prevention, care, and treatment services to infants, children and adolescents infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The objective is to support an increase in the number of children testing for HIV, linking those diagnosed HIV-positive to treatment, and ensuring that they stay on treatment. Additionally, recipient organizations would be engaged in encouraging and supporting retention for mothers and children enrolled in ART in order to achieve viral suppression, strengthening parent/caregiver capacity to advocate for infants, children, and adolescents with HIV, as well as supporting adolescents transitioning to adult HIV programs. We will only consider supporting projects that will be implemented in one or more of the following Health Districts in Yaounde and Douala: Deido, Cité des Palmiers, Bonassama, Logbaba, Mbangue, New Bell, Nylon, Djoungolo, Nkolndongo, Biyem Assi, Cité Verte and Efoulan.

The U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund

The Special Self-Help Fund (SSH) provides small-scale assistance to Cameroonian communities as part of the U.S. Government’s commitment to support development activities in Cameroon. Since 1983, the U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon has funded small community projects under this program in all ten regions of Cameroon. The maximum support available for most projects is USD 10,000 (or about 5 million francs CFA). Read more about it below.

Julia Taft Fund for Refugees

The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is an initiative by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to respond to critical unmet needs of refugees. Created in 2000, the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees supports projects that fill gaps in refugee service not already being addressed by other organizations. The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is meant to cover a one-time need of no more than $25,000 and cannot support a program for more than one year. Successful programs are those that can be implemented locally and that are not being addressed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other international organizations, or non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Read more about it below.

ARDF-Democracy, Human Rights and Governance- Fund

The purpose of ARDF – the Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Fund is to strengthen democratic institutions, improve governance, and promote respect for human rights in Cameroon. The ARDF provides assistance to Cameroonian organizations that seek to implement short-term, highly targeted activities designed to show measurable results. Last year, ARDF funding supported organizations in all ten regions of Cameroon. Typical ARDF grants are approximately USD 20,000 (approximately 10 million francs FCFA); they may not exceed USD 25,000 (approximately 12.5 million francs FCFA). A single group may not apply for more than one grant in a given funding period. Organizations that have successfully partnered with development agencies in the past and that can provide audited financial statements will be more competitive for this program and stand a greater chance of receiving ARDF funding.

The U.S. Embassy will give priority to proposals that are creative and innovative and that utilize technology and modern media to reach a wide audience.

The Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund- Funding opportunity

The purpose of the Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund is to enable Cameroon to meet the minimum requirements for fiscal transparency, reduce the financial opacity of state-owned companies, parastatals and listed companies, and alleviate the burden of Cameroon State in respect to these companies, and develop plans for transition and eventual adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The FTIF will provide assistance to international accounting firms that will initiate a pilot program consisting of training, production and proposals for eventual adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in Cameroon. Last year, ARDF funding supported organizations in all ten regions of Cameroon. A single grant of up to $276,500 shall be awarded under this program to one organization or a consortium of organizations with a lead recipient.

Introduction

The U.S. Embassy in Yaounde-Cameroon, Political and Economic Section, is seeking proposals for projects that address challenges in providing community based prevention, care, and treatment services to infants, children and adolescents infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The objective is to support an increase in the number of children testing for HIV, linking those diagnosed HIV-positive to treatment, and ensuring that they stay on treatment. Additionally, recipient organizations would be engaged in encouraging and supporting retention for mothers and children enrolled in ART in order to achieve viral suppression, strengthening parent/caregiver capacity to advocate for infants, children, and adolescents with HIV, as well as supporting adolescents transitioning to adult HIV programs. We will only consider supporting projects that will be implemented in one or more of the following Health Districts in Yaounde and Douala: Deido, Cité des Palmiers, Bonassama, Logbaba, Mbangue, New Bell, Nylon, Djoungolo, Nkolndongo, Biyem Assi, Cité Verte and Efoulan.

