Frequently Asked Questions:
LEAD Diaspora Challenge Initiative

Q: How can I get the required forms?
You can download the application form and the full proposal on our website at either or on If you have any trouble downloading the application, please contact us at with the subject line “DCI: download application” and we will email you the documents.

Q: How can I figure out if we fit this RFP?
The eligibility requirements for organizations to apply are included in the request for proposal. If you would like to clarify your organization (or partner’s) eligibility to apply, please send us an email at with the subject line “DCI: verification of eligibility to apply.”

Q: Where can I get help with my letter of intent or my application?
While we are not able to assist you with developing your application, we are able to assist you if you have specific questions about activities outlined in the proposal. Please contact us via email with your questions.

Q: Can you review a draft of my application?
We are not able to review drafts of applications. We are also not able to provide feedback on applications prior to the deadline. But we can provide feedback on individual applications on request after the contract has been awarded. Please send an email to with the details of your application and any specific feedback sought.

Q: We don't have anyone who can write a proposal, but we really fit this RFP. What should we do?
Please ask a member of your Board or another volunteer if they can help. You may also look to assistance from the partner organization or individual identified in the RFP as academic institution/think tank/research organization and request them to complete the application on your behalf. Please note that LEAD will not be able to reimburse you for any costs associated with developing the proposal.

Q: What if there is an important reason we might miss the application deadline?
Application deadlines are final and may not be extended for any single applicant. LEAD may issue an overall extension to the deadline. The current deadline to apply is May 31, 2016.

Q: How soon will I learn if my proposal is or is not competitive?
Applications that are not selected to receive the award will be notified in June, 2016. Please contact us at if you have not received notification of the status of your application by June 30th, 2016.

Q: How will I be notified of any changes in the RFP, any new information uncovered, or the answers to questions that are asked by other applicants?
All information related to the RFP are available on our web site. It is updated with any major announcements related to the proposal, so please check regularly.

Q: How soon must I start my project after the contract has been awarded?
The awardee is expected to start activities within 30 days of the issuance of the contract or earlier, based on their proposed timeline. The timeline of activities will be an important consideration in the selection of the winning organization.
Q: When does the contract period begin?
The contract period begins at the time of execution of the contract with LEAD. The time period of the contract will be specified in the award letter.

Q: How will I know if I was selected as the contractor?
LEAD staff will notify you and your partner organization if you are selected to perform the contract. LEAD will use the contact information you provided in your application.

Q: What if our organization does not have a 501(c)(3)?
Proof of your registration status, as well as that of proposed partner (if relevant) is required and will be verified prior to issuance of the contract.

Q: What will be the main criteria used to evaluate our proposal?
LEAD will evaluate applications on the demonstrated capacity of the applicant to manage the proposed activities, the credibility of the proposed partner organization/individual, the proposed activities and the demonstrated link to achieving the objectives of the Diaspora Challenge Fund, the proposed timeline of activities, and the efficiency of the proposed budget.

Q. Will LEAD provide any training or support if we are awarded the contract?
While LEAD will not be able to provide specific training or capacity building to the organization to the selected contractor, LEAD can provide training on compliance with USAID contracting guidelines.