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USAID's Registry of Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) comprises a diverse group of organizations engaged in foreign assistance and development worldwide-from institutions with global reach that annually deliver hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to less experienced PVOs with limited resources.
The definition of a PVO for purposes of USAID registration is outlined in the eight Conditions of Registration (located below text). PVOs register with USAID to become eligible to compete for specific types of funding, e.g., development and humanitarian assistance grants and cooperative agreements.
Registration enables USAID to-
- Identify PVOs that engage in, or intend to engage in, voluntary foreign aid operations
- Determine whether PVOs meet certain general operating guidelines and accountability standards
- Approve registration of those PVOs eligible to apply for USAID assistance
To apply for USAID registration, an organization must complete the online application on USAID's PVO Registration Web site: https://reg.pvo.net/reg/newOrg.asp. On the initial visit to the registration site, a DUNS Number (available from Dun & Bradstreet, Inc.) will be requested, in addition to general organizational information. Please be aware that new PVO applicants will need to provide audited financial statements prepared on an accrual basis in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices (GAAP) by an independent, certified public accountant to complete the application.
Note: Allow six to eight weeks from the date the online application is submitted for completion of the registration process. It is important that PVOs take this timeframe into account when planning to meet solicitation deadlines.
Once an organization is registered with USAID, registration must be renewed annually, within nine months of a PVO's fiscal year end. The annual renewal allows USAID to review the PVO's ongoing compliance with the Conditions of Registration.
Potential applicants should proceed to the PVO New Applicant Registration page for additional information.
PVO Registration Policy
In order to apply for USAID grant assistance programs, PVOs must be registered with USAID. All PVOs registered with USAID are listed in the online PVO Registry, which is publicly accessible at PVO Registry.
Note: Allow six to eight weeks from the date the online application is submitted for completion of the registration process. It is important that PVOs take this timeframe into account when planning to meet solicitation deadlines. PVO registration with USAID should not be confused with requests to register on other sites, such as www.grants.gov.
Conditions of Registration
Conditions of Registration for U.S. and international organizations, effective May 13, 2005:
Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) are key partners in the implementation of USAID programs. In the FY2010, U.S. PVOs received $18.7 billion in support from U.S. citizens and private sources, over six times the $3.1 billion from USAID. Through partnerships with PVOs, USAID has also leveraged significant non-financial resources to achieve high-impact development. From HIV/AIDS education, to micro-lending, to introducing improved agricultural practices that mitigate climate change, PVOs play a critical role in USAID’s community-level development work.
The online PVO Registry is an interactive database that gives the public access to a subset of the registration information available to USAID staff. Updated nightly, this interactive database can be searched by activity sector or country and provides users with PVO contact and program information, as well as financial data. The database, at http://pvo.usaid.gov/usaid/ , also provides e-mail addresses and links to PVO Web sites.
- PVO Registration Overview
- PVO Definitions
- PVO Registration Annual Renewal
- Annual Submission Due Date Calculator
- PVO Funding Opportunities
- Local (Indigenous) PVO Information
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Publications and Resources
To search for USAID registered PVOs, including links to their homepage, countries where they work and other information, see the following links:
For assistance with the online PVO registration process: PVO Registration Coordinator, email: firstname.lastname@example.org