Arts Exchanges on International Issues

The Arts Exchanges on International Issues Program is only open to non-profit arts, cultural and educational organizations.

The program works with nonprofit organizations to develop cooperative international group projects that introduce American and foreign participants to each other's cultural
and artistic life and traditions.

Our projects emphasize the relationship between the arts and broader social and diplomacy issues.

We seek organizations that have a disciplinary expertise in the arts as well as broad outreach and networking capabilities with American artists.
Examples of Funded Projects

Previous grantee organizations and examples of projects are available from the program office.

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 available at this time.

Uses and Use Restrictions

International projects in the United States or overseas may involve an international exchange of composers, choreographers, playwrights, theater designers, writers and poets, filmmakers, arts administrators and visual artists.

Projects should involve our posts worldwide to carry out activities supportive of the Department of State's mission to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries and to promote international cooperation in educational and cultural fields.

Ineligible proposals would include those focusing on: sending students, other youth or individual artists overseas, speaking tours, research projects, the exchange of amateurs or semi-professionals, community-level arts presentations or vocational and technical long-term academic study programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be public or nonprofit organizations that demonstrate disciplinary expertise in the arts and meet the provisions described in IRS regulation 501 (3).

Organizations must have 4 years of experience in exchange to qualify for grants of more than $60,000.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individual participants must be professional artists and arts administrators over the age of 25. There is no age limit for participants. Some exchanges require participants to have a minimum level of English language ability.


Specific criteria for the selection of individual participants is determined by the grantee organization in conjunction with the Department of State program officer.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

For open competitions, the request for proposals is published in the Federal Register.

Award Procedures

Funding decisions are at the discretion of the The Department of State's Bureau of Educational And Cultural Affairs and are based on the advice of a panel of Department reviewers and various Department officers. Final technical authority resides with the Bureau's Grants Division.


Deadlines for submission of proposals are established in the request for proposals or letters of solicitation.


Public Law 87-256, as amended; 22 U.S.C. 2451, et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Decisions are generally made within 3 months of the submission of proposals, subject to the availability and timing of funding.




Renewal grants for several of our long-term projects have been awarded in the past, in order to build on existing successful projects.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Usually a 30 percent cost-share is requested from grantee organizations.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards range in length from 12 to 36 months.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly program and financial reports are required.


All grants are subject to OMB Circular A-133 audits.


As prescribed by USIA in grant terms.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $1,000,000; FY 08 est not available; FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$60,000 to $300,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Department of State regulations governing exchange visitor (J-1) programs. Guidelines for grants are distributed in conjunction with the request for proposals/letter of solicitation.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Jill Staggs, Creative Arts Exchanges Program, Office of Citizen Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State, 301 4th Street SW., Washington DC 20547. Telephone: (202) 203-7500.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Programmatic planning, project objectives and quality; organization's capacity and track record; support for diversity; expertise; cost-effectiveness; project evaluation plan; value to US-partner country relations; cost-sharing; and multiplier effect.

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