USAID’s Child Blindness Program (CBP) is now accepting applications for Grant Round 4 Phase I – FA (Full Application). As part of this solicitation, CBP is seeking qualified organizations to implement high impact, large-scale eye health programs capable of expanding the availability, accessibility, and quality of eye health services to vulnerable children and other populations with limited access to sight-saving services.
By large-scale, CBP is seeking institutions and organizations capable of screening more than 75,000 children from vulnerable populations where there is likely to be higher incidences of eye health issues per child, requiring referrals for treatment, including eye glasses, and surgical and non-surgical interventions. As a secondary activity, applicants must also build in a Low Vision component whereby 400 or more children will be provided with services and treatment.
The Request for Application (RFA) is available on the CBP webpage: https://www.usaid.gov/childblindness. CBP will host two webinars to provide additional guidance and information about the application process:
Webinar #1: Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. US Eastern Standard Time
Applicants may connect via the internet on their computers or mobile device, using the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86794416047?pwd=SHFUR20xL28ycFRiRjh0c2NqSHh2dz09. If this link fails for any reason, you can also go to www.zoom.com and click the link “Join a Meeting” at the top of the page. Simply enter the Webinar ID#: 867 9441 6047 and Passcode: 080421 and click “Join.” Lastly, select your audio/video preferences to participate.
Webinar #2: Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. US Eastern Standard Time
Applicants may connect via the internet on their computers or mobile device, using the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81699611312?pwd=QkVZMVJZOEVkcURYWmgzWU5TS2lWUT09. If this link fails for any reason, you can also go to www.zoom.com and click the link “Join a Meeting” at the top of the page. Simply enter the Webinar ID#: 816 9961 1312 and Passcode: 080521 and click “Join.” Lastly, select your audio/video preferences to participate.
For participants seeking to dial-in via phone, please refer to pages 24-25 of the RFA. Callers must enter the Webinar ID listed above in order to join the call. If your country is “not” listed, you will need to join the Webinar using either the weblink provided above or go to www.zoom.com and join the meeting from that location.
CBP will be uploading this same guidance about joining the webinars to the webpage in the coming days. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend these information sessions.
The deadline for submitting questions specific to the RFA solicitation is Friday, August 6 at 5pm (Washington, DC time). CBP will post answers to these inquiries on the webpage during the following week. All other general inquiries may be submitted up until the submission deadline on Friday, September 3, 2021.
As a friendly reminder, please submit all applications and related inquiries to [email protected]. Applications are due no later than 5pm (Washington DC time) on Friday, September 3, 2021.
Image on top: A child is reading with the help of a visual aid at Aravind Pondicherry’s low vision program supported by USAID’s CBP/Photo by USAID’s Child Blindness Program.