Basic Project Requirements

  • Budgets cannot exceed $20,000;
  • Initiated, operated, and maintained by the local community;
  • Benefits a large number of people through high-impact, quickly implemented activities;
  • Related to providing community based prevention, care, and treatment services to infants, children and adolescents infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, including awareness raising and training and case identification;
  • Completed within one year without requiring further PEPFAR assistance.

Project Categories and Acceptable Activities and Items

  • Basic Education/Training and Awareness Raising: Promoting behavior change communications (BCC) and healthy practices through programs or workshops in the areas of:
    • Food and Nutrition;
    • Safe Infant Feeding and Weaning;
    • Parent/Caregiver education and training (e.g. positive parenting);
    • Communication with and support of an HIV positive child
    • HIV/AIDs prevention and care;
    • Care and support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC); or
    • Legal aid and psychosocial support.
  • Social Services: Improving the life and living conditions of targeted populations including People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) and orphans and vulnerable children.

Projects under this category could include but are not limited to:

  • Strengthening the capacity of families and communities to provide care, support, and protection for orphans and vulnerable children;
  • Removing barriers to enable the full participation of vulnerable people in supportive communities. Activities could include community advocacy and family strengthening;
  • Support for adolescents transitioning to adult HIV programs;
  • Life skills development programs for adolescents living with HIV; and
  • Strengthening parent/caregiver capacity to advocate for infants, children, and adolescents with HIV

Unacceptable Activities and Items

  • Projects that benefit a private, family, or individual business;
  • Payment of recurring operating costs such as rent, salaries, administrative costs, ongoing training/education needs, medications;
  • Religious, political, or military activities, as well as those relating to police, prisons, or law enforcement.
  • Revolving credit schemes;
  • Office equipment and supplies such as computers, film projectors, stereos, pencils, paper, forms, folders, etc.
  • Land or buildings;
  • Vehicles, luxury goods, gambling, or surveillance equipment.

Selection and Award Process

The program is highly competitive and only the best applications shall be considered for funding. If a project is selected for consideration, someone from the U.S. Embassy will contact the applicant and verify the information.  The selection committee will base its decision on the potential impact, feasibility, and financial soundness of the proposed activity.  The committee will consider the track record of the organization proposing the activity as well as its contribution to the project.

Selection Timeline

Application deadline:    April 25, 2018.

Selection period:           April – May, 2018
Award period:               June, 2018

How to Apply for Funding

Complete and send the application form to the U.S. Embassy.  Click here (PDF 1 MB)) to download the application. You can also request the application form and guideline (PDF 418 KB) by E-mail or in person through the POL/ECON Small Grants Office.  The PSG Application Form is FREE of charge and the Embassy DOES NOT request payment to receive and evaluate a project.

Contact Information

Address:           Ambassador’s PEPFAR Small Grants Program
                         Embassy of the United States of America

B.P. 817 Yaoundé

Email:               grantsyaounde@state.gov
Telephone:        22220-1500 Ext. 4171 or 4544
Fax:                   22220-1503
Office Hours:  Monday through Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm and
Friday 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Introduction

The Special Self-Help Fund (SSH) provides small-scale assistance to Cameroonian communities as part of the U.S. Government’s commitment to support development activities in Cameroon. Since 1983, the U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon has funded small community projects under the SSH program in all ten regions of Cameroon. The maximum support available for most projects is USD 10,000 (or about five million francs CFA).

Basic Project Requirements

  • Initiated by the community and benefits the community by increasing income or improving living conditions.
  • Benefits a large number of people.
  • Involves a significant local contribution such as labor, materials, land, equipment, or money.
  • Within the ability of the community to operate and maintain.
  • Completed within one year without requiring further Self-Help Fund assistance, and
  • Respects environmental norms.

