The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission in Vietnam recently announced funding opportunities through its Vietnam Disabilities Annual Program Statement (APS). The APS represents an invitation to Vietnamese and international non-governmental organizations to submit concept papers for programs that support a more inclusive Vietnam by expanding opportunities for persons with disabilities.
“We hope to fund multiple programs to enhance the health and well-being of Vietnamese persons with disabilities through physical, occupational and speech therapy-related services, awareness, and advocacy strengthening,” said USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Joakim Parker. “Support of policymaking at the national level and more comprehensive programming in targeted provinces in Vietnam will extend the important legacy of work in this area that began with Senator Patrick Leahy’s support in 1989.”
Programs funded under the APS can vary in size and length, although there is a minimum award of $200,000. The aggregate estimated budget over five years exceeds $20 million, subject to the availability of funds. Eligible organizations interested in submitting concept papers on assisting persons with disabilities should carefully read the APS in its entirety and follow the application guidance. This APS and any future amendments can be found at http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=256530. The deadline for first-round concept paper submission is Friday, June 27, 2014, 4:00 p.m. Hanoi local time. Additional rounds will be opened on a rolling basis until June 2, 2015. Any questions regarding this APS should be sent by email to the USAID/Vietnam Office of Acquisition and Assistance at:VietnamDisabilitiesAPS@usaid.gov
Assisting persons with disabilities is one of the top priorities for the U.S. Government in Vietnam. Since 1989, the U.S. Government has supported programs to improve the health, independence, and participation of persons with disabilities in economic and social life.