Ocean Freight Reimbursement Program (OFR)

Reimburses registered U.S.

private voluntary organizations (PVOs) to ship commodities overseas for use in privately funded development and humanitarian assistance programs.

Agency - Agency for International Development

The Agency for International Development is an independent Federal government agency that provides economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 100 countries to ensure a better future for us all.

Website Address


Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Food For The Hungry, Inc. $ 1,574,380   2018-10-012021-09-30
United Nations $ 1,262,203   2018-10-012021-09-30
World Vision Inc. $ 2,851,557   2018-10-012021-09-30
Cooperative For Assistance And Relief Everywhere, Inc. $ 2,801,250   2018-10-012021-09-30
Catholic Relief Services - United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops $ 8,668,450   2018-10-012021-09-30
United Nations $ 55,676,722   2019-02-282021-09-30
United Nations $ 17,824,488   2018-10-012021-09-30
Catholic Relief Services - United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops $ 7,136,340   2018-10-012021-09-30
United Nations $ 25,429,809   2018-10-012021-09-30
Fhi Development 360 Llc $ 905,380   2018-10-012021-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds may be used to pay transportation charges on shipments by PVOs registered with USAID to further the efficient use of U. S. voluntary contributions for development, relief, and the rehabilitation of friendly people.

Participating PVOs are responsible for ancillary costs such as commodity acquisition, warehousing, insurance, local transportation and distribution.

OFR awards will not exceed $150,000 per year.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be a U.S.

PVO registered with USAID's Office of Private and Voluntary Cooperation; receive at least 20 percent of its total annual financial support for its international programs from non-U.S.

government sources; ship only those commodities and only to those countries approved by USAID; have staff or consignees in-country to ensure proper pick-up and distribution of commodities; and provide Duty-Free Certification with the application for each country to which commodities will be shipped.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Registered PVOs in the United States, as well as people located in USAID eligible countries who are in need of humanitarian assistance or relief, benefit from these grants.


Evidence of legal capacity, economic feasibility, and financial responsibility relative to the activity for which assistance is requested. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. As specified in a published Request for Applications. This would include the applicant organization's name, address, contact person and information; project objectives; funding and budget; proposed partners; executive summary, organizational overview, program description, program management and structure; monitoring and consignee receiving distribution system.

Award Procedures

Awards are made on the basis of competitive Technical Evaluation Committee review of applications. Each application is scored using criteria incorporated in the Request for Applications. Awards are given based on relative scores.


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


U.S. Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. Approximately five to seven months from the receipt of applications.


If an application is rejected, the reasons for rejection are fully stated. Applicants may request a debriefing of the RFA on the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal. Such requests will be routed to the OFR program officer.


OFR Program grant agreements are for a period of two years. Once awarded, projects will not compete for funding the second year. Funding for projects beyond the first year is contingent upon the availability of program funds, the extent to which the recipient meets program objectives and the recipients ability to utilize OFR funds in a timely manner.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. This program does not have MOE requirements. No MOE requirements AND total allocations over $100 million.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

OFR Program grant agreements are for a period of two years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


No reports are required.


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. OFR grant awards will not exceed $150,000 for each year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised June 27, 2003 in Federal Register).


The grantee shall maintain adequate records and accounts to assure that grant funds are used for authorized purposes.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 17 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 18 Not Separately Identifiable

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Ricardo Willis 301 4th Street SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20547 Email: rwillis@usaid.gov Phone: 202-567-4688

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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