Project Categories and Acceptable Activities and Items

  • Water Supply and Sanitation: Ensures broadly accessible, reliable and economically sustainable water and sanitation services to bolster healthy, secure, and prosperous communities.
    • Safe Water Access: Water pumps and distribution systems, well drilling, bore holes, spring capping.
    • Basic Sanitation: Toilets, sinks, etc. Innovative approaches to building demand for sanitation-related products and services are encouraged.
  • Social Services 
  • Education and Training: Construction and/or equipment of schoolrooms, vocational training workshops/centers.
  • Health: Construction and/or equipment of health facilities.
  • Community Development: Foot bridges, community centers, solar energy, etc.
  • Income Generating Activities: Food storage facilities, grinding mills, vocational training activities that produce employment and marketable skills.
  • Environment/Agriculture: Financial or technical support for reforestation, and soil conservation including post-conflict or post-disaster settings, waste management, biodiversity conservation, and community agricultural projects.

Unacceptable Activities and Items

  • Repair of existing facilities that are in poor shape as the result of neglect or lack of funds.
  • Payment of recurring operating costs such as rent, salaries, administrative or operating costs, ongoing training/education needs, medications, fuel, animal feed, or seeds.
  • Religious, political, or military activities, as well as those relating to police, prisons, or law enforcement.
  • Revolving credit schemes.
  • Office equipment and supplies such as computers, film projectors, stereos, pencils, paper, forms, folders, etc.
  • Equipment or uniforms for national sport teams or national musical or dance groups.
  • Land or buildings.
  • Vehicles, luxury goods, gambling, or surveillance equipment.
  • Abortion-related equipment and services.
  • Pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides.

Funded Projects in 2018

In the year 2018, the U.S. Embassy was pleased to sponsor seven SSH projects in regions for a total of USD 40,000.  

Table 1 – Projects Funded in 2018 by Region and Project Type

Project Type Project
Number
Region
1 Adamawa Construction of a community modern well
2 Center Construction of a community modern well
3 Center Construction of a borehole for People With Disabilities
4 Center Collection of plastic waste in six neighborhoods
5 East Construction of a District Hospital modern well
6 East Provision of farm tools and training to Baka Pygmy women
7 West Construction of a community modern well

 

Selection and Award Process

The program is highly competitive, historically, less than ten percent of the applications received each year are selected. If a project is selected for consideration, someone from the U.S. Embassy will contact the applicant, verify the information, and visit the site.

Selection Timeline

Application deadline:  April 30. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Selection period:        May – July
Award period:            August-September

How to Apply for the Fund

Complete and send the application form to the U.S. Embassy. Click here (PDF – 500 KB) to download the application. You can also request the application by e-mail or in person through the SSH Office. The Self-Help Application Form is FREE of charge and the Embassy DOES NOT request any payment to receive and evaluate a project.

Download Application guidelines(PDF – 390KB)

Contact Information

Self-Help Fund
Embassy of the United States of America
B.P. 817 Yaounde
Email:             grantsyaounde@state.gov
Telephone:      22220-1500 Ext. 4171
Fax:                22220-1503
Office Hours:   Monday through Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm and Friday 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

2019 Julia Taft Fund for Refugees

The U.S. Embassy in Cameroon is pleased to announce the availability of funding opportunity through the 2019 Julia Taft Fund for Refugees.

What is the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees?

The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is an initiative by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to respond to critical unmet needs of refugees. Created in 2000, the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees supports projects that fill gaps in refugee service not already being addressed by other organizations. The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is meant to cover a one-time need of no more than $25,000 and cannot support a program for more than one year. Successful programs are those that can be implemented locally and that are not being addressed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other international organizations, or non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

What can the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees support?

The Taft Fund is intended primarily to support projects that assist refugees and/or returnees. We will also consider support of projects that benefit both refugees/returnees and their host communities. Projects that target Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs), stateless persons and vulnerable migrants, will not be considered under this program. We cannot provide direct support to the local government, recommend a project funded the previous year, nor can we provide continued funding for a project as the Julia Taft Refugee Fund is meant to cover a one-time need and not a long-term program.

Projects Funded during the last four years

In the years 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015, the U.S. Embassy was pleased to sponsor four JTF projects in two crisis-affected regions for a total of USD 99,400.

