Professional Exchanges_Annual Open Grant

To foster, improve, and strengthen international relations of the United States by promoting mutual understanding among the peoples of the world through educational and professional exchanges.

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.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Not available at this time.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Office of Citizen Exchanges develops international exchange grant projects with nonprofit American institutions including voluntary community organizations, professional associations, and universities.

The program involves thousands of American and foreign visitors who take part in exchanges at the grassroots level both in the U. S. and overseas.

Professional programs are based on competition, substantive rigor and cross-cultural sensitivity.

Primary objectives include development of institutional links which live beyond the duration of State Department funding support; creation of consortia, associations and information networks; transfer of useful information overseas; development of internships and extended learning programs; expansion of international awareness and programming among U. S. nonprofit institutions and the introduction of ideas which may contribute to the solution of long-term international problems among others.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

To public and private nonprofit organizations meeting the provisions described in IRS regulation 26CFR 1.501(c).

Beneficiary Eligibility

U.S. citizens and foreign nationals.


To public and private nonprofit organizations meeting the provisions described in IRS regulation 26CFR 1.501(c).

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Not applicable.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This competition is advertised in the Federal Register annually. Interested applicants should read the complete Federal Register announcement before addressing inquiries to the Office of Citizen Exchanges.

Award Procedures

Following a thorough review and independent paneling of all technically eligible proposals, and based on recommendations by various State Department offices, funding decisions are made by the Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs.


Per announcement in Federal Register.


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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Four months after closing date.




Extensions considered where appropriate.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

All proposals should maximize cost sharing through private sector support, as well as institutional direct funding contributions.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance


Post Assistance Requirements


Financial and program reports are required at the end of the grant period.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit 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 OMB Circular No. A-133.


As prescribed by grant terms.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $7,050,000; FY 08 est not available; FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Under $150,000, Organizations with less than 4 years' successful experience in managing international exchange programs are limited to grants of $60,000 or less.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Annual announcement published in the Federal Register.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of State, Office of Citizen Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 301 4th Street, SW., Room 220, Washington, DC 20547. Telephone: (202) 619-5348. Fax: (202) 619-4350. NEW PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS: Telephone: (202) 453-8181. Fax: (202) 453-8168.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

To comply with goals and objectives outlined in Federal Register announcement and compatibility with office objectives stated previously.

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