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Notice of Funding Opportunity-Community Health Equity Through Systems Strengthening
November 16, 2023

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO PDF-940KB) – 72062424RFA00001
Program Title: Community Health Equity Through Systems Strengthening (CHESS)


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a Cooperative Agreement from qualified entities to implement USAID/Cameroon’s Community Health Equity Through Systems Strengthening (CHESS) Activity (the Activity). Eligibility for this award is restricted to local entities only; please see Section C of this Request for Applications (RFA) for additional details.

Subject to availability of funds, USAID intends to make an award to the applicant that best meets the objectives of this NOFO (PDF-940KB) based on the Merit Review Criteria described in this NOFO, subject to a Risk Assessment.

Please note that USAID reserves the right to conduct co-creation sessions with applicants at any stage of this process. This process would entail technical meetings/workshops between USAID and Applicant Representatives to review and further develop the proposed technical approach.

Eligible parties interested in submitting an application are encouraged to read this NOFO thoroughly to understand the type of program sought, application submission requirements and selection process. This is a multi-tiered NOFO in accordance with the Automated directives System (ADS) 303.3.6.1(c). Selection under this RFA will be based on a two-step process:

● Phase 1 – Concept Paper submissions: open to all eligible organizations as described in this RFA.

● Phase 2 – Full Application submissions: by invitation only to applicants selected as a result of the evaluation conducted in Phase 1.

To be eligible for award, the applicant must provide all information as required in this NOFO and meet the eligibility standards described in Section C. This funding opportunity is posted on www.grants.gov and may be amended. It is the responsibility of the applicant to regularly check the website to ensure they have the latest information pertaining to this NOFO, and to ensure that the RFA has been received from the internet in its entirety. USAID bears no responsibility for data errors resulting from the transmission or conversion process. If you have difficulty registering on www.grants.gov or accessing the RFA, please contact the Grants.gov Helpdesk at 1-800-518-4726 or via email at support@grants.gov for technical assistance.

USAID expects that applicants will have equal access to all local organizations needed to implement this contract and strongly discourages exclusivity agreements with local organizations.

USAID may not award to an applicant unless the applicant has complied with all applicable Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and System for Award Management (SAM) requirements detailed in Section D (D- The registration process may take many weeks to complete. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to begin registration early in the process (if not already registered). Subrecipients must also acquire a UEI and therefore any proposed sub awardees are also encouraged to begin the registration process early in the process (see Section D.

Please send any questions regarding this solicitation to the point of contact identified in Section D. The deadline for questions is shown above. Responses to questions received prior to the deadline will be furnished to all potential applicants through an amendment to this notice posted to www.grants.gov. For organizations selected to submit Full Applications as a result of the Phase I Concept Paper evaluations, another opportunity for questions will be provided prior to the submission due date for Full Applications.

Issuance of this NOFO does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the U.S. Government nor does it commit the U.S. Government to pay for any costs incurred in preparation or submission of comments/suggestions or an application. Applications are submitted at the risk of the applicant. All preparation and submission costs are at the applicant’s expense.


Thank you for your interest in USAID programs.

Yves Kore
Director, Regional Acquisition and Assistance Office
USAID/West Africa


Closing Date: December 7, 2023.

Download the full request for quotations here (PDF-940KB)

Download the CHESS budget template here (Excel Document-320KB)