 

Year Region Project Type
2018 East Construction and equipping of a comprehensive food-processing center in Kenzou.
2017 East Construction of five gender sensitive eco-toilet blocks around the Lolo Refugee Camp.
2016 Far-North Construction of two boreholes in Kerawa
2015 East Construction of a specialized school for refugees in Mandjou

 

Who is eligible to apply?

The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is limited to Cameroonian registered CBOs, associations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with at least 2 years of experience working in Cameroon. Recipients of the previous year’s Julia Taft fund are not eligible for this year’s funds.

How can my organization apply for funding?

NGOs are invited to submit a grant proposal for their projects by March 19, 2019 using the standard U.S. Embassy format (attached – (PDF 938 KB)) via email to grantsyaounde@state.gov.

Please note the following guidelines when preparing proposals:

  • Project budgets cannot exceed $25,000.
  • Proposals should comply with the U.S. Embassy standard grant format (attached – (PDF 938 KB)).
  • An applicant must have a Code of Conduct, which must be consistent with the UN’s Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) recommendations on the prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation.

Grant Application Form (PDF 938 KB)
Grant Guidelines (PDF – 389 KB)

Contact Information:

2019 Julia Taft Fund for Refugees
United States Embassy
Phone: 237- 222-20-1500 Ext: 4171
E-mail: grantsyaounde@state.gov

 

Introduction

Le programme Fonds pour la Démocratie, et les Droits de l’Homme en Afrique(ARDF) -pour la Démocratie, les Droits de l’Homme et la Gouvernance – a pour but de contribuer au renforcement des institutions démocratiques, à l’amélioration de la gouvernance et à la promotion du respect des droits de l’homme au Cameroun. Des subventions au titre du ARDF sont accordées aux organisations camerounaises qui s’emploient à mettre en œuvre, à court terme, des activités hautement ciblées et susceptibles de produire des résultats mesurables. L’année dernière, le programme ARDF a financé les projets dans les dix régions du Cameroun. Le plus souvent, les subventions de l’ARDF varient entre 20000 et 25000 dollars (soit environ 10 à 12,5 millions de francs CFA). Une seule organisation ne peut recevoir plus d’un financement dans un  même cycle de financement. Les organisations ayant à leur actif une collaboration fructueuse avec des bailleurs de fonds internationaux et pouvant présenté des références avérées sont plus compétitives et ont de meilleures chances de recevoir des financements au titre de ce programme.

L’ambassade des États-Unis accordera la priorité aux propositions créatives et innovantes qui utilisent la technologie et les médias modernes pour atteindre un large public.

Condition à remplir

Pour prétendre à un financement de l’Ambassade des États-Unis au titre de l’ARDF, les projets doivent remplir les conditions suivantes:

  • Le plafond de financement est de 25.000 Dollars USD maximum ;
  • Avoir pour promoteur des organisations camerounaises;
  • Concourir à la promotion du pluralisme politique et du respect des droits de l’homme et civils;
  • Bénéficier un grand nombre de personnes;
  • Prévoir des activités, des dépenses et des délais concordants, raisonnables et compatibles avec les capacités réelles de l’organisation;
  • Etre réalisables dans les douze mois, sans besoin de ressources supplémentaires au titre de l’ARDF;
  • Etre respectueux des normes environnementales.

Les rapports

Les bénéficiaires de subventions au titre de l’ARDF doivent :

  • soumettre des rapports trimestriels (activités et financiers) à l’Ambassade des États-Unis;
  • s’assurer que toutes les dépenses font l’objet de pièces justificatives et que les fonds sont dépensés aux fins prévues;
  • Conserver les dossiers financiers de base durant toute la durée de l’activité financée, et pendant une période de trois ans après la fin du projet et la présentation de la facture définitive.

