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Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 9, 2007


New Request for Applications for Grants to Advance Humanitarian Mine Action and Stem Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons Trafficking

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs has issued its fourth "Request for Applications" for Federal grants for projects to reduce the humanitarian impact of persistent landmines and stop the illicit trafficking of small arms and light weapons, including man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS). Grant applications will be accepted from non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and international organizations. A total of approximately $1.5 million dollars has been allocated for this initiative.

The six project categories being considered for grant applications are:
1) Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships: Soliciting new ideas from the private sector to raise support for mine action and small arms/light weapons destruction.
2) Matching Grants: Projects funded by applicants and matched by funds from the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement for demining in Afghanistan, Angola, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Colombia, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Vietnam, and Yemen.
3) Other Projects: Those outside the preceding two categories that further the goals of the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in humanitarian mine action and small arms/light weapons destruction. To learn about the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement's mission, visit
www.state.gov/t/pm/wra.
4) Impact Survey Utilization and National Planning: Development of impact surveillance mechanisms that advance these disciplines or improve decision support tools in these areas.
5) Retraining "excess" deminers: Identifying means to gainfully employ former deminers as progress is achieved in the clearance of landmines and unexploded ordnance.
6) Designing sound small arms/light weapons destruction programs: Advancing the knowledge and understanding of factors such as security sector reform, economic growth, and alternate income generation for ex-combatants, in order to prevent new conflict.

Depending on the quality of the proposals and changes in programming assumptions, the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement reserves the right to make no awards. Applications must be submitted via the www.grants.gov website where information on the application review, grant award process, obtaining a DUNS number, registry in the Central Contractor Registration database, how to develop and submit a grant application, suggested grant formats, and mandatory application forms can be found. This particular Request for Applications is posted at http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=12162&mode=VIEW. The deadline for submissions is February 16, 2007.

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Released on January 9, 2007

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