Special International Exchange Grant Programs

To provide special grants for international exchanges and other activities that support and address current and emerging issues of mutual interest to the United States and other countries, consistent with the program criteria established in the Department s annual appropriation.

As authorized
by the Fulbright-Hays Act, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) seeks to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange programs, including the exchange of scholars, researchers, professionals, students, and educators.

Educational and cultural engagement is premised on the knowledge that mutual understanding, the development of future leaders, and the benefits of education programs influence societies and affect official decision-making almost everywhere in the world today.


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.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Special International Exchange Grant Programs may include Academic and Professional, Cultural, and Youth exchange activities.

The activities are designed to promote U. S. interests in designated countries around the world by developing mutual understanding of key issues and promoting long-lasting ties between the United States and other countries.

This program provides selected individuals with opportunities to participate in exchanges and other activities that develop international competencies and skills, which allow them to serve as leaders in their professions and communities.

Funding is provided to eligible non-profit organizations, colleges and universities to support their work in designing and administering exchange programs as well as coordinating program logistics.

Program models, themes and world regions may vary from year to year.



Please refer to the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements for further information.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended (Fulbright-Hays Act) the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S.

Department of State awards project grants and cooperative agreements to educational and cultural public or private nonprofit foundations or institutions.

Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3).

Organizations must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application.

Please refer to the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcement for further eligibility criteria.

OMB Circular No.

A-87 applies to this program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended (Fulbright-Hays Act) the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State awards project grants and cooperative agreements to educational and cultural public or private nonprofit foundations or institutions. Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3). Organizations must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application. Please refer to the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcement for further eligibility criteria. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Credentials/Documentation

Pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended (Fulbright-Hays Act) the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State awards grants and cooperative agreements to educational and cultural public or private nonprofit foundations or institutions. Applications may be submitted by organizations public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3). Organizations must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application. Please refer to the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcement for further eligibility criteria. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

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.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Announcements are posted on the Grants.gov and Department of State"s website: http://eca.state.gov/organizational-funding or GrantSolutions.gov website for organizations meeting eligibility requirements. Announcements are made as necessary during the fiscal year. The application procedures are described in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcement.

Award Procedures

Final awards cannot be made until funds have been appropriated by Congress, allocated and committed through internal Bureau procedures. Successful applicants will receive a Federal Assistance Award (FAA) from the Bureau s Grants Office. The FAA and the original proposal with subsequent modifications (if applicable) shall be the only binding authorizing document between the recipient and the U.S. Government. The FAA will be signed/validated by an authorized Grants Officer, and sent via GrantSolutions.gov to the recipient s responsible officer identified in the application.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

The Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, Public Law 87-256, 22 U.S.C 2451.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded/released through the Department"s central financial management database.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

As stated in the Grants.gov announcements.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

As stated in the Grants.gov announcements.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that 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 Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that 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 Circular No. A-133. The Recipient must comply with the OMB audit requirements. For all DOS awards, regardless of business type, the Recipients are subject to the audit requirements found in OMB audit requirements. In addition, the Recipients are subject to the audit requirements found in the Single Audit Act of 1984, 31 U.S.C. 7501-7507. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for Domestic Financial Assistance Awards (http://fa.statebuy.state.gov ) for additional guidance.

Records

The Recipients must maintain financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. For awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report as authorized by the DOS. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for Domestic Financial Assistance Awards (http://fa.statebuy.state.gov ) for additional guidance.

Financial Information

Account Identification

19-0201-0-1-154.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 13 Not Available; FY 14 Estimate Not Available; and FY 15 Estimate Not Available - See Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements for further information.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Current Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements. In addition,
organizations should be familiar with OMB Circulars A-110 (Revised) (Uniform
Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher
Education, Hospitals and Other Nonprofit Organizations), A-122/A-21 (Cost Principles for Nonprofit Organizations; Indirect Costs), and A-133/A-128 (Audits of Institutions of Higher Education and Other Nonprofit Organizations) on cost accounting principles.
For a copy of the OMB circulars cited, please contact Government Publications or download from http://www.whitehouse.gov/OMB/.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Lana Muck for Academic Programs / Sheila Casey for Professional Exchanges U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
2200 C Street, NW, SA-05, Washington, District of Columbia 20037, Washington, District of Columbia 20037 Email: fulbright@state.gov;caseysd@state.gov Phone: (202) 632-9330 / 632-6070

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements.



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