Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) Registration

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PVOs are important partners in USAID's work to address a broad range of development, humanitarian and health challenges.
PVOs are important partners in USAID's work to address a broad range of development, humanitarian and health challenges, leveraging significantly more resources than they receive from USAID.
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Overview of Changes to PVO Registration

USAID has changed its registration processes for Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs). PVOs are only required to register for two programs: the Limited Excess Property Program (LEPP) and the Ocean Freight Reimbursement (OFR) Program. This is accomplished through a streamlined process involving completion of a self-certification form as part of the application process for these programs. PVOs can now apply for any grant program in the Agency, aside from LEPP and OFR, without going through an annual registration process. PVOs will still be required to meet any conditions USAID deems necessary for the award of grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts, which may include the completion of a financial audit.

To implement these changes, USAID has rescinded 22 CFR 203 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

USAID greatly values the role PVOs play in international development and in achieving our Agency’s development objectives. The goal of these changes is to simplify our processes, reduce the administrative burden on PVOs, and make it easier to do business with USAID.

Partnering with the Agency

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Listed below are a number of useful references that will answer questions regarding ways to partner with USAID and find grant opportunities:

  • For anticipated future opportunities, the USAID Business Forecast provides potential funding and partnership opportunities. We also encourage following @USAIDBizOpps on Twitter for the latest USAID business and partnership opportunities.
  • For general information on USAID funding and how to partner with USAID, please visit our webpage: How to Work With USAID.
  • For a more in-depth explanation of USAID funding and to explore opportunities to work with USAID, we suggest you visit our webpage on USAID’s grant and contract process. We also recommend that you take advantage of our training module, Exploring Opportunities to Partner with USAID.  This training module:  outlines a four-step work plan for those interested in exploring opportunities with USAID; provides information on the types of funding available; and offers advice on how to best position yourself or your organization to work with USAID. Additional training that may be of interest can be found on our Training Series page.
  • For organizations and individuals interested in partnering with USAID, please visit our webpage: Partnership Opportunities.
  • For open partnership and funding opportunities, we encourage you to review postings on and Both sites provide the option to search opportunities by agency. USAID is listed as “Agency for International Development.”
  • For unsolicited proposals and assistance applications, please read through the Unsolicited Proposals and Grants webpage and Guidelines for Submitting Unsolicited Contract Proposals to ensure that your proposal is completed according to USAID guidelines. Keep in mind that funding is available on an extremely limited basis,  and USAID is only able to approve a small number of the unsolicited proposals it receives.
  • For a list of USAID implementing partners, please visit The site allows you to conduct a search by government agency, country, and fiscal year, which allows you to get a complete list of USAID implementing partners for a particular fiscal year. This site can support you in contacting USAID implementing partners in the country you are interested in working in.

For questions about how to work with USAID, you may also contact the Acquisition & Assistance Ombudsman.  

For questions about other USAID programs, you may contact USAID Open ( They will direct you to the appropriate people, programs, or resources.

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