Catégories de projets et activités autorisées

  • Promouvoir une gouvernance responsable, transparente et réactive :
  • Soutenir les entités locales de la société civile, y compris les groupes de réflexion, la recherche universitaire, les groupes de surveillance, les associations de médias, les journalistes et les autres acteurs de la société civile, afin de plaider pour la transparence législative, la responsabilité et la surveillance à tous les niveaux du gouvernement.
  • Fournir un soutien technique spécialisé pour soutenir la gouvernance démocratique, en mettant particulièrement l’accent sur le contrôle législatif.
  • Promouvoir les droits de l’homme et les libertés fondamentales :
  • Soutenir la protection, l’atténuation et les réponses aux violations des droits de l’homme et aux abus, en particulier les violations des droits de l’homme qui touchent les plus vulnérables, en renforçant les cadres, les institutions et la surveillance des droits de l’homme.
  • Soutenir les organisations et institutions locales et internationales clés des droits de l’homme afin de promouvoir les systèmes, les politiques et la protection des droits de l’homme, avec un accent particulier sur les femmes et les jeunes.
  • Renforcer la capacité des organisations communautaires, y compris les organisations confessionnelles, et des associations de résidents, de vendeurs ou autres, par l’éducation civique et la participation des citoyens, à défendre les droits et les normes démocratiques qui favorisent la participation du public à la vie civique.
  • Soutenir les processus démocratiques et la promotion de normes démocratiques solides :
  • Soutenir les processus politiques, tels que les processus et négociations de paix, qui visent une démocratisation à long terme et le respect des droits de l’homme et de la responsabilité, en mettant particulièrement l’accent sur l’autonomisation des femmes, des jeunes et des populations marginalisées et vulnérables.

Activités et Autres Eléments de Dépense non Autorisés

Les ressources de l’ARDF ne peuvent pas être utilisées pour financer les activités ou les dépenses suivantes:

  • Activités paramilitaires qui soutienne la police et les autres forces de l’ordre (même si l’activité proposée est conforme aux composantes décrites ci-dessus) ;
  • Construction de bâtiments;
  • Achat de véhicules;
  • Coûts administratifs, notamment les coûts d’entretien de bâtiments ou d’équipements, le loyer, les fournitures de bureau ou les salaires administratifs;
  • Déplacements hors du périmètre du projet;
  • Conférences ou ateliers dont les objectifs ne sont pas précis et clairement définis;
  • Projets de recherche sans composante à objectif de résultats;
  • Aide humanitaire ou soutien à des réfugiés (sauf s’il y a un rapport avec les droits humains);
  • Activités qui n’encouragent pas directement un respect accru des droits civils et humains;
  • Achat de produits pharmaceutiques, de pesticides ou d’engrais;
  • Activités visant à influencer le résultat d’élections, ou
  • Activités de formation, de conseil ou de soutien à la police, aux prisons ou à d’autres forces de maintien de l’ordre, à un programme militaire ou tout autre programme d’intelligence ou de surveillance interne.

 

Projets financés depuis 2017

Depuis 2017, l’Ambassade des Etats-Unis a appuyé 63 projets dans le cadre du programme ARDF à hauteur de 1.000.000 Dollars Américains. Les thématiques de certains projets portaient entre autres sur :Pour l’Education Civique et la Participation Citoyenne

  • Formation des réseaux d’OSC au niveau municipal à la planification participative, à la budgétisation et au suivi des dépenses dans le cadre de la décentralisation et de la construction de la paix,
  • Formation des femmes et des jeunes des régions à faibles revenus la bonne gouvernance, l’engagement civique, la lutte contre la corruption, la démocratie, le développement durable et les questions sociétales et environnementales
  • Formation des acteurs locaux et régionaux sur les stratégies de mise en œuvre de l’inclusion des personnes handicapées et des populations autochtones dans la gouvernance locale.

