Office of Security Affairs

The Office of Security Affairs in the Department of State?s Bureau of African Affairs (AF/SA) supports U.S.

foreign policy goals in sub-Saharan Africa through a variety of programs and policies designed to bolster peace and security.

Agency - Department of State

The Department of State strives to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Search For Common Ground $ 1,569,089   2020-09-282024-03-29
United Nations $ 3,524,907   2016-12-162023-03-31
Miscellaneous Foreign Awardees $ 200,000   2019-10-152022-12-30
Unops $ 4,500,000   2022-04-012022-09-30
Creative Learning, Inc. $ 249,755   2020-10-012022-09-30
Instruments 4 Africa $ 1,350,000   2018-10-012022-03-01
Sesame Workshop $ 500,000   2019-09-022021-07-30
Miscellaneous Foreign Awardees $ 250,000   2018-09-302020-12-31
Search For Common Ground $ 989,980   2018-09-172020-10-30
African Union Commission $ 80,000   2017-09-292020-09-29

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

AF/SA manages security assistance grants totaling approximately $26 million per year.

However, these funding levels can vary considerably from year-to-year depending on shifting needs and U. S. Government priorities.

The office awarded approximately $26.5 million in Fiscal Year 2014 and plans to award approximately $28.4 million in Fiscal Year 2015.

Program activities support a range of requirements including capacity building in support of post-conflict or transitional security or defense reform, maritime security sector reform, and counter terrorism efforts.

Pending Congressional appropriation, AF/SA may implement upwards of $31 million in security assistance programs in Fiscal Year 2016.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

If you are interested in implementing AF/SA security-related assistance programs that promote peace and stability on the continent, please see for individual solicitation opportunities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

AF/SA security-related assistance grants bolster our African partners' capacity to provide peace and security.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. See for individual award announcements.

Award Procedures

See for individual award announcements.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Foreign Assistance Act, Section 531, 22 Stat. , U.S.C 2346; Foreign Assistance Act, Section 551, 22 Stat. , U.S.C 2348.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. See for individual award announcements.


Not Applicable.


See for individual award announcements.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

See for individual award announcements. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See for individual award announcements.

Post Assistance Requirements


See for individual award announcements.

No cash reports are required.

See for individual award announcements.

See for individual award announcements.

See for individual award announcements.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. See for individual award announcements.


Recipients must maintain all grant files for three years after the final report date.

Financial Information

Account Identification

19-7214-1-5-000 - ESF Funds; 19-1032-0-0-000 - PKO Funds.


(Project Grants) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 Estimate Not Available; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

See for individual award announcements.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Christopher John Pommerer 2201 C Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20520 Email: Phone: 2026477158

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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