ECA Individual Grants

To provide individual assistance awards by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to experts and other influential or distinguished persons in the United States, including U.S.

academics and professionals in the fields of teaching English, athletes and coaches and creative and performing
artists, with funds appropriated to and authorized by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

These individual grants support interchanges between the United States and other countries that address issues of mutual interest consistent with the Fulbright-Hays Act.
As authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act, 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; to strengthen the ties which unite us with other nations by demonstrating the educational and cultural interests, developments, and achievements of the people of the United States and other nations, and the contributions being made toward a peaceful and more fruitful life for people throughout the world; to promote international cooperation for educational and cultural advancement; and thus to assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations between the United States the other countries of the world.".

Agency - U.S. Department of State

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2010: In FY 2010, approved the use of its funds for over 400 individual awards total approximately $2 million. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Individual awards made by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs may support any activities authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act for which funding has been appropriated by Congress through the annual Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs appropriation administered by the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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.

Awards are made to individuals and supported by funds appropriated to and approved by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Individuals in fields of specialized knowledge or skill, and other influential or distinguished persons.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries include selected participants and the people of participating countries.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Program announcements and application procedures may vary widely depending on the program.

Award Procedures

Specific processes vary from program to program activities. However, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs uses the Department s Form DS-1909 (Federal Assistance Award) to award individual grants to successful applicants. All awards are signed by a warranted Grants Officer.


Not Applicable.


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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time



Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. This program has no statutory formula or matching requirement, except when specified by Congress.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

n/a. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Reports are to be submitted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award
See individual award terms and conditions.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


Not Applicable.


Copies of obligating documents are maintained in the Budget Office of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for up to seven years.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (including individual awards)) FY 10 $2,000,000; FY 11 $2,000,000; FY 12 $2,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Guidelines for programs will vary with individual activities.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Yolanda Robinson, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State, SA-5, Washington, District of Columbia 20522-0504 Email: Phone: (202) 632-3358.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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