 

Pour les Elections 

  • Engagement des jeunes et de la société civile dans la promotion de la participation citoyenne et de la transparence électorale à travers l’observation des élections
  • Mobilisation des jeunes et les femmes leaders pour une implication pacifique et non-violente dans le processus électoral
  • La mobilisation communautaire pour une plus grande participation des femmes, des femmes autochtones, des personnes handicapées et des jeunes dans le processus électoral
  • Le renforcement des compétences des membres des médias, des OSC et des partis politiques pour un processus électoral impartial, libre et équitable

Pour les Droits de l’Homme

  • Sensibiliser les communautés aux droits des enfants, des veuves, des femmes et des minorités
  • Protection des défenseurs des droits de l’homme et vulgarisation des normes internationales en matière de droits de l’homme
  • Faciliter la délivrance de documents civils aux peuples autochtones et aux enfants déplacées
  • Fournir une assistance juridique aux détenus et promouvoir le recours à l’habeas corpus
  • Lutte contre la traite des personnes, la maltraitance d’enfants, la violence sexuelle et sexiste dans les écoles, la violation des droits de l’homme dans les environnements traditionnels

Procédure de sélection

Le programme est très compétitif et seules les meilleures demandes seront considérées. Si un projet est sélectionné pour examen, quelqu’un de l’Ambassade des États-Unis contactera le porteur de projet pour de plus amples informations. Le comité de sélection fondera sa décision sur l’impact potentiel, la faisabilité et l’efficience de l’activité proposée. Le comité examinera l’expérience de l’organisation proposant l’activité ainsi que sa contribution au projet.

Guideline de l’ARDF : Cliquez ici (PDF – 424KB)

Délais de Traitement des Demandes

Date limite des demandes:     Le 4 juin 2020
Sélection :                               Juillet – Août 2020
Signature des contrats :                      Août – Septembre 2020

Comment Postuler

Remplissez et envoyez le formulaire de demande à l’Ambassade des États-Unis. Cliquez ici (PDF – 1009 Ko) pour télécharger le formulaire. Vous pouvez également demander le formulaire et le guide par Email ou par téléphone en contactant le bureau des microprojets de la Section Politique et Economique. Le formulaire de demande PSG est GRATUIT et l’ambassade ne demande pas de paiement pour recevoir et évaluer un projet.

Contact

Adresse postale:                      Fonds pour la Démocratie et le Droits de l’Homme en Afrique

Ambassade des États-Unis  d’Amérique
B.P. 817 Yaoundé

Courriel:                                  grantsyaounde@state.gov
Téléphone:                              222-201-500, poste 4171 ou 4070
Télécopieur:                           222-201-503
Heures d’ouverture:               Lundi à jeudi, 07h30-17h00 ; Vendredi, 7h30-12h30.

Introduction

The purpose of the Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund is to enable Cameroon to meet the minimum requirements for fiscal transparency, reduce the financial opacity of state-owned companies, parastatals and listed companies, and alleviate the burden of Cameroon State in respect to these companies, and develop plans for transition and eventual adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The FTIF will provide assistance to international accounting firms that will initiate a pilot program consisting of training, production and proposals for eventual adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in Cameroon. Last year, ARDF funding supported organizations in all ten regions of Cameroon. A single grant of up to $276,500 shall be awarded under this program to one organization or a consortium of organizations with a lead recipient.

Selection and Award Process

The program is highly competitive. If a project is selected for consideration, someone from the U.S. Embassy will contact the applicant and verify the information.  The selection committee will base its decision on the justification, goals, strategy, feasibility, and financial soundness of the proposed activity.  The committee will consider the track record of the applicants.

Selection Timeline

Application deadline:   August 16, 2018, at 4:00pm (Cameroon time)
Selection period:          August – September 2018
Award period:              September 2018

How to Apply for Funding

Read (PDF – 2MB) the full text of Notice of Funding Opportunity and send the full application package to the U.S. Embassy.  Click here  to download the application. You can also request the application by mail or in person through the Political and Economic Section. The Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund Application Form is FREE of charge and the Embassy DOES NOT request any payment to receive and evaluate a project.

More documents:

Contact Information

Address:   Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund
Embassy of the United States of America
B.P. 817 Yaoundé

Email:             grantsyaounde@state.gov
Telephone:      22220-1500 Ext. 4171
Fax:                 22220-1503
Office Hours:  Monday through Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm and
Friday 7:30 am – 12:30 pm