USAID Local Led Development Grants

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The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) is seeking applications for New Directions in Advancing Locally Led Development Program.

USAID looks forward to the day when foreign assistance is no longer necessary.

The Agency seeks to partner directly with local leaders, networks, and institutions to better enable and empower communities to respond to complex development challenges with smarter, more resilient, and home-grown solutions.

USAID’s Office of Local Sustainability, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3/LS), leads the Agency’s efforts of promoting locally led development, an important objective under the Journey to Self-Reliance.


E3/LS promotes learning and evaluation, provides expert technical assistance, and is building a culture and capacity within USAID around local ownership.  

The Office equips Agency Operating Units with the knowledge, skills, tools, and resources to:  leverage local capacities and resources; engage with local systems in ways that build upon and strengthen local leadership, capacity, and self-reliance; and be inclusive of marginalized populations. 

E3/LS’s underlying theory of change is that when local people exercise greater leadership and decision-making power throughout the development process, local ownership to sustain development outcomes over time is enhanced.  

Further, the Office recognizes that commitment and capacity exist everywhere we work.

Through this Addendum to the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Locally Led Development Innovation, USAID is interested in identifying opportunities for co-creation, co-design, co-investment, and collaboration on research and development activities that advance knowledge and practice around donor support for locally led development.  

The Addendum addresses five thematic areas:  engaging the local private sector; conflict, post-conflict and non-permissive environments; effective partnerships; the changing role of the donor; and local giving, philanthropy, and other private resources.

Through prior use of the BAA process, E3/LS explored ways in which USAID could more effectively support locally led development – and the challenges that would need to be addressed to reach this goal.  

The Office co-created four awards that have helped the Agency to learn more about applying systems thinking to development, financial sustainability, and strategic transitions from donor-led to locally led development.  

This Addendum reflects that learning – and incorporates current Agency priorities, including increased focus on locally led development.

USAID is not obligated to issue financial instruments or awards as a result of this Addendum.

If E3/LS issues an award or awards as a result of this Addendum and the co-creation process, the Office anticipates that the majority of funds potentially available could only be awarded to organizations that have received less than $5 million over the last five years as a prime awardee from USAID. 

Sub-awardees under any potential awards from E3/LS are not subject to this restriction.

Please submit your expression of interest in English to no later than 11:59pm EDT on Friday, July 12, 2019.

f you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

Matthew Courtad Contracting and Agreement